My name is Chris Shepherd and I protect people facing criminal charges in and around Chicago.
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 Forensic Science.
After graduating law school in 2005 I opened my own practice and have been practicing criminal defense in northern Illinois ever since. My practice is and has always been protecting the accused and I have never prosecuted.
In my early years, I taught undergraduate classes in ethics and logic. In 2014, I ran for State Senate, going from 0% name recognition to 40% of the vote against a decades-long incumbent. 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.
People always ask me: "why criminal defense?"
By its very nature, this area of the law involves meeting people in an emotionally raw state. It could be anxiety over potential damage to career opportunities. Or maybe there are felony charge and there's a serious risk of jail time for you or family.
So why practice in such an area of law?
For misdemeanor clients, I genuinely love being the Trusted Guide to people who just want to get through the criminal justice system with a clean record and as little cost to time and money as possible.
A job well done in "serious" felony cases can be rewarding in different ways.
Despite all of America's safeguards and constitutional rights, innocent people are arrested and charged every day. I believe there is dignity in diligently executing a thoughtful defense strategy to keep innocent people free or at least control the damage criminal cases 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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Types of Cases Handled
Sex Crimes: Sexual Assault, Soliciting a Prostitute, Prostitution
Violent Crimes: Battery, Domestic Battery, Homicide
Drug Offenses: Possession, Delivery: Marijuana, Heroin, Cocaine, Pills
Miscellaneous: Shoplifting, Theft, Disorderly Conduct, Firearms and Weapons
J.D., Chicago Kent Law School, 2005
CALI Award for Excellence in Forensic Science, Academic Scholarship
B.S., Loyola University Chicago, 2002
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
“Getting the Early Advantage for Clients Accused of Drug Crimes” Defense Strategies for Drug Crimes, 2012 ed, published by Thomson Reuters.