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Chris Shepherd

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Early Life

I grew up on a small farm in Indiana about an hour from Chicago. I attended high school at Culver Military Academy and studied political science at Loyola University in Chicago's Rogers Park.

I went to Chicago Kent for law school. At Kent, I received an academic scholarship and won the CALI award for excellence in Criminal Forensics.

After graduating law school in 2005 I opened my own practice and have been practicing in northern Illinois ever since. My criminal practice is and has always been devoted to protecting the accused; I have never prosecuted. In my early years, I taught undergraduate classes in Ethics and Logic. I serve as a volunteer staff attorney with Veterans' Legal Aid; helping veterans solve their legal problems is extremely rewarding.

I love Chicago, reading, writing, working out, firearms, archery, nature, competition and justice.

Practice Philosophy

People ask: "why criminal defense?"

By its very nature, this area of the law involves meeting people in an emotionally raw state. Clients often have intense anxiety about the impact an arrest can have on their permanent record and career opportunities. Or maybe there are felony charges and there is a serious risk of jail time.

So why practice in such an area of law?

For misdemeanor clients, I genuinely love being the Trusted Guide to people who want to get through their case with a clean record, as efficiently as possible.

A job well done in "serious" felony cases can be rewarding in different ways.

The Founding Fathers knew that innocent people are arrested and charged every day, which is why they designed a system based on the idea that it is better to let ten guilty go free than to convict one innocent. There is dignity in using these Constitutional shields to execute a thoughtful defense strategy that keeps people free or at least controls the damage a criminal case can cause. Pride in work not only feels good, it provides clients with a competitive edge, often in their darkest hour.

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

B.S., Loyola University Chicago, 2002
Political Science

High School, Culver Military Academy

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2011
United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2006
Illinois, 2005


“Getting the Early Advantage for Clients Accused of Drug Crimes” Defense Strategies for Drug Crimes, 2012 ed, published by Thomson Reuters.


  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.

Serving clients throughout the Chicago metropolitan area including those in the following localities:

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; Kendall County including Yorkville and Oswego; Lake County including Buffalo Grove and Waukegan; and Will County including Bolingbrook and Joliet.