Clifford B. Shepard attained the AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers®. Cliff is a trial lawyer who practices and mediates extensively in the areas of government law, employment, defense, real estate, construction law, complex commercial litigation and community association law. He is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in City, County and Local Government Law. He is City Attorney for Maitland and Town Attorney for the Town of Ponce Inlet. He is also General Counsel for the Florida Redevelopment Association and multiple CRAs around the state. Additionally, Cliff is a certified Circuit Court and Appellate mediator and an approved agent for Attorneys’ Title Fund. Cliff has been named as one of The Best Lawyers in America© and Orlando’s Best Lawyers (2018, 2019) in the area of Administrative & Regulatory Law. Florida Trend Magazine has also recognized Cliff as one of Florida’s Legal Elite (2005-2009, 2011-2013, 2016, 2019) in the areas of Governmental and Administrative Law and Commercial Litigation. Cliff was also named a “Florida Super Lawyers”® (2005-2019) by Law & Politics Magazine. Cliff is a member in good standing of the Florida (1985), Tennessee (2006) and District of Columbia (1988) Bar Associations, is a current member of the City, County and Local Government Law Section of the Florida Bar and the Florida Municipal Attorneys’ Association. While he has served as an active member of a number of professional organizations, of particular note is his service as: Past President of the Mid-Florida Chapter of the Community Associations Institute, a national clearinghouse for information on community associations issues; Past-chair and current member of the editorial board of the Florida Bar Journal and News, the two major professional publications for The Florida Bar; Past member of the Florida Bar Judicial Selection, Administration and Tenure Committee. Cliff is a frequent speaker at continuing education seminars and has been a presenter on issues involving special districts, local government law, CRAs, construction, defense, real estate, and association law and has written a number of articles within these areas. Community service has also been a staple of Cliff’s personal and professional life. Cliff has served on the Board of Directors for The Christ School, a private K-8 school located in downtown Orlando. He has served as a member of the Land Planning Agency for the City of Oviedo and as a member of the Board of Directors of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Florida. He has also served as the Chairman of the Board for Kids Beating Cancer, Inc., a multiple award-winning local charity that assists families touched by childhood cancer through the recruitment, DNA testing and matching of potential bone marrow donors to patients whose best hope for a cure is a bone marrow transplant. Cliff also serves as a court appointed guardian-ad-litem to children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected by their parents. He is married to wife Mary, and has three children – Tyler, Morgan and Spencer.