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Chris Shepherd

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About Me

I grew up on a small farm in Indiana. I attended high school at Culver Military Academy and studied political science at Loyola University.

I went to Chicago Kent for law school. At Kent, I received an academic scholarship and won the CALI award for excellence in Forensic Science. Upon graduating in 2005 I opened my own practice and have been practicing criminal defense ever since.

In my early years, I taught undergraduate classes in ethics and logic. In 2014, I ran for the State Senate, going from 0% name recognition to 40% of the vote against an incumbent with decades of political presence in the district. I serve as a volunteer staff attorney with Veterans' Legal Aid; helping veterans solve their legal problems is extremely rewarding. 

I love writing, reading, working out, playing sports, biking, firearms, archery, nature, competition and justice.

Mission Statement & Practice Philosophy

People always ask me: "why criminal defense?"

As a Chicago criminal defense lawyer, I often meet people who are in an emotionally raw state. Maybe its anxiety over the potential impact a misdemeanor may have on future career opportunities and earning potential. Or maybe it's fear of a felony charge and there's a serious risk of jail time for you or a family member.

So why practice in such an area of law?

For misdemeanor clients, I love the satisfaction of a job well done. Being the “trusted guide” to someone who is a little confused, hates interviewing lawyers and just wants to get through this with a clean record, with as little cost to time and money as possible.

For felony clients, I love making a difference, knowing that there are innocent people who, because of me, are free instead of in jail. I love seeing extra effort give my clients a competitive edge that either controls the damage, or gives them a path to victory, often through their darkest hour.

Criminal Defense

Sex Crimes: Sexual Assault/Date Rape, Soliciting a Prostitute, Prostitution

Violent Crimes: Battery, Aggravated Battery, Domestic Battery

Drug Offenses: Possession, Delivery of Cocaine, Marijuana, Heroin, etc...

Miscellaneous: Shoplifting, Theft, Disorderly Conduct, Firearms and Weapons Offenses

Education

J.D., Chicago Kent Law School, 2005 
CALI Award for Excellence in Forensic Science, Academic Scholarship

B.S., Loyola University Chicago (Undergrad), 2002

High School, Culver Military Academy

Jurisdictions Admitted to PracticeUnited States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2011
United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2006
Illinois, 2005 Articles “Getting the Early Advantage for Clients Accused of Drug Crimes” to Defense Strategies for Drug Crimes, 2012 ed, published by Thomson Reuters.  Featured Pro Bono Activities

Volunteer Attorney for John Marshall Veterans' Legal Aid Clinic.

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Recommendations

  • Trust

    Mr. Shephard was very responsive to my son and I and was great inn taking our case in a short peoriod of time. I thank him very much for his services and will refer him to future clients.
  • Great Lawyer A++

    Chris is an amazing lawyer. He always kept in contact and couldn't have done a better job!!! I have dealt with a few lawyers in my time and Chris by far was the best.
  • Excellent Lawyer

    I felt that Chris personally cared about me and giving me the best representation possible. He always returned calls and email which is more than I can say for my last lawyer. Trust and ability are the most important things for a lawyer. Although I don't think I will ever need a lawyer again, I w...
  • Chris fought hard for me and won

    Chris is a trustworthy person and I am so glad I found him in one of my darkest moments. He knew everything about which judge would be best for the case. He knew everything about the person accusing me. He tried to get the case finished quick but when that didnt work he won the case at trial. Tha...
  • a great attorney

    Chris has gone above and beyond in order to help me out. Recently I was facing a misdemeanor charge, and Mr. Shepard was able to get the charge dismissed! I initially called Mr. Shepard for a free consultation and I quickly learned he is a professional in his field and an overall stand up guy, wh...

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Cook County including Chicago, Arlington Heights, Cicero, Evanston, Palatine, Schaumburg, Skokie, and Tinley Park; DuPage County including Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Naperville, and Wheaton; Kane County including Aurora, Elgin, and Hoffman Estates; Lake County including Buffalo Grove and Waukegan; and Will County including Bolingbrook and Joliet.

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