ATTORNEYS
 
 
Denice R. Shepherd
Attorney
Licensed Fiduciary

Denice has been practicing as an attorney in Tucson for over 35 years. She has experience in elder law, probate and trust administration, guardianships, conservatorships, estate planning, personal injury, and general civil litigation. Denice also has over 25 years of experience serving as a licensed fiduciary.

Admitted to Practice:
- Arizona, 1984
- U.S. District Court, District of Arizona and U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1984
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1990

Other Professional Licenses:
- Arizona Licensed Fiduciary 20231, 1999

Education:
- University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, J.D., 1983
- University of Nebraska, B.A. in Journalism, 1978

Awards & Recognition:
- Arizona's Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys (2003, 2010, 2013)
- State Bar of Arizona Eleanor ter Horst Probate and Trust Award (2012)
- Arizona Fiduciaries Association Leadership Award (2011, 2012)
- Arizona Supreme Court Pro Bono Attorney Award (2011)
- Outstanding Affiliate Member Award, National Guardianship Association (2010)
- Pima County VLP's Volunteer Lawyer of the Year (2010)
- Pima County VLP's Pro Bono Attorney of the Month (Nov 1998, July 2009)
- Volunteer Lawyers Longevity of Service Award (2006)

Professional Associations & Community Involvement:
- Step Up to Justice, treasurer
- Served as member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
- Served on board of Arizona Fiduciaries Association (AFA)
- Served on Arizona Supreme Court's Committee to Improve Probate Court Matters (2010-2011)
- Arizona Women Lawyers Association, member
- Served on Reid Park Zoological Society Board of Directors
- President of the Reid Park Zoological Society Board of Directors (2007-2008)

 
 
 
Sarah L. Crotty
Associate Attorney
Licensed Fiduciary

Sarah has been practicing as an attorney with the Law Office of Denice Shepherd since 2006. Her practice focuses on elder law, probate and trust administration, guardianships, mental health guardianships, conservatorships, and estate planning. Sarah is also a licensed fiduciary. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Sarah worked for seven years as a paralegal and office manager for a sole practitioner law firm in Tucson.

Admitted to Practice:
- Arizona, 2006

Other Professional Licenses:
- Arizona Licensed Fiduciary, 2020

Education:
- Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, J.D., 2005
- Mount Holyoke College, B.A. in English and Environmental Studies, 2001

Awards & Recognition:
- Arizona's Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys (2009, 2018)
- Pima County VLP's Pro Bono Attorney of the Month (Sept. 2008, June 2010, May 2015)

Professional Associations & Community Involvement:
- Southern Arizona Legal Aid's Volunteer Lawyers Program, volunteer lawyer
- Step Up to Justice, volunteer lawyer
- Arizona Women Lawyers Association, steering committee
- Heart of Tucson horse rescue, founding member

 
 
 
 
Zachary P. Taylor
Associate Attorney

Zach has worked for the Law Office of Denice Shepherd since 2014. He worked as an intern and case manager while completing his undergraduate degree and then as a law clerk while completing his law degree. He has been practicing as an attorney with our office since obtaining his law license in July 2021.

Admitted to Practice:
- Arizona, 2021

Education:
- University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, J.D., 2021
- University of Arizona, B.A. in Political Science, 2017