Sheppard is a shareholder in the Litigation/Dispute Resolution and
Transactional Practice Groups of Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown, P.C. He
concentrates his practice in the areas of medical marijuana, hemp, licensing,
business, real estate, employment, acquisitions, banking, contracts, municipal,
planning and zoning, securities and intellectual property transactions,
litigation and dispute resolution.
substantial portion of Mr. Sheppard’s practice is focused in Missouri’s newest
industries: medical marijuana and hemp; representing business groups across the
state seeking licensing and certifications, as well as advising doctors,
medical practices and health systems and others navigating the newest Article
to the Missouri Constitution and Missouri’s new hemp law.
Sheppard’s practice also includes securities and other fraud and fiduciary duty
related claims, 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. Other
areas of concentration are various business transactions, acquisitions, real
estate development and related litigation and probate litigation.
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
past board member and past President of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar
Association, current board member of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar
Foundation, Chairman of the Non-Partisan Court Plan Committee, member of the
American Bar Association, the Missouri Bar and the Public Investors Arbitration
Bar Association. He is also a member of the National Cannabis Bar Association;
Board of Directors, Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association, Inc.; member
of Missouri Cannabis Industry Association; and continues to be a medical
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 and 2006 and
again in 2010-2017, to the “Super Lawyer” list by Law & Politics Magazine
(top 5% according to peer review). In 2008, he Co-Chaired the Greene Countians
for Fair and Impartial Judges Committee which was responsible for bringing the
Missouri Court Plan to Greene County, was a finalist for Missouri Lawyer of the
Year and received the Missouri Bar Association and Springfield Metropolitan Bar
Association President’s Awards in recognition of extraordinary service to those
Associations and the legal profession. Finally, he has been named to the “Best
Lawyers in America” list by the publication of the same name.
Sheppard is a former arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, New
York Stock Exchange, and has served as an arbitrator for the Financial Industry
Regulatory Authority (FINRA f/k/a NASD) since 2000.
Sheppard’s community involvement includes serving as former Trustee and Chair
of the Ozarks Technical Community College, former Chair of the OTC Foundation
Board, former director of Hickory Hills Country Club (2003-2011) and member of
the Chamber of Commerce Governmental Relations Legislative Policy, Voice of
Business and Emerging Issues Committees. He also serves as an Elder and Trustee
at First and Calvary Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Sheppard has also served on the Board of Directors for Leadership
Springfield, and the Housing Authority of Springfield and other community