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Vanessa Jeffries Sheppard

Family Attorney at Dallas, TX

4.5   15 reviews
Virtual consultation available
Virtual consultation available
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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

About Vanessa

Learn Vanessa’s areas of practice.

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Practice area
  1. Family
    100%

    14 years

Education

Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, (J.D. 2010) (Cum Laude)

Southern Methodist University (B.A. 2006) 

​(Magna Cum Laude)

 

Representative Experience

Vanessa has developed a practical understanding of a wide range of issues and disputes related to family law and estate planning and she uses her experience, resolve, and sound judgment to craft effective solutions for your complex problems. She has worked on a variety of family law cases including divorce, asset protection, child custody, paternity, modification of custody and visitation, post-divorce enforcement issues, annulments, and common law marriages.  Vanessa has also assisted clients in will preparations, drafting powers of attorney, and health directives.  Vanessa believes one of the most important aspects of her practice is seeing the "big picture" and knowing that every person and every case is unique. Vanessa will effectively represent the individual interests of every client to help them achieve their legal goals.

Awards

Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
2015

Location

Duffee + Eitzen
4311 Oak Lawn Avenue
Ste. 600
Dallas, TX, 75219

Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
  15 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
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Posted by Frank | September 2, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
beyond elated
I've hired probably six attorneys in my life but none of them were as detail oriented or attentive to my needs as Vanessa was through the course of my proceedings. She always responded within 24 hours of my attempts to contact her and and promptly followed up on my needs. She also went the extra mile when necessary without hesitation. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for an attorney in family law.
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Posted by Leonel | August 1, 2021
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Custody- Excellent lawyer very professional
I will forever be thankful to Vanessa. It was a stressful situation but She was there from the beginning, keeping up to date and informed through the whole process. Vanessa did an excellent job and highly recommend her.
Posted by Misty | February 22, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Out-of-country divorce
I was very happy with the services rendered. She made it painless to file for an out-of-country divorce. Although, the process was long, at no fault of her own, she made it pleasant by keeping me well-informed of the steps along the way. I would definitely recommend her for family related needs.
Posted by Irma | March 15, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Very happy with her services
Vanessa did an outstanding job with my case, I will be forever thankful to her. I was going through a very stressful/difficult custody case and she made the situation much better by showing compassion and positivity. I could not have asked for a better attorney.
Posted by Maria | October 2, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Divorce and child custody
Vanessa is an excellent lawyer, besides being professional, she is caring and compassionate, she engaged with me at all times, explained every step of the proses and was available to me any time, she understood what she needed to do professionally and was always ready for the next step. There is so much more I would say about her but I don't need much words to describe her, if needed in the future I will consult and hire her services before anyone else.
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Posted by Agustin | October 2, 2015
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Amazing service
Vanessa provides excellent legal advice, she made sure that my interests were protected at all times. She followed-up my requests promptly and I was always aware of what were my options and the next steps throughout my case.
Posted by Ms. Klonek | September 24, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Business Filings, Legal Advice, Subcontractor issues
We have hired this firm for our Business. They are very detailed, very informative do a great job always. We highly recommend this Law Firm and Vanessa as they do what is always best for the client.
Posted by Stephanie | September 24, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Extremely Professional, Knowledgeable, and Quick to Act all describe Vanessa and her work
When we needed legal assistance, we knew right away that Vanessa was the right person to turn to. As soon as we reached out to Vanessa with our legal issue, she was readily available to explain the processes and legal next steps. Not only that, she immediately empathized with our cause and was able to turn around the documents we needed quickly and extremely professionally. Vanessa goes above and beyond to make her clients feel like they are her most important client and her attentiveness was felt by all. We would wholeheartedly recommend Vanessa for this type of work and other legal matters, and if we ever need legal consult or to hire an attorney in the future, we would definitely work with Vanessa again!
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Posted by Carmen | September 24, 2015
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Empathetic and smart
Vanessa was readily available to explain the processes and legal documents to me in layman's terms which I really appreciated. I could tell that the work she was doing mattered to her and it wasn't just about unfairly billing me hours of work without my understanding of what was happening. She is a quality woman and an exceptional lawyer and for someone having a difficult time going through the legalities of a divorce it meant a lot to truly felt like I had someone fighting for me but also actively making me feel like part of a winning team.
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Posted by Kristin | September 22, 2015
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Smart, Feisty, Funny
I recommend friends to Vanessa because I know she will do whatever it takes to help her clients. She analyzes every angle of an argument, meticulously prepares for meetings and court, and helps ease the tension with a delightful sense of humor.
Posted by Katoria | September 22, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Reliable Service
Vanessa was very responsive and kept me informed throughout the entire process. Thank u for your fast friendly and professional service!
Posted by Austin | September 22, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very professional; did excellent work on wills, POAs
We were referred to Vanessa through a friend and were glad we got to work with her. She met us at a time that was convenient for us. She walked us through the process of preparing wills and power of attorney documents. She broke down the legal jargon into easy to understand terminology. She worked with us by email, phone as well as in the office. She charged a very reasonable fee for the work which was told to us up front and did not change through the process. She worked quickly and provided the work in the promised amount of time. We would definitely recommend her and her firm for this type of work and would return to her if need be.
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Posted by Stefanie | September 21, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Caring
Vanessa is nothing but caring. She listens and you can tell she loves what she does! She is very helpful and I am so glad she has became my attorney for the SECOND time!
Posted by Jodi | September 15, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Hunter is always supervising her
She never handles a case without Hunter supervising her. Why I do not know. Supposedly she is a licensed family attorney but when you go to court Hunter, who costs more Vanessa, always does the heavy lifting. I would not hire again.
Posted by Jon | May 27, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Requires constant supervision
The Attorney has shown a history of negligence in handling my case. Her mishandlings include, but are not limited to: Sending emails riddled with inaccuracies, which she later confessed to have sent via voice text while driving her car. Neglecting to accurately read and document information sent to her, leading to duplicate requests for information. Billing for Correspondence that was never sent. Neglecting to send a Correspondence and claiming that it was "stuck" though documentation shows that she in fact never sent it. Failing to complete tasks requested of her without constant follow­up and claiming to have a particular understanding of what I requested of her, despite numerous instances of clearly­ stated requests.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 375-375 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Duffee + Eitzen, LLP
  • 2019 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • The Ashmore Law Firm
  • 2017 - 2019
  • Partner
  • Farinacci & Sheppard Law, PLLC
  • 2013 - 2017
  • Contract Attorney
  • Counsel On Call
  • 2012 - 2017
  • Associate Attorney
  • Quilling, Selander, Lownds, Winslett & Moser
  • 2011 - 2012
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Education

  • Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Southern Methodist University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006

Associations

  • The Annette Stewart Inn of Court
  • Associate Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Attorneys Serving the Community (ASC)
  • 2016 - Present
  • Dallas Bar Association, Probate, Trusts and Estate Section
  • 2013 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas Family Law Section
  • 2011 - Present
  • Dallas Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • 2011 - Present
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • 2010 - Present
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • 2010 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2023
  • Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Best Attorneys Under 40
  • D Magazine
  • 2022
  • Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Best Attorneys Under 40
  • D Magazine
  • 2020
  • Rising Stars
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • The National Advocates
  • 2016
  • Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • 2015 Rising Star
  • Texas Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • 2014 Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (6)
Endorse Vanessa
Family Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the privilege of working with Vanessa on various premarital agreements. She is professional, courteous, intelligent and extremely responsive. She works hard for her clients and is able to weigh the practicalities and legal arguments for each case. She is creative in her settlement tactics and negotiations. I'd recommend this lawyer in a heartbeat to anyone in need of representation!"
Family Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Vanessa is an extremely knowledgeable attorney who is a zealous, ethical advocate for her clients. She is a pleasure to handle cases with, and I regularly refer her cases when I have matters I am unable to handle due to time or conflicts."
Family Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with and referred over many cases to Vanessa. Anytime I have a family law issue, I consult and refer my family and friends to her. Vanessa is prompt, diligent and compassionate. She is a zealous advocate for her clients. I enjoy working with her and have heard great feedback from the clients I have referred to her."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Friend
"I highly recommend Vanessa for all family law matters!"
Family Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. She is my law partner at Farinacci & Sheppard Law, PLLC."
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Dallas Family Lawyer Vanessa Jeffries Sheppard
Vanessa Jeffries Sheppard
Family Attorney
Dallas, TX
Licensed for 13 years
Virtual consultation available