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Why Hire Shepard Law?

What sets Shepard Law apart from the rest?

Shepard Law clients enjoy the support of a dedicated team of professionals committed to helping them receive the benefits they need and deserve as soon as possible. Unlike many law firms, the team at Shepard Law does not sit passively on Social Security Disability cases, but actively seeks to obtain the earliest possible approval for benefits possible. Many lawyers and law firms do not press for an early resolution of the case, but will passively allow the bureaucratic process to run its full course. Why would they do this? Attorneys are generally paid a percentage of a client's "back pay" (benefits that should have been paid by the Social Security Administration between the time that the person became disabled and the time that the Social Security Administration actually started paying benefits). That means the longer your claim takes, the more money your attorney will make when your claim is approved. When Mr. Shepard and his staff formed Shepard Law, they felt strongly that helping clients get the financial and medical benefits they so desperately need as soon as possible was the right thing to do. Of course the firm earns fees from their clients' cases, but the goal at Shepard Law is to achieve the best possible result with the least amount of delay. If delaying a client's financial and medical benefits to make more in fees is wrong then the team at Shepard Law doesn't want to be right!

The team at Shepard Law places its emphasis on getting your claim approved as soon as possible, and can sometimes even do this far earlier than expected by securing an "on the record" approval, which occurs before the hearing date. This type of dedication to the client's personal interests is rare, and it is only one example of why Shepard Law differs from other law firms. If you are looking for personal attention and tireless representation, contact Shepard Law today. The team at Shepard Law knows how important it is for you and your family to receive the financial and medical benefits from Social Security Disability Insurance that you deserve and they are ready to begin working on your case immediately.

Attorney Rusty Shepard

Rusty Shepard has over 12 years of legal experience having graduated from Florida State University College of Law in 2000. Mr. Shepard has spent his entire legal career practicing in Florida's 14th Judicial Circuit. Mr. Shepard began his legal career as an Assistant State Attorney in Chipley, Florida. In 2004, Mr. Shepard was the founding partner the firm that would later become Appleman, Shepard & Trucks. Mr. Shepard and his dedicated staff of paralegals left Appleman, Shepard & Trucks in 2011 to form Shepard Law. Mr. Shepard served as President of the Bay County Bar Association from 2007-2010. In 2011, Mr. Shepard was one of twenty lawyers recognized by the Florida Bar with the President's Pro Bono Service Award. Mr. Shepard served on the Law Related Education Committee of the Florida Bar from 2003-2009 and is a frequent speaker on the law and legal related issues.

Mr. Shepard has been admitted to practice in all state courts in Florida, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Mr. Shepard is a member of the National Association of Social Security Claimant's Representatives, the American Bar Association, the Bay County Bar Association (past-President), and is a Barrister in the St. Andrew's Bay Inns of Court.

Mr. Shepard received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson. Prior to law school, Mr. Shepard spent five years as a political consultant for a national political committees and respective United States Senate candidates in Washington, DC. Mr. Shepard also served in the Washington, DC based political affairs office of Astrum International, the parent company of Samsonite, Culligan and Botany 500.

The team at Shepard Law places a high priority on maintaining contact with the client-making and is available to answer any questions that you may have about your case and keeping you informed at all times of the latest status. Given that an SSD claim can sometimes take many months to complete, this commitment to ongoing contact is invaluable, meant to prevent you from feeling lost or wondering what is happening with the case. In the event that you have not been able to secure a proper medical diagnosis for your condition, the Shepard Law team will assist you in working with a network of low-cost clinics and charitable services in order to gather the necessary evidence for your claim. They know how confusing this process can be and are ready to put their years of experience and skill to work for you!

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