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Multiple news outlets, including the Chicago Sun Times, recently noted Sheppard Law Firm's history of handling "several high-profile clients in criminal cases."

July 6, 2017: "Probation for Mom Who Dropped Infant to Death from 8th-Floor Window," Chicago Sun Times.

Sheppard Law Firm's client, a 19 year-old, was charged with first degree murder based on a charge that she dropped her newborn to death from an 8th-floor window. (See news articles below). Following the submission of an extensive mitigation binder to the State's Attorney's Office, the charges were amended to involuntary manslaughter for which she was sentenced to probation with credit for time spent on an electronic monitor to avoid jail time. Below, please find news articles describing the case. NOTE: the news articles below inaccruately reference days of jail served when, in fact, the defendant's time on on electronic monitoring satisfied jail time.

MARCH, 2017: CBA RECORD PUBLISHES ADAM SHEPPARD'S ARTICLE REGARDING "MANN ACT" PROSECUTIONS:

"Mann Act" Prosecutions

APRIL 9, 2017: Adam Sheppard to Lecture to Northwestern University Fraternity on Students' Rights in School Disciplinary Proceeding as part of Anti-Semitism on Campus Project. See Attached Flyer: Adam Sheppard to Lecture at NU Fraternity re: Students' Rights


June 1, 2016: ADAM SHEPPARD LECTURES AT CRIMINAL LAW DECALOGUE CLE ON MANDATORY MINIMUMS - FEDERAL AND STATE COURT - WAYS TO ATTACK THEM. Adam Sheppard's PowerPoint on mandatory minimums may be found below.

Mandatory Minimums - PowerPoint by Adam Sheppard

SEPTEMBER 10 - OCTOBER 1, 2015: ADAM SHEPPARD WAS HONORED TO BE SELECTED AS AN INTSTRUCTOR AT THE CHICAGO BAR ASSOCIATION'S TRIAL TECHNIQUES SEMINAR WITH SITTING JUDGES AND OTHER ACCOMPLISHED TRIAL LAWYERS

SEPTEMBER 9, 2015: ADAM SHEPPARD LECTURES TO GROUP OF DISTINGUISHED LAWYERS AND OTHER ADVOCATES ON STUDENTS' RIGHTS IN UNIVERSITY DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS. SEE A CLIP OF THE PRESENTATION IN THE FOLLOWING VIDEO: Adam Sheppard Lecturing on Students' Rights in Disciplinary Proceedings

SEPTEMBER, 2015: DECALOGUE TABLETS PUBLISHED WITH ADAM SHEPPARD'S ARTICLE REGARDING CELL SITE LOCATION INFORMATION SEARCHES AND PHOTO OF ADAM SWORN IN AS A BOARD OF MANAGERS MEMBER. Below is a link to Adam's article on cell site searches and the photo of the 2015-2016 Board of Managers:

Cell Site Location Information Searches

Adam Sheppard sworn in as Board of Managers member

JULY 9, 2015: ADAM SHEPPARD NAMED AS "EMERGING LAWYER" in the are of Criminal Law-Felonies/misdemeanors and DUIs BY LEADING LAWYER MAGAZINE, A CHICAGO DAILY LAW BULLETIN PUBLICATION. " Emerging Lawyers are made up of the TOP TWO PERCENT of lawyers who are 40 years old or younger OR practicing law 10 years or less and have proven themselves professional, ethical and experienced at an early point in their legal career. You are welcome to set about spreading the word of your achievement." See Leadinglawyers.com regarding the selection process: http://leadinglawyers.com/meth.cfm

June 29, 2015: Adam Sheppard Is Installed On The Board Of Managers Of The Decalogue Society Of Lawyers. Click On The Link To See A Photo Of Chief Judge Evans Swearing In The Incoming Members Of The Board Of Managers. Decalogue Installation

June 10, 2015: Chicago Tribune re: Sheppard's defense of Scientist Charged with Dissemination and Possession of Child Pornography. Title of the Article: "Buffalo Grove Man get Probation for child porn guilty plea." See: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/crime/ct-lns-jones-porn-plea-st-0611-20150610-story.html. The charges of Dissemination of Child Pornography, class x charges, which carried a mandatory sentencing range of 6-30 years in prison, were dismissed and Sheppard's client was granted probation on the remaining charges of possession of child pornography after Sheppard Law Firm submitted a mitigation binder on the client's behalf.

Buzzfeed Interviews Adam Sheppard As A "Legal Expert" On The Dante Servin/rekia Boyd Fatal Police Shooting:" http://www.buzzfeed.com/maryanngeorgantopoulos/chicago-states-attorney-takes-heat-after-officers-acquittal#.whX1aRYQXp (May 8, 2015)

Fox TV News Seeks Adam Sheppard's Opinion On The Rekia Boyd/dante Servin - Police Shooting - Ruling. See link: http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/28875583/family-of-rekia-boyd-demands-justice-after-servin-verdict

50% REDUCTION FROM ADVISORY SENTENCING RANGE BASED ON MENTAL HEALTH OF DEFENDANT IN WELL-PUBLICIZED CASE OF UNITED STATES V. A.N. (U.S. DISTRICT COURT, Northern District of Illinois). In United States v. A.N., on April 9, 2015, in United States District Court, Sheppard Law Firm obtained a 50% reduction from the federal sentencing guideline range in a bank robbery case, described in news articles below, where the defendant was charged with wielding a hammer to effectuate the bank robbery. Sheppard Law Firm engaged a forensic psychiatrist who opined that the defendant was suffering from a substantial diminished capacity at the time of the offense. The government's expert concurred in the diagnosis of "schizoaffective" disorder but the government requested a much more stringent sentence. The judge granted Sheppard's request for the more substantial variance from the guideline range. The judge also concurred with Sheppard's position that the defendant's criminal history category overstates the seriousness of his criminal history. See the below CBS and Tribune articles and FBI press release describing the case:

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-08-09/news/chi-man-charged-in-hammerwielding-bank-robbery-20130809_1_bank-robbery-tcf-bank-branch-dye-pack

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/08/09/suspected-hammer-wielding- bank-robber-arrested

http://www.fbi.gov/chicago/press-releases/2013/suspect-arrested-in-connection-with-robbery-of-park-ridge-ban

Adam Sheppard's published article regarding the Supreme Court decision in Riley v. California regarding warrantless searches of cell phones incident to arrest. (Published in the Decalogue Magazine, February 2015). Link to the article: Supreme Court Holds Police Need Warrant to Search Cell Phones, Decalogue Tablets, 2015

Adam Sheppard Honored To Be Selected By The National Business Institute To Speak At National Teleconference On Digital Searches And Seizures. The Seminar Will Occur On March 31, 2015 At 1 P.m. Please See The Link Below About The Seminar And The Description Of The Speaker (adam Sheppard). Topics Will Include:

  • Technology vs. the Fourth Amendment: The Latest Developments
  • Overview of Warrant Requirements as Applied to Digital Devices
  • Search and Seizure of Digital Evidence Without a Warrant
  • Techniques for Preserving Digital Evidence While Seeking Warrant (Legal and Technical)
  • Legal Limitations on the Use of Search Warrants for Digital Evidence

http://www.nbi-sems.com/Details.aspx/Digital-Search-and-Seizure/OnDemand-Audio/R-68370SADM|?NavigationDataSource1=Ntk:TitleLocation2%7cdigital+search+and+seizures%7c3%7c,Ny:True,Rpp:20,Ro:0,Nra:pEventDate%2bpEventStartTime%2bCredit+Hours%2bpCreditRecordCreditHours%2bCredit_C2%2bpStandardPrice%2bSeminar+Location%2bScope+of+Content%2bpLocationCity%2bpDescription%2bpDivision%2bpProductId%2bpProductDescription%2bProductCode+(HIDDEN)%2bpAdditionalFormats%2bpEventId%2bpAltSpaceDesc%2bpEventIndicator%2bpEventEndDate%2bpMultiDayEvent

January 30, 2015: See Front Page of Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-stash-houses-charges-dropped-met-20150129-story.html#page=1

Adam Sheppard is one of the attorneys who filed a motion on behalf of his client regarding discovery of data on the issue of racial-profiling in the phony stash house cases described in this article. See Chicago Tribune Article (link above).

Adam Sheppard defending one of the lead defendants in the significant case discussed in the FBI Press Release below:

http://www.fbi.gov/chicago/press-releases/2014/twenty-two-defendants-charged-for-alleged-roles-in-connected-drug-rings-extending-from-mexico-to-chicago-and-across-the-u.s

Adam Sheppard Named To Super Lawyers Rising Star List For Fifth Consecutive Year (2015): Only 2.5% of the lawyers in the state of Illinois receive such a selection. See link below. http://www.superlawyers.com/illinois/lawyer/Adam-J-Sheppard/fad6e910-e2d2-4c8d-8a8e-ea887ca3997f.html

October, 15 2014: In a case described in the FBI press release below, where the charge against Sheppard's client typically carries a mandatory minimum of 5 years imprisonment, Sheppard's client received a sentence of a "year and a day," meaning that the defendant would serve at most 6-9 months in custody. In UNITED STATES V. D.P., U.S. DISTRICT COURT, NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS, Sheppard's motion for the rarely granted "mitigating role" adjustment was granted and the judge sentenced Sheppard's client to a "year and a day," meaning that Sheppard's client would serve less than nine months in custody on a case where he was charged with possessing with the intent to deliver over 500 grams of cocaine (That charge which typically carries a five year mandatory minimum). Sheppard had argued that the defendant was acting under the control of his older brother and the judge found sufficient evidence to suppor that proposition. Accordingly, the judge granted Sheppard's request for a "mitigating role" adjustment and then departed even further from the advisory guideline range based on the defendant's history and characteristics. See FBI Press Release Below:

http://www.fbi.gov/chicago/press-releases/2013/fourteen-defendants-facing-state-or-federal-narcotics-or-firearms-charges-alleging-sales-of-guns-and-drugs-in-chicago

10/13/14: Chicago Tribune:QUOTING ADAM SHEPPARD REGARDING HIS DEFENSE OF THE ACCUSED IN DEFENSE OF SEXUAL ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS ARISING OUT OF A UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS FRATERNITY PARTY - A "FOAM" PARTY. Sheppard Law Firm is pleased to report that since this article was published the case was dismissed (the dismissal came following the plaintiff's deposition).

9/3/14: Chicago Tribune: Quotnig Adam Sheppard's Closing Argument in Trial Where Rabbi Found Not Guilty of All Charges (The charges: Continuing Financial Crimes Enterprise)

SHEPPARD LAW FIRM, P.C. WINS ACQUITTAL FOR RABBI AND HIS TWO SONS IN DEFENSE OF CHARGES OF CONTINUING FINANCIAL CRIMES ENTERPRISE & MISAPPROPRIATION OF CHECKS FROM SYNAGOGUE. (Article from the Jewish Star Periodical also attached).

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-charges-against-rabbi-and-2-sons-thrown-out-by-cook-county-judge-20140903-story.html

Adam Sheppard Named To Super Lawyers Rising Star List For Fourth Consecutive Year (2014)

Only 2.5% of the lawyers in the state of Illinois receive such a selection. See link below.

http://www.superlawyers.com/illinois/lawyer/Adam-J-Sheppard/fad6e910-e2d2-4c8d-8a8e-ea887ca3997f.html

Adam Sheppard Moderates Chicago Bar Association Trial Techniques Seminar Featuring Law School Professors

On December 17, 2013 Adam Sheppard was honored to moderate a trial techniques seminar at the Chicago Bar Association which the Young Lawyers Section of the CBA organized (Adam is an officer of the Young Lawyers Section of the CBA; he serves as member services manager and was the former co-editor-in-chief of the Young Lawyers Journal; he continues to serve on the CBA Record magazine editorial board). The seminar featured two law school professors who spoke on the Illinois Rules of Evidence and the nuts and bolts of a federal criminal case. The seminar had approximately 150 registrants and prominent practitioners were in attendance.

Fox TV News Interviews Adam Sheppard About "Wrongfully Accused" Dogs

www.myfoxchicago.com/story/24016219/chicago-woman-claims-dogs-held-in-pound-wrongfully-accused-in-attack?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=9548784

Adam Sheppard Moderates Chicago Bar Association "Clarity In Writing" Seminar. (9/26/13)

Adam Sheppard was honored to moderate the "Clarity in Writing Seminar" hosted by the Chicago Bar Association. The seminar featured a presentation by the Honorable James A. Shapiro (ret.). The seminar was part of a "Breakfast Basics" series organized by a committee of distinguished lawyers and a federal judge.

Sheppard Law Firm Defending Alleged Hammer-Wielding Bank Robber As Described In Article Below (The Case Is Pending In Federal District Court)

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=9201137

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-08-09/news/chi-man-charged-in-hammerwielding-bank-robbery-20130809_1_bank-robbery-tcf-bank-branch-dye-pack

http://parkridge.suntimes.com/crime/pr_bank-PRA-08092013:article

Sheppard Law Firm Defending Alleged Cocaine Supplier In 14-Defendant Sting Operation. See DOJ Press Release Below (The Case Against Sheppard's Client Is Pending In Federal District Court):

http://www.justice.gov/usao/iln/pr/chicago/2013/pr0801_01.html

Sheppard Law Firm Defending Alleged TCF Bank Robber As Described In Article Below (The Case Is Pending In Federal District Court)

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20120719/news/707199616/

Sheppard Law Firm Defending Against Charges Of Theft Of Government Funds, Related Investigation Described In The DOJ Press Release Below

http://www.justice.gov/usao/iln/pr/chicago/2012/pr0418_01.pdf

Barry And Adam Sheppard Were Proud To Be Featured In Syd Jerome Magazine

Read the article

Adam Sheppard's Article In The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (April 19, 2013): "What Are Students' Due Process Rights In School Disciplinary Proceedings?"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Article Students' Due Process Rights

Fox News Notes Adam Sheppard As A Featured Speaker At Cyber-Bullying Seminar

Adam Sheppard was recently a featured speaker at a well-publicized seminar on cyber bullying. Below is a link to the Fox News story:

http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/21967547/teen-rape-cases-magnified-by-social-media-cyber-bullying.

Adam has defended several harassment through electronic communication cases and litigated and published articles on search and seizures of email and social media content

Rap Song About Sheppards Following Not Guilty of Attempted Murder

In the case of People v. F.C., 2600 S. California, the defendant, an up-and-coming rapper, wrote a rap song as a tribute to Sheppard Law Firm after he was acquitted of Attempt Murder and shooting charges. The song is titled "Free Man." Here it is: FREE MAN

Adam Sheppard Lectures At John Marshall Law School On Searches And Seizures In The School Setting

On February 23, 2012 Adam Sheppard was honored to be a guest lecturer at John Marshall Law School on the issue of searches and seizures in the school setting. Mr. Sheppard discussed searches of students' cars, lockers, desks, and cell phones as well as standards governing interrogations of students. Adam has published articles on criminal investigations of students. Please see "published articles" page of this website.

Sheppard Law Firm Defends Alleged Leader Of One Of The Drug Trafficking Organizations Described In The Articles Below

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/6117618-418/twenty-locals-arrested-in-heroin-and-cocaine-bust.html

http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/photos/galleries/6295335-417/police-feds-focus-on-where-street-gangs-hook-up-with-mexican-drug-traffickers.html

http://www.justice.gov/usao/iln/pr/chicago/2011/pr0622_01.pd