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Debra Sheppard
Senior Litigation Attorney

About Debra Sheppard, Senior Litigation Attorney

All domestic disputes bring a time of upheaval, change, and often fear to those involved. Frederick divorce divorce attorney Debra Sheppard wanted to focus on family law to bring a calm approach and logic into what can feel like a chaotic time.

“I strive to focus on keeping the children’s needs first, using sound business decisions in all property division, and keeping an eye on making sure my client is ready to begin their next chapter in a successful manner,” she said.

Ms. Sheppard tries to remove emotion from the equation in order to better look at things factually. She is a pragmatic attorney who always tells her client what she believes their best- and worst-case scenario is any given situation.

“The discussion on how to proceed, however, always rests with the client,” she said.


Ms. Sheppard is licensed to practice in Maryland.


Ms. Sheppard earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Hanover College in Hanover, Ind. She received her Juris Doctor from Catholic University’s Washington School of Law in Washington, D.C.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Cordell & Cordell, Ms. Sheppard practiced domestic law in Carroll County, Md., for 13 years before moving internally into court management, first as the Deputy Family Law Administrator for Carroll County, then as the Regional Programs Manager for the District Court ADR Office.


  • Carroll County Bar Association, 2003
Real-Life Experiences
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“It took years for me to come to a decision to end my marriage. I sought a law firm that is focused and prepared for trial if need be, and seeks to give me the best outcome possible. Cordell and Cordell has performed very well and is very supportive during this difficult time. I have full confidence in my representation and recommend them.”
– Mason B.
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– Mark L.
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