Frank A. Shepherd Attorney At Law


Frank A. Shepherd - Attorney at Law

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Miami 333 SE 2nd Avenue Suite 3200 Miami, Florida 33131

Former Chief Judge for the Florida Third District Court of Appeal providing wise counsel for business clients and colleagues. Known for quiet mastery of trial and appellate practice and procedure.   

Frank Shepherd is a former judge and lifelong trial and appellate lawyer supporting clients as a consultant, co-counsel, mediator, and special master. Frank served as a judge on the Florida Third District Court of Appeal for thirteen years, writing more than 500 published opinions in all areas of civil and criminal law. His perspective from the bench offers valuable insight to clients and counsel facing business disputes and uphill litigation. Frank represents clients with interests in the business, manufacturing, insurance, logistics, and real estate sectors among many others. Notable career representations include Dupont de Nemours and Company and the Federal Express Corporation.  

A respected legal craftsman with an enthusiasm for the law, Frank serves as a consultant on litigation and appeals and provides supportive services to trial counsel, including brief writing, oral argument, and case strategy. Judges frequently appoint him to serve as an arbitrator, mediator or receiver, or as an umpire in first party insurance cases. Frank has decades of experience in a wide variety of issues involving administrative law, admiralty and maritime law, alternate dispute resolution, class actions, property rights and eminent domain, insurance coverage and personal injury defense, product liability and mass tort litigation, and professional liability defense. He is deeply respected by clients and colleagues alike for his deliberative and intellectual approach.

Before joining GrayRobinson and his judgeship, Frank served in successive partnership and leadership roles at regional and national law firms. Previously, he served as Associate Administrator for Legal Counsel and Enforcement for the United States Environmental Protection Agency by presidential appointment, and as the Florida Senior Attorney for the Pacific Legal Foundation. A known statewide authority on Florida Constitutional law, Frank has served as an adjunct professor of law at St. Thomas University College of Law for nearly 20 years. He is also the founding member of the Florida Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society. Frank works collaboratively with GrayRobinson colleagues across the firm to provide substantive and procedural advice for clients.  

  • Notable Work
    • Led international mass tort team in defense of mass tort litigation involving pesticide manufacturing by Dupont de Nemours
    • Instrumental in adding Article V, Section 21 to the Florida Constitution, which eliminated the use of the doctrine of “Chevron Defense” in Florida Courts
  • Insights
    • GrayRobinson E-lert: Florida Supreme Court Issues Opinion Replacing Summary Judgment Rule, April 30, 2021
    • “The Demise of Agency Deference: Florida Takes the Lead,” The Florida Bar Journal, Vol. 94, No. 1, January/February 2020
    •  “Legal Writing–How to Get Affirmed,” Florida Conference of Circuit Judges, August 6, 2019
    • “First Party Insurance–Don’t Get Blown Away,” 2019 Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies, May 31, 2019
    • “Amending the Florida Constitution to Eliminate Chevron Deference in the State Courts and Administrative Hearings,” Judicial 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
    • “A Compelling Read About the Administration of Justice in Our Society,” Daily Business Review, October 2017
    •  “Marsy’s Law Brings Equity To Victims’ And Criminals’ Rights,” Florida Politics, October 2017
    • “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
  • Media
  • Affiliations
    • Dade County Bar Association
    • The Florida Bar
      • Standing Committee on Appellate Court Rules, 2021-present
      • Standing Committee on Rules of General Practice and Judicial Administration, 2018-2021
    • Florida Supreme Court
      • Certified Circuit Court Mediator
    • Guardian Ad Litem Program
    • Cooperative Living Association Alumni Board of Directors, University of Florida
      • Trustee, 2008-present
    • Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society
      • Founding Member, 2004-present
  • Credentials
    • J.D., University of Michigan, 1972
    • M.A., University of Massachusetts, 1970
    • B.A., University of Florida, 1968, cum laude
  • Admissions
    • Florida
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida
    • U.S. Supreme Court