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, served on its Board of Directors and several committees and is Chairperson of its Non-Partisan Court Plan and Public Relations committees. He also served 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 (FINRA), formerly the National Association of Securities Dealers.
Since 2010, 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 and current Chairman of the Ozarks Technical Community College Board of Trustees; 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; Director of New Approach Missouri; 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.