Michael J. Shepard

"A tremendous lawyer in the white-collar arena."


Companies and individuals turn to Michael Shepard when they are in trouble. He wrote the book on internal investigations, he knows how to speak to prosecutors and regulators, and he is a nationally recognized trial lawyer, who frequently tries both civil and criminal cases.

Whether it's an internal investigation, an effort to convince prosecutors or regulators not to file charges, or a trial, Mike has the skill, the experience, and the judgment to obtain the best results.

As a federal prosecutor and Interim U.S. Attorney in Chicago, Mike investigated and tried high-profile public corruption and financial fraud cases. As Chief of the Public Integrity Section of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, he was responsible for the government's most sensitive investigations.

Now Mike conducts internal investigations locally and around the globe in a wide variety of cases, including possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and financial frauds. He brings credibility to each investigation and runs them efficiently and sensitively.

A frequent visitor to the offices of prosecutors and regulators, including U.S. Attorney's offices, Main Justice, and local and headquarters offices of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Mike arrives with an excellent reputation and comes with the ability to marshal the favorable facts and put them in terms the government lawyers will appreciate.

If a trial is the best option, Mike is a Regent of the American College of Trial Lawyers, with the experience of approximately 40 jury trials and many high-profile victories. Included among Mike's trials is his role as the lead of a team that won a defense verdict for the former CEO of JDS Uniphase Co. in what has been called the largest securities fraud class action ever to go to trial, with the plaintiffs asking the jury for US$20 billion.

He also represents indigent criminal defendants and is a frequently published thought leader on issues ranging from the conduct of internal investigations to compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

No wonder that Chambers has recognized him as "a 'tremendous lawyer' in the white-collar arena."

Awards and recognitions


Criminal Defense: White-Collar
The Best Lawyers in America


Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (California)
Chambers USA


White Collar Crimes
Northern California Super Lawyers


Securities: Regulation: Enforcement (Nationwide)
Chambers USA


Legal 500 US


Criminal Defense
Corporate Counsel

Education and admissions


J.D., Stanford Law School, Order of the Coif, 1977

A.B., Princeton University, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1974


Member, American Bar Association

Member, Illinois State Bar Association

Member, State Bar of California

Member, Wong Sun Society of San Francisco

Regents, American College of Trial Lawyers

Bar admissions and qualifications



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