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Jennifer Lynne Sheppard

Probate Attorney at Nashville, TN

5.0   6 reviews
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  • Licensed for 19 years
    State TN
    Acquired 2005
    Active No misconduct found

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About Jennifer

Learn Jennifer’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Probate
    Estate Administration, Trust Administration, Conservatorships, Guardianships, and other litigation related to the areas of probate law.

    19 years

  2. Guardianship
    Guardianships for minors and Conservatorships for adults with disabilities.

  3. Adoption
    Stepparent adoption, grandparent adoption, contested adoption, and adult adoption.


Jennifer has an unmatched work ethic and is known for her straightforward legal advice. Her practice is focused primarily on conservatorships, estate administration, and probate litigation.

Jennifer Sheppard Jacobs was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. She graduated from Hillwood High School and 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 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 cases involving children and disabled adults. Today, Jennifer handles probate litigation, conservatorships, guardianships, the administration of estates, adoptions, 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 and the Nashville Bar Association, and she serves as a hearing panel member for the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility. Jennifer sits on the Board for the Conservatorship Association of Tennessee (CAT), and she chairs CAT’s Legislative Committee. She’s also involved with Cable: Moving Women Forward and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. She serves on Davidson County’s 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 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, and professional ethics.

On a personal note, Jennifer is married to another Nashville native, Ben Jacobs. They live in West Nashville with their daughter, dog and cat. When she’s not working, Jennifer enjoys travelling, attending music festivals, and spending time with loved ones.


Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard
2122 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN, 37212
Jennifer Lynne Sheppard
509 W Court Square
Springfield, TN, 37172
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Posted by MICHAEL | September 12, 2021
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Our family wisely contacted Jennifer Sheppard to assist us with initiating conservatorship proceedings in Tennessee for more appropriate care of an elderly relative resident in another state. We had been initially adrift in an especially complex situation caring for our relative’s personal needs, safeguarding her property and paying expenses, while trying to ascertain how to approach all the legal issues. Jennifer Sheppard analyzed our situation and carefully crafted answers, patiently explaining the why and wherefore for different actions based on her vast experience in this field of law. The questions we had soon gave way to new avenues of action and uncertainty became confidence. We were no longer anxious for we knew that what we were doing was supported by sound judgment rooted in law and proper procedure. Our family regards Jennifer Sheppard as a trusted advisor and counselor to us who is accessible, reliable, and knowledgeable who can be counted on to offer valued assistance.
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Posted by Barbara | September 22, 2019
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An Amazing Lawyer
''Jennifer Sheppard, Is an outstanding attorney who has that unique skill of being a kind & passionate advocate for her clients, while also being a fearless and persistent warrior against those who are out to hurt those same clients. She has always negotiated the most favorable outcome for me in all the tough situations in which, I unfortunately had to face and needed to ask for help. she has saved my life, and I will forever be grateful for having such a wise and professional advocate! She is my Angel!''
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Posted by Jennifer | October 4, 2018
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J. Pina
Most recently, we hired Jennifer Sheppard to help us gain legal custody of a child. She has worked on numerous cases for our family. She was easy to contact via email and telephone and returned all communication promptly. She and her staff informed us of each phase of the process and showed up to court on our behalf. Jennifer was easy to work with and had the right combination of empathy and toughness to handle our case. She will always be my first choice when I need legal counsel.
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Posted by James | May 31, 2018
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Excellent Attorney
Just a review about Mrs Jennifer Sheppard . . I hired her firm and would definitely hire again. She is co-atty of the year. I would hire this Atty again absolutely. Want results get this Atty . Hands down my pick.
Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2017
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Jennifer Sheppard is fantastic!
I hired Jennifer to handle the probate of my late mother's estate. Jennifer stayed in contact with me throughout the probate process (several months), updating me on the next steps. There was an issue with a difficult sibling and Jennifer handled that situation professionally and with the utmost courtesy. I would highly recommend Jennifer Sheppard to anyone seeking legal assistance on probate and family matters. She certainly is knowledgeable on the law.
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Posted by Lori | April 7, 2015
Martin, Heller, Potempa and Sheppard
I have a very complicated family law case that Ms. Sheppard is representing me in. She has been on my case for about a year now and I have to say I'm glad to have her in our corner. Im very comfortable with her and her office as they have always been honest with me, she has always been accessible to me to answer any questions I have and I don't feel like anyone else could have brought my case this far under the circumstances. I highly recommend her and her firm!
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Work Experience

  • Attorney/Partner
  • Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Jennifer Sheppard
  • 2005 - 2013


  • Nashville School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • University of Tennessee
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000


  • 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
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Nashville, TN
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Nashville, TN
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020


Speaking Engagements

  • CLE
  • Free Britney: Conservatorships in Tennessee
  • 2021
  • CLE
  • The Probate Process Explained
  • 2016
  • CLE
  • Lawyer/Client Relationship
  • 2016
  • CLE
  • Conservatorship Overview
  • 2015
  • CLE
  • Changes to Conservatorship Statutes
  • 2013
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