Sheppard, White, Kachergus & DeMaggio, P.A., continues its commitment to provide exceptional legal counsel to its clients. Specializing in state and federal criminal cases, civil rights litigation and appellate representation, members of the firm enjoy a reputation as vigorous and well-prepared advocates. From its AV Preeminent® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell® to its designation as a Top Tier Law Firm by Best Lawyers in America, this firm strives to uphold its tradition of excellence. In addition to the firm’s recognition, individual members of the firm have been designated as Best Lawyers in America in five areas: white collar criminal defense, non-white collar criminal defense, appellate practice, employment law—individuals, and first amendment law. Mr. Sheppard has been designated Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in the area of white collar criminal defense (2010), non-white collar criminal defense (2012), and employment—individuals (2014). Additionally, as the result of his commitment to the civil rights of all citizens, Mr. Sheppard was awarded the Henry Lee Adams, Jr. Diversity Trailblazer Award by the Jacksonville Bar Association in 2015.
Wm. J. Sheppard has been practicing law in Jacksonville for 48 years. Born in Oregon, he graduated from Florida State University and received his J.D. from University of Florida. He is a Florida Bar Board Certified criminal trial lawyer.
Elizabeth L. White has been practicing law in Jacksonville for 35 years. She received a B.A., cum laude, from Jacksonville University and a J.D. from University of Oregon.
Mathew R. Kachergus has been practicing law for 15 years, all with the firm. He received a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from University of Florida.
Bryan E. DeMaggio has been practicing with the firm for 8 years. He received a B.A. from Florida State University, summa cum laude, and a J.D. from University of Florida.
Jesse Wilkison recently joined the firm after earning his law degree from the University of Florida, magna cum laude, in May 2015. While in law school, he worked as a research assistant and served as a managing editor for the Florida Law Review. He also obtained membership into the Order of the Coif, and earned book awards in Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Copyright Law, Trial Practice, and Federal Jurisdiction.
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