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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

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

Payment

Fees:

Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • 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 Criminal defense 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 Standing200006/21/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 DUI Attorneys - North FloridaNational Advocacy for DUI Defense2016
Top 100 Trial Lawyers (Criminal Law - North Florida)The National Trial Lawyers2016
Top 100 DUI Attorneys - North FloridaNational Advocacy for DUI Defense2015
Top 100 Trial Lawyers (Criminal Law - North Florida)The National Trial Lawyers2015
Top 100 DUI Attorneys - North FloridaNational Advocacy for DUI Defense2014
Top 100 Trial Lawyers (Criminal Law - North Florida)The National Trial Lawyers2014
Top 100 Trial Lawyers (Criminal Law - North Florida)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
Panama City Beach Chamber of CommerceMember2012 - Present
Bay County Chamber of CommerceMember2012 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Bay County chapter)Member2006 - Present
St. Andrews Bay American Inn of CourtBarrister2006 - Present
Bay County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
American Bar Association, Criminal Justice SectionMember2002 - 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 Bar, Law Related Education CommitteeMember2003 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. PGNot Guilty of Sexual Battery
State v. MBNot Guilty of Sale of Cocaine
State v. BDLife 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
Florida State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
University of Arizona College of LawPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
News 13 Law Call - Live television call-in showDUI Defense2015
News 13 Law Call - Live television call-in showAsk Us Anything2015
News 13 Law Call - Live television call-in showSocial Security Disability2015
News 13 Law Call - Live television call-in showCrime and Punishment2014
Florida State University; Communication Planning and Dispute ResolutionCommuncation and Conflict Resolution in Florida Courts2014
News 13 Law Call - Live television call-in showCrime & Punishment2013
Florida State University; Communication Planning and Dispute ResolutionManaging Conflict Through Communication2013
Domestic Violence Task Force Committee, MeetingCommunity Impact of Domestic Violence2013
News 13 Law Call - Live television call-in showAsk Us Anything2012
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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