Learn More About Our Practice Areas
Shepherd, Finkelman, Miller & Shah, LLP (SFMS) is not organized into formal departments or practice areas. Rather, we believe that our clients are best served by an interdisciplinary approach that ensures the best attorneys for a given matter are assigned to meet the client’s needs. In that context, we invite you to read about our more significant areas of practice:
Alternative Dispute Resolution
SFMS considers the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) an integral part of the practice of law and our advice to clients. SFMS lawyers have a broad range of ADR experience in the fields of domestic and international arbitration, direct negotiation, mediation and other customized ADR options, including dispute review boards, med-arbs, mini-trials, private judging and summary jury trials.
Antitrust, Competition & Trade Regulation
SFMS has broad experience in dealing with the complex legal and economic issues that antitrust and trade regulation questions can present. We offer clients significant litigation and counseling experience in virtually all aspects of antitrust and trade regulation litigation. Our lawyers have successfully represented plaintiffs and defendants in major civil antitrust matters throughout the United States.
Business Counseling & Corporate Transactions
SFMS has extensive experience counseling its business clients in a variety of matters, from formation, contracts and agreements to major transactions and offerings. Our multi-disciplinary approach ensures that SFMS provides high-quality, cost-effective representation to clients.
SFMS has a broad range of experience in representing clients in class action and other representative/collective litigation. The attorneys at SFMS have been appointed lead counsel in scores of class action and similar cases, and the courts that have appointed SFMS in such litigation have consistently recognized the excellence and zeal of the representation provided by SFMS in such engagements.
Commercial & Other Complex Litigation
SFMS has wide experience in commercial litigation matters, including contract disputes, partnership disputes, business torts and franchising disputes. We handle commercial disputes via traditional hourly billing arrangements and increasingly on a contingent fee basis.
Employee Benefits & Fiduciary Compliance
SFMS handles a variety of employee benefits and fiduciary litigation, as well as compliance issues, chiefly under the Internal Revenue Code and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. SFMS attorneys have represented employee benefit plan fiduciaries, including plan trustees, as plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of cases.
Institutional Investor Services
SFMS provides a variety of services to safeguard institutional investors against the effects of fraud and mismanagement of funds. In addition to monitoring services, we develop guidelines and policy statements regarding securities and derivative litigation, as well as other corporate governance initiatives.
Insurance Coverage & Practices
SFMS has significant experience related to insurance coverage and practices, negotiating and litigating with many major U.S. insurance companies other international insurers. SFMS attorneys have litigated disputes involving every type of insurance policy and practice patterns.
SFMS provides an array of legal services in the areas of patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, outsourcing, software, technology, restrictive covenants and franchise law. These services include obtaining protection, registrations, amendments and renewals with respect to intellectual property. SFMS also counsels its clients on licensing, marketing, distribution and other commercial transactions regarding products, services and technologies protected under international, federal, state and local intellectual property laws.
International Business & Trade
At SFMS, we act as a liaison for all types of businesses across the globe in regard to every aspect of business law and trade facing both foreign and U.S. clients. We also assist clients with immigration matters, international estate planning and issues regarding real estate acquisition.
Labor & Employment
SFMS has a significant practice in the field of labor and employment matters, ranging from collective bargaining, wage and hour violations and labor-management relations to class actions and individual lawsuits involving employment discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation or termination. The firm has represented individuals, companies, governmental entities and other employers, as well as labor organizations.
Private Client Services
On behalf of existing clients and select individuals, our legal team draws on decades of diverse legal experience to address personal legal matters such as divorce, real estate transactions, tax and estate planning, trust and estate administration, insurance claims and civil disputes.
SFMS has represented a variety of private and public entities, including institutional and other investors, investment managers, hedge funds, and public and private pension funds, as well as private companies, officers and directors, and labor organizations in regulatory proceedings, investigations and securities fraud litigation, including class action litigations and arbitrations.
Whistleblower, Qui Tam, & False Claims Act
SFMS has broad experience in handling legal issues related to false claims, whistleblower and qui tam cases under the federal False Claims Act and similar state laws. We assist whistleblowers in claiming their share of the government’s recovery and seeking justice for retaliation.