On Thursday, October 12, 2023, Attorney Timothy Marion Shepard Jr. was suspended from practicing law in Alabama for 91 days, with the suspension held in abeyance as he was placed on probation for two years by the Disciplinary Commission.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Timothy Marion Shepard, Jr.”

According to the filing, Shepard pleaded guilty to violating several rules of professional conduct regarding his representation of a client seeking to quiet title to a property purchased at a tax sale. Shepard was hired in May 2018 to file suit on behalf of the client. He amended the complaint twice, naming parties identified by a guardian ad litem appointed to represent potential unknown interested parties.

However, neither Shepard nor his client appeared at a June 2021 hearing, leading to the dismissal of the case without prejudice. The guardian ad litem then sought over $1,500 in unpaid fees. When Shepard and his client failed to appear at an August 2021 show cause hearing over the unpaid fees, the court issued a judgment against the client.

In 2022, Shepard sent text messages to the client implying the case was ongoing and that he had checked on its status with the court. In reality, Shepard had not contacted the court or checked on the status of the dismissed case.

As part of his disciplinary sanction, Shepard’s law license will be suspended for 91 days, though the suspension is held in abeyance during his two years of probation. He must complete the Practice Management Assistance Program within 30 days and refund the legal fee to his former client.

The Disciplinary Commission accepted Shepard’s conditional guilty plea to violations of diligence, communication, and misconduct rules under the Alabama Rules of Professional Conduct stemming from his poor handling of the quiet title case.

According to avvo.com, Mr. Shepard Jr. is an attorney in Mobile, Alabama. He attended the Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. He acquired his law license in Alabama in 2007.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.