Kevin W. Shepherd

Firm founder

For most people, legal issues are stressful and confusing. They must make the most important decisions of their lives without truly understanding their legal rights. After beginning my legal career working in the office of the District Attorney and as a Public Defender, I learned that the people in my community needed individualized legal support.

I’m proud to say that I have offered that individualized legal support for the last 33 years. I founded this law firm to help people who often feel powerless to protect their rights in stressful circumstances, and took on a partner who is as client-driven as I am. A large part of our practice focuses on family law, estate planning, personal injury law, and criminal defense, but each client has unique needs and concerns. At Shepherd & Long, P.C., we aim to address those concerns in the least stressful way. My clients know they can ask questions at any time, and they trust me to treat their legal issues with honesty and integrity. This is why so many individuals I have worked with send new clients my way through enthusiastic referrals. It is also why I am consistently honored with Avvo’s Clients’ Choice Award each year, and why the firm was named a Platinum Client Champion by Martindale-Hubbell in 2020.

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Dedicated to law, family, and community

I have spent my legal career helping people address significant legal issues, both in courtrooms and outside of them. I teach education seminars on current and changing Tennessee laws, courses on family law topics in the National Business Institute and courses through Tennessee Attorneys Memo on family law. I am an advocate for the rights of families, and I firmly believe in community involvement. This is why I served as the elected County Commissioner for eight years, and why I served as JAG officer in the US military for several years with the Army Reserve.

While I devote much of my time to helping families move forward, I also practice what I preach, making time for my family. I’m the resident chef in my house, and when I’m not speaking with clients, you might find me curled up with a bestseller in the garden.


  • Tennessee, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee, 1988


Professional associations

Appellate cases

  • Weissfeld v Weissfeld, 2004 Tenn App Lexis 606
  • Baker v Baker, 1997 Tenn App Lexis 837
  • State v. Akins, 867 S.W.2d 350 (TN. Crim App 1993)
  • State v. Spradlin, 12 S.W.3d 432 (Tenn 2000)
  • Sneed v. State, 872 S.W.2d 930 (Tenn Cr.App 1993)
  • Armbrister v Armbrister, 2011 Tenn App Lexis 628
  • Bailey v Blount Co. Bd of Education 303 SW 3d 216 ( Tenn 2010)


  • Paternity Fraud Audio Seminar, Paternity Fraud, 2014
  • Child Custody Modifications, Audio Seminar, Child Custody, 2014
  • Family Law – Advanced Issues, Family Law, 2013, 2015, 2018
  • Family Law Conference, Paternity and Other Disputes, 2013
  • Law Conference for Tennessee Practitioners, Family Law Update, 2012-2019
  • Family Law from Start to Finish, Family Law, 2012
  • Ethical Issues for the Family Lawyer 2018, 2019