J. Stephen Sheppard

J. Stephen Sheppard

Founding Partner, New York ssheppard@cdas.com

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

His clients included 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. Over the years, his clients have included a cable television network in connection with various aspects of its production and distribution businesses, as well as individual artists and organizations in the publishing and entertainment industries in connection with productions of live stage, television, podcast, and electronic media projects in the service of their public service and social awareness projects and initiatives and multi-media fundraising 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.

Now retired, Steve Sheppard is a highly regarded resource in the legal entertainment industry.


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

Associations & Activities

  • Board of Trustees—Copland House
  • National Advisory Council—Literacy Inc.