Shepard’s preparation is second to none. Shepard pores over case files the way professional athletes study game film of their opponents: looking for weaknesses…finding opportunities…refining the strategy. She even studies the Evidence Code in her spare time to gain an extra edge. Courtney Shepard is to her clients what Mariano Rivera was to the New York Yankees—the venerable closer you trust to secure victory for the team.
As a certified family law specialist, Shepard’s relentless advocacy for her clients has garnered her a reputation as one of Orange County’s top divorce attorneys. Voted by her peers as a “Super Lawyer” for 2019 and 2020, Shepard has also earned a perfect 10-out-of-10 Avvo rating. Moreover, she currently serves as Secretary of the State Board for the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists.
Shepard is extremely meticulous and passionate when it comes to representing her clients. The client’s goals are her goals, and she believes success requires a team effort. She helps her clients achieve the best possible results by being a keen listener, making sure clients understand the process and possible outcomes, and advising them to make informed business decisions rather than merely reacting to an emotionally charged situation.
Founded in 2005, Shepard’s firm – Burch, Coulston & Shepard, LLP – exclusively practices family law, which encompasses a wide range of issues beyond just a divorcing couple dividing assets. “We represent people who go through a divorce, as well as those never married. We deal with custody, spousal support, child support, pre-marital agreements, domestic violence, and many other complex issues like business valuation, cash-flow analysis, financial planning, tax implications, criminal issues, real property law and even immigration.”
Burch, Coulston & Shepard, LLP is located in Newport Beach, employing eight attorneys and an experienced support staff who all take great pride in representing their clients. “We view our approach to cases as being similar to taking people on a challenging journey,” Shepard says. “We are here to serve as your guides, keeping you updated regarding every new development, informing you of what may lie ahead, and which paths can best lead you to your goal. Our attorneys and staff are knowledgeable, supportive, and will always remain focused on what is right for you.”
Shepard’s experience as a team leader started well before her legal career even began, having been the coxswain for a men’s collegiate crew team. She earned her undergraduate degree from UCLA, majoring in political science and business, then graduated cum laude from Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, California. While attending Whittier Law School, Courtney Shepard was a member of Law Review, a Dean’s List honoree, and a fellow in the Center for Children’s Rights where her passion for family law began.
For more information on how to make Courtney Shepard and her firm a part of your team, you can contact Courtney Shepard at:
Burch, Coulston & Shepard, LLC
26211 SW Birch Street
Newport Beach, CA 92660
rachel stern is a contributing writer to Jlife magazine. She resides in San Diego and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.