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Clifford B Shepard

State, local, and municipal law Attorney at Maitland, FL

5.0   2 reviews

also known as Cliff Shepard

  • State Years
    Tennessee - TN 18 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 36 years
    Florida - FL 38 years
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State TN
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1987
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1985
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Clifford

Learn Clifford’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. State, local, and municipal law
    40%
    I represent multiple cities and government agencies and am Board Certified by the Florida Bar in City, County & Local Government Law.

    27 years

  2. Litigation
    30%
    I handle defense matters for several companies and also litigate complex commercial, employment and land use matters.

    38 years

  3. Commercial real estate
    15%
    I form new business entities, provide business start-up consultations and negotiate and prepare contracts for a multitude of business types.

    38 years

  4. Real estate
    15%
    I represent developers, private individuals and local governments in all manner of real estate transactions, permitting matters and litigation. I also am a title agent for Attorney's Title Fund title insurance company.

    35 years

Clifford B. Shepard obtained his undergraduate degree in journalism (News Writing and Editing) and graduated law school from the University of Florida, where he was a member of the Trial Competition Team, Managing Editor of The Verdict student newspaper, and a member of the law school's student government.  He moved to Orlando in 1985 and began law practice.
 
Cliff's practice developed in the areas of local government law, complex commercial litigation, real estate development, insurance defense and construction law, as well as homeowner and condominium association representation, an area he developed after serving as association president to a 2400 home development in Seminole County.  In 1995, Cliff attained the AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers®.  Cliff practices and mediates extensively in the areas of government law, employment, defense, real estate, construction law, complex commercial litigation and community association law.  He is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in City, County and Local Government Law and an approved agent for Attorney's Title Insurance Fund.
 
In 1998 Cliff became "Special Counsel" to the City of Maitland, Florida in litigation and real estate matters and in 2002, was selected as City Attorney upon the retirement of the City's former counsel.  He also serves as the Town Attorney for the Town of Ponce Inlet, land use counsel for the Cities of Apopka and Satellite Beach and the General Counsel for the Florida Redevelopment Association.  Additionally, Cliff is a certified Circuit Court and Appellate mediator.
 
Cliff has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Adminstrative & Regulatory Law (2018, 2019). Cliff was also honored by Florida Trend Magazine as one of Florida's Legal Elite™ (2005-2009, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2019) in the areas of Governmental and Administrative Law and Commercial Litigation.  Each year the magazine names a new group of top lawyers who have earned the confidence of those who know their work the best.  Attorneys and judges throughout Florida were asked to name lawyers whom they hold in the highest regard - lawyers they have worked with or would recommend to others.  The Legal Elite™ represent the top 1.2% of the Florida Bar members who practice in the state.   Cliff was also named a "Florida Super Lawyers"® (2005-2019) by Law & Politics Magazine.  "Florida Super Lawyers"® is a consumer's guide to the best attorneys in the state.
 
Cliff is a member in good standing of the Florida (1985), Tennessee (2006) and District of Columbia (1988) Bar Associations, is a current member of the City, County and Local Government Law Section of the Florida Bar.  While he has served as an active member of a number of professional organizations, of particular note is his service as:
 
  • Past President of the Mid-Florida Chapter of the Community Associations Institute, a national clearinghouse for information on community associations issues;
  • Past-chair and member of the editorial board of the Florida Bar Journal and News, the two major professional publications for The Florida Bar;
  • Past member of the Florida Bar Judicial Selection, Administration and Tenure Committee.
 
Cliff is a frequent speaker at continuing education seminars and has been a presenter on issues involving special districts, local government law, construction, defense, real estate, and association law and has written a number of articles within these areas.
 
Community service has also been a staple of Cliff's personal and professional life.  Most recently he served on the Board of Trustees for The Christ School, a Christian K-8 private school in downtown Orlando.  He has served as a member of the Land Planning Agency for the City of Oviedo and as a member of the Board of Directors of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Florida.  He has also served as the Chairman of the Board for Kids Beating Cancer, Inc., a multiple award-winning local charity that assists families touched by childhood cancer through the recruitment, DNA testing and matching of potential bone marrow donors to patients whose best hope for a cure is a bone marrow transplant.  Cliff also serves as a court appointed guardian-ad-litem to children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected by their parents.
 
He is married to wife Mary, and has three adult children - Tyler, Morgan and Spencer.

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Location

Shepard, Smith, Kohlmyer & Hand, P.A.
2300 Maitland Center Parkway
Suite 100
Maitland, FL, 32751-5647

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | August 22, 2011
Chief of Police
During my 37 year career as a law enforcement officer and as Chief of Police for the past 16 years I have worked with many attorneys. Cliff Shepard is without a doubt on top of my list as an advocate for his clients. In recent litigation involving a multi million dollar lawsuit many lawyers wanted to settle the claim after arbitration. Cliff took the position we had done nothing wrong and insisted on going to trial if need be. As a result of his insistance the case proceeded and we prevailed with the court ultimately dismissing the claim totally.
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Posted by anonymous | June 26, 2009
Review of Legal Service
Cliff handled a very sensitive civil litigation matter for me which involved mutiple parties and perfomed admirably. He was always conscious of who he represented (me!) and was enthusiastic about the pursuit of the case. He is a knowledgeable and aggressive litigator who can think on his feet, but above all, he is ethical. I certainly would engage him again.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 190-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Shepard, Smith, Kohlmyer & Hand, P.A.
  • 2008 - Present
  • Shareholder
  • Langston, Hess, Shepard & Augustine, P.A.
  • 2004 - 2008
  • Managing Partner
  • Shepard & Filburn, P.A.
  • 1994 - 2004
  • Shareholder
  • Kilgore, Pearlman et al.
  • 1988 - 1994
  • Associate
  • Litchford, Christopher et al.
  • 1987 - 1988
  • Associate
  • Dempsey & Goldsmith, P.A.
  • 1985 - 1987
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Education

  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • University of Florida
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1981

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Pacetta, et al. v. Town of Ponce Inlet (VGMC)
  • Ruling for Town of Ponce Inlet, affirmed on cert. review by the Circuit Court, Judge Perkins.
  • Btesh v, City of Maitland, et al.
  • Summary judgment in favor of Defendants on all counts.
  • Medallion Convenience Stores, Inc. v. Mansour Investments, Inc., et al.
  • Judgment awarding specific performance to Plaintiff, Medallion Convenience Stores and awarding Plaintiff its attorney's fees and costs.
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Associations

  • Tiger Bay Club
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Florida Bar Journal/News Editorial Board
  • Board Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Florida Academy of Certified Mediators
  • Mediator
  • 1999 - Present
  • Florida Municipal Attorneys Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Florida Bar, City, County and Local Government Law Section
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Trial Competition Team - University of Florida
  • Member
  • 1984 - 1985
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Executive of the Year
  • Volusia County League of Cities
  • 2019
  • Best Lawyer - Administrative & Regulatory Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2019
  • Florida Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2019
  • Florida Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2019
  • Best Lawyer - Adminstrative & Regulatory Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2018
  • Florida Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2018
  • Florida Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2017
  • Florida Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2016
  • Florida Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2016
  • Florida Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2015
  • Florida Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2014
  • Florida Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2013
  • Florida Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2013
  • Florida Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2012
  • Florida Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2012
  • Florida Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2011
  • Florida's Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2011
  • Florida Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2010
  • Florida's Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2009
  • Florida Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2009
  • Florida's Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2008
  • Florida Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2008
  • Florida's Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2007
  • Florida Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2007
  • Board Certified - City, County & Local Government Law
  • Florida Bar
  • 2006
  • Florida's Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2006
  • Florida Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2006
  • Florida Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2005
  • Florida's Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2005
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1995
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1995
  • Outstanding Chairman - Florida Bar Journal/News
  • Florida Bar
  • 1993
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • N/A
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Publications

  • Trial Magazine
  • "Lost" Medical Records - Redefining the Scope of the Spoliation Doctrine
  • 1987

Speaking Engagements

  • FMAA Annual Meeting & Seminar
  • Community Redevelopment
  • 2012
  • Annual Conference
  • Essential Economic Development Law
  • 2011
  • Annual Conference
  • Board Training - Sunshine Law, Ethics, Public Records
  • 2011
  • 30th Annual Seminar
  • Charter Reviews in Florida
  • 2011
  • City, County & Local Government Section Annual Meeting
  • Sunshine Law & Social Media
  • 2010
  • Annual Conference
  • The Impact of Strand v. Escambia County on Redevelopment
  • 2007
  • Legal Update
  • Community Association Law
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (9)
Endorse Clifford
State, local, and municipal law Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked closely with Cliff on a complex litigation matter arising out of the suicide of Stephen R. Walsh and the related collapse of Walsh's real estate development companies including Broad Street Partners, LLC. Cliff is a superb lawyer. He has excellent analytical and communication skills, is passionate about his work, and is a pleasure to deal with. I strongly recommend and endorse him."
State, local, and municipal law Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the pleasure of working with Cliff on a couple of matters, and he is an excellent litigator. Cliff has terrific courtroom presence, great rapport with the judges, and is extremely effective at witness examination. He is a consummate professional, and great to work with."
Personal injury
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Commercial real estate
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State, local, and municipal law
State, local, and municipal law
Employment and labor
Employment and labor
Employment and labor