About Shepherd & Long, PC
The law firm you trust for the help you need
Finding the right attorney can be a little overwhelming: after all, most circumstances that lead to needing a lawyer are pretty stressful. There are also a lot of law firms in East Tennessee, and you want to pick the best one for your needs.
We want you to choose Shepherd & Long, P.C. For more than 30 years, our law firm has helped folks through some of their toughest times, and done it with dignity, discretion, and compassion for their circumstances. When you need a lawyer you can trust, we are here. Give us a call in Maryville to schedule a consultation.
What sets us apart from other law firms
Shepherd & Long, P.C. has been serving the community for a long time. We live and work here in Blount County, so we have a vested interest in protecting this community, and helping our neighbors. In short, we take our clients’ cases seriously and personally, because we know that the sooner we resolve your issues, the better off you will be.
That personal attention is a cornerstone of our practice. We never wanted to be the type of firm where we couldn’t spend time getting to know our clients as people. For that reason, we’re a bit more selective in the cases we take, and have committed to keeping our caseload small. By doing so, we strive as attorneys to work with every client at every step, along with our team of legal assistants and law clerks. You’ll see the same smiling face behind the desk when you come in, and hear the same voices on the phone if you call with questions. We’ve found that this consistency benefits our clients and us, because it fosters better communication and trust between our team and our clients.
Communication is another key factor to our practice. If you call, we will respond. If you email us, we’ll write back. In order for you to make the best possible choices about your future, you deserve to know what’s happening at every step of your case, so we make sure to keep you in the loop.
We also recognize that every case is different because every client is different. We don’t practice law on autopilot; we create strategies tailored to your specific needs, and the specific needs of your children. This often gives us an advantage during mediations and negotiations, and it certainly gives us an advantage during trials. Our ability to break down what’s most important about your case, and relay that information to a Judge or jury, has served our clients well in the last three decades. Since the other side knows what we’re capable of in a courtroom, we find that often, we get better offers for our clients right from the start.
Your questions, answered
Every client and every case is different – that’s true. But we’ve found that many of our clients have the same types of questions. We wanted to address them here, so that you’ll have more information to help you make an informed decision about choosing your lawyer.
Do I really need an attorney?
Legally, you’re never required to hire a lawyer. But if you’re fighting for custody of your children, or need to draft a will, or suffering a long-term injury after a car crash, or facing felony charges, then yes – you absolutely need a lawyer. You wouldn’t want your car mechanic to fix your plumbing, right? So you should hire a professional with experience handling the type of issue you’re facing.
Can I afford an attorney?
Legal counsel isn’t cheap, but the costs of forgoing it can be much higher, especially in the long run.
We never want clients to avoid getting the help they need because they’re afraid they can’t afford it. That’s why we offer different options for clients depending on their needs. Some cases have flat fees, some require a retainer, and some are taken on contingency. We can talk about payment schedules during your consultation, and what kinds of costs and fees you can expect over the course of your case.
How can I reach you to schedule an appointment?
You can always call us at 865-982-8060, or you can fill out our contact form. Our office is located at 200 East Broadway Ave, about halfway between Court Street and College Street and across the street from the Federal Building. There’s plenty of parking, too.