Chip Sheppard is a shareholder and Chairman of the Litigation/Dispute Resolution Practice Group of Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown, P.C. He is AV (highest rating) rated by Martindale Hubbell and concentrates his practice in the areas of business, securities, probate, intellectual property, employment, fraud (including securities fraud), fiduciary liability, employment, real estate, franchise terminations, interference with contract, lender liability, professional negligence, trademark and other intellectual property matters, bankruptcy adversary proceedings, dispute resolution and transactions.
A substantial portion of Mr. Sheppard's practice, as lead counsel includes securities and other fraud and fiduciary duty claims, involving officers, directors, shareholders of corporations and members and managers of limited liability companies, both as an arbitrator and as counsel for the parties. Mr. Sheppard has tried a combined total of more than 50 arbitrations, state and federal trials, both jury and non-jury, in his areas of concentration. His clients include those engaged in advertising, banking, brokerage, consulting, engineering, entertainment and entertainers, food distribution, health care service providers, investments, manufacturing and sales, marketing, not- for-profit entities, pension and profit sharing plans, real estate development and software development and sales.
He is Past-President of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, serves on its Board of Directors and several committees and is Chairperson of its Non-Partisan Court Plan and Public Relations committees. He also serves on the Board of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Foundation.
Mr. Sheppard is a former arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, New York Stock Exchange, and is presently an arbitrator for the Financial Regulatory Authority, formerly the National Association of Securities Dealers.
Since 2009, Mr. Sheppard has been named to the Best Lawyers in America list. He also received the President’s Award from both the Missouri Bar and the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association for his efforts to bring the Missouri Non-Partisan Court Plan to Greene County.
In 2005 he was elected as a Fellow of the American Bar Association, an honor bestowed upon less than .5 percent of the Bar and was selected in 2005, again in 2006, and 2009 to present, as a Super Lawyer by Law & Politics Magazine (top 5% according to peer review).
Mr. Sheppard received his bachelor's degree from Missouri State University in 1980 and his law degree, as an E. Eugene Mason Endowed Scholar, in 1983 from Southern Methodist University School of Law. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Missouri Bar and the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association.
Mr. Sheppard's community involvement sponsoring the last 26 years includes serving as a Trustee of the Ozarks Technical Community College Board of Trsutees; Past Trustee, Secretary and President Elect of the Ozark Technical Community College Foundation; Director of Hickory Hills Country Club; Chamber of Commerce Governmental Relations Committee; former Elder at First and Calvary Presbyterian Church; the Board of Directors for Leadership Springfield; the Housing Authority of Springfield; and the Springfield-Greene County Environmental Advisory Board.
In re Trip J Steel — Pursued $40,000,000.00 in preference actions against approximately one dozen international steels companies, successfully collecting millons through settlement (1985-1987).
Harrell v. Stifel Nicolaus & CLO — Securities arbitration before the AAA. Received an arbitration award against Stifel Nicolaus of approximately $1,000,000.00 including $450,000.00 in punitive damages in a 10 1/2 day securities arbitration matter involving the suitability of naked index options. The registered representative and broker/dealer had successfully defended three prior American Arbitration Association claims by customers with the exact same investments utilizing other law firms. All of those claimants had lost. Several other claimants retained Mr. Sheppard following the widely reported arbitration award. (1988-1990)
Cushman v. Mutton Hollow Resort and Steve Redford — Successfully, on appeal, reversed the trial court's decision and enjoined trademark and trade name infringement by Mutton Hollow Resort in a case still widely cited. (1989-1990)
Cotner v. Snaden — Obtained a $420,000.00 jury verdict awarding the Plaintiff such amount as the value of the Plaintiff's hotel room introduction of Wayne Newton to Defendant for purposes of building the Wayne Newton theatre in Branson, Missouri. The amount was awarded by a Christian County, Missouri, jury. (1997)
Newton v. Orlando — Confidentially settled this matter in which Tony Orlando sued Wayne Newton for federal wire tapping violations, breach of a joint venture agreement concerning the operation of a theatre in Branson, Missouri that the two entertainers shared and pursued claims on behalf of Wayne Newton against Tony Orlando for breach of agreement. Settled confidentially. (200__?) Chip see the expert testimony file.