Sheila Hiestand

“The Lady Litigator”

As a college basketball player who started in two final four appearances, Sheila knows the importance of hard work, drive and heart. Sheila—aka “The Lady Litigator” for her tenacity in court—is dedicated to helping women and their families through the very difficult process of personal injury claims. She has served as the president of the Kentucky trial lawyers with the Kentucky Justice Association and has worked tirelessly to fight for injured people for more than 20 years. This includes several trials with extraordinary results for her clients, such as a 2013 auto accident case where she earned a $743,000 verdict. The jury returned the unanimous verdict in favor of the client, assessing damages for medical care and expenses, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, and permanent injury.

After graduating from Centre College, Sheila received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky School of Law. Soon after she was recognized as the Fayette County Bar Association Outstanding Young Lawyer and was rated an “AV Lawyer” by Martindale-Hubbell®. She has also been recognized among the American Trial Lawyers Association’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Kentucky; as Top Lawyer by Louisville Magazine, and has received a long list of awards.

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When not practicing law, Sheila enjoys spending time with her three children and husband and loves to compete in triathlons and Ironman competitions. She plays viola, violin, cello and piano and is a past member of the Lexington Singers. Sheila is also fluent in Spanish and has volunteered at the Federal Correctional Institute to assist Spanish-speaking inmates with legal matters pro bono.
  • ”Education”

    • Graduated from Centre College with a double major in English and Spanish
    • Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky, College of Law
  • ”Memberships”

    • Kentucky Association for Justice, Board of Governors
    • Kentucky Bar Association, Past Board of Governors
    • Kentucky Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, Past President
    • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
    • The American Society of Legal Advocates
    • American Association for Justice President of Fayette County Young Lawyers, Past President
    • Memory Walk for the Alzheimer’s Association, Committee Chair
    • Volunteer Center of Central Kentucky Annual Fundraiser, Committee Chair
    • Lexington Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Sixty Five Roses Ball, Co-Chair
    • National Association of Distinguished Counsel

  • ”Licenses”

    • Commonwealth of Kentucky
    • State of Indiana
    • State of Tennessee
    • US District Courts for Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Kentucky
    • US District Court for Southern District of Indiana
    • US District Court for Northern District of Illinois
    • United States 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
    • Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • ”Awards”

    • Fayette County Bar Association Outstanding Young Lawyer , 1998
    • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
    • The American Trial Lawyers Association , Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Kentucky
    • SuperLawyer ® for 10 years
    • Named 2011 Top Attorney in Kentucky
    • Selected for inclusion in the 2011-2012 edition of Who’s Who in American Law
    • AVVO Perfect 10 Rating – Top Personal Injury Attorney, 2013
    • Top 25 Women Lawyers in Kentucky
    • Outstanding Attorney by the Greater Lexington Paralegal Association
    • 2013 & 1014 National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys
    • NAOPIA Top 10 Attorney for KY, 2015
    • Global Who’s Who Best Lawyers in America, 2015