Results driven, hardworking, and ethical.
Jennifer L. Sheppard is a lifelong resident of Nashville, TN having graduated from Hillwood High School in 1997. She attended The University of Tennessee, Knoxville where she earned a B.A. in Political Science and Child & Family Studies. She was a member of both Phi Eta Sigma and Gamma Beta Phi Honor Societies. Jennifer continued her education at The Nashville School of Law, where she earned her J.D.
Jennifer maintained a solo practice in Nashville for eight years before joining her current firm, Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard, in 2013. Her early practice included criminal defense, family law and various other matters of civil litigation. Over the last several years, her focus has shifted to matters involving children and disabled adults. Today, Jennifer handles probate litigation, conservatorships, guardianships, the administration of estates, custody, dependency and neglect, and appellate work. She also accepts appointments from the Davidson County Probate Court to serve as Conservator, Personal Representative for Estates, and Guardian ad litem.
Jennifer is a founding partner of Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard, PLLC. She is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, the Nashville Bar Association, and CAT (Conservatorship Association of Tennessee). She’s also involved with Cable: Moving Women Forward and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the Office of Conservatorship Management’s Policies and Procedures Committee, the Probate Committee for the Nashville Bar Association, and she is an active volunteer for both the Legal Aid Society and Youth Court. Jennifer was recently approved by the Tennessee Supreme Court to serve as a hearing panel member for the Board for Professional Responsibility.
Jennifer is a frequent lecturer for the Nashville Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, and the Nashville Business Institute on topics related to probate administration, probate litigation, client relations, child custody, and professional ethics.
On a personal note, Jennifer is married to another Nashville native. They have a cat and a (mostly) German Shepherd Dog, courtesy of the Middle Tennessee German Shepherd Rescue. Jennifer is a fitness enthusiast and has been a member of Iron Tribe Belmont for a number of years. When she’s not working, she enjoys travelling, attending music festivals, and spending time with loved ones.
|Attorney/Partner||Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard||2013 - Present|
|Attorney||Law Office of Jennifer Sheppard||2005 - 2013|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Office of Conservatorship Management||Policies & Procedures Committee||2015 - Present|
|Cable - Moving Women Forward||Member||2014 - Present|
|Nashville Chamber of Commerce||Member||2013 - Present|
|Conservatorship Association of Tennessee||Member||2010 - Present|
|Nashville Bar Association||Member||2005 - Present|
|Tennessee Bar Association||Member||2005 - Present|
|Nashville Bar Association, Probate Court Committee||Member||N/A|
|Tennessee Bar Journal||Faculty Spot||2019|
|Nashville School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2005|
|University of Tennessee||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2000|
|CLE||The Probate Process Explained||2016|
|CLE||Changes to Conservatorship Statutes||2013|
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