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Stephen Patrick Shepard

also known as Steve Shepard, Stephen P. Shepard

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Stephen P. Shepard is a Maryland criminal defense attorney and the owner of the Law Office of Stephen P. Shepard, LLC.  He has extensive experience in handling criminal, DUI/DWI, serious traffic, and violation of probation cases.  Additionally, he has zealously represented clients at bail review hearings, modification of sentence hearings, and various other legal proceedings.  Before founding his own law office, he served as a full-time volunteer attorney for the Maryland Office of the Public Defender.  As a volunteer attorney, he personally handled hundreds of cases in the District Court Division of the Howard County office, and later, the Baltimore County office.


Prior to becoming an attorney in Maryland, Stephen volunteered during his summers in law school as a full-time law clerk for the Maryland Office of the Public Defender.  During his last summer, he served as the law clerk for the District Public Defender for Howard County. 


Stephen is presently a member of the American Bar AssociationNational Association of Criminal Defense LawyersAmerican Association for Justice,Maryland State Bar AssociationMaryland Association for JusticeMaryland Criminal Defense Attorney's Association, and the Baltimore County Bar Association.   


Stephen graduated and received his Juris Doctor degree with honors (magna cum laude) from the Appalachian School of Law.  While in law school, he served as an Associate Editor, and later, as the Articles Editor on the Executive Editorial Board for the Appalachian Journal of Law.  His article, “Negligent Hiring Liability:  A Look at How it Affects Employers and the Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Ex-Offenders,” was published in the Spring 2011 edition of the Appalachian Journal of Law.  He was on the Dean's List for every eligible semester and received the “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges” award.


Prior to law school, Stephen graduated and received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors (summa cum laude) in criminology with a minor in philosophy from Cabrini College.  As an undergraduate, he served as the President of the Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society (Kappa Sigma Chapter) and the Phi Sigma Tau International Honor Society for Philosophy (Beta Chapter).  For nearly a year, he interned part-time at the Montgomery County Office of the District Attorney in the Major Crimes Unit.  He was also an active student participant in the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 75%
  2. DUI & DWI: 15%
  3. Expungement: 5%
  4. Speeding Ticket: 5%



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always), Free consultation (60 minutes), Pro bono (10%)

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  • Kevin William Smit

    The level of service that Stephen Shepard provides to his clients is truly remarkable. His thorough preparation of cases, excellent organization, and attention to detail all contribute to a great practice, the cornerstone of which is client service. His willingness to take extra steps for clients demonstrates his pursuit of perfection in representation. I highly recommend Mr. Shepard as an attorney.


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  • Justin K. Schwemmer

    Stephen is an attorney dedicated to his profession. I recommend him for any criminal or related matters. He cares deeply about his clients, and is generous with his time both to them and to other attorneys. Stephen is a model to his peers for civility and client devotion. He will leave no stone unturned.


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Contact info

Law Office of Stephen P. Shepard

303 W. Pennsylvania Avenue
Towson, MD, 21204-4412


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2016
Criminal Law - State Level CrimesLead Counsel2016
Client's Choice AwardAvvo2015
Premier AttorneyAmerican Academy of Trial Attorneys2015
Top Contributor AwardAvvo2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2015
Criminal Law - State Level CrimesLead Counsel2015
Client's Choice AwardAvvo2014
Top Contributor AwardAvvo2014
Top Contributor AwardAvvo2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Appointed AttorneyDistrict Court Of Maryland2016 - Present
Specially Appointed Panel AttorneyMaryland Office Of The Public Defender2015 - Present
Panel AttorneyMaryland Office Of The Public Defender2013 - Present
OwnerLaw Office of Stephen P. Shepard, LLC2013 - Present
Volunteer AttorneyMaryland Office Of The Public Defender2012 - 2013
Law ClerkMaryland Office Of The Public Defender2012 - 2012
Law ClerkMaryland Office Of The Public Defender2011 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Association of Premier DUI AttorneysFounding Member2015 - Present
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2015 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2014 - Present
Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' AssociationMember2013 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2013 - Present
Baltimore County Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
Maryland Association for JusticeMember2012 - Present
Maryland State Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
spslawoffice.comA Guide to Maryland Expungement Law2016
spslawoffice.comUnderstanding Your Right to Remain Silent2016
spslawoffice.comMaryland's "Move Over" Law Now Includes Tow Trucks2014
spslawoffice.comWhat is Drug Paraphernalia and the Related Penalties?2014
spslawoffice.comUnderstanding Maryland's New Marijuana Decriminalization Law2014
spslawoffice.comWhat is a Stet (or the Stet Docket)?2014
spslawoffice.comWhat are the Similarities and Differences Between a Private Attorney and Public Defender?2014
Appalachian Journal of LawNegligent Hiring Liability: A Look at How It Affects Employers and the Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Ex-Offenders2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Appalachian School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2012
Cabrini CollegeCriminologyBA - Bachelor of Arts2009
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Career DayWhat it's Like to be a Criminal Defense Attorney2015