Laurie Speed was an All-American collegiate swimmer and a star at Emory Law School. Yet, the one thing that influenced her path the most was something that should have never happened. Her father was the victim of medical malpractice and she witnessed first hand how devastating an act of negligence can be for a victim and the victim’s family. This experience has enabled her to be an incredibly effective advocate for those who have been injured because she has been in their very shoes.
She is consistently recognized as one of the State’s top trial lawyers – whether as a Super Lawyer or as one of Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite – and has experience successfully trying complex cases to verdict, most recently illustrated by the Firm’s 2015 jury verdict against Philip Morris for $11 million dollars. In 2013, she was recognized by the Fulton County Daily Report as one of 40 “legal rising stars” under 40. Significantly, she served as the 76th President of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (GAWL) in 2004-2005. She is currently a member of the Executive Committee for the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and sits on the Board of Directors of the Civil Justice PAC, a non-partisan political action committee dedicated to supporting candidates for office in Georgia who are committed to preserving the civil justice system.
While at Emory School of Law, Laurie served as Director-in-Chief of the Moot Court Society and also received the James C. Pratt Memorial Award, which is given to the most outstanding third-year student in the Emory Moot Court Society. She was the first recipient of the Kessler/Eidson Scholarship, an honor given to an upper-class student who demonstrates excellence in advocacy. Coming full circle, 17 years later, Laurie was honored with the Kathleen Kessler award, GAWL’s most important award, given annually to a female attorney who exhibits the highest degree of professionalism and dedication to service in the legal community by someone who is held in high esteem by subordinates, peers and superiors.
Before founding Shamp Speed Jordan Woodward, Laurie practiced law, at Chambers, Mabry, McClelland & Brooks (now Mabry & McClelland), a mid-sized litigation firm in Atlanta. In 2000, she left with 5 other lawyers to form Chambers, Aholt & Rickard, LLP where she became a partner in 2003. She started the Speed Firm in 2010 and had a solo practice until 2015.
She is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of the State of Georgia, as well as all other trial and appellate courts in the State of Georgia.