Kerry Shepherd

Kerry Shepherd


Kerry Shepherd is a true Renaissance man. He litigates a wide variety of complex cases, ranging from securities fraud litigation, officer and director responsibilities, professional liability, banking litigation, and beyond.

Kerry has earned distinguished honors from prestigious legal organizations; the confidence and admiration of his clients and peers; and the respect of judges and juries. Kerry also finds time to serve as a neutral arbitrator to decide confidential legal disputes.

Kerry is a straight shooter and approaches his cases with pragmatism. 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 also takes pride in clear and timely communication. One client recently said, "Kerry is responsive and easy to work with, keeping us informed on all steps in our process."

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 that 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 frequently represented cities from Oregon to Illinois in cases arising from municipal projects such as wastewater treatment facilities where the engineers and manufacturers did not live up to their warranties and representations, leaving the cities and taxpayers with unmanageable facilities.

Kerry has more than 33 years of experience prosecuting and defending lawsuits. 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 shareholder 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.

  • Notable Practitioner, Chambers USA, 2009 – present
  • Super Lawyer, Oregon Super Lawyers, 2010 – present
  • Best Lawyer, Best Lawyers in America, 2009 – present
  • President, U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society, 2007– 2008; Executive Board, 2004 – 2012
  • President, Business Litigation Section, Oregon State Bar, 2011
  • Member, Owen M. Panner American Inn of Court, 1995 – 2003; Executive Committee, 1996 – 1998
  • Washington, 1989
  • Oregon, 1994
  • U.S. District Courts, Western District of Washington and District of Oregon
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Willamette University College of Law — J.D., magna cum laude (1989)
  • Western Oregon State College — B.S., with honors (1986)
Kerry Shepherd

1455 SW Broadway, Suite 1900
Portland, OR 97201 - 503-295-3085

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