Chris Shepard - Partner
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B.A. Philosophy - 2004 - Baker University
J.D. - 2007 - Green Hall University of Kansas
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey - by Candice Millard
Access to Justice: Beyond the Policies and Politics of Austerity - by Ellie Palmer, et. al.
The Big Book of Bacon: Savory Flirtations, Dalliances, and Indulgence with the Underbelly of the Pig - by Jennifer L. S. Pearsall
After more than ten years of fighting battles for employers and their insurers, Christopher (“Chris”) Shepard brings to Shepard, Connors, & Titus, an extensive amount of experience with litigation strategy and negotiations. Over the last few years, however, Chris’ practice focus has shifted to helping with the most emotional and impactful legal problems facing Kansas families and individuals. In doing so, he has had the opportunity to speak with, and provide value to, thousands of people facing the modern legal complexities of having a family in America.
Chris believes deeply in bringing quality legal services to people that need them. By developing more flexible and creative fee agreements, Chris has put badly needed legal services within the reach of families who simply would not have otherwise been able to afford them. Chris believes that the outdated practice of law firms requiring massive up-front retainers has left a large segment of society without a place to turn when dealing with legal issues. Combating the "access to justice" problem is one of Chris’ highest professional priorities. By offering non-traditional arrangements such as limited scope representation and by staying on top of the constantly evolving field of legal technology, Chris is committed to making a difference in the everyday lives of the Firm’s clients.
Growing up in Topeka, Kansas, Chris was active in sports from a young age, but also immediately took well to academics. His parents instilled in him the virtue of being multi-disciplinary, both in educational pursuits and life. So Chris continued to develop in both the academic and athletic realms through high school. Faced with choosing between his lifelong dream of becoming a K-State Wildcat and his passion for playing baseball, Chris initially opted to start his collegiate career at K-State. However, it would be Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas, where Chris, still grappling with the desire to compete athletically at the collegiate level, found that opportunity. A nagging shoulder injury and 4-years later, Chris, having studied everything from Philosophy to Business to Latin, decided to pursue his legal education and career.
Twelve years later and hundreds of thousands of miles logged traipsing back and forth across the state of Kansas in his old pickup truck for court hearings and depositions, Chris finds himself in a new role long in the making. Specifically, through leadership and innovation Chris is spearheading the effort of Shepard, Connors, & Titus to maximize its value to its clients and make a meaningful and lasting impact on the practice and profession of law for decades to come.
When he is not on the phone with a client or deep into a legal process development session, Chris can be found spending time with his wife, Jessica, taking in a ball game, enjoying some good BBQ, or doing all three (which is always his preference). If you do find him at the ballpark, be advised that engaging Chris in conversation about a topic that he is passionate about may quickly devour the rest of your afternoon. This is particularly true when it comes to K-State Football. Only minutes before this sentence was being drafted, Chris sent out an email with a statistical breakdown of what coach Klieman must do to replicate Coach Snyder's success and avoid another "Scary Smart" scenario. The subject line reads "Wabash or Bust."