I want every client to believe their case is important to me. And I will work my tail off to prove it to them. While I cannot ever promise a client a successful outcome, I can promise that I will bring the same work ethic and discipline the Marine Corps taught me to working on their case and protecting their legal rights.
Fred H. Shepherd III was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Fred spent the first four years of his legal career on active duty with the United States Marine Corps. After completing Marine Officer Candidate School, then 2nd Lieutenant Shepherd was assigned duties as a Marine Judge Advocate. In this capacity, Fred represented more than 500 individual service members with matters ranging from estate planning, to family law, to General?Courts Martial criminal defense. He was lead counsel for more than 200 Courts?Martial. Fred was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in July 2005 as a Captain with numerous personal awards and commendations.
As a civilian attorney, Fred has devoted a large portion of his practice to pharmaceutical litigation and personal injury cases involving prescription drugs. He has tried cases to multi-million dollar verdicts and has successfully negotiated multi-million dollar settlements. In addition to his involvement in these complex cases, Fred has also helped protect a number of small businesses from abusive lawsuits as well as assisted clients with a wide variety of other cases to include Federal Tort Claims, personal injury cases, collisions involving 18?wheelers, automobile accidents, insurance disputes, and cases involving deceptive trade practices.
Prior to serving his country in the Marine Corps, Fred graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology in 1995. Shortly thereafter, he attended the University of Texas School of Public Health and graduated in 1997 with a Master=s in Public Health. Upon completion of his master=s program, Fred worked at the University of Texas School of Medicine as a member of a medical team conducting clinical research on a new prescription medication pending FDA approval. Thereafter, Fred attended, and ultimately completed, law school at the University of Houston Law Center, graduating in 2001 with a Doctorate of Jurisprudence.
In July 2014, Fred attended and graduated from Gerry Spence=s Trial Lawyer=s College (ATLC@) in Dubois, Wyoming. This College is a limited enrollment program that offers selective lawyers highly intensive training in trial skills. But, perhaps more importantly, it also providers rigorous instruction to its graduates in learning to better understand themselves so that they can better understand their client=s needs. The training and resources offered to TLC graduates is unique in the legal world.
Fred is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and his pending admission to the Wyoming State Bar. He is also admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for Northern, Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas. However, he has practiced in more than 25 different states and actually tried cases to Juries in three.
Fred is married with two daughters, aged 7 and 9.
Areas of Practice:
- Pharmaceutical Litigation
- Products Liability
- Wrongful Death Cases
- Personal Injury
- 18-Wheeler Collisions
- General Negligence
- Federal Tort Claims Act
- Insurance Litigation
- Consumer Litigation
- Medical Malpractice
- Texas, 2001
- Wyoming, 2016
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 2006
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 2006
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 2006
- University of Houston College of Law, Houston, Texas
- Doctorate of Jurisprudence – 2001
University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, Texas
- Master of Public Health – 1997
Baylor University, Waco, Texas
- Bachelor of Arts – 2005
- Major: Biology
Professional Associations and Memberships:
- State Bar of Texas, Member, 2001 – Present
- Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 2006 – 2011
- University of Texas School of Medicine, Research Assistant, 1998
Pro Bono Activities:
- Christ Church Cathedral Justice Program, 2006 – 2011
- Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Armed Forces Appreciation Committee, 2011 – Present
- Alpha Tau Omega