"I focus in family law because I am passionate about assisting children and families in their time of need."
- Zhia L. Shepardson  

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Zhia L. Shepardson, Of Counsel

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Zhia ShepardsonZhia L. Shepardson is Of Counsel to Rismiller Law Group, LLC and works in the Estate Planning and Family Law Departments. She is licensed to practice in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia.  She focuses her practice in the areas of Estate and Trust Administration, Estate Planning, as well as Domestic Litigation, with particular experience on representing children in contested custody matters.

Ms. Shepardson is an adjunct law professor at Stevenson University, teaching her students skills such as analytical thinking in the legal environment, substantive law and litigation skills. During law school, she clerked in the Tax Compliance Division of the Maryland Comptroller’s Office in Baltimore and has studied International Tax Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Pre-Law from Villa Julie College and her Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Baltimore, School of Law.  She has also received certification as a parent coordinator, a mediator and settlement conference facilitator, is also trained in collaborative law and as a parenting coordinator.

Ms. Shepardson has been recognized as a top lawyer by Maryland Super Lawyers Magazine and Baltimore Magazine. She is also a talented photographer. We invite you to view her photography at www.studiozhia.com.

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 2004
  • Villa Julie College, B.S., Business Pre-Law, 2001
  • Bar Association of Maryland
  • Bar Association of District of Columbia
  • The National Trial Lawyers, 2014
  • Super Lawyers, Maryland, 2015 -present
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star of Maryland, 2011 – 2014
  • Top 10 Family Attorneys in Maryland Under 40, National Academy of Family Law Attorneys
  • 10 Best Attorneys in Maryland for Client Satisfaction, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2017
  • Top 40 Litigators in Maryland by The National Trial Lawyers, 2014
  • Featured as a guest on television show: “Law School for the Public”

Great professionalism and detail oriented representation

"I will like to express my most sincere gratitude for your great professionalism and detail oriented representation. Thanks for everything."


Help and support and caring

"You know, Zhia, [my daughter] would never be where she is today without all of your help and support and caring."


You are really terrific at what you do

"I want to thank you for everything and for your extra kindness. This has been a very difficult process and you have made it so much more pleasant. You are really terrific at what you do, not only because you are smart, but because you care deeply about fairness and justice."


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