Timothy N. Shepherd

Of Counsel

770-229-1882 MAIN |770-229-9810 FAX

TSHEPHERD@SMITHWELCHLAW.COM

Practice Areas
Personal Injury
Wrongful Death
Torts
School Law
Business Litigation
Civil Litigation
Family Law

Law School: University of Georgia, Lumpkin School of Law, JD 1981
Undergraduate: University of Georgia, BS in Political Science 1978

Tim Shepherd represents individuals in various civil litigation involving family law matters such as adoptions, divorce, custody and child support issues, contract disputes, employment issues, personal injury, wrongful death, probate matters, school law and local government disputes. Mr. Shepherd also represents small to medium-sized business clients in civil litigation involving a wide variety of issues such as contract disputes, commercial problems, construction disputes and relationships with local government entities as well as business clients in the negotiation and drafting of contracts and other documents, formation of businesses and advising business clients on day-to-day legal matters.

Tim has practiced law in Griffin, Georgia since 1984. The past nine years he was in practice with his oldest son, Patrick, until Patrick was elected as the Solicitor General of the State Court of Spalding County in 2018. In January, 2019, Tim joined the firm of Smith Welch Webb & White as Of Counsel.

Tim Shepherd grew up in Griffin, Ga before attending the University of Georgia where he received a Political Science degree and Juris Doctorate from Lumpkin School of Law. Mr. Shepherd is married with three sons and enjoys hunting, fishing, golf, hiking, high school and college football and coached youth league baseball for many years (now just a fan).

Tim is married to the former Beth McGhee. They have three sons, Patrick is the Solicitor General of the State Court of Spalding County, Eric is a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine and presently serves on the faculty at the University of Georgia, and Alec holds a Master’s Degree from UGA and is employed in the College of Agriculture on the Athens Campus.

Reported
Cases
The following is a sample list of the reported appellate cases in which Mr. Shepherd served as counsel:

  • Lewis and Carolyn Pate et al vs Seaboard Railroad, Inc. 819 F2d 1074 (1987)
  • Tharp v Tharp 258 Ga 220 (1988)
  • Murray v Gardner 259 Ga App 725 { 2003)
  • Pryor v Pryor 263 Ga 153 (1993)
  • McDade v McDade 263 Ga 456 (1983)
  • Shah v Shah 270 Ga 649 (1999)
  • In the Interest of RW 186 Ga App 885 (1988)
  • Hammond v Hammond 282 Ga 456 (2007)
  • Gwinnett County School District, etal v Cox 289 Ga 265
  • Kendall v Delaney 282 Ga 482 (2007)
  • Spalding County v Cramer 262 Ga 843 (1993)
  • Cramer v Spalding County 261 Ga 570 (1991)
Trial
Experience
Tim Shepherd has tried hundreds of cases in State Court and before Administrative tribunals. He has also tried matters in Federal courts but has concentrated his trial practice in the State Court system. Tim has focused in trial practice in Spalding County, Pike County, Butts County, Lamar County, Monroe County and Coweta County.
Admissions and
Recognitions
Admitted to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, Northern District of Georgia, the Supreme Court of Georgia, the Georgia Court of Appeals, and both the Northern and Middle Districts of the United States District. A member of the State Bar of Georgia, Georgia Bar Association, Elbert County Bar Association (Chairman, Law Day Committee), Spalding County Bar Association (Secretary/Treasurer, Vice-President, and President), and Council of School Attorneys.
Community
Involvement
  • Tim is involved in his local community. He was heavily involved in coaching youth baseball teams for many years and broadcast high school football and baseball games for nineteen years (from 2000 — 2018) before retiring after the 2018 football season.
  • Tim served as the attorney for the Board of Directors of Spalding County Youth Baseball for many years.