Shana Nogues is an AV® Preeminent™ rated attorney focusing her personal injury practice on wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases involving product liability, automobile accidents, workplace injuries, premise liability, trucking accidents, maritime law, and industrial accidents.
A graduate of Tulane University School of Law, Shana has been published in newsletters and journals on topics ranging from workers’ compensation claims to trial strategies. In law school, she served as Managing Editor of the Tulane Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property. As part of her pro bono practice, Shana serves as a mentor for children committed to Florida’s dependency system.
Prior to joining the firm, Shana practiced corporate and insurance defense litigation. She served as temporary in-house counsel for an international car rental company, overseeing a team of attorneys and leading the transition from their in-house claims department to a third-party administrator. The six-month project provided a unique insight into the inner workings of the claims process – specialized knowledge that she frequently employs in her personal injury practice. In 2011, Shana served as extern to a federal judge, the Honorable Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt.
At Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather & Littky-Rubin, Shana represents clients throughout Florida and the United States who have been significantly injured by the negligence of others.
- J.D., Tulane University School of Law, 2012
- B.A., University of Florida, 2009
- Ones to Watch - Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, Best Lawyers, 2021
- Ones to Watch - Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs, Best Lawyers, 2021
- AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, Martindale-Hubbell, 2021
- AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, Martindale-Hubbell, 2020
- AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, Martindale-Hubbell, 2019
- Dean's Academic Scholarship, Tulane University Law School, 2009
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
- Supreme Court of the United States
- Florida Association for Women Lawyers
- Palm Beach County Bar Association
- Florida Justice Association
- Palm Beach County Justice Association
- Craig S. Barnard American Inn of Court
- Florida Association of Women Lawyers Webinars Committee
- PBCBA Judicial Relations Committee
- PBCBA Judicial Luncheons Subcommittee
- PBCBA Programming Subcommittee
- PBCBA Law-Related Education Committee
- PBCBA Mock Trial Subcommittee
- FAWL in Love with GAL
- Jewish Adoption and Family Care Options (JAFCO)
Shana is a South Florida native and enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her husband, Andy, and their two rescue dogs. Shana is a dedicated Florida Gator and New Orleans Saints fan.
Defective Garment Steamer Impales Client, Leads to Severe Injury - Our
client suffered severe injuries from a defective household steamer. The
steamer was purchased from a foreign company and delivered to our client’s
home through the Amazon marketplace. It was marketed as a commercial-grade
steamer intended to withstand all day, everyday use. The steamer never
left our client’s laundry room after purchase. After only 80 uses,
while the steamer pole was in our client’s hand, there was a fatigue
failure in the rod at a connector junction between rod segments.
As a result of the failure, our client was shocked and fell with the broken, sharp end of the rod in her hand which impaled her body resulting in serious injuries and leaving a gaping, open wound and necrosis that required emergency surgery and multiple skin grafts.
After identifying the designer and manufacturer of the steamer, we successfully obtained service outside of the United States. After having the design documents translated into English and with the help of a retained engineering expert, Shana Nogues, was able to determine that the steamer had both design and manufacturing defects relating to the thickness and threads in the steamer’s rod. Shortly before trial in federal court was scheduled to begin, Shana Nogues was able to secure a confidential settlement on the client’s behalf.
When presented with a case where the client is speeding in the rain, while
driving a car with 4 bald tires, who loses control, after smoking marijuana,
crashes into the rear of a legally stopped truck and is killed, all shown
on video surveillance tape, most lawyers would run in the other direction
away from a case like this. But most lawyers aren’t SN. Most lawyers
would not know to look deeper to see if any defect in any product was
the root cause of the death.
After purchasing and examining the rear of the truck that the client’s vehicle crashed into Shana and her retained experts discovered that several of the bolts that secured the underride guard to the rear of the truck had Broken and completely sheared off during the crash. This resulted in the guard falling out of the way and rendered it essentially useless. The remaining unguarded bed of the truck was then able to slice deeply into the interior of the client’s vehicle and cause the fatal injury.
Although the under-ride guard itself which had been designed outside of Florida was very robust, the bolts used to secure the components of the guard were not strong enough. The bolts were not designed by the guard manufacturer, but instead were designed in Taiwan, manufactured in China, and distributed by a separate company into the US.
After marshaling all of the defendants into court, Shana was able to demonstrate that the geometry and metal chosen for the bolts, while very strong statically was too brittle and not sufficient for dynamic loads applied during a crash.
After extensive discovery and depositions, Shana was able to secure confidential settlements with multiple defendants.
- No Consent, No Liability: New Fourth DCA Case Reinforces Florida's Take on Vehicle Theft and Conversion and Provides Guidance for Instructing the Jury, September 2017
- Blurred Lines: Understanding Workers’ Compensation Immunities, Trial Advocate Quarterly Spring 2015
- Huge Medical Bills and Questionable Surgery in LOP Cases: How the 4th DCA Upholds Our Strategy to Expose the Physician, September 2013
- Paving the Way to Fair Jury Trials: Using Batson Challenges; Minority Trial Lawyer - American Bar Association Section of Litigation, April 2012
- “Navigating Spoliation Risks Void of a National Standard.” Client Seminar, Sunrise, FL – May 2018
- “Litigation Success: From Accident, Investigation, Discovery and Trial.” Client Seminar; Tampa, FL – February 2018
- “Workers’ Compensation Immunity,” FDLA Advance Litigation Boot Camp, Orlando, FL – October 2016