Amber Sheppard, ESQ.

A Slidell, Louisiana based law firm

Business Law. Family Law. Personal Injury

The Attorney

Amber’s motto in life and in business is “Be fierce and kind.”

Amber Sheppard is a lifelong Northshore native who spends her days working tirelessly for her clients in the courtroom and on the platform. She knew she wanted to be a lawyer from a young age, but the world figured it out when she did a book report on John Grisham in 4th grade. Isn’t it every nine year old’s dream to read court room dramas and fight for the underdog?

In an effort to fulfill her life-long dream, Amber worked for Traumatic Brain Injury attorneys Anderson & Boutwell then attended law school at Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson, Mississippi. She chose MC Law because it offered both civil law and common law. Always a forward thinker, Amber did that in order to be prepared to practice in both Louisiana and Mississippi. She excelled in the class room garnering Best Paper Awards, clerked for criminal defense and personal injury attorney Coxwell & Associates, and worked in San Francisco for Shefman Law Group.

Amber passed the Louisiana and Mississippi Bar exams on her first try. Her unique work background has made her a highly sought after attorney for businesses and individuals alike. You know she knows her stuff when other attorneys send her work and ask for her guidance on appeals. She is a dynamic and highly skilled researcher, author, and advocate. Since then she has advocated for small businesses, families, and individuals on both sides of the state line.

Bar and Court Admissions

· Louisiana, all state courts (2017)
· Eastern District of Louisiana federal court
· Mississippi, all state courts (2015)
· Mississippi, all federal courts
· Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Areas of Focus

· Appellate Advocacy
· Business Counsel
· Business Formations
· Contract Negotiations
· Document Drafting
· Family Law
· Interdiction
· Personal injury (Traumatic Brain Injury, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Wrongful Death, Birth Defects)
· Successions
· Wills

9 State Records. Champion. National and International Coach.

The Athlete

As a high school athlete at Pope John Paul II Catholic High School, Amber was Captain of the historical state champion powerlifting team for three years, a track and field athlete (shot put), and cheerleader.  While a student at Southeastern Louisiana University and Mississippi College School of Law, she continued to lift, taught group exercise classes (Spin and Bootcamp), was a CrossFit certified coach and athlete, raced in triathlons and 100+ mile bike events.

In law school, Amber founded a strength sport nonprofit called Mississippi Barbell which was the first organized Olympic weightlifting club in Mississippi. Under her direction, she meet directed the first USA Weightlifting meets in state history (over a dozen to date), coached world champions, developed athletes from ages 6 to 83, and traveled the nation conducting seminars and educating coaches on behalf of USA Weightlifting. To this day she is the highest ranked female weightlifting coach in Mississippi.

When a career ending injury sidelined Amber, she combined her love for fitness and the law and became the Director Of Operations for a national gym management company. She implemented a continuing education curriculum and system for personal trainers and handled the day to day operations on a national scale. Under her supervision, the organization doubled their profits and her closing rate was well beyond the national average. During her career, Amber garnered nine state records in her own right as a national level powerlifter.

COACHING Education

CrossFit
  Level 1 Trainer (2011-2016)
Crossfit Weightlifting
Clients: CrossFit Regionalists, CrossFit Games athletes (team & individual)

USA Weightlifting
Level 2 Advanced Sports Performance Coach (first female coach in the state with this distinction)
National Level Coach and Marshall
Certification Staff, Assistant Instructor to Danny Camargo
Intern under Gayle Hatch
Intern under Matt Bruce
Intern under Don McCauley
SouthEast Regional Director for Athlete Development Camps
USAW Committee Member
Youth Program Director
      Clients: National Champion, Best Male Lifter (Junior Nationals), State Record Holders

USA Powerlifting
Club coach
High school referee (MS)
Clients: National Champion, World Champion, National Record Holder, State Record Holders


athletic ACHIEVEMENTS




Powerlifting
      

9 state records
4 state titles
Mississippi Athlete of the Year
3rd Place at Raw Nationals

Competitions
Functional Fitness
Warrior Dash
Half marathons
Triathlons
Mountain bike racing
Road bike racing
Kayak racing

Group Exercise
12 years experience
Spin (Johnny G Certified)
Bootcamp
Core & More
Functional Fitness
Youth Fitness








Weightlifting
· Club & Coach Feature via USA Weightlifting, 2015-2016
·Featured in USA Weightlifting Winter Magazine, January 2017
· Establishing A Weightlifting Program In A Franchise, October 2016
· Legal Considerations When Entering A Sponsorship Featured on USA Weightlifting Wednesday Word, November 2016
· How To Coach Youth Weightlifting Article Featured on USA Weightlifting Wednesday Word, February 2017

Presentations

· How To Protect Your Business From Liability (East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce)
· USAW Certification Courses
· Mississippi Barbell coaches clinics
· Mississippi Barbell athlete clinics
· Sheppard Strength coaches clinics
· Sheppard Strength athlete clinics
· Utilizing Your Law Degree Outside The Law (MC Law, Sports & Entertainment Law Society)

Associations

· American Bar Association
· Louisiana Bar Association
· Mississippi Bar Association
· Louisiana Association of Justice
· 22nd JDC Bar Association
· Slidell Bar Association
· Emerging Young Professionals (East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce Member of The Year Nominee, 2018)
· Louisiana Notary

Business. Sports. Law.

The Author

In law school Amber was a member of the prestigious Law Review and Moot Court at Mississippi College. She garnered Best Brief awards for her legal writing on a national level.

After law school, Amber continued to write but this time for those in fields she was passionate about: strength sports, business, and the law.

Louisiana Association For Justice
· Louisiana Law Has Gone To The Dogs

Performance Menu
· Questions To Ask Before Opening Your Own Gym
· When To Fire An Athlete
· Over-coaching Ruins Your Athletes And Your Reputation
· Trainer Risk Management
· How To Coach Youth Weightlifting When You Don't Understand Kids · Non-compete Agreements: Valid Or Void?
· Training Special Populations
· Establishing A Weightlifting Program In A Franchise
· Legal Considerations When Entering A Sponsorship
· Common Gym Liability Concerns & How To Alleviate Them
· Eating Disorders And Strength Sports

Strength Agenda
· You're Fired: 5 Reasons To Dump Your Olympic Weightlifting Coach
· Effective Communication Between Coaches And Athletes
· Training Weightlifting And Powerlifting
· Competition Differences: Powerlifting And Weightlifting
· Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself (Again): Effective Post Injury Training

USA Weightlifting
· Club & Coach Feature via USA Weightlifting, 2015-2016
·Featured in USA Weightlifting Winter Magazine, January 2017
· Establishing A Weightlifting Program In A Franchise, October 2016
· Legal Considerations When Entering A Sponsorship Featured on USA Weightlifting Wednesday Word, November 2016
· How To Coach Youth Weightlifting Article Featured on USA Weightlifting Wednesday Word, February 2017

O Lift Magazine (No Longer In Print)
· Coaching Men vs. Women

Education

SOUTHEASTERN LA UNIVERSITY (2009)
Summa cum laude
Bachelors of Arts, Political Science

· Harold Leu Award (Highest GPA in Political Science)

MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE SCHOOL OF LAW (2013)
Magna cum laude
Juris Doctorate
· Law Review
· Moot Court: National finalist, 2nd Best Brief Award
· Best Paper Awards: Appellate Advocacy, Criminal Law, Legal Writing I, Legal Research I, Legal Writing II, Torts

SOCIAL MEDIA

Presentations

· How To Protect Your Business From Liability (East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce)
· Utilizing Your Law Degree Outside The Law (MC Law, Sports & Entertainment Law Society)
· What To Expect In Law School (Pope John Paul II Catholic High School; Southeastern Louisiana University)

Associations

· American Bar Association
· Louisiana Bar Association· Mississippi Bar Association
· Louisiana Association of Justice
· 22nd JDC Bar Association
· Slidell Bar Association
· Emerging Young Professionals (East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce Member of The Year Nominee, 2018)
· Louisiana Notary
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