Frank A. Shepherd Attorney At Law

Frank A. Shepherd - Attorney at Law


T 305-416-6880
F 305-416-6887
D 305-913-6776
Miami 333 S.E. 2nd Avenue Suite 3200 Miami, Florida 33131

Frank A. Shepherd is a shareholder in GrayRobinson’s Miami law firm office. From 2003 to 2017, Mr. Shepherd served as one of ten judges on the Florida Third District Court of Appeal, writing more than 500 published opinions in all areas of civil and criminal law.  

Mr. Shepherd began his legal career with the law firm of Bradford, Williams, McKay, Kimbrell, Hamann and Jennings in Miami, Florida, where he maintained both a trial and appellate practice for more than 18 years. In 1981, he was appointed by President Reagan and served as Associate Administrator for Legal Counsel and Enforcement for the United States Environmental Protection Agency. In 1990, he became the founding Florida managing partner of the national law firm of Popham, Haik, Schnobrich and Kaufman, P.A. He was a partner in the law firm of Weissman, Dervishi, Shepherd, Borgo & Nordland, P.A., from 1997 to 1998, and from January 1, 1999, until he was appointed to the Third District Court of Appeal, he was the Florida Senior Attorney for the Pacific Legal Foundation.  

His community and professional activities have included service as a director of the James Madison Institute in Tallahassee, Florida (1987-1995), a member of the research advisory board of the Foundation for Florida's Future (1995-1998) and a participant in the Miami-Dade County Guardian ad Litem program. He is a founding member of the Florida Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society and honorary chair of the Cooperative Living Organization Alumni Board, the oldest student-run cooperative living facility in the United States, assisting needy students who otherwise would not be able to attend the University of Florida and where he lived as an undergraduate student at the University of Florida from 1965 to 1968.  

Mr. Shepherd brings to GrayRobinson a broad range of legal experience in the areas of administrative law, admiralty and maritime law, alternate dispute resolution, class actions, private property rights and eminent domain, insurance coverage and defense, product liability and mass tort litigation, personal injury and professional liability defense. He is also a recognized expert in state constitutional law and has taught Florida Constitutional Law at St. Thomas University Law School in Miami Gardens for over 13 years. 

Mr. Shepherd graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1972.

  • Education
    • University of Florida, B.A., (cum laude, 1968)
    • University of Massachusetts, M.A., (1970)
    • University of Michigan, J.D., (1972)
  • Admissions
    • Florida
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
    • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Professional Associations & Memberships
    • The Florida Bar
      • Standing Committee, Rules of Judicial Administration, 2018-2021
    • The District of Columbia Bar (inactive)
    • Dade County Bar Association
  • Awards & Recognitions
    • AV Preeminent® rated by Martindale-Hubbell

  • Civic
    • Cooperative Living Association Alumni Board of Directors, University of Florida
      • Trustee, 2008-present
    • Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society
      • Founding Member, 2004-present
    • Foundation for Florida's Future
      • Research Advisory Board, 1995-1998
    • James Madison Institute
      • Director, 1987-1995
    • Guardian Ad Litem Program
  • Representative Decisions
    • L.L. v. State, 189 So. 3d 252 (Fla. 3d DCA 2016)
    • Perez v. Bell South Telecommunications, 138 So. 3d 492 (Fla. 3d DCA 2014)
    • Sean St. Louis v. Florida International University, 60 S. 3d 455 (Fla. 3d DCA 2011)
    • Leslie v. Carnival Corp., 22 So. 3d 561 (Fla. 3d DCA 2008), rehr’g en banc denied, 22 So. 3d 567 (Fla. 3d DCA 2009)
    • Kia Motors America Corporation v. Butler, 985 So. 2d 1133 (Fla. 3d DCA 2008)
  • Presentations & Seminars
    • “First Party Insurance–Don't Get Blown Away," 2019 Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies, May 31, 2019
    • “Legal Writing–How to Get Affirmed," Florida Conference of Circuit Judges, August 6, 2019
    • "Amending the Florida Constitution to Eliminate Chevron Deference in the State Courts and Administrative Hearings," Executive Committee, Florida Constitutional Revision Commission, February 1, 2018
    • "Behind the Burgundy Curtain: Reminisces of a Retired Judge,” Kendall/South Miami Bar Association, January 26, 2018
    • “Homestead 101 for the 21st Century,” The Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, “Probate Law 2017,” November 3, 2017
    • “Amending the Florida Constitution to Eliminate Chevron Deference in the State Courts and Administrative Hearings,” Judicial Committee, Florida Constitutional Revision Commission, November 2, 2017
    • “New Challenges and New Means to Resolution,” CLE International Annual Eminent Domain Conference, October 26-27, 2017, Tampa, Florida
    • “Advanced Topics in Insurance Law: Everything the Florida Judge Would Want to Know,”  2017 Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies, May 22, 2017, Naples, Florida
    • "Insurance: The Devil is in the Details," 2016 Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies, May 24, 2016, Orlando, Florida
    • Lecturer, "Practicing Before the Third District Court of Appeal," February 6, 2015
  • Articles & Publications
  • Media Mentions
  • E-Lerts & Newsletters