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Michael J. Shepard

Office Managing Partner
San Francisco
Silicon Valley

Michael J. Shepard
+1 415 374 2310 (San Francisco)
+1 415 374 2310 (Silicon Valley)
+1 415 374 2499 (San Francisco)
+1 415 374 2499 (Silicon Valley)
Practice Group

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 United States 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 US 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 United States 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 Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, with the experience of approximately forty jury trials and many high profile victories.

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."

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


Education and admissions


  • J.D., Order of the Coif, Stanford Law School, 1977
  • A.B., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Princeton University, 1974


  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of California
  • Member, Wong Sun Society of San Francisco

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • California
  • Illinois


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

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