John D. Sheppard

Founding Partner

“John’s clients trust him because they know he will take all steps necessary to achieve the best possible outcome. John welcomes a challenge, and nothing motivates John more than when one of his clients has been treated unfairly.”

Biography

John D. Sheppard is a trial and Houston personal injury lawyer who prides himself on working harder than the competition, aggressive representation, strategic thinking, and successful results.  John particularly enjoys trying cases to juries, and transforming complex legal and factual issues into simple and persuasive terms.  John’s clients trust him because they know he will take all steps necessary to achieve the best possible outcome. John welcomes a challenge, and nothing motivates John more than when one of his clients has been treated unfairly.

After growing up near Houston, Texas, John attended Rhodes College in Tennessee and Emory University in Georgia.  He played NCAA varsity soccer for both Rhodes and Emory.  He also made the Dean’s List at Emory for academic excellence and graduated with a degree in Political Science.  John applied and was accepted to the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas during his final semester at Emory.

John then attended and graduated with honors from the University of Texas School of Law, the number one ranked law school in the state of Texas and one of the highest ranked law schools in the country.

During his first semester of law school at UT Law, John was recruited to work for one of the largest trial law firms in the United States, where he later handled cases on behalf of the world’s largest corporations involving hundreds of millions of dollars.  During just his fourth year as a lawyer, John was chosen by partners at the firm to argue a case involving more than $100 million to the Houston Court of Appeals, which they won.  The decision is published and reported as U.S. Bank Nat. Ass’n v. Stanley, 297 S.W.3d 815 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2009).

John was then recruited to join a trial boutique that handles high-stakes cases for both plaintiffs and defendants.  Two years later, John was promoted to partner at the firm — ahead of schedule and quicker than any other lawyer in the firm’s history.

In 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015, John was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers. In 2013, he was nominated and then elected as a life fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, a foundation of which only the top 1/3 of 1% of Texas attorneys are invited to join.

In 2015, John co-founded Morrow & Sheppard LLP with Nick Morrow, his longtime friend and classmate at UT law.  Together they have tried and resolved many cases for millions of dollars on behalf of injured clients, including trials lasting several weeks against powerful and well-funded companies and their lawyers.  Both John and Nick have a passion for the law and for representing ordinary people and small businesses who need help.

Pro Bono

John has proudly handled cases for clients who could not afford to pay fees on a pro bono basis since his first year as a lawyer, particularly when the case involves an important community matter. In 2014, John began representing a Texas Army veteran on a pro bono basis to challenge his unconstitutional exclusion from the Texas Hazlewood Act, which provides educational benefits to some but not all Texas veterans. In January 2015, John won the case in the trial court, and the court ruled that the law was unconstitutional. The government has appealed the ruling, and John is handling the appeal. To read about this case as it was covered in the Houston Chronicle, click here.

Personal

John met his future wife, Lucy, in the fifth grade after she made her way to Texas from Argentina.  Lucy is an infectious disease pediatrician at a hospital and a professor at a medical school in Houston.  John and Lucy have three young children—two boys and a girl.  John enjoys spending time with family, reading, and playing sports.

John and Lucy also enjoy giving back to the community. They are active members of multiple charitable organizations, including those that focus on the medical community and disadvantaged children.

Cases Handled

Please click here for examples of cases the lawyers at Morrow & Sheppard have handled.

Organizations & Honors

Honors / Awards / Recognitions

  • Texas Super Lawyers, 2018-2019
  • Recognized as a “Rising Star” by Texas Monthly in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.
  • Houstonia Magazine, Top Lawyers, 2015
  • In 2013, elected by the Texas Bar Foundation as a Life Fellow, a foundation of which only the top 1/3 of 1% of Texas attorneys are invited to join.

Publications & Presentations

Publications

  • Natural Gas Infrastructure: Litigation Concerns and Considerations (2013)
  • Harris County Bench Book, Editor-in-Chief, 2008-2010; Contributing Editor, 2006-2007.

Speeches

  • CLE Presenter, Natural Gas Development Seminar, Seattle, Washington, March 21, 2013.

Education

University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with honors)

Emory University (B.A., Political Science)

  • UAA Conference All-Academic Honor Roll, 2000 (soccer)

Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee

  • SCAC Conference All-Academic Honor Roll, 1997 and 1998 (soccer)
  • Phi Alpha Theta (history honor society)

Admitted to Practice

John is licensed to appear in the following Courts:

  • All Texas state courts
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas

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