White-collar criminal defense lawyer Mark Sheppard is leaving midsize firm Montgomery McCracken to join Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg. (Courtesy photo)

Philadelphia white-collar defense lawyer Mark Sheppard is leaving Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads for another locally based firm, Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg.

Sheppard’s clients over the years have included state Sen. Lawrence Farnese and former state Sen. Vincent Fumo, among other elected officials, corporations and individuals facing regulatory enforcement, investigations and criminal trials.

Sheppard said the clientele at Klehr Harrison, a business-focused firm with about 80 lawyers, was a good fit for his practice. The bulk of his practice is focused on white-collar defense, but he also does commercial litigation and works with clients on conducting internal investigations and implementing corporate compliance policies.

“I’ve had a number of matters with Klehr Harrison over the years and they’ve sent me a fair amount of work,” he said. The firm “has been talking to me about possibly coming over there for some time.”

Sheppard said he is taking a number of matters with him, all for his own clients. He said there are synergies between his practice and that of his new firm, given “the fact that they have a fairly sophisticated clientele.”

Montgomery McCracken recently suffered some significant departures in Philadelphia and New York, as Am Law 200 firm Armstrong Teasdale brought on two groups of lawyers from Montgomery McCracken in order to open offices in those cities. Those groups included Richard Scheff, who was chairman of Montgomery McCracken from 2009 to 2016, and executive chairman of the firm from 2016 until he left last year.

Sheppard said those departures were not related to his decision to move, which was “more about the opportunity at Klehr Harrison.”

“I’m leaving on very good terms … there are people here I’m definitely going to miss,” he said.

Asked for comment on Sheppard’s departure, Montgomery McCracken vice chairman and executive partner Richard Simins said in a statement: “Mark’s a close friend and has been a terrific partner. He’s leaving for a great new opportunity. We wish him the very best.”

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