The founding member and managing partner of the firm, Willie Shepherd, recently served in important in-house counsel roles reporting directly to the CEO and overseeing operations and legal aspects of both a large and a mid-sized company. In these roles, Mr. Shepherd negotiated, drafted and analyzed a range of complex commercial contracts, technology agreements, software and other IP licensing agreements, developer agreements, master service level agreements, statements of work, e-commerce and other online monetary transactions in order to support the company’s sales, marketing and product initiatives. Additionally, he supported sales channels, including distributor, reseller, and licensee distribution channels as well as provided support to other departments throughout the company. Finally, Mr. Shepherd supported the Corporate Development Department’s and Chief Financial Officer’s merger and acquisition initiatives and managed outside counsel.
Mr. Shepherd is a seasoned and well-respected lawyer recognized for his expertise in the areas of environmental, natural resources, energy, regulatory and administrative, land use and zoning, and litigation matters. He has represented many Fortune 100 companies, as well as small- to medium-sized enterprises, regarding a variety of complex regulatory and commercial litigation issues. He has obtained regulatory approvals from various state and federal agencies, including state departments of environmental quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
In particular, Mr. Shepherd has represented municipalities renegotiating complex and environmentally proactive franchise agreements with investor-owned utilities. Using his strong ties with government decision makers, Mr. Shepherd regularly counsels his clients with regard to pending legislation and policy issues.
Mr. Shepherd has been recognized by his peers as a preeminent environmental attorney through his listings as an “AV” rated attorney according to Martindale-Hubbell and through his inclusion in the Colorado Super Lawyers® lists in 2006 through 2010. He is also a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. The foundation is a prestigious honorary organization dedicated to the advancement of justice and the law’s impact on our society. Candidates must be nominated and elected by their peers in order to become a member. The foundation’s attorneys, judges and legal scholars must have demonstrated outstanding achievements and dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principals of the legal profession.
Recently, The National Black Lawyers named Willie Shepherd to its Top 100 Black Lawyers, an honor given to only a select group of lawyers for their superior skills and qualifications in the field. Membership in this exclusive organization is by invitation only and is limited to the top 100 attorneys in each state or region who have demonstrated excellence and have achieved outstanding results in their careers.