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Katherine E. Shepard

Katherine E. Shepard


Katie focuses her practice on defending manufactures in complex product liability and commercial litigation. She draws on her prowess in written advocacy to support her clients in a range of matters.

Katie served a two-year term as a law clerk for Chief Judge Joseph H. McKinley, Jr. for the Western District of Kentucky, where she worked closely with Judge McKinley on a variety of cases—both criminal and civil.  In this role, she assisted Judge McKinley in the resolution of dispositive motions, the disposition of appeals and the facilitation of pretrial practice, trial preparation and management and post-trial procedure.  On the other side of the bench, she has experience with pre-trial litigation, including motion practice and discovery and she has acted as second-chair at trial. 

Katie served as the Managing Editor for the Kentucky Law Journal, the tenth oldest continually published law journal in the nation, and was a member of the Moot Court Board.  She received the highest grade in four courses, received the Lowell T. Hughes Award for Outstanding Research and Scholarship Writing for her student note published in the Kentucky Law Journal, took first place in the University of New Hampshire’s IDEA Intellectual Property Law Review Annual Student Writing Competition for her article published in the IDEA Intellectual Property Law Review, and served as the Chair of the Honor Council.  

Outside of her practice, Katie thoroughly enjoys the academic challenge of the law, as she has assisted in the preparation of CLE programs and has authored publications, both on a diverse array of topics.  Further, Katie has participated in many pro bono activities including serving the Kentucky Lawyers for the Arts which supports artists, artistic communities and arts organizations, and she is a member of various local and national professional organizations.  

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 2015
  • West Virginia, 2017
  • Florida, 2018


  • University of Kentucky College of Law, J.D., 2015

    cum laude

    Provost’s Fellowship Scholarship Recipient

    Managing Editor, Kentucky Law Journal, Volume 103

    Moot Court Board Member

    Honor Council Chair

    Art Law & Culture Society Vice President

  • University of Virginia, B.A., 2012

    Altria Group Scholarship Recipient

    Chesterfield County, Virginia Environmental Science Scholarship Recipient

    Honor Committee Investigations Coordinator

Professional Associations

    • International Amusement and Leisure Defense Association


  • “Double Trouble: Tort Liability is Necessarily Limited in the Lender or Loan Servicer and Borrower Contractual Relationship,” Defense Trial Counsel Notebook of Articles, 2018
  • “Statutory Calculation: The Proper Method for Calculating Judgments Under West Virginia’s Medical Professional Liability Act,” Defense Trial Counsel Notebook of Articles, 2018
  • “Busting the Ghost Guns: A Technical, Statutory, and Practical Approach to the 3-D Printed Weapon Problem,” 103 Ky. L.J. 433, 2015
  • “Taking the ‘Hype’ out of Hyper-Linking: Linking Online Content Not Grounds for U.S. Copyright Infringement,” University of New Hampshire IDEA Intellectual Property Law Review Annual Student Writing Competition, 55 IDEA 1, 2014
  • “Maritime Case Law Update,” Inland Port Magazine, no.1, 2015; no.2, 2015; no.4, 2014; no. 5, 2014