John D. Sheppard

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“My clients trust me because they know I will take all steps necessary to achieve the best possible outcome. I welcome a challenge, and nothing motivates me more than when one of my 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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What Our Clients Are Saying

Nick Morrow is a GREAT lawyer that really knows his job. He made me feel comfortable about hiring him to handle my case. He’s trustworthy and very... compassionate about his work. His staff is awesome also, everyone was nice and friendly to me when I visited the office. The settlement I received exceeded my expectations, it was four times what I expected. I would highly recommend Morrow and Sheppard to anyone needing legal representation. Thanks again Nick!!read more
Houston R.
Houston R.
21:08 27 May 20
I was injured working offshore. Morrow & Sheppard handled my maritime case and won a great settlement for me. If you have been injured at work,... Morrow & Sheppard are great offshore injury lawyers.read more
tim C.
tim C.
02:19 30 Nov 19
Morrow & Sheppard won my family a multimillion dollar settlement in a wrongful death case after my kids’ father died. The settlement money will help... make sure my family is taken care of, and that my kids can go to college. If you have a wrongful death case or a loved one dies at work, call Morrow & Sheppard. They will take care of you.read more
Dwana M.
Dwana M.
16:26 27 Nov 19
I worked with Nick Morrow, John Sheppard, Daniel Sheppard, Patrick McGinnis, and Chris West on my maritime injury case. These guys were incredible. I... was injured badly working on a tugboat, and was forced to leave my career. These lawyers assured me I had a right to recover damages under the Jones Act, even when several other lawyers turned down my case. Morrow & Sheppard went above and beyond. They took on costs like hiring expensive experts and taking depositions so that I could be in the best position to prove my case. I watched them handle every excuse the defense lawyers threw at me, and ultimately forced the defendant’s hand in to paying me what I deserved. Morrow & Sheppard always kept me informed and up to date on my case, and developed a personal relationship with me. I would give them the highest recommendation. I still keep in touch with them, and look forward to seeing them whenever I pass through Houston.read more
Brent L.
Brent L.
19:50 18 Nov 19
Morrow & Sheppard helped me when my employer breached my contract. They took the case from start to finish, and won our trial. If you’ve been... injured or wronged at work, call Morrow & Sheppard.read more
Ky E.
Ky E.
22:53 14 Nov 19
I suffered a work injury when the work vehicle I was riding in was involved in an accident with another car. Morrow & Sheppard took my case and won... a great settlement for me. If you need a work injury attorney, I highly recommend Morrow & Sheppard.read more
Dinah R.
Dinah R.
00:39 12 Nov 19
These guys were there when I needed help and advisement..Don’t waste your money or time going elsewhere..thank you Nick and thank you to Chris... also..great peopleread more
Steven K.
Steven K.
14:43 05 Jan 19
Nick Morrow and John Sheppard are the best. I was paralyzed in a work injury. Several other lawyers turned down my case. Morrow & Sheppard hired... expensive experts, took dozens of depositions, and proved my case. I saw them in court against a team of defense lawyers, and the defense lawyers didn’t stand a chance. Morrow & Sheppard took my case all the way when nobody else would. Now my family is set up for life. Throughout the process, they kept me updated and made me feel like I was more than a number. I still talk to Nick to this day. Morrow & Sheppard exceeded my expectations in every way, and I cannot recommend them enough. If you are injured at work, call Morrow & Sheppard.read more
jeff H.
jeff H.
23:20 17 Oct 18
John Sheppard and Nick Morrow were two of the brightest stars in my law school class and my class of lawyers at Fulbright & Jaworski, one of the most... elite and prestigious law firms in Houston and Texas. I have known both of them for well over a decade now and throughout that time they have both always lived up to the highest standards of intellect, tenacity, and professionalism. They are both winners. If you need a Houston lawyer who will stand up for your rights and get you the justice you deserve, I wholeheartedly recommend Morrow & Sheppard. read more
Holt L.
Holt L.
20:39 17 Jul 15
John Sheppard, with Morrow & Sheppard LLP, is brilliant. On more than one occasion, he successfully represented various affiliated companies I was... part of. John is very diligent, thorough and fights hard for righteousness. There were numerous times that he helped us through extremely difficult moments. John is very professional, responsive and respectful. I highly endorse Morrow and Sheppard LLP for legal representation and/or legal assistance needs. read more
Don K.
Don K.
21:19 15 Jul 15
My experience with John, at Morrow and Sheppard, during my company’s litigation was better than I could have imagined (considering the circumstances... of being involved in litigation). What stood out to me the most, was John’s tenacity in preparation. I later realized this came from two places, one he didn’t want to lose and two (and most importantly) he CARED so much about me getting justice. I cannot stress this enough, when you are dealing with a lawyer that truly cares, then all of the other stresses I had around the case seemed to go away. I was always kept up to date with what was going on in our case, and he always made it very clear he was just an email or call away! In addition to these attributes, he also knows the law and is willing to fight for what is right! It would be tough to find another lawyer that is as highly effective, skilled, knowledgeable, ethical and has such an impeccable reputation (which is well deserved). I would recommend Morrow and Sheppard to anyone seeking out a law firm, in the event they needed counsel.read more
Brian R
Brian R
16:04 14 Jul 15
Nick and John are a great team. They are both honest, trustworthy and have a tenacious work ethic on behalf of their clients. They stand behind... these qualities, having left partnerships at great law firms to commit 100% to achieving results for individuals and businesses. They will fight for you and I'm proud to call them clients and friends.read more
Jim B.
Jim B.
13:58 13 Jul 15
John and Nick are outstanding lawyers. They are both extremely sharp, skilled, hard-working, and passionate about what they do. I would highly... recommend either of them to anyone looking for high-level service that also happens to be affordable.read more
Will M.
Will M.
22:08 10 Jul 15
Morrow & Sheppard would be my first call for legal assistance. I have known Nick Morrow for years and I cannot say enough positive things about him.... He is smart, dedicated, ethical, dependable, and very thorough with every client. I would strongly recommend this firm to anyone looking for top of the line legal assistance. read more
Anne Louise C.
Anne Louise C.
15:28 24 Jun 15
Morrow & Sheppard LLP is an outstanding law firm. I have known Nick Morrow for many years. He is honest, hardworking, and very attentive to his... clients. I could not recommend him enough for your legal needs. read more
Caroline B.
Caroline B.
21:25 23 Jun 15
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