Molly Shepherd



El Dorado

Age: 29

Molly Shepherd

Unsinkable Molly Shepherd, you might call her. For one thing, she was an all-state swimmer in high school. Not to mention a popular homecoming queen. And then a few years later homecoming queen again at Ouachita Baptist University.

After graduating as OBU’s outstanding senior woman in 2010, she finished first overall in her class at the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville.

Shepherd, who grew up in Conway, is now a leader in her adopted hometown, El Dorado, teaching Sunday school, serving as treasurer of the Union County Bar Association and sitting on the board of the South Arkansas Arts Center. In December she’ll join Ouachita’s board as the university’s youngest trustee.

She was on the search committee that chose Ouachita’s new president, “and I really love the university,” she said, referring to the search that found Ben Sells in 2016.

It was an OBU business law class that opened her mind to a legal career. “I was fascinated, seeing how the law and legal system affect all parts of life,” she said. “I also love a challenge.”

At PPGMR since last year, Shepherd has worked in civil litigation and is bolstering her practice of employment law and appellate cases.

“I’ve learned over the last year that working cases may be a job to us, but to clients it’s huge; it’s a business they’ve spent their life building, or something crucial to their children or their future. I try to never forget that.”