John R. Shepperd Partner




American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) - John Shepperd - Partner - Wilson ElserJohn Shepperd focuses his practice on general tort liability defense, commercial liability and professional liability defense of health care providers, lawyers, accountants and other professionals. He has taken innumerable cases to a jury verdict in both rural and urban venues. John’s litigation practice spans the entire state of Texas, including a busy practice in venues recognized to be among the most dangerous for defendants in the country.

John began his practice more than 25 years ago as an attorney for a prominent plaintiffs' firm in southeast Texas, giving him unique insight and the ability to anticipate plaintiffs' counsel strategies long before an action is taken. His background and experience opened the door for John’s extensive experience in federal, state and administrative law and appellate courts.

John’s training as both a student and an instructor at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy fostered his reputation as a mentor of young attorneys in his office. In addition, John is a frequent speaker at continuing education seminars aimed at attorneys and at physicians.

Community Involvement 
John is active in a variety of community events related to running, including the Houston Area Road Runners Association, the John J. Eikenburg Law Week Fun Run and the Terlingua Track Club.

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Areas of Focus

Medical Malpractice
John has handled hundreds of medical malpractice claims in his career and has taken more than 50 trials to a jury verdict. This includes the longest-lasting medical malpractice trial in Texas history.

Automobile Dealer Liability
Among John's clients are more than 100 automobile dealerships nationwide. He has extensive experience handling automobile dealer liability claims both personally and through managing the automobile dealer liability docket on a national basis.

General Liability
John defends companies and individuals in personal injury, wrongful death and commercial disputes involving a range of issues, including premises liability, construction law and general tort liability.

Professional Liability
John represents accountants, real estate agents, attorneys and other professionals in connection with malpractice claims. His practice includes complex malpractice claims arising from underlying accounting work, legal work, real estate transactions and various other issues.

Administrative Law
John has defended a wide range of professionals before their licensing boards, including physicians, audiologists, accountants, psychologists, nurses and therapists.


Representative Matters

Defended various medical residency programs, including both faculty and residents, in a wide assortment of medical malpractice claims.

Successfully defended to verdict an assortment of claims in south and southeast Texas venues generally recognized as pro-plaintiff.

Serves as national counsel for a Fortune 500 company owning more than 100 auto dealerships nationwide.

Serves as Texas counsel for a national employment company that provides temporary workers to various companies.

Serves as Texas counsel for a national telemedicine company.

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