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Get to know our experienced attorney, Christen D. Shepherd


"I am a forceful, dynamic family law lawyer that is dedicated to protecting your legal interests. When you visit my Kansas City, Missouri law office, you can rest assured that you will receive staunch advocacy and honest representation. I am a member of several local bar associations and work diligently to remain informed about changes in the law that matter to you."

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Christen Shepherd is a solo practitioner concentrating in the area of family law.  She enjoys working with families in an effort to resolve their disputes and move forward with their lives in a more peaceful manner, whenever possible.  Ms. Shepherd has associated with Kansas City firms in the areas of federal criminal defense, plaintiff's personal injury, and insurance defense, and creditor collections.

Ms. Shepherd opened her family practice in September of 2009. She received her B.S. degree in advertising from The University of Texas at Austin in 1987 and worked in advertising before pursuing law school.  She received her J.D. degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 1999, where she served on the Law Review, the Moot Court Board, and the UMKC Trial Team. She has served as on the board of directors for The Lawyers Association of Kansas City, a public service-oriented organization.  With this organization, she is Chair of the Committee for Public Education in the Law and helps put on the Mini Law School for the Public. Ms. Shepherd is also a member of The Missouri Bar and its Solo and Small Firm Committee and a member of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association and its Domestic Relations Committee. Ms. Shepherd was awarded the Tiera Farrow Outstanding Community Member Award in April 2011 by the UMKC Chapter of the Association of Women Law Students for community service in support of women in the law.  She is a member of the Order of Barristers and admitted to practice in Missouri and Kansas.


Areas of Practice

• Family law

• Divorce

• Paternity

• Child support

• Custody and visitation

• Adoption

• Guardianships

• Modifications


Litigation Percentage

50% of practice devoted to litigation

Bar Admissions

Missouri, 1999

Kansas, 2000



University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Kansas City, Missouri

J.D. - 1999

Honors: Chief Justice, Moot Court Board


Law Review: University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Review, Staff, 1997 - 1999

The University of Texas, Austin, TX

B.S. - 1987

Major: Advertising


Published Works

Lethal Concentration of Power: The DEA and Industrial Hemp, UMKC Law Review, Winter, 1999

Criminal Practice Series, (Supplement Editor: Chapters 12 & 28), Missouri Bar, Vol. 3, 2003



Moderator, Missouri Bar C.L.E. programs

Pro Se Dissolution Seminars, Legal Aid of Western MO, 2010 - Present


Honors and Awards

Tiera Farrow Outstanding Community Member Award, 2011

The Order of Barristers, 1999 - Present

UMKC Trial Team, competed in competitions sponsored by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the American Bar Association



Professional Associations and Memberships

American Bar Association, Member

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Solo and Small Firm Committee

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Member, Domestic Law Committee

Missouri Bar Association, Member.


Past Employment Positions

Carmichael Lynch

Mutual of Omaha

TMP Worldwide Advertising, Account Manager, 1994 - 1996

United States Attorney's Office, Kansas City, MO, Summer Intern, 1997

Wyrsch Hobbs Mirakian & Lee,  1998-2001

Drug Task Force Unit of the Kansas City office of the Assistant United States Attorney, Kansas City, Drug Task Force Unit, 1997

The Kenney Law Firm LLC, Partner, 2001 - 2004

Martin Leigh Laws & Fritzlen, PC, 2004 - 2005

Ferguson & Ferguson, Contract Attorney, 2005 - 2009

Jayne Pearman, Esq., Contract Attorney, 2005 - 2009


Pro Bono Activities

Volunteer Attorney Project for Legal Aid of Western Missouri, 2010 - Present

LAKC Public Education Events, 2010


Ancillary Businesses

Legal Education Seminars, LLC

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