Academy Member Inducted 2020

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Sarah Y. Sheppeard, Mediator, Knoxville, Tennessee.

Sarah Y. Sheppeard

Lewis Thomason PC
One Centre Square, Fifth Floor
620 Market Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
Tel: (865) 546-4646
Fax: (865) 523-6529
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Recognized to Tennessee Chapter for Mediation
  • Practice Commenced1994
  • # of MEDS (as of 13/6/24)250
  • # of ARBS (as of 13/6/24) 


Sarah Y. Sheppeard, is a shareholder and a Supreme Court Rule 31 Mediator in the firm’s Knoxville office. Sarah practices in the areas of domestic relations, estates, commercial law and general civil litigation. She was named "2021 Lawyer of the Year" in the area of Mediation by Best Lawyers and served as 2019-2020 president of the Tennessee Bar Association. She has been a lecturer with the Tennessee Law Institute since 1988. She was chair of the Tennessee Judicial Evaluation Commission, was for 15 years an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law, was previously a member of the Tennessee Law Review, and has chaired the Tennessee Bar Association Litigation Section and CLE Committee. A past-president of the Knoxville Bar Association, she is a Fellow in the Knoxville, Tennessee and American Bar Foundations and the Fellows of the Tennessee Young Lawyers Conference. She served on the Advisory Commission to the Tennessee Supreme Court on Rules of Practice and Procedure.  She received the Tennessee Bar Association’s President’s Award in 2010. In 2014, she was presented with the Knoxville Bar Association’s highest honor, the Governors’ Award.

Case Experience

  • Appellate
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial/Business
  • Contract Disputes
  • Discrimination
  • Divorce (High Asset)
  • Family Businesses
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Torts
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Wrongful Death


  • University of Tennessee, B.A., with honors, 1976
  • University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., 1979

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Tennessee Bar Association
    President, 2019-2020
  • Named as "Lawyer of the Year" in the area of Mediation by Best Lawyers for 2021
  • Selected by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell as Elite Lawyer of the South, 2018
  • Recipient of Don Paine Lawyer Legacy Award, 2015
  • Recipient of Knoxville Bar Association Governors’ Award, 2014
  • Recipient of Tennessee Bar Association President’s Award, 2010
  • Recipient of American Bar Association Judicial Education Award presented by Special Judges Section, 2007
  • Recipient of YWCA Tribute to Women Award in the field of Business and Government, 1993
  • Recipient of Outstanding alumni of Roosevelt Inn, The International Legal Fraternity of Phi Delta Phi, 1994
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America©, Family Law; Family Law Mediation
  • Named one of Best 101 Lawyers in Tennessee@ by Business Tennessee magazine, 2004-present
  • Named to Super Lawyers@, 2006-2016, 2017-2021
  • Fellow, Knoxville Bar Foundation, 1992-present
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2009-present
  • Fellow, Tennessee Bar Foundation, 1994-present
  • Fellows of the Tennessee Young Lawyers Conference
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

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