Kerry Shepherd is a true Renaissance man. He litigates a wide variety of complex cases, for which he has earned distinguished honors from prestigious legal organizations; the confidence and admiration of his clients; and the respect of judges and juries, all while ably fulfilling his responsibilities as Markowitz Herbold PC’s Managing Shareholder.
For example, Kerry successfully tried and defeated a $70 million securities fraud case for an investment management company in AAA arbitration. He has also successfully prosecuted multi-million dollar securities fraud cases for plaintiffs in courts throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Many cities have hired Kerry when facing off against Fortune 50 companies who fail to live up to their promises and representations. One example is a $100 million fraud and contract case for a small municipality against one of the world’s largest beverage and bottle manufacturers, which reneged on an agreement to build new facilities in the community. Kerry has also represented cities from Oregon to Illinois in cases arising from wastewater treatment technologies that did not live up to the defendant's warranties and representations, leaving the communities with unmanageable waste treatment problems.
With a straight-shooter approach, Kerry approaches his cases with a pragmatism that encourages economy, efficiency and results. He is adept at finding solutions to challenging problems. His clients say that he is a remarkably gifted lawyer who helps them navigate the risks of high-stakes legal disputes.
Kerry has more than 27 years of experience prosecuting and defending lawsuits throughout Oregon and Washington. For example, Kerry successfully tried and defeated a $70 million securities fraud case for an investment management company in AAA arbitration. He has also successfully prosecuted multi-million dollar securities fraud cases for plaintiffs in courts throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Local governments trust Kerry to face off with Fortune 50 companies. One example is a $100 million fraud case for a small city against one of the world’s largest beverage and bottle manufacturers, which reneged on an agreement to build new facilities in the community. Kerry has also represented cities from Oregon to Illinois in cases arising from defective wastewater treatment technologies that did not perform as promised leaving the communities with multi-million dollar waste treatment problems.
Financial institutions hire Kerry to handle their most important cases. One example, which was tried successfully to a jury verdict, was a $5 million lender liability case arising from embezzlement through online banking practices.
Kerry litigates cases enforcing rights and responsibilities associated with corporate management, including prosecuting and defending derivative claims, company dissolutions, minority oppression, and intentional interference with economic relations, to name a few. Kerry’s successful outcomes include punitive damages against company managers for conversion and breach of fiduciary duty.
Kerry is an AV® Peer Review rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating an attorney can obtain. Additionally, he is recognized as a top Oregon lawyer in the prestigious Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and The Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation. Since 2010, Kerry has been recognized as a Super Lawyer by Oregon Super Lawyers magazine, a listing that is awarded to less than five percent of Oregon attorneys.
Kerry graduated magna cum laude from Willamette University College of Law, where he served as the editor-in-chief of the Willamette Law Review. Kerry joined Markowitz Herbold PC in 1999, and has been a partner with the firm since 2000. Born, raised and educated in Oregon, Kerry’s roots in the Pacific NW and his commitment to the area runs deep. Kerry is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys the wealth of Oregon’s abundance. He currently serves on the board of the Oregon Wildlife Foundation which strives to empower the lasting conservation of fish and wildlife, and citizen enjoyment of Oregon’s natural resources.