I founded Shepard Law on the principle that personal relationships matter. We represent real people who are suffering from serious injuries. Our clients usually aren’t familiar with the way the legal system works—they never planned to be dealing with the problems that they suddenly have to face. They want someone to talk to them in plain language like a real person, someone who will listen to their story and who understands what they’re going through. They want to be heard—to get help tailored to their unique situation, not be treated like an asset that’s passed off to another law firm. I’ve made it a personal promise that no client will ever feel that way when they work with myself or any of the attorneys at Shepard O’Donnell.

For nearing 30 years, I’ve represented plaintiffs in personal injury cases. And every year, my firm achieves millions of dollars in verdicts or settlements for clients. Along the way, I’ve come to know wonderful people who have gone through some extremely difficult ordeals. I’ve had the chance to spend time with WWII veterans, construction workers, vehicle mechanics and folks from many other trades and occupations whom I might not have had a chance to meet, let alone help, had I chosen another career path. I’ve learned something from each and every one of them.

If you choose to partner with us at Shepard O’Donnell, I look forward to learning something from you too.

At Shepard O’Donnell, we prioritize not only our personal relationships with clients, but also our expertise and the constant advancement of our skills. As a former Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel for the Massachusetts Asbestos Litigation docket (2017-2022), and with Erika currently serving in this role, we are positioned as leaders in asbestos litigation in Massachusetts.

  • J.D., University of San Diego School of Law, 1994
  • B.A., Providence College, Liberal Arts Honors Program, 1991
  • Massachusetts
  • Connecticut
  • Mesothelioma
  • Lung cancer and other asbestos-related diseases
  • Tobacco lawsuits
  • Pharmaceutical drugs and devices
  • Sexual assault victims

Memberships / Appointments 

  • Board of Governors, Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (MATA)
  • Member, Asbestos Claimants Committees: Bestwall (Georgia Pacific) and DBMP (Certainteed) bankruptcies in WDNC
  • Co-chair, Asbestos Claimants Committee: Aldrich (Ingersoll Rand) and Murray (Trane) bankruptcies in WDNC
  • Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel, Massachusetts State Court Asbestos Litigation, 2017 – 2022


  • Best Lawyers in America®, 2020 – Present
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, “Massachusetts Lawyer of the Year,” 2018
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2011 – Present


  • MATA Educational Conference, “Implications of Doull v. Foster on the But-for vs Substantial Contributing Cause Causation Standard,” 2021
  • PALS Seminar, “Trying an Asbestos Lung Cancer Case,” 2019
  • BBA Seminar, “How to Bring and Defend Toxic Exposure Cases,” 2012
  • AAJ Webinar, “Litigating Aircraft Asbestos Exposure Cases,” 2011
  • Summerlin v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., et al.: $43.1 million dollar verdict in a lung cancer trial that included both asbestos brake manufacturers and tobacco companies. It was the top verdict in New England in 2018.
  • John Doe v. Northrop Grumman, et al.: Represented a former Navy aircraft mechanic who developed mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos from aircraft brakes and component parts. Case settled shortly after the trial started for a significant seven-figure sum.
  • Seang v. Armstrong Ambulance: Two ambulance occupants sued after the ambulance they were being transported in slammed into a disabled car on an interstate highway, causing serious personal injuries. Case tried to a jury in Suffolk Superior Court, Boston. $6.4 million verdict, over $8 million with pre-judgement interest.
  • John Doe v. Borg Warner, et al,: A paper mill worker developed mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos in a paper mill that was manufacturing asbestos-containing friction paper.
  • John Doe v Boeing, et al.: Career USAF aircraft mechanic developed mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos from aircraft component parts. Case settled at the beginning of trial for a significant seven-figure sum.
  • John Doe v Crane Co, et al.: Represented a former Navy machinist-mate who developed mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos onboard Navy ships. Case settled just prior to trial for a significant seven-figure sum.