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Rusty Shepard

also known as Rudolph Carroll Shepard, Jr.

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Social Security, DUI & DWI

About Me

Mr. Shepard, practices in the areas of criminal defense and Social Security-Disability.  Over the course of his career he has handled thousands of criminal cases ranging from Disorderly Conduct to First Degree Murder.  Additionally, Mr. Shepard has helping hundreds of people receive the Social Security-Disability benefits they deserve.


 



  • President, Bay County Criminal Defense Bar (2011-Present)

  • 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)

  • Barrister, St. Andrews Bay Inns of Court

  • Member, Criminal Justice Section, American Bar Association

  • Member, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

  • Member, National Organization of Social Security Claimant's Representatives


 



  • 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

  • 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.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2000

  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    14 years, 5 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%
    14 years, 300 cases
  3. Social Security: 25%

Payment

Fees:

Retainer (Always), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • N David Shamloo

    I endorse this lawyer. We worked together on a criminal matter where my non-citizen client needed a certain outcome in her criminal matter to avoid deportation from the US. Rusty came through!

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    N David Shamloo Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Jean Marie Downing

    Mr. Shepard and his staff truly care about the outcome of their clients' cases! Rusty works well with prosecutors to get the best plea offer! But that doesn't mean he is afraid to take a case to trial if the plea offer isn't acceptable. He's great with a jury, too! I'd hire him if I needed a criminal defense attorney.

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    Jean Downing Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing200008/17/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 100 DUI Attorneys - North FloridaNational Advocacy for DUI Defense2014
Top 100 Trial Lawyers (Criminal Law)The National Trial Lawyers2014
Top 100 Trial Lawyers (Criminal Law)The National Trial Lawyers2013
Florida Bar President's Pro Bono Service AwardThe Florida Bar2011

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing MemberShepard Law2011 - Present
PartnerAppleman, Shepard & Trucks Law Offices, P.A.2004 - 2011
Assistant State AttorneyOffice of the State Attorney, 14th Judicial Circuit of Florida2000 - 2004

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (14th Judicial Circuit)Chapter Representative2015 - Present
Fourteenth Judicial Circuit, Indigent Services CommitteeMember2013 - 2013
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Bay County Chapter)President2011 - 2015
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Bay County chapter)Vice President2010 - 2011
Bay County Bar AssociationPresident2007 - 2010
Bay County Bar AssociationTreasurer2006 - 2007
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Bay County chapter)Member2006 - Present
St. Andrews Bay American Inn of CourtBarrister2006 - Present
Bay County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Florida Bar, Law Related Education CommitteeMember2003 - 2009
American Bar Association, Criminal Justice SectionMember2002 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
State v. J. DoeDismissed after hung jury
State v. J. DoeNot Guilty
State v. J. DoeLife Felony reduced to misdemeanor

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Bay Life MagazineOne to Watch2008
Panama City LivingThe New Vanguard: Smart, Savvy and Bay County's Very Own2008

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
The Florida State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
University of ArizonaN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1993

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Florida State University, College of CommunicationsCommuncation and Conflict Resolution in Florida Courts2014
Florida State University, College of CommunicationManaging Conflict Through Communication2013
Domestic Violence Task Force Committee, MeetingCommunity Impact of Domestic Violence2013
Practicing with Professionalism, The Florida BarProfessionalism in Practice Panel Discussion2011
Practicing with Professionalism, The Florida BarProfessionalism in Practice Panel Discussion2010
Practicing with Professionalism, The Florida BarThe Importance of Local Bar Membership2009
Evidence Collection for Medical Professionals in Sex CasesSex Case Evidence Collection2003
Search and Seizure UpdateSearch and Seizure2002
"Behind Closed Doors" - Rural Domestic Violence ConferenceEvidence Collection in a Domestic Violence Case2002
Search and Seizure UpdateSearch and Seizure2001
"Behind Closed Doors" - Rural Domestic Violence ConferenceEvidence Collection in a Domestic Violence Case2001

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