John R. Shepperd Partner




advocateJohn Shepperd provides professional liability defense to hospitals, surgery centers, health care providers, lawyers 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 an active practice in venues recognized to be among the most dangerous in the country for defendants.

John began his practice more than 30 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 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.

View John's exemplar trial experience.

Areas of Focus

Medical Malpractice
John has handled more than one thousand medical malpractice claims on behalf of physicians, hospitals, surgery centers and other health care providers. He has taken more than 50 trials to a jury verdict. This includes prevailing in the longest-lasting medical malpractice trial in Texas history when only in his fifth year of practice.

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 frequently is retained to defend a wide range of professionals before their licensing boards, including physicians, attorneys, audiologists, professional counselors and nurses.

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.