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Sarah Y. Sheppeard

Sarah Y. Sheppeard, is a shareholder and a Supreme Court Rule 31 Mediator, in the firm’s Knoxville office. Sarah practices in the areas of domestic relations, estates, commercial law and general civil litigation. She has been a lecturer with the Tennessee Law Institute since 1988.  She was chair of the Tennessee Judicial Evaluation Commission, was for 15 years an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law, was previously a member of the Tennessee Law Review, and has chaired the Tennessee Bar Association Litigation Section and CLE Committee. A past-president of the Knoxville Bar Association, she is a Fellow in the Knoxville, Tennessee and American Bar Foundations and the Fellows of the Tennessee Young Lawyers Conference. She served on the Advisory Commission to the Tennessee Supreme Court on Rules of Practice and Procedure.  She is certified as a Rule 31 Mediator by the Tennessee Supreme Court and is Chancellor [legal counsel] of the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee. She received the Tennessee Bar Association’s President’s Award in 2010. In 2014, she was presented with the Knoxville Bar Association’s highest honor, the Governors’ Award.

AFFILIATIONS

  • American Bar Association
  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association

PROFESSIONAL HONORS AND ACTIVITIES

  • Tennessee Bar Association
    • President-Elect, 2018-2019
  • Selected by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell as Elite Lawyer of the South, 2018
  • Recipient of Don Paine Lawyer Legacy Award, 2015
  • Recipient of Knoxville Bar Association Governors’ Award, 2014
  • Recipient of Tennessee Bar Association President’s Award, 2010
  • Recipient of American Bar Association Judicial Education Award presented by Special Judges Section, 2007
  • Recipient of YWCA Tribute to Women Award in the field of Business and Government, 1993
  • Recipient of Outstanding alumni of Roosevelt Inn, The International Legal Fraternity of Phi Delta Phi, 1994
  • Named to Best Lawyers, 1994 – present
  • Named one of Best 101 Lawyers in Tennessee@ by Business Tennessee magazine, 2004-present
  • Named to Super Lawyers@, 2006-2016
  • Fellow, Knoxville Bar Foundation, 1992-present
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2009-present
  • Fellow, Tennessee Bar Foundation, 1994-present
  • Fellows of the Tennessee Young Lawyers Conference
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

    • Participant in The Pro Bono Project and through private practice
    • Chancellor, Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee, 2005-present
    • Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan; Senior Warden (two years); Vestry Member (six years); Stewardship Chairman; Chair of the finance committee
    • Lay Reader and Eucharistic Minster (various times past 15 years)
    • Tennessee Certified Master Gardener

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Knoxville Office

One Centre Square, Fifth Floor
620 Market Street
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902
Telephone (865) 546-4646
FAX (865) 523-6529

Education

University of Tennessee, B.A., with honors, 1976

University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., 1979

Bar Admission

Tennessee 1980

United States Supreme Court

United States Court of Appeals (Sixth Circuit)

United States Tax Court

United States District Court

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  • Representative Experience

    • Tennessee Law of Evidence. (2nd 1991, 3rd Ed. 1995, 4th Ed. 2000, 5th Ed. 2005, 6th Ed. 2011) [co-authored with Neil P. Cohen and Donald F. Paine]
    • Domestic Relations – Divorce – Restrictions on Recriminations, 46 Tennessee Law Review 461, 1979