William J. Sheppard

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Phi Delta Phi. Executive Editor, University of Florida Law Review, 1966-1967. Author: "Criminal Law: Void for Vagueness Versus Common Law Criminal Libel," 19 Florida Law Review 307, 1966; "Present Banking Structure in Florida and Branch Banking," 20 University of Florida Law Review 84, Vol. XX, No. 1, Summer, 1967. Member, Governor's Advisory Committee on Corrections, 1982-1986. Recipient: U.S. Army's Commendation Medal; Distinguished Service Award presented by the National Federation of the Blind of Florida, 1978; Nelson Poynter Civil Liberties Award, 1982 and 2000; The Florida Bar President's Pro Bono Service Award, 1984; The Florida Supreme Court Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award, 1985; Civil and Human Rights award presented by the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies, 1990; Selig I. Golden Memorial Award presented by the Criminal Law Section of the Florida Bar, 1993; Steven M. Goldstein Criminal Justice Award presented by the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2001; The Florida Bar Foundation Medal of Honor Award, 2004; Mary L. Singleton Justice, Peace and Social Harmony Memorial Award, 2004. Member, 1992-1996 and Chairman, 1995-1996, Judicial Nominating Commission, Fourth Judicial Circuit. Member, Civil Justice Reform Act Commission, Middle District of Florida, 1996-1998. Voted one of The Best Lawyers in America in the following areas: Criminal Defense; Non-White Collar; Non-White Collar Criminal Defense; White Collar Criminal Defense; Appellate Law; First Amendment Law; Labor and Employment Law; recognized as Super Lawyer on the area of Criminal Defense, Civil Rights/First Amendment, Employment Litigation - Plaintiff. Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer; Voted 2012 Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America, Non-White Collar Criminal Defense.

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Criminal Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Appellate Practice
  • Federal Trial Practice

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
904-356-9661  Phone
904-356-9667  Fax
University Attended:
Florida State University, B.S., 1963
Law School Attended:
University of Florida, J.D., 1967
Year of First Admission:
1968, Florida and U.S. District Courts, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida; 1981, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; 1995, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; 1971, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; 1982, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit; 1999, U.S. Tax Court; 1991, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; 1973, U.S. Supreme Court
Jacksonville Bar Association (Fourth Judicial Circuit Professionalism Committee, 1999-2000); The Florida Bar (Member, Criminal Law Certification Committee, 1986-1988); Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Member, Board of Directors, 1986-1987); National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys; American College of Trial Lawyers; Life Member, The Florida Bar Foundation; Master of the Bench, Chester Bedell Inn of Court.
lst. Lt. U.S. Army 1963-1965
Birth Information:
Portland, Oregon, November 4, 1941
Reported Cases:
Doggett v. U.S., 505 U.S. 647 (1992); Johnson v. U.S., 520 U.S. 461 (1997); Bashir v. U.S. 544 U.S. 957 (2005).

Peer Reviews

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