Adam J. Sheppard

Adam J. Sheppard

Chicago, Illinois

Adam Sheppard was repeatedly recognized as a "Super Lawyer" in the areas of White Collar Criminal Defense & Criminal Defense in Super Lawyers magazine and in Chicago Magazine, (only 2.5 percent of lawyers in Illinois receive this honor and the selection process is based on peer review, see He has also been honored by Leading Lawyer Magazine to be named as an "Emerging Lawyer" in the area of While Collar Criminal Defense and Criminal Defense, a recognition bestowed to 2% of those lawyers in the state who are  40 or younger. Here is a link to his selection: Adam served multiple terms as co-editor-in-chief of the Young Lawyers Journal/CBA Record Magazine and continues to serve on the editorial board of the Chicago Bar Association. Adam has been selected as a "panel" attorney in federal court, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois — a private attorney deemed qualified for appointment to represent criminal defendants in federal cases pursuant to Criminal Justice Act. Adam is a former officer and director of the Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association; he recently served of the director of the criminal law committee for the YLS/CBA. Adam has authored over 18 legal articles which have been published in respected legal periodicals. See Publications Below. Adam has taught continuing legal education seminars for the CBA and Decalogue Society on state and federal criminal law issues (such as the seminar he led on combatting mandatory minimum sentences); he has been a guest lecturer  at John Marshall Law School on search and seizure issues in the school setting. He has lectured at cyber-bullying seminars. He has been interviewed by several of the major news outlets regarding important criminal cases such as the Dennis Hastert sentencing or the Dante Servin/Rekia Boyd Fatal Police Shooting. Several of the firm’s cases have also received national media attention. See “Press” section of this website.

Prior to joining Sheppard Law Firm, P.C., Mr. Sheppard gained extensive trial experience with the Cook County Public Defender's Office where he was honored to be the recipient of the Jack Carey Merit Award Scholarship.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Criminal Law - Federal
  • Criminal Law - State
  • Homicides
  • Frauds (criminal and civil fraud)
  • Internet-related Offenses
  • Child Pornography
  • Sex Offenses
  • Drug Offenses
  • Date Rapes
  • DNA Forensic Science
  • Internet Sex Solicitation Cases
  • Drug Trafficking

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois - 2005
    • Honors: Merit-Award Scholarship / Dean's List honoree
    • Honors: The CALI Award for excellence in the area of Futures-Commodities Regulations
    • Honors: Finalist in the Charles Evans Hughes Oral Advocacy Competition
  • University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado - 2002
    • Honors: Dean's List Honoree

Published Works

  • Co-Editor-in-Chief, Young Lawyers Journal
  • Easing up on Eavesdropping Challenges to Illinois Eavesdropping Act, Decalogue Tablets, January, 2013
  • Court discusses Fourth Amendment in the digital age, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, January, 2012
  • What do you wish you had learned in law school, CBA Record, December, 2011
  • Working in a Family Run Law Practice, CBA Record, November, 2011
  • A Trail-Blazing Opinion (Federal Sentencing and Apprendi), CBA Record, September, 2010
  • Hey Teachers Leave Them Kids Alone, CBA Record, July, 2010
  • 10 Tips for Young Lawyers (A review of Judge Holderman's Lecture), CBA Record
  • Constitutionality of Police Roadblocks Decalogue, Summer, 2009
  • Criminal Investigations of Students, Decalogue Newsletter, Fall, 2009


  • Guest Lecturer, Search and Seizure Issues, John Marshall Law School
  • Lecturer, YLS Criminal Law Committee
  • Featured Speaker, Cyber Bullying Law Seminar, 2013

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star by Super Lawyer Magazine
  • Super Lawyer

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Young Lawyers Section/Chicago Bar Association, Executive Council Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Decalogue Society of Lawyer
  • Constitutional Rights Foundation, Lawyer in the Classroom
  • Young Lawyers Division of Jewish United Fund
  • NORML Legal Committee
  • Families Against Mandatory Minimums
  • Chicago Bar Association, Editorial Board of CBA Record Magazine
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Panel Attorney

Past Employment Positions

  • Cook County Circuit Court, Clerk
  • Cook County Recorder of Deeds Office