Resolution Remedies

Professional Panel - Robert J. Sheppard, Esq.

PROFESSIONAL PANEL

JUDGE MICHAEL J. BERGER

HON. CARLA BONILLA

JUDGE RICHARD H. BREINER

HON. JEANNE MARTIN BUCKLEY

JUDGE MICHAEL B. DUFFICY

JUDGE JOHN J. GALLAGHER

JUDGE INA LEVIN GYEMANT

JUDGE JOHN M. MEAGHER

JUDGE VERNON F. SMITH

LARRY BASKIN, Esq.

CLAYTON E. CLEMENT, Esq.

DAMON M. CONNOLLY, Esq.

W. GREGORY ENGEL, Esq.

DAVID F. FEINGOLD, Esq.

STEGER P. JOHNSON, Esq.

PERRY D. LITCHFIELD, Esq.

KATHLEEN MAYLIN, Esq.

MARY MCLAIN, Esq.

BARBARA MONTY, Esq.

GARY T. RAGGHIANTI, Esq.

MICHAEL D. SENNEFF, ESQ.

ROBERT J. SHEPPARD, ESQ.

ERIC STERNBERGER, Esq.

MATTHEW N. WHITE, Esq.

W. BRUCE WOLD, Esq.

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Of the several titles Bob Sheppard could easily choose as his favorite - Northern California "Super Lawyer," Distinguished Law Firm Senior Partner, Bar Association Real Estate Section Chair, Accomplished Professional Mediator - the one that makes his face shine with pride is ... "Chief Happy Fox." That is how he is affectionately called by a group of young Mill Valley girls and their fathers who look up to him as one of the doting Dads heavily involved in the Marin YMCA "Indian Princess" program, a father-daughter mentoring vehicle for the past 75 years.


A 10-year Indian Princess Tribe veteran, and the very proud father of three daughters, Bob Sheppard brings the same passion, sense of purpose, and commitment to the mediation table.


"The word that best describes my problem-solving ability," says Sheppard, "is tenacity. I simply never give up. Call me the velvet-gloved pit bull, if you will, but I am devoted to doing whatever it takes to come to a mutually satisfactory resolution, which is why we all gather at the table in the first place."


He traces his tenacity to the influence of his parents - his father was a celebrated criminal trial lawyer in Chicago and his mother a vibrant stage and musical performer, both of whom took tremendous pride in their crafts.


"Clients and their lawyers don't want a passive, complacent mediator or arbitrator," he explains, "although I am a huge believer in the art of listening. They want and deserve a pro-active, persistent Neutral who will work tirelessly and creatively toward a solution. I take very seriously the clients' and the lawyers' need to be heard, understood, acknowledged and respected."


Sheppard embraces mediation as the art of positively directing curve balls, twists and turns. "Flexibility and fast, artful thinking is paramount," he says. "And so is a heightened sense of humanity and compassion. If you have these qualities - and I believe I do - they shed light on the key to effective mediation, which is not to have a pre-established formula, but rather the willingness to let each dispute shape the resolution."


As the Senior Partner in Sheppard, Uziel, Sussman & Rosen at 100 Montgomery Street in San Francisco, Shepard presides over a top-shelf firm with expertise in real estate law, neighbor disputes, landlord/tenant law, and commercial/business conflicts


From 2006 through 2011, Sheppard was selected by peers as "Super Lawyer of Northern California," but somehow "Chief Happy Fox" seems to be the best moniker for this vivacious, empathetic warrior boldly pursuing resolution with ironclad tenacity.


BACKGROUND

Bob Sheppard has three decades' worth of active mediation experience, and he fully grasps the personal and emotional needs of parties in conflict. He learned the art of settling disputes as an attorney/litigator who helped resolve thousands of cases both in court and out of court. He is keenly aware of the practical side of disputes -- including the burden, costs and risks of litigation -- and is not afraid to share these crucial factors with the litigants/disputants and their lawyers at the appropriate time in a mediation. He has a broad and distinguished background in real estate, asset management, landlord-tenant relations, bank and lender issues, holding of title, deeds, contracts, governmental regulations and approvals for development/improvements and the permit issuance process, as well as background in commercial transactions, business disputes, and tort/injury cases (on both the Plaintiff and Defense sides).


MEMBERSHIPS & SPECIAL HONORS

Bob Sheppard sits on the Board of Directors and is the Vice President of The Mediation Society, a group of experienced Northern California mediators. For the past 10 years, he has been a member of Real Estate Neutrals, a Northern California organization of mediators and arbitrators focused on real estate disputes, including non-disclosure cases. Since Spring 2009, Mr. Sheppard has co-chaired the Real Property section of the Bar Association of San Francisco. Mr. Sheppard is rated "A/V" - the highest rating available for lawyers under the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating System.



EDUCATION

J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law, 1978
B.A., University of Illinois, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1974