Columbia Divorce Attorney Lora Stuart Shortt | Cordell & Cordell

Lora Stuart Shortt

Senior Litigation Attorney

Columbia divorce attorney Lora Stuart Shortt grew up as the youngest member of five children in a small coal mining town in southwestern West Virginia. Growing up with people from all socio-economic backgrounds gave her a unique perspective on all people and their worldviews.

“In my family and thereafter in the many groups that I have been a part of, I have always been the one to try to broker an agreement or peace,” Ms. Shortt said. “It came naturally to me and I can’t remember ever wanting to be anything other than an attorney.”

After 10 years as a paralegal, Ms. Shortt decided it was time to step out in faith and follow her dream by going to law school. At 34 with two children – a new born and a 6-year-old – she was an unconventional student, but she thoroughly immersed herself in the law. While in her third year, she interned for a family law practice clinic and it ended up being one of the most rewarding experiences of her life.

“Throughout the years, my legal career has taken a few detours, but I always seem to return to family law,” she said. “Simply put, I enjoy helping people. Divorce forever changed the trajectory of my life and that of my children. I have felt the pain and anxieties of uncertainty before, during, and in the aftermath of divorce while co-parenting my children. I feel it is my job to try to attempt to lessen this burden on my clients by providing them quality and competent representation.”

Ms. Shortt considers herself knowledgeable and brutally honest.

“If you can’t handle hearing the truth, I may not be your attorney,” she said, “but if you want someone who will shoot straight with you all through the process and someone who will believe in you and fight for the good of you and your children, I’m your clear choice.”

Licenses & Admissions

Ms. Shortt is licensed to practice in South Carolina.


Ms. Shortt received her Associate of Applied Science and Bachelor of Arts degree from Marshall University. She earned her Juris Doctor from Ohio Northern College of Law.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Cordell & Cordell, Ms. Shortt worked as a paralegal and in various roles in HR for coal companies in West Virginia. She also previously practiced transactional law, criminal prosecution and defense, and family law.


  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • Lexington County Bar Association
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Women Lawyers Association
  • South Carolina Association for Justice – Trial Lawyers