Martin Shepherd

Commercial Litigation, Cybersecurity & Privacy

Martin T. Shepherd is a seasoned attorney with a diverse background in litigation, cybersecurity and privacy. As a litigator he has a proven track record of successful results. Martin’s diverse background merges the expertise of litigation, transactional matters, and cutting-edge cybersecurity solutions.

In the dynamic realms of cybersecurity, privacy, and litigation, Martin T. Shepherd has carved a reputation that resonates with innovation, expertise, and results. With his foundational experience as in-house counsel, coupled with his role as founder and CEO of trailblazing cybersecurity organizations, Martin has cemented his position at the forefront of these rapidly evolving fields.

Martin’s extensive litigation record spans a myriad of areas, including real estate, contract disputes, civil rights, and trademarks. His unparalleled ability to strategize and secure favorable outcomes has set him apart as a trusted ally for clients navigating complex legal waters. Each case he undertakes adds another facet to his rich tapestry of legal success stories, further establishing him as a beacon in the litigation landscape.

He is adept at guiding major businesses through intricate cybersecurity challenges, advising on legal and policy intricacies, and identifying compliance needs. Integrating both physical and cyber technology solutions, Martin ensures that organizations are fortified against the ever-present threats of the digital age.

Martin believes strongly in understanding and anticipating his clients’ needs, drawing on his rich expertise in commercial litigation, cybersecurity, and his in-house roles to guide each client through their unique challenges, ensuring well-informed and strategic decisions in today’s multifaceted business environment.

  • State Bar of Pennsylvania
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • State Bar of Florida – Authorized House Counsel
  • U.S. District Court, Western District Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District Pennsylvania
  • 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • Detroit Bar Association
  • Carnegie Mellon University – Tepper School Of Business Pittsburgh, PA
  • Certificate In Executive Leadership, Executive Leadership Academy July 2019
  • The Ohio State University College Of Law Columbus, OH
  • Juris Doctor May 2002
  • Miami University Oxford, OH
  • Bachelor Of Science In Finance/marketing December 1998

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  • Counseled a major municipal water utility on the convergence of cybersecurity and physical security in alignment with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) guidelines. This collaboration facilitated the seamless integration of advanced security protocols, reducing potential vulnerabilities by 80% and ensuring the utility’s infrastructure remained resilient against evolving cyber threats.
  • Spearheaded General Litigation with specialties in Real Estate and Commercial Litigation for major insurance underwriter, delivering a case resolution rate of 92% within estimated timelines.
  • Cleared ownership to mineral rights for 100s of multiple development sites through strategic dispute resolution, resulting in the facilitation of multi-million dollar capital projects in fulfillment of E&P natural gas well development program goals.
  • Successfully litigated several high-profile cases for a leading newspaper company, achieving a 90% success rate in verdicts and settlements.
  • As in-house counsel for a prominent professional solutions firm, oversaw a 500% increase in financial recovery from its use of external legal counsel within a 2-year span.
  • Defended trademark exclusivity for a global clothing and skateboard manufacturer, preserving brand recognition and market share in key global markets.
  • Developed and implemented a comprehensive recoupment/loss recovery strategy against third party obligors, resulting in a 70% increase in asset recovery over a 3-year period.
  • Managed asset recovery operations, hiring specialized personnel, analyzing asset searches, securing payment plans, and overseeing outside counsel in bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Prepared a detailed state-by-state matrix of supplementary regulatory disclosures, ensuring compliance across 50 states.
  • Represented a major corporation in numerous mediation and settlement proceedings related to real estate conveyance instruments, achieving a settlement rate of 85%.
  • Founder, Executive Action and Response Network and EARN Staffing Solutions*
  • Board of Directors, Pittsburgh Community Food Bank*
  • Advisory Board, Pittsburgh Technology Council*
  • Council of Advisors, Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing, St. Vincent College
  • Committee Member, Miami University Black Alumni, Homecoming Committee
  • President, EQT Multicultural Employee Resource Group
  • Planning Committee, Duquesne University – Spirit of Diversity Scholarship Benefit
  • Panelist, EMLF Careers in Energy discussion, University of Pittsburgh.
  • Board of Directors, Hill District Community Development Corporation Board of Advisors, B.O.S.S. Magazine
  • Executive Advisor, Detroit Dirt, LLC*
  • Mentor, Miami University Pre-Law Mentorship Program*
  • Member/Committee Chair, Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce – ImpactJax Board Member,
  • City of Grand Rapids Civil Service Board
  • Volunteer, West Michigan Legal Aid
  • Intern Coordinator, MIMUSIC Magazine
  • Mentor, Baxter Community Center, Mazizi Maji Mentoring Program
  • Special Advisor, Grand Rapids Hip-Hop Coalition
  • Intern, Human Relations Department-City of Hamilton, Ohio
  • Volunteer, DARE Program
  • Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity
  • Pietragallo, Gordon, Alfano, Bosick & Raspanti, Llp Pittsburgh, PA
    Partner October 2021 – April 2023
  • Arch Access Control Pittsburgh, PA
    Founder And CEO September 2019 – Present
  • EQT Production Company Pittsburgh, PA
    Director, Land Title Department and Innovation Coach November 2012 – Sept. 2019
  • Fieger, Fieger, Kenney, Giroux & Danzig, P.c. Southfield, MI
    Associate Trial Lawyer August 2011 – Nov 2012
  • Sikora Law, Llc Bloomfield Hills, MI
    Managing Attorney October 2010 – August 2011
  • Fidelity National Financial, Inc. Jacksonville, FL
    Assistant Vice President – Senior Counsel February 2010 – October 2010
  • Law Office Of Martin T. Shepherd Grand Rapids, MI
    Sole Practitioner May 2004 – May 2006
  • Miller, Johnson, Snell & Cummiskey, P.l.c. Grand Rapids, MI
    Associate-litigation Section Sept 2002 – April 2004

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