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Attorney Rusty Shepard

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Founding Attorney

Mr. Shepard has handled thousands of criminal cases over the course of his career ranging from Disorderly Conduct to First Degree Premeditated Murder.

Mr. Shepard regularly handles cases in Bay (Panama City), Calhoun (Blountstown), Gulf (Port St. Joe), Holmes (Bonifay), Jackson (Marianna), Walton (DeFuniak Springs) and Washington (Chipley) counties.

  • President, Bay County Criminal Defense Bar (2011-2015)
  • Chapter Representative, Bay County Criminal Defense Bar (2015-2016)
  • 10.0 for 10.0 "Superb" rated by Avvo (2013-15)
  • "Nationally Ranked Superior DUI Attorney" and "Top 100 DUI Attorneys - Northern Florida" as recognized by The National Advocacy for DUI Defense (2014-15)
  • Member, The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers (2013-15)
  • President, Bay County Bar Association (2007-2010)
  • Member, 14th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee (2013)
  • Member, Law Related Education Committee of the Florida Bar (2003-2009)
  • Bencher, St. Andrews Bay Inns of Court
  • Member, Criminal Justice Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Recipient, Florida Bar President's Pro Bono Service Award ( 2011)
  • Featured as "One to Watch" by Bay Life Magazine
  • Featured as one of "The New Vanguard: The Smart & Savvy" by Panama City Living Magazine
  • Member, Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels (Commissioned 1990)
  • Legal Commentator:
    • WMBB/News-13 (ABC)
    • WJHG/News Channel 7 (NBC)
    • Law Call, a live weekly call-in show
    • Former Assistant State Attorney
  • The Florida Bar, 2000
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Florida, 2004
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2004.
  • Juris Doctor, Florida State University College of Law, 2000
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Arizona, 1993

Prior to law school Mr. Shepard worked as a political consultant for a national political committee and respective United States Senate candidates in Washington, DC. Additionally, Mr. Shepard served in the Washington, DC based political affairs office of Astrum International, the parent company of Samsonite, Culligan International and the 500 Fashion Group.

As a former Assistant State Attorney, Mr. Shepard is able to anticipate the tactics and strategies used by prosecutors and law enforcement officers allowing weaknesses in the State's case to be isolated and exploited. Mr. Shepard has handled literally thousands of criminal cases in Florida's 14th Judicial Circuit (over 6,000 at last count). Mr. Shepard regularly represents clients charged with offenses ranging from misdemeanor theft crimes and DUI to serious felony violent offenses that are subject to Florida's 10-20-Life law.

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