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Barry D. Sheppard



Chicago, IL





Barry D. Sheppard has been practicing criminal defense law for over 40 years. He began his career as a public defender in 1976 where he developed a penchant for "taking on the long shot." He has won acquittals for clients charged with every type of offense ranging from Homicides to Frauds to the most serious sex offense cases.

Mr. Sheppard has extensive trial experience with "cutting edge" legal issues including DNA forensic science and internet sex solicitation cases. His practice has taken him to courts throughout the country (Illinois, California, Wisconsin, Arizona, New Mexico, Michigan, Iowa, Indiana, and Florida) as well as abroad (New Zealand). He is a member of the federal trial bar and admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Seventh Circuit Court of appeals, and other jurisdictions.

Areas Of Practice

  • Criminal Defense Law
  • Criminal Law - Federal
  • Criminal Law - State
  • Frauds
  • Homicides
  • Date Rapes
  • Aggravated DUI
  • DNA Forensic Science Cases
  • Sex Offenses
  • Internet Sex Offenses
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Child Pornography

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1976
  • California, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1998


  • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 1976
    • Honors: Dean's List
  • Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois
    • B.S. - 1972
    • Honors: cum laude

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • The Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Decalogue Society of Lawyers
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Northwest Suburban Bar Association
  • The NORML Legal Committee
  • Families Against Mandatory Minimums
  • Constitutional Rights Foundation
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Past Employment Positions

  • Cook County Public Defender's Office
  • Cook County Sheriff's Office

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