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February 6, 2024

Clifford B. Shepard 

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Cliff Shepard's Take on the Hunter's Ridge Lawsuit


On February 6, 2024, Cliff Shepard, attorney for the City of Ormond Beach, met with Flagler County representatives during a public meeting to explore potential avenues to resolve outstanding issues and avert further litigation in the Hunter's Ridge lawsuit.​ He outlined the city's position at the meeting, stating the City's preference for the easement was that it be removed. Mr. Shepard also indicated that following such a removal, the City might be open to exploring solutions in collaboration with Flagler County and the developer to address the County's access needs.


The details of this public meeting may be found in an article written by Sierra Williams of the Palm Coast Observer at

January 30, 2024

Clifford B. Shepard 

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NPR City Council hears from CRA consultant

Cliff Shepard

On January 10, 2024, during a special meeting of the City of New Port Richey's Community Redevelopment Agency, the City Council heard from Cliff Shepard, an attorney who is general counsel for the Florida Redevelopment Association and advises numerous CRA boards across the state. The major theme of his presentation focused on the diversion of CRA funds to private development but also included other ways funds can or cannot be used. The details of his presentation may be found in an article written by Pat Morris of Suncoast News at and in the Community Redevelopment Agency Board Meeting Live Broadcast at

October 29, 2023

Ernest H. "Skip" Kohlmyer Sworn-In to Practice Law in the State of Utah


On October 29, 2023, Ernest H. "Skip" Kohlmyer attended the swearing-in ceremony at the United States District Court for the District of Utah.


He looks forward to serving as counsel for the citizens of the wonderful state of Utah!

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October 30, 2023

Ernest H. "Skip" Kohlmyer's Swearing-In Ceremony at the Montana Supreme Court

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On October 30, 2023, Ernest H. "Skip" Kohlmyer was sworn in to practice law in the beautiful State of Montana by Bowen Greenwood, Clerk of the Montana Supreme Court. Skip looks forward to serving as counsel for the citizens of this great state!

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September 15, 2023

Ernest H. "Skip" Kohlmyer Expands Legal Practice to Montana and Utah


We are pleased to announce that Ernest “Skip” H. Kohlmyer, III, has been granted admission to the Montana and Utah State Bars and will be sworn in to practice at the end of October 2023. Skip’s dedication, hard work, and commitment to the field of law have paid off, and he will now expand his practice of law into the beautiful states of Montana and Utah.

We could not be prouder of his achievement, and we know that his expertise and passion for justice will positively impact our clients in these new states and the legal community.


Join us in congratulating Skip on expanding his practice into these western states to better serve the needs of our clients.

September 15, 2023

Ernest H. "Skip" Kohlmyer's Upcoming
NBI Live Webinar Course on 11.15.23

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Ernest H. "Skip" Kohlmyer invites all attorneys, accountants, debt collectors, and paralegals to attend his next NBI live video webinar course, "FDCPA Dangers and Other Collections Pitfalls: All the Ways Debt Collectors Mess Up" on Wednesday, November 11, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. (EST), where he will discuss the following:


  • CFPB and FDCPA Rule Updates, New Guidance, Enforcement News and Case Law

  • FDCPA: All the Ways Debt Collectors Are Messing Up

  • Debt Collection, the FDCPA, and Bankruptcy

  • TCPA, FCRA, UDAAP: Top Mistakes to Avoid


Skip is a partner with Shepard, Smith, Kohlmyer & Hand, P.A. He practices in the areas of FDCPA and FCRA defense on behalf of collection agencies and credit grantors in the state of Florida. Mr. Kohlmyer also represents governmental entities in the central areas of civil rights and constitutional law. He is a regular speaker in the areas of debt collection and credit bureau reporting issues for the Florida Collectors Association and ACA International.


Mr. Kohlmyer has been a member of ACA International's Member's Attorney Program (MAP) (former chairman) and has served as Florida's state unit representative. He currently serves on the ACA Legislative Council and is a board member of the ACA International Foundation.

September 5, 2023

Shepard, Smith, Kohlmyer & Hand, P.A. Welcomes New Associate, Holli R. New

Shepard, Smith, Kohlmyer & Hand, P.A. is pleased to announce that Holli R. New has joined the firm as an Associate.

Ms. New graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2017, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies. She then obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Florida International University College of Law in 2022, where she focused on environmental and local government work. She was a Dean's Merit Scholar throughout law school and served on the Negotiation and Mediation Competition Team.


Prior to joining us, Holli gained valuable insights into municipal law and governmental affairs while clerking for a firm representing five municipalities in and around Alachua County. Her professional and personal experience working with local government renders her well-versed in administrative law, Sunshine Law, procurement, and property and zoning law. We greatly value her knowledge and are confident that she will help us improve and expand our selection of legal services for our valued clients.


Holli is admitted to the Bar in Florida and is a member of the Florida Bar Association.


Holli was born and raised in North Central Florida, and now, she and her Samoyed, Alba, happily call Orange County home. 

September 11, 2023

Andrew J. Hand Named As One Of
Orlando’s Attorneys Of The Year For 2023

Andrew J. Hand has been named as one of “Orlando’s Attorneys of the Year” for 2023 by Orlando Style Magazine. Each year, Orlando Style Magazine honors exceptional attorneys who have made outstanding achievements in their respective fields of practice. These individuals are recognized by their peers and readers, showcasing their dedication and hard work in the legal profession. 


Mr. Hand was pleased to receive the award and said, “I am honored and grateful to receive this recognition and will continue to dedicate my efforts to providing top-notch legal services to all of our firm’s clients. Thank all of you for your support and for the opportunity to serve you!”


We at Shepard, Smith, Kohlmyer & Hand, P.A. are proud to have Andrew as part of our team, and we invite you to learn more about him by visiting his bio page.


Please join us in congratulating Andrew on this well-deserved recognition!

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