Our firm has a long history in the greater Nashua community. Attorney Brenda C. Smith-Weiss was admitted to the New Hampshire bar and began practicing in Nashua in 1986 with her father, long time Nashua attorney, Harrison E. Smith. Attorney Robert M. Shepard was admitted to the New Hampshire bar and began practicing in Nashua in 1983. Attorney Shepard and Attorney Smith-Weiss joined practices in 1993 at their present location of 47 Factory Street, Nashua.
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Attorney Brenda Smith-Weiss also has long standing ties to New England and New Hampshire. She graduated from Alvirne High School in Hudson, New Hampshire, attended the University of New Hampshire, and then the University of Maine School of Law. Between college and law school, Ms. Smith-Weiss worked as a real estate paralegal.
Ms. Smith-Weiss is a Director and Shareholder in the firm of Smith-Weiss Shepard, PC and President of ABBA Title Company. She is admitted to practice in Maine and New Hampshire and is a member of the New Hampshire, Maine, and Nashua Bar Associations.
Ms. Smith-Weiss focuses her practice on residential and commercial real estate transactions representing buyers, sellers and lenders. Her practice also includes estate planning and probate administration, guardianships, wills, trusts, and powers of attorney.
Ms. Smith-Weiss is a member of the Board of Trustees for The Hunt Community, located in Nashua, serves as the Clerk of First Church of Nashua, UCC and is the treasurer for the Board of Trustees of the Hills Farm Cemetery, Hudson, New Hampshire. She is a past President of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua, Inc., past member of the Board of Directors for the Greater Nashua Interfaith Hospitality Network and past member of Nashua West Rotary Club. Attorney Smith-Weiss is actively involved in community theater and is a student of traditional rug hooking techniques.
Attorney Robert M. Shepard has long standing ties to New Hampshire. He graduated from Alvirne High School in Hudson, New Hampshire in 1976. Always active in sports, Mr. Shepard continues to serve as a volunteer coach for the Nashua AAU Basketball Program and is presently the girls varsity coach for Pelham High School. After high school, Mr. Shepard attended St. Michael’s College in Winooski, VT and then law school at Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, New Hampshire.
Mr. Shepard is a Director and Shareholder in the firm of Smith-Weiss Shepard, P.C. and Vice-President of ABBA Title Company. He is admitted to practice in New Hampshire and is a member of the New Hampshire and Nashua Bar Associations. He is admitted to practice law before the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire and practices before nearly every Circuit and Superior Court in the State and in every county. Mr. Shepard is willing to travel to represent his clients.
Mr. Shepard practices general practice law, with a focus upon family law, civil litigation, small business and corporate law, landlord and tenant law, real estate and zoning, estate planning, and personal injury law. Mr. Shepard represents several Cooperatives and Manufactured Housing Parks and represents both individuals and organizations in real estate matters.
Mr. Shepard is a participant in the Pro Bono Referral System for the New Hampshire Bar Association. He also served as the Hillsborough County Representative for the New Hampshire Bar Association Board of Governors and was the President of the Nashua Bar Association. Mr. Shepard is the legal counsel for Nashua Habitat for Humanity and the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter. Mr. Shepard has served on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Nashua, the Pelham Planning Board, the Board of Directors for the Greater Nashua Federal Credit Union, the Board of Directors for the Nashua Soup Kitchen and the Board of Directors for the Greater Nashua YMCA. Mr. Shepard has taught paralegal courses at the New Hampshire Technical College and has taught seminars on the Law of Cooperatives and Manufactured Housing Parks.
In his spare time, along with coaching basketball, Mr. Shepard is an avid gardener and golfer.
Attorney Tanya L. Spony joined Smith-Weiss Shepard in 2012. She is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire School of Law and she holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Ms. Spony’s practice areas include civil litigation, personal injury, criminal law, family law, and bankruptcy. Ms. Spony is trained as a collaborative practitioner and she applies her skills in negotiation and dispute resolution to serve her clients through litigation, mediation and collaborative law.
Ms. Spony is licensed to practice law in the states of New Hampshire and Massachusetts. She is also licensed to practice law in the United States District Court for New Hampshire and Massachusetts. In addition to practicing law, Ms. Spony is involved in many organizations and is an active member of the legal community. These organizations include the New Hampshire Bar Association, New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association, Nashua Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, Collaborative Law Alliance of New Hampshire, Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Ms. Spony currently serves as secretary of the Nashua Bar Association and she also sits on the Board of Directors for the Greater Nashua Mental Health Center.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Ms. Spony relocated to New England in 2007. In her free time, Ms. Spony enjoys spending time with her family, friends and her beloved dog. She also enjoys outdoor activities such as skiing, swimming, and softball.