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 Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, American Association for Justice,Maryland State Bar Association, Maryland Association for Justice, Maryland 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.