J. Stephen Sheppard


New York

District of Columbia

Stephen Sheppard is a Founding Partner of Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP, and is a leading transactional attorney with over forty-five years of experience representing a broad range of individuals and companies in the publishing, digital, motion picture, television and other entertainment industries.

His clients include award-winning film directors, leading journalists, network news and documentary film and television producers and production companies, substantial literary estates, entertainment and publishing executives, publishers, and writers.  He represents a cable television network in connection with various aspects of its production and distribution businesses, and is counsel to a major entertainment industry foundation in connection with productions of network television and multi-media fundraising broadcast events.  He has experience in the negotiation and construction of new hybrid business models for individual clients and companies in emerging multi-platform, transmedia, and digital/’through-media’ production and publishing ventures.


  • Georgetown University Law Center, JD
  • London School of Economics
  • Cornell University, BA

Associations and Activities

  • New York State Bar Association, Committee on Theatre and Performing Arts, past Chair


  • Named a “Best Lawyer, Entertainment Law — Motion Pictures and Television,” by The Best Lawyers in America 2020