Shunta McBride is Counsel in MendenFreiman’s estate planning, estate administration, tax planning, and business law practice areas. She has a knack for explaining the unfamiliar and navigating clients through what they often perceive as uncharted territory in the area of wills, probate and real estate—and in particular, heirs’ property. She is skilled at crafting solutions that are well tailored for her clients, showing thoughtful consideration in identifying a clear path forward.

Shunta’s experience in estate planning includes drafting wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and healthcare directives that are consistent with clients’ goals. She also has a strong estate administration practice. Her probate experience includes representing fiduciaries in Probate Court on a variety of matters, including estate administration, year’s support, minor conservatorships, orders dispensing with administration and petitions for leave to sell real estate. Shunta’s work also includes providing fiduciaries with step-by-step guidance on how to properly administer trusts and estates, i.e., to marshal assets, pay off debts and distribute assets and real property to beneficiaries. She also enjoys working with clients by identifying planning opportunities using their existing plans, to best make decisions that align with a client’s personal goals. She also frequently works with personal injury attorneys to open estates in connection with the settlement of personal injury claims.

Following law school, Shunta clerked for the Honorable U.W. Clemon (Ret.) at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama in Birmingham. Prior to joining MendenFreiman in 2022, she was the founding attorney of The Law Office of Shunta V. McBride, LLC, where she practiced as a solo practitioner and business owner for five years.

Shunta’s pro bono work includes volunteering for Georgia Appleseed alongside other attorneys to help the nonprofit launch the Georgia Heirs Law Center (GHPLC).  GHPLC is the first nonprofit legal center of its kind in Georgia that is exclusively dedicated to addressing the heirs’ property problem for Georgians. She has also volunteered in the Probate Court Information Centers for the Probate Courts of Fulton County and DeKalb County.


  • The University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2004
    • Alabama Law Review
  • The University of Alabama, B.S., Accounting, cum laude, 2001

Admissions and Professional/Civic Organizations

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Member-at-Large, Estate Planning & Probate Board (June 2023-May 2025)
  • The Georgia Heirs Property Law Center, Board Member (2018-2020)

Awards and Recognition

  • Georgia Appleseed Center for Law & Justice “Good Apple Award”, 2013