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Monday, August 1, 2011


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Retired Attorney Sheppard Dies at 76


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Thomas R. Sheppard, a retired partner in the law firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, has died.

The firm said the Pasadena native, who was 76 years of age and the son of firm founder James Sheppard, died Wednesday.

Sheppard graduated from Stanford University in 1956 and was an officer in the U.S. Navy before attending Harvard Law School, from which he graduated in 1961.

Sheppard spent his entire legal career at Sheppard Mullin, and served on its Executive Committee. His primary field of interest was tax law, but he was also involved in estate planning, corporate and real estate practice.

Sheppard was a founding member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. In the 1980’s, he firm said, he oversaw a thriving real estate development practice that included as clients the developers of the Citicorp Plaza mixed-use high-rise complex and the jewelry district in downtown Los Angeles.

Sheppard chaired the Board of Trustees of the Della Martin Foundation, which has endowed Chairs for mental health research at USC, UCLA and UC-Irvine as well as a Discovery Fund for research at Caltech.

Sheppard Mullin of counsel Larry Gould commented:

“Tom possessed a keen intellect, and was charismatic in his relationships with his clients. Those who worked with Tom will never forget his humor and the sense of fun that he brought to everything he did. Our firm is deeply saddened by his passing.”


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