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Christen Dawn Shepherd

Child custody Attorney at Kansas City, MO

4.5   8 reviews
  • State Years
    Missouri - MO 24 years
    Kansas - KS 24 years
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State MO
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State KS
    Acquired 2000
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Christen

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Ms. Shepherd opened her family practice in September of 2009. She received her B.S. degree in advertising from The University of Texas at Austin in 1987 and worked in advertising before pursuing law school.  She received her J.D. degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 1999, where she served on the Law Review, the Moot Court Board, and the UMKC Trial Team. She has served as on the board of directors for The Lawyers Association of Kansas City, a public service-oriented organization.  With this organization, she is Chair of the Committee for Public Education in the Law and helps put on the Mini Law School for the Public. Ms. Shepherd is also a member of The Missouri Bar and its Solo and Small Firm Committee and a member of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association and its Domestic Relations Committee. Ms. Shepherd was awarded the Tiera Farrow Outstanding Community Member Award in April 2011 by the UMKC Chapter of the Association of Women Law Students for community service in support of women in the law.  She is a member of the Order of Barristers and admitted to practice in Missouri and Kansas.

Location

Christen D Shepherd Law Office
3111 Wyandotte St Suite 103
Kansas City, MO, 64111

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Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | October 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great work!
Christen was very helpful during my divorce. She was able to sit down and explain things simply and in a manner I could digest. Working with her helped me to not feel overwhelmed by the complexity of the law. She also followed up after the court date and ensured I had all questions answered. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her.
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Posted by Steve | October 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent, assertive, and caring lawyer
Ms. Shepherd was thorough, knowledgeable, assertive in court, and excellent in preparing key documents on time. She is easy to talk to and kind and compassionate.
Posted by Christina | October 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney In Town
I've had Christen for an attorney for serval years now. Best service in Town!! Awesome team behind her as well. I couldn't ask for a better attorney. Always there for advise when needed. Has never let me down yet!! You need an attorney???? Give her a chance to prove your case.
Posted by anonymous | September 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great family law attorney.
Christen did a wonderful job on my custody case. She is very knowledgeable and takes the time to hear and address any and all of your questions. I highly recommend her for any family law matters.
Posted by Shaun P. Kenney, Esq. | September 8, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent family lawyer . . . my first and ONLY choice for local counsel on all matters in Kansas and Missouri.
Ms. Shepherd is my first and ONLY choice for legal counsel in the Kansas City metropolitan area. She is exceptionally knowledgeable in the area of family law. She knows and understands not only the particular dynamics of family law but the Judges and court personnel, too. I have been very fortunate to have used her legal skills and services in numerous cases . . . and so will you.
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Posted by Laura | September 1, 2011
Grateful parents
Ms Shepherd was a blessing in a very complicated custody case. My husband is in the Army and was deployed during our case and even with him half way around the world Ms Shepherd made an effort to keep us both informed and involved in the case. I feel that she really cared about us and the best intrest of everyone in the case. Ms Shepherd was honest, hard working, and VERY easy to work with. We are so grateful for the hard work she invested in our family!
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Posted by Beth | September 1, 2011
Experienced in Family Law
Ms. Shepherd handled my divorce in 2010-11 in a very responsive and professional manner. There were no minor children involved, the biggest issue was division of retirement assets. In addition, I moved to another state shortly after hiring her and my husband continued living in Missouri. She made it easy for me, was very responsive and kept me informed via phone, e-mail and US mail. She was supportive of my hope that the divorce could proceed without getting aggressive or "ugly." Though she did not feel qualified to handle some of the asset division issues, she quickly determined a way to get the job done without excessive cost to me. The entire process was handled without me needing to travel back to MIssouri.
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Posted by anonymous | July 24, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Can't schedule a court date and withdrew funds from my bank account without authorization!
Make sure you don't choose this attorney to represent you. She will not follow-up and told me she scheduled a court date in my case. I would have to check online to check behind her to see if anything was done that I asked in the courts. Would not respond to calls and emails and put me in a very bad position in my case. Kept my debit card information and withdrew funds WITHOUT authorization more than the one time I gave permission. Report her to the Bar Association. Please make sure you protect yourself against using this inept and unprofessional lawyer.
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Response from Christen Shepherd July 24, 2017
My office regrets you were unable to obtain everything you wanted. All necessary callbacks were made and follow up was performed, but the matter is still not settled despite the agreements prepared and sent by our office. The court did not set the trial date, after we tentatively scheduled one, because the parties were planning on settling at that time. The client attended court at that time. All other documents and pleadings were filed with the court on time. As communicated to you on several occasions, our office cannot schedule a trial without full payment of outstanding invoices and a trial deposit, both of which you refused to do. You gave authorizations for debit card payment on many different occasions and many of them failed until one finally went through. That is the only disagreement at issue. We are sorry your association did not work out with us, but there were many advantageous actions performed that assisted you with child custody and property division during the course of my representation, and all I've ever requested is that you pay your outstanding invoices and have funds available to cover time at trial. Christen Shepherd
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 10 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Shepherd Law Group LLC
  • 2009 - Present
  • Summer Intern
  • United States Attorney's Office
  • 1997 - 1997

Education

  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • The University of Texas At Austin
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1987

Associations

  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Solo Practitioner/Small Firms Committee
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Domestic Law Committee
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Lawyers Association of Kansas City
  • Board Member
  • 2010 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Tiera Farrow Outstanding Community Member Award
  • Association of Women Law Students at the University of Missouri - Kansas City
  • 2011
  • Order of Barristers
  • Order of Barristers
  • 1999

Publications

  • Missouri Bar Journal
  • Criminal Practice Series (Supplement Editor: Chapters 12 & 28) Volume 3
  • 2003
  • University of Missouri at Kansas City Law Review
  • Staff: University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Review
  • 1999
  • Law Review of The University of Missouri at Kansas City
  • Lethal Concentration of Power: The DEA and Industrial Hemp
  • 1999
  • University of Missouri at Kansas City Law Review
  • Staff: University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Review
  • 1998
  • University of Missouri at Kansas City Law Review
  • Staff: University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Review
  • 1997
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Speaking Engagements

  • Missouri Bar
  • 2021's Best Legal Tech Tips, Tricks, Services, Gadgets & Websites
  • 2021
  • Missouri Bar
  • | Evidentiary Foundation: A Practical Guide to Getting Your Most Common Evidence Admitted 1
  • 2021
  • Missouri Bar
  • Five Things You Ought To Be Doing In Every Mediation To Guarantee A Great Result
  • 2021
  • Missouri Bar
  • Strategies for Negotiation in Family Law & Drafting Settlement Agreements
  • 2021
  • Missouri Bar
  • The Art of Admitting Evidence
  • 2020
  • Missouri Bar CLE
  • Moderator
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (3)
Endorse Christen
Family Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Christen Shepherd is a diligent and brilliant attorney who truly strives to help her clients get the best outcomes possible."
Family Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Christen is an excellent attorney. She really knows family law, inside and out. I routinely refer her family law clients, and she takes great care of them."
Kansas City Child custody Lawyer Christen Dawn Shepherd
Christen Dawn Shepherd
Child custody Attorney
Kansas City, MO
Licensed for 24 years
Free Consultation