Jessica has extensive experience in personal injury law both in litigation and trial work. She attended Denison University and West Virginia University, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Foreign Languages. While an undergraduate, she studied abroad at the Universidad Internacional Menendez Pelayo in Santander, Spain, and participated in the Washington Semester Program at American University studying American Government and Politics and interning for the Office of the Corporation Counsel. She earned her Masters in Industrial Labor Relations and Human Resources from West Virginia University and her Juris Doctor degree from University of Dayton School of Law.  At The Ruth Law Team, Ms. Shahady specializes in litigation and is a member of our impressive trial team.

“Jessica Shahady and Carlos did a great job in getting my injury case settled to my satisfaction. I highly recommend them to anyone needing Ruth Law’s services.” Michael K., 5/13/22

“My first time in a car accident and was very scared, pregnant and confused. Ruth Law Team was very comforting, prompt, and professional since day one. Definitely kept me at ease and on top of everything. If ever needed, they are my first call again! Thank you Jessica and Carlos!” Takara S., St. Petersburg 11/24/21

“Jessica, what an asset you are for the law team. Our conversations had a personal and encouraging feeling from the onset. A job well done! (with hugs).  Carlos, thank you for your patience and understanding for all my questions. You were there every time.”  Donna J., Tampa 10/25/21

During law school, Jessica was a law clerk for the Honorable Irene M. Keeley, Chief Judge, United States District Court, Northern District of West Virginia. She also worked as a summer law clerk for the Congressional Research Service, American Law Division, at the Library of Congress. She spent her third year of law school interning for the Warren County Prosecutors Office in Ohio. Before joining the Ruth Law Team she worked for the 18th Judicial Circuit Public Defenders Office in Sanford, Florida. She is admitted to practice law in the states of Florida and Minnesota. Jessica is also admitted to practice in Federal Court in the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida.

Additionally, Attorney Shahady has been accepted into the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).  Membership of this prestigious organization is extended by invitation only.

Ms. Shahady was selected as a Super Lawyer Rising Star for 2013-17. Super Lawyers is a national rating service which identifies outstanding lawyers in over 70 practice areas. Value is placed on peer recognition and outstanding achievement with no more than 2.5% of young lawyers in a state receiving Rising Star recognition. The Ruth Law Team is proud to have Jessica as part of our trial team.

Outside of the office, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family, running, yoga, and volunteering at her church.


  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Florida Justice Association
  • Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association
  • The Florida Bar Association
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association

“Jessica is the best!!” John W,  Spring Hill 8/18/21

“Once again, I would like to extend a sincere thank you to The Ruth Law Team on an above-average representation of my accident law suit. Their impeccable record for leaving you satisfied financially is equally satisfying to health and mental well-being. I would like to personally thank Venetta at the front desk who is the heart of the operation; my lawyer Jessica Shahady, and Carlos who have twice represented me. I also referred a friend who uses their services. Thank you Ruth Law Team. Much continued success.” Lisa C, Clearwater 9/11/20

“Great working with The Ruth Law Team. Carlos and Jessica made this process easy. They kept me informed, returned all of my calls. I appreciate the great communication.” Donna S. Riverview 6/21/19

“Jessica and everyone at The Ruth Law Team did an excellent job representing my wife and I. We would definitely recommend her services to our friends/family. She was very professional and we appreciate everything she did to resolve our case.” Jeffrey B, Largo 6/13/19

“Jessica was very kind to me but very aggressive with the insurance company. I received much more money by hiring her and The Ruth Law Team than I would have had I handled the case on my own… I am so glad I made the decision to hire The Ruth Law Team.  They had multiple attorneys and paralegals working on my case at all times.”

Jessica Shahady American Board of Trial Advocates    Florida Bar member   Member of Florida Justice Association  Tampa Bay Trial Lawyer Jessica Shahady