Stephanie J. Shepherd

Stephanie J. Shepherd makes an immediate and lasting impression on clients. As an accomplished attorney with a decade of experience in a diverse range of practice areas, Ms. Shepherd is best known for her outstanding work in the areas of insurance defense, criminal defense, domestic relations, and juvenile matters.

Ms. Shepherd is also highly regarded for her representation of clients in medical malpractice cases. Her career has been highlighted by successful outcomes litigating complex “med mal” claims against physicians and healthcare facilities. She has mediated and negotiated settlements on behalf of clients with an impressive settlement rate, while serving as a strong, effective advocate for clients in court proceedings. Ms. Shepherd is a thorough investigator, as she performs crucial research on wide-ranging medical issues, disease processes, and surgical procedures to evaluate liability and exposure, and she effectively defends those cases.

Separate from Ms. Shepherd’s medical malpractice work is her notable handling of construction claims and personal liability matters. She is also well versed in employment law matters and has represented high-profile clients in wrongful termination claims made by employees.

Ms. Shepherd has represented clients in all aspects of criminal proceedings, from introductory interviews and investigations to court appearances and the negotiation of pleas. Ms. Shepherd has drafted numerous intricate legal briefs, often involving constitutional arguments, representing judges, public officials, and other state officials in federal and state civil matters and the trial court and appellate level.

Finally, Ms. Shepherd is credited with researching and drafting the West Virginia Sexual Violence Bench Book, updates for the West Virginia Domestic Violence Bench Book, and updates for the West Virginia Child Abuse and Neglect Bench Book as part of the West Virginia Supreme Court (court improvement program). She has ardently represented clients in domestic relations and domestic violence proceedings, and she has represented clients in all aspects of child abuse and neglect and juvenile proceedings. Aside from her family law practice, Ms. Shepherd often provides pro bono representation to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in family court.


Areas of Practice

  • Insurance Defense

  • Criminal Defense

  • Domestic Relations

  • Juvenile Matters

  • Abuse and Neglect Cases

  • Family Law

  • Medical Malpractice

  • Mediation

  • Civil Litigation 

  • Criminal Litigation 

  • Construction Law

  • Personal Liability Law

Bar Admissions

  • West Virginia State Bar, 2004
  • State of Maryland, 2008
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2007
  • US District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, 2007
  • US District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, 2007


  • West Virginia University College of Law
    • Juris Doctor
  • West Virginia University
    • Master of Arts
    • Major: Special Education/Behavior Disorders
    • Magna Cum Laude
  • West Virginia University
    • Bachelor of Arts
    • Major: Psychology
    • Magna Cum Laude

Past Employment

  • Linkous Law, Staff Attorney
  • Shuman, McCuskey & Slicer, Staff Attorney
  • Hedges, Lyons, & Shepherd, Partner


Contact Us

Morgantown Law Office

265 High Street 4th Floor

Morgantown, WV 26505

(304) 291-5829