- Civil Litigation
Born and raised in the middle Georgia area, relocating to Albany in 2006 was an opportunity for Alfreda Sheppard to do what she loves most - practice law – as well as return to her traditional southern roots.
Alfreda received her Bachelor’s degree in English from Fort Valley State University in 1999 and her Master’s in Public Administration in 2001 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She then went on to receive her J.D. in 2005 from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. Here she competed regionally and placed as a top ten Moot Court litigant and was an active member of Phi Delta Phi. After law school, she worked as a defense attorney from 2006 to 2009 for the Georgia Office of Public Defenders before accepting her position at Watson Spence.
Joining the Watson Spence practice in September 2009, Alfreda Sheppard has contributed many hours to her practice specialties, civil litigation and criminal defense. Alfreda primarily practices labor and employment litigation, defending employers and representing employees in cases involving allegations of violations of civil rights. In addition, she also represents insurance carriers and their clients, counties and municipalities and their employees in federal court courts and state courts throughout Southwest Georgia. She is also an experienced criminal defense attorney, in all aspects of criminal law at both the state and federal levels. Alfreda has been admitted to the Georgia and Tennessee State Bar Associations and is licensed to practice in both states.
Alfreda is a member of the Dougherty County Circuit Bar Association, and a member of the Albany-Dougherty Area Young Lawyer Division. . Alfreda previously served as a past Regional Vice-President for the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, the board President for the Flint River Area Habitat for Humanity as well as a board member of Easter Seals Southern Georgia. Currently, Alfreda is a Trustee for the Albany Museum of Art, where she serves as the Chair of the Membership Committee. Alfreda and her husband, Dwight, have two sons, Devin and Dylan who are enrolled at Sherwood Christian Academy and Albany State Early Learning Center.