Kerry successfully tried and defeated a $70 million securities fraud case for an investment management company in AAA arbitration. He has also successfully prosecuted multi-million dollar securities fraud cases for plaintiffs in courts throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Many cities have hired Kerry when facing off against Fortune 50 companies who fail to live up to their promises and representations. One example is a $100 million fraud and contract case for a small municipality against one of the world’s largest beverage and bottle manufacturers when it reneged on an agreement to build new facilities in the community. Kerry has also represented cities from Oregon to Illinois in cases arising from wastewater treatment technologies that did not live up to the manufacturer's and engineer’s warranties and representations, leaving the cities and their public works staff with unmanageable waste treatment problems.
With a straight-shooter approach, Kerry approaches his cases with a pragmatism that encourages economy and results. He is adept at finding solutions to challenging problems. His clients say that he is a remarkably gifted lawyer who helps them navigate the risks of high-stakes legal disputes.
Kerry has more than 28 years of experience prosecuting and defending lawsuits throughout Oregon and Washington. Financial institutions hire Kerry to handle their most important cases, as well. One example, which was tried successfully to a jury verdict, was a $5 million lender liability case arising from embezzlement through online banking practices.
Kerry also tries cases enforcing rights and responsibilities associated with corporate management, including prosecuting and defending derivative claims, company dissolutions, minority oppression, and intentional interference with economic relations, to name a few. Kerry’s successful outcomes include punitive damages against company managers for conversion and breach of fiduciary duty.
Kerry is an AV® Peer Review rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating an attorney can obtain. Additionally, he is recognized as a top Oregon lawyer in the prestigious Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and The Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation. Since 2010, Kerry has been recognized as a Super Lawyer by Oregon Super Lawyers magazine, a listing that is awarded to less than five percent of Oregon attorneys.
Kerry graduated magna cum laude from Willamette University College of Law, where he served as the editor-in-chief of the Willamette Law Review. Kerry joined Markowitz Herbold PC in 1999, and has been a partner with the firm since 2000.
Born, raised and educated in Oregon, Kerry’s roots in the Pacific NW and his commitment to the area run deep. Kerry is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys the wealth of Oregon’s abundance. He currently serves on the board of the Oregon Wildlife Foundation, which strives to empower the lasting conservation of fish and wildlife, and citizen enjoyment of Oregon’s natural resources.
Experience and Affiliations
- Super Lawyer, Oregon Super Lawyers magazine, 2010 - present
- Recognition, Chambers USA, 2009 - present
- Best Lawyer, Best Lawyers in America, 2009 - present
- Board member, Oregon Wildlife Foundation
- President, U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society, 2007- 2008; Executive Board, 2004 - 2012
- President, Oregon State Bar, Business Litigation Section, 2011
- Member, Owen M. Panner American Inn of Court, 1995 - 2003; Executive Committee, 1996 - 1998
- Member, Federal Bar Association
- Willamette University College of Law — J.D., magna cum laude (1989)
- Western Oregon State College — B.S., with honors (1986)
Admitted to Practice
- Washington, 1989
- Oregon, 1994
- U.S. District Courts, Western District of Washington and District of Oregon
- Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
The Minimum Billable Hour: Friend or Foe?
Markowitz Herbold attorney Kerry Shepherd will be part of a panel discussing the minimum billable hour requirement (MBHR) as a tool for evaluating and compensating attorneys, and alternatives to the MBHR.
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