Julie Ann Shepard litigates in trial and appellate courts nationwide. She has defended her clients’ rights in trade secrets, copyright, trademark, patent, piracy, antitrust, unfair competition, fraud and related business tort cases. Ms. Shepard has arbitrated and counseled clients regarding entertainment-related disputes, including profit participation. She has handled numerous shareholder class actions. Ms. Shepard is leading the charge on ground-breaking technology and intellectual property matters in the rapidly evolving area of content distribution. Her practice includes a focus on developing strategies involving new technologies, advance media, internet law, privacy and content licensing.
In April 2016, Ms. Shepard was part of the trial team that secured a $940 million jury verdict and permanent injunction in a significant trade secret case, one of the largest trade secret verdicts in US history. Ms. Shepard and the team received a 2017 California Lawyer "Attorney of the Year" award for the results they achieved. The Recorder recognized Ms. Shepard in its 2016 and 2017 “Women Leaders in Tech Law” lists for her work in the technology sector. She was one of just 26 litigators recognized in Variety's 2015 "Legal Impact Report," a listing of the top lawyers in the entertainment industry, and one of the “Top 50 Entertainment Lawyers” in California, as recognized by the Daily Journal in 2015. The Daily Journal also named her one of California's "Top Women Lawyers" in 2017. Ms. Shepard is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Department and a member of the nationally recognized Content, Media and Entertainment Practice and Privacy and Information Governance Practice. She also serves on the Diversity & Inclusion Committee and the Associate Review Committee.
Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Shepard served as staff attorney for the Honorable Roland J. Faricy in St. Paul, Minnesota and as a judicial extern to the Superior Court of the County of Sacramento, California. She has acted as a certified special assistant deputy attorney for the City of Los Angeles through the Los Angeles County Bar Trial Advocacy Project. Immediately prior to joining Jenner & Block, Ms. Shepard was a partner at a large international law firm.