“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” – Thomas Jefferson


At Sheppard, White, Kachergus & DeMaggio, our legal team is accomplished in the fields of criminal, appellate, and civil rights law. Our success record and numerous awards are a true testament to the dedication and hard work we bring to every case.

Criminal Defense          Civil Rights          Appeals

As successful trial and appellate lawyers, we understand that there is no substitute for experience, thorough research of the legal issue presented, and the ability to present the facts and law, so that a jury returns a favorable verdict. We defend the rights and freedom of the accused regardless of the crime charged. Our team of experienced lawyers is the reason why so many in Jacksonville, Florida, turn to us when they need legal counsel.



Thoughtful Counsel, Solid Success

With nearly a century of combined legal experience, we offer clients an exceptional level of legal services in the fields of criminal, civil rights and appellate law. We have received numerous awards and recognitions, including Best Lawyer Awards in white collar defense, non-white collar defense, governmental investigations, First Amendment law, employment law and appellate law. The firm has been rated an AV Preeminent Law Firm by Martindale Hubbell.  From individuals accused of sex crimes and drug offenses, to professionals at risk of licensure revocation, our clients can rely on us to vigorously defend their case.

Thorough Preparation, Team Approach

What distinguishes Sheppard, White, Kachergus & DeMaggio from other firms is that we work on our cases as a team, with each lawyer presenting his or her point of view about the issue to be litigated. While each lawyer has his or her strengths, we feel like we obtain the best results when we work together.

Our team of attorneys is also recognized for our meticulous preparation and advocacy. We will hire the best expert witnesses and investigators to develop facts helpful to your case. Many law firms are content to limit their legal research expenses; our firm spends significant resources to ensure every case favorable to our client’s case is discovered and presented to the trial court. We do this by thoroughly researching every issue and potential issue in the case, with an eye towards finding case law, regardless of the jurisdiction or date decided.  We have access to a wide variety of legal research aids including online legal research services, books, treatises and periodicals.

If you think our firm can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our legal team at 904-356-9661 or after hours at 904-727-7191 to schedule a consultation.

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•   Florida Assoc. of Criminal Defense Attorneys
•   National Assoc. of Criminal Defense Attorneys
•   American College of Trial Lawyers
•   The Florida Bar
•   Chester Bedell Inn of Court
•   Jacksonville Bar Association
•   The Oregon Bar