Adam J. Sheppard

Attorney Profile

Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in Chicago, IL

Sheppard Law Firm, P.C.
 | 180 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2510
Chicago, IL 60601-2705
Phone: 312-443-1233
Fax: 312-609-0578
Selected to Rising Stars: 2012 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2005
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (70%),
  • Criminal Defense (30%)
Attorney Profile

Sheppard Law Firm, P.C., in Chicago, Illinois, is a highly recognized criminal defense firm, which prides itself on results. Representative cases include:

Representative Federal Cases

United States v. XXX (U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois), a physician accused of prescription fraud and insurance fraud.

United States v. XXX (U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois): manager of alleged criminal enterprise is accused of a scheme resulting in a 18 million dollar loss to a major United States company.

United States v. XXXX (7th Circuit Court of Appeals). Sheppard delivered oral argument before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit where his client, the CEO of a marketing company, was accused of engaging in a multi-million dollar credit card/wire fraud/tax fraud scheme.

Sheppard Law Firm obtains dismissal, on jurisdictional grounds, in the District Court, Northern District of Illinois, and sucessfull defended the dismissal before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeal in a case where a co-pilot was suing another co-pilot (Sheppard Law Firm's client) and the airlines based on alleged assault committed by the co-pilot. See Baylay v. Ethiad Airways & Saravdeep Mann et. al. (7th Circuit case Nos. 16-4113 & 17-1958). 

Representative State Court Cases:

Currently pending: People of the State of Illinois v. Doctor Wyndam Lathem: Sheppard Law Firm is representing distinguished microbiologist and Northwestern University proffesor,  Doctor Wyndham Lathem, in defense of homicided charges. Doctor Lathem is using his pretrial time to help other inmates and remains hopeful. https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/sneed-exclusive-prof-charged-in-grisly-murder-wants-to-teach-inmates/

Sheppard Law Firm obtained an acquittal for a renowned Rabbi and his two sons who were acccused of an embezzling from the synagogue. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-charges-against-rabbi-and-2-sons-thrown-out-by-cook-county-judge-20140903-story.html.

Dismissal of all charges for Chicago Police Officer charged with Sex Assault. The following Chicago Tribune article describes the initial charges, which were ultimately dismissed following Sheppard Law Firm's filing of pretrial motions: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-2014-01-17-chi-chicago-officer-jailed-on-charges-of-assaulting-relative-20140117-story.html

Sheppard Law Firms obtains an amendment of first degree murder charges to involuntary manslaughter for which the defendant received probation where the defendant had been charged with homicide of her newborn.http://abc7chicago.com/news/mother-gets-probation-in-death-of-newborn-thrown-from-8th-floor/2205561/

Adam Sheppard has published over 20 articles in various respected legal periodicals, several of which appear on Westlaw. Sheppard is also vice-chair of the litigation committee for the Chicago Bar Association and has lectured at a plethora of legal seminars, including have lectured to law school classes and national audiences on digital searches and seizures.

Sheppard's clients have included professional athletes, physicians, scientists, and other lawyers.

Adam Sheppard trained other lawyers in defending Title IX cases -- university proceedings based on allegations of sexual misconduct -- and has an unusually sucessful track record in such cases.

Sheppard Law Firm also has considerable expertise in other sex offense cases, such as child pornography cases.

Adam Sheppard has been recognized by "Super Lawyers" as a "Rising Star" every year since 2012 (top 2.5% in Illinois); he has been repeatedly named by "Leading Lawyer" mangazine as an "emerging lawyer" (top 2% in Illinois) and the National Trial Lawyers association has named named Sheppard to the "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" list.

He serves on the Board of Managers of the Chicago Bar Associations, the editorial board of the CBA, and he vice-chairs the trial practice committee of the Chicago Bar Association; he is an officer and editorial board member of the Decalogue Society; he is a lifetime member of National Association of Criminal Defense and member of the Federal Bar Association and Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He volunteers as a teacher for the Constitutional Rights Foundation "Lawyer in the Classroom" project.

Adam Sheppard has been sked to comment as a legal expert by news outlets such as his recent appearance on Fox News to comment on the Jason Van Dyke/Laquan McDonald trial:https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/360245548-video

 
Practice Areas

Criminal Defense: White Collar (70%)
Criminal Defense (30%)

Criminal Defense: White Collar (70%): White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Criminal Defense (30%): Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Felony, Sex Offenses

Focus Areas

White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Felony, Sex Offenses

Selections

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Rising Stars: 2012 - 2019

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About Adam Sheppard

Admitted: 2005, Illinois

Professional Webpage: http://www.thesheppardlawfirm.com/attorneys

Honors/Awards:

  • 2018: Adam Sheppard was honored to be selected as one of 8 new members to the Board of Managers for the Chicago Bar Association. Adam also serves on the editorial board for the CBA and co-vice-chairs its trial practice committeee., Board of Managers, Chicago Bar Association, 2018
  • Jack-Carey Merit Award Scholarship, Cook County Public Defender's Office
  • Emerging Lawyers, Leading Lawyers, 2016
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyer Magazine, 2012-2017

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Chicago Bar Association, Editorial Board & Co-Vice-Chair of Litigation Committee
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Federal Court, Panel Attorney
  • Criminal Law Committee, Young Lawyers Section, Chicago Bar Association, Director, 2015
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Panel Attorney
  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Supreme Court Bar, October 2011

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • JUF Legal Volunteer Services , 2015
  • Editorial Board, Decalogue Society of Lawyers, 2012
  • Board of Managers, Decalogue Society of Lawyers, 2015
  • Families Against Mandatory Minimums
  • NORML Legal Committee
  • Young Lawyers Division, Jewish United Fund
  • Constitutional Rights Foundation, Lawyer in the Classroom
  • Decalogue Society of Lawyer

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Adam Sheppards summarizes Chief Judge Evans's new Bail Reform Order, Bail Reform, http://www.thesheppardlawfirm.com/CookCountyBailReform.pdf, 2017
  • http://www.thesheppardlawfirm.com/Published-Articles/PathTowardsSolutions.pdf, Creating a Path Toward Solutions - CBA Gun Violence Summit, http://www.thesheppardlawfirm.com/Published-Articles/PathTowardsSolutions.pdf, 2017
  • What Are Students' Due Process Rights in School Disciplinary Proceedings, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 2012
  • "Authenticating Social Media Evidence -- Decalogue, 2016
  • "Making the Case for Civility"-- CBA Record, March, 2016
  • "Prosecuting Physicians for Opioid Prescriptions," Decalogue, 2016
  • "Updates Regarding Mandatory Minimum Sentencing" by Adam Sheppard (Decalogue Society magazine, 2017
  • "Mann Act" Prosecutions, CBA Record (Chicago Bar Association's legal magazine), March, 2017
  • Criminal Investigations of Students, Decalogue Newsletter, Fall, 2009
  • Constitutionality of Police Roadblocks Decalogue, Summer, 2009
  • 10 Tips for Young Lawyers (A review of Judge Holderman's Lecture), CBA Record
  • Hey Teachers Leave Them Kids Alone, CBA Record, July, 2010
  • A Trail-Blazing Opinion (Federal Sentencing and Apprendi), CBA Record, September, 2010
  • Working in a Family Run Law Practice, CBA Record, November, 2011
  • What do you wish you had learned in law school, CBA Record, December, 2011
  • Court discusses Fourth Amendment in the digital age, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, January, 2012
  • Easing up on Eavesdropping Challenges to Illinois Eavesdropping Act, Decalogue Tablets, January, 2013
  • Young Lawyers Journal, Co-Editor-in-Chief
  • Cyber Bullying Law Seminar, Featured Speaker, 2013
  • YLS Criminal Law Committee, Lecturer
  • Search and Seizure Issues, John Marshall Law School, Guest Lecturer
  • Chicago Bar Association, Editorial Board of CBA Record Magazine

Representative Clients:

  • Airline Pilots: See Baylay v. Etihad Airways et. al (7th Circuit Court of Appeals)(16-4113 & 17-1958)(dismissal of all counts on behalf of an airline pilot who was accused of assualting a co-pilot) Distinguished Scientists and Professors: See https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/sneed-prof-accused-of-murder-embraces-teaching-spirituality-in-jail/ Professional Athletes CEOs Businesss Professionals Students: Title IX proceedings, 2015
  • Professional athletes
  • Sheppard Law Firm, P.C., in Chicago, Illinois, is a highly recognized criminal defense firm, which prides itself on results. Representative cases include:United States v. XXX (U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois), a physician accused of prescription fraud and insurance fraud.United States v. XXX (U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois): manager of alleged criminal enterprise is accused of a scheme resulting in a 18 million dollar loss to a major United States company.United States v. XXXX (7th Circuit Court of Appeals). Sheppard represented the defendant before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in cutting edge sentencing issues where in a multi-million dollar wire fraud and tax fraud scheme. Representative State Court Cases: Sheppard Law Firm obtained an acquittal for a renowned Rabbi and his two sons who were acccused of an embezzling from the synagogue. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-charges-against-rabbi-and-2-sons-thrown-out-by-cook-county-judge-20140903-story.html. Sheppard Law Firms obtains an amendment of first degree murder charges to involuntary manslaughter for which the defendant received probation where the defendant had been charged with homicide of her newborn.http://abc7chicago.com/news/mother-gets-probation-in-death-of-newborn-thrown-from-8th-floor/2205561/  
  • Sheppard Law Firm, P.C., in Chicago, Illinois, is a highly recognized criminal defense firm, which prides itself on results. Representative cases include:United States v. XXX (U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois), a physician accused of prescription fraud and insurance fraud.United States v. XXX (U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois): manager of alleged criminal enterprise is accused of a scheme resulting in a 18 million dollar loss to a major United States company.United States v. XXXX (7th Circuit Court of Appeals). Sheppard represented the defendant before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in cutting edge sentencing issues where in a multi-million dollar wire fraud and tax fraud scheme. Representative State Court Cases: Sheppard Law Firm obtained an acquittal for a renowned Rabbi and his two sons who were acccused of an embezzling from the synagogue. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-charges-against-rabbi-and-2-sons-thrown-out-by-cook-county-judge-20140903-story.html. Sheppard Law Firms obtains an amendment of first degree murder charges to involuntary manslaughter for which the defendant received probation where the defendant had been charged with homicide of her newborn.http://abc7chicago.com/news/mother-gets-probation-in-death-of-newborn-thrown-from-8th-floor/2205561/  
  • Bankers
  • Lawyers
  • Physicians

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" - National Trial Lawyers association, 2017
  • Leading Lawyers magazine - "Emerging Lawyer" (designated to 2% of lawyers in Illinois), 2016
  • Super Lawyer magazine - "Rising Star", 2012

Educational Background:

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D. 2005 (Merit Award Scholarship Recipient), 2005
  • University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado

Industry Groups

  • Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago
  • Decalogue Society Of Lawyers
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • JUF Volunteer Legal Services
  • NORML Legal Committee
  • YLS Executive Council/CBA; National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Office Location for Adam J. Sheppard

180 North LaSalle Street
Suite 2510
Chicago, IL 60601-2705

Phone: 312-443-1233

Fax: 312-609-0578

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Last Updated: 12/7/2018

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