Matthew J. Shepherd

Matthew J. Shepherd is a partner and the President of Law Offices Shepherd & Shepherd, P.A., and has practiced law for 22 years. While maintaining a diverse practice, most of Matthew’s time is spent in the areas of business and corporate matters, civil litigation, oil and gas, probate, estate planning, and real estate. Matthew represents clients in a wide range of corporate and transactional matters, including entity formation, and contract drafting and negotiation. Additionally, Matthew represents individuals and businesses in state and federal court, and routinely represents a variety of clients including individuals, non-profits, small businesses, and large companies. Matthew is also currently the Speaker of the Arkansas House of Representatives.


  • University of Arkansas School of Law, J.D., 2001
  • Ouachita Baptist University, B.A., History & Political Science, magna cum laude, 1998


  • Arkansas House of Representatives
  • Speaker of the House, 2018 to present
  • State Representative, District 97, Arkansas House of Representatives, 2011 to present
  • Chairman, House Judiciary Committee, 2015 to 2018
  • Chairman, House Agriculture, Forestry, & Economic Development Committee, 2013 to 2015
  • Arkansas Code Revision Commission, Chairman
  • Selected to the Mid-South Super Lawyers Rising Stars List, 2016
  • El Dorado News-Times, Readers’ Choice Awards, Best Attorney
  • Aspen Institute, Rodel Fellow, Class of 2018
  • El Dorado Civil Service Commission, El Dorado Planning & Zoning Commission, and Union County Election Commission, Former Member

Associations and Memberships

  • Arkansas Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Union County Bar Association
  • Federalist Society
  • El Dorado Fifty for the Future, Inc., Board Member
  • Arkansas Baptist Foundation, former Board Member
  • Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado, Board Member
  • The Boomtown Classic, Inc., Chairman and President
  • Arkansas Baptist State Convention, Former Executive Board Member
  • First Baptist Church, El Dorado, Deacon and Sunday School Teacher


  • Arkansas
  • Louisiana
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
  • United State Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas

Law Offices Shepherd & Shepherd, P.A.

200 N. Jefferson, Suite 600
El Dorado, AR 71730
Phone:  (870) 862-2087
Fax:  (870) 862-2747