The Selma, California law firm of Shepard, Shepard, & Janian was founded on December 4, 1883 by Elmer E. Shepard, a graduate of the University of California Hastings College of the Law. Mr. Shepard became a Justice of the Peace in 1888 and was a founding member of the Fresno County Bar Association. As a country lawyer in the Fresno County of the 1880's, Elmer walked the 15 miles to the County Courthouse every Friday to do his filing. This continued until he could afford a horse and buggy. Chester E. Shepard and Arthur Shepard joined their father in the practice of law. Arthur Shepard left the firm to accept an appointment as a Fresno County Superior Court Judge. He was later appointed as an Associate Justice of the California Fifth District Court of Appeals. Chester E. Shepard served as Selma's City Attorney for 30 years. He also served as a Judge of the Selma Justice Court.
John E. Shepard, also a graduate of Hastings, joined the firm after World War II, during which he served as a U.S. Marine bomber pilot. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross for service on Guadalcanal.
Currently, Shepard, Shepard, & Janian consists of Jeff S. Shepard, the great grandson of the founder, and Paulette Janian, who has been with the firm since 1970. Kristan Shepard, Jeff's daughter, is an attorney practicing in San Diego, California.
Since 2000, The Business Journal has designated Shepard, Shepard, & Janian the oldest family owned business in the Central San Joaquin Valley, ranked by the number of years the company has been continuously owned and operated by the same family.
On July 27, 2004, the Fresno County Board of Supervisors designated Shepard, Shepard, & Janian an historical landmark and placed the firm in the register of Historic Fresno County Businesses.
In 2006, the firm was recognized by the Fresno County Sesquicentennial Committee and Jeff and Paulette were invited to participate in the Sesquicentennial Parade.
SHEPARD, SHEPARD, & JANIAN ATTORNEYS AT LAW 1814 E. Front Street, P.O. Box 407, Selma, CA 93662 Telephone: (559)896-2111 Facsimile: (559)896-0317