More Than 50 Years Of Distinguished Criminal Defense Experience

Barry D. Sheppard

Managing partner Barry D. Sheppard began his legal career in 1976 as a public defender, where he obtained valuable trial experience and developed a penchant for taking on tough cases. He has earned distinction by handling cases that require the most zealous, sophisticated and aggressive representation. He has also stayed at the forefront of criminal defense issues, including advancements in DNA technology and cutting-edge search and seizure issues.

Mr. Sheppard has appeared in courts throughout the country on cases which have received national attention. He has been selected as a "Leading Lawyer" in the areas of while collar criminal defense, felonies and misdemeanors, as published by Leading Lawyer magazine and re-published by Chicago Lawyer. SeeLeading Lawyer Profile .He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, The legal committee for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association and the Decalogue Society of Lawyers (Judicial Evaluation Committee).


Adam J. Sheppard

Adam J. Sheppard is an aggressive advocate for criminal and civil defendants, and a frequent contributor to publications in the area of criminal law. He has published over 20 articles in different respected legal periodicals and magazines, many of which appear on Westlaw. Adam Sheppard was recently elected by a distinguished nominating committee, comprised of leaders in the bar association -- judges, government attorneys, private practitioners, arbitrators -- to serve on the Board of Managers for the Chicago Bar Association, starting in June, 2018: CBA Board of Managers Notification

In 2020, Super Lawyer magazine named Adam Sheppard as a Super Lawyer in the areas of White Collar Crime and Criminal Defense. Since 2012, the magazine had recognized him as a Rising Star. (Only 2½ percent of all lawyers in the state are named to these lists) See Link to White Collar and Criminal Law Super Lawyer section: Super Lawyer Profile 2020: White Collar & Criminal Defense. He is honored to have been selcted to serve on the board of the Center for Conflict Resolutions. Mr. Sheppard is the Legislative Liason for the Chicago Bar Association Trial Practice Committee helping to propose and draft CBA-supported legislation for consideration by the Illinois House & Senate. He is Vice Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Litigation Committee. He serves on the Chicago Bar Association's Editorial Board and the editorial board of the Decalogue Society. He has been elected an officer of the Decalogue Society for the second consecutive year. He is a former co-editor-in-chief of the Young Lawyers Journal of the CBA Record and current editorial board member of the CBA Record as well as a published author in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, he is a recognized contributor to academic writing in the area of criminal defense. He had also served on the editorial board of the American Bar Association's Young Advocates Committee.

He serves as a Federal Defender Panel Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois, whereby federal judges appoint him to represent federal defendants under the Criminal Justice Act. . Adam is also a lifetime member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, a member of the Federal Bar Association, the Constitutional Rights Foundation, the Illinois State Bar Association, the legal committee of NORML.


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