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 and Treasurer of the Hills Farm Cemetery, Hudson, New Hampshire. She is the past President of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua, Inc., the former Clerk of First Church of Nashua, UCC, and a past member of the Board of Directors for the Greater Nashua Interfaith Hospitality Network, the Board of Trustees for The Hunt Community, located in Nashua, and the Nashua West Rotary Club.
Attorney Smith-Weiss is actively involved in community theater, enjoys traditional rug hooking techniques, spending time with her family, especially her grandson, and traveling with her husband.
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 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 (University of New Hampshire School of Law).
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 law in New Hampshire, including the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire, and is a member of the New Hampshire and Nashua Bar Associations as well as the New Hampshire Association for Justice. Mr. Shepard practices law before every Circuit and Superior Court in the State of New Hampshire.
Mr. Shepard has over thirty years of experience practicing family law, civil litigation, business and corporate law, landlord and tenant law, real estate and zoning, estate planning, and personal injury law. Mr. Shepard also represents several Cooperatives and Manufactured Housing Parks throughout the State of New Hampshire.
Mr. Shepard is a participant in the Pro Bono Referral System for the New Hampshire Bar Association and legal counsel for Nashua Habitat for Humanity and the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter. He also served as the Hillsborough County Representative for the New Hampshire Bar Association Board of Governors, was the President of the Nashua Bar Association, and a former member of 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 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, guardianships, and bankruptcy. She also handles appeals before the New Hampshire and Massachusetts Supreme Courts. 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 and before 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. Ms. Spony currently sits as a director on the Nashua Bar Association as well as the Board of Directors for the Greater Nashua Mental Health Center. She is also a volunteer and mentor for the YMCA Youth & Government Program.
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.
Attorney Valerie A. Weber joined Smith-Weiss Shepard in 2015. She earned her BA Degree, magna cum laude, from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and her JD Degree, cum laude, from the University of Houston Law Center.
Prior to her career in law, Ms. Weber worked in banking for over 10 years. Her banking career included managing the loan documentation department, working in commercial lending, and serving as a Vice President and Compliance Officer for the commercial lending division.
Ms. Weber’s practice areas include estate planning, probate administration, trusts, wills, guardianships, real estate, and appellate work. She is admitted to practice in the State of New Hampshire, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the State of Texas (inactive membership).
Ms. Weber grew up in sunny California before heading to law school in Texas and finding her way to New Hampshire, where her husband grew up. After adjusting to the winters, she loves the scenic beauty and friendly environment of the granite state. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, including her fur family of two cats and a dog. She also enjoys outdoor activities like hiking and skiing.