Mr. Shepard is an experienced trial and appellate attorney who litigates cases nationally, in both state and federal courts. Mr. Shepard is a nationally recognized expert in health care, and has for most of his career specialized in health care fraud and in False Claims Act (“FCA”) and qui tam (whistleblower litigation) matters. Mr. Shepard also has experience litigating declined FCA cases, and is now lead counsel in United States ex rel Warder v. Shaw Environmental Group, a government contracting fraud arising out of the aftermath to Hurricane Katrina, which is now pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Shepard was an Assistant U.S. Attorney, in which capacity he was responsible for all phases of felony criminal prosecution in federal court. Immediately after graduating from law school in 1991, Mr. Shepard served as an attorney for the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Mr. Shepard continues to serve part-time as the State Staff Judge Advocate for the West Virginia National Guard.
Admitted to practice in Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia and West Virginia, Mr. Shepard is a 1991 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Baltimore Law School, where he was associate editor of the University of Baltimore Law Review and a member of the Heuisler Honor Society, and recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award for Constitutional Law. Mr. Shepard is also a graduate of Towson University, the Naval Justice School, and the U.S. Air Force Air War College. Mr. Shepard has extensive healthcare experience, having previously counseled a wide variety of clients on healthcare compliance.
In addition to this impressive background in the law, Mr. Shepard is an expert in computers. He regularly teaches other lawyers about electronic discovery, an important skill in our increasingly technology driven world and in healthcare administrative investigations and fraud and abuse.