Pete Shepherd is a member of our government practice. Pete brings three decades of experience in government affairs, litigation, and public administration to bear on his representation of the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians. In selective other engagements, he applies his experience to resolving matters arising within and between governments and to advising private clients with administrative and regulatory compliance issues.
Before joining HLGR, Pete practiced law in Eugene, then later served successively as Legislative Assistant to the late state Senator William (Bill) Frye, Deputy District Attorney in Marion County, Assistant Attorney General in the Organized Crime Section of the Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ) under Attorney General Frohnmayer, and Attorney in Charge of DOJ’s Financial Fraud/Consumer Protection Section under Attorneys General Kulongoski and Myers. Attorney General Myers later selected Pete to serve as one of two Special Counsel to the Attorney General. From 2001-2009, Pete served as the Deputy Attorney General, also by appointment of Attorney General Myers.
Pete is a member of the Oregon State Bar. He is currently a member of three Sections of the Bar (Indian Law, Government Law, and Litigation) and is a past member of the Executive Committees of the Consumer and Criminal Law Sections. He helped initiate the Oregon State Bar Military Assistance Panel (2003) and, upon successive votes of his peers, served successive terms (commencing in 2004 and 2007) as a member of the Oregon State Bar House of Delegates.
Since the program’s inception, Pete has served as one of the volunteer “judges” for the Salem Teen Court program. He is a volunteer instructor for the Start Making a Reader Today (SMART) program in the Salem Public Schools.
Pete received his J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1979. He earned a B.A. in History from the University of Oregon.
Select Publications and Presentations
- Speaker, “Law Enforcement and Indian Country in Oregon,” Oregon District Attorney Association (December, 2014).
- Speaker, “Interagency Law Enforcement Cooperation with Emphasis on Oregon’s Law Enforcement Landscape,” Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (October 2014).
- “Constitution Defines Immunities, Privileges,” Statesman Journal (November 18, 2012)
- “Legal Ethics With Emphasis on Indian Law,” Oregon State Bar Indian Law Section (Materials prepared for presentation at joint Government Law/Indian Law Section meeting) (October 19, 2012)
- “Account of Oregon’s Effort To Cloak Tribal Police Departments With Same Legal Authority As Identically-Qualified Non-Tribal Officers,” Testimony presented to the Federal Indian Law & Order Commission (As counsel to the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians, Pete actively participated in a successful multi-tribe legislative effort to change Oregon law.) (November 2, 2011)
- “Oregon State Statutory Interpretation: Blind to History, But Useful in Application,” The Willamette Law Review 2011
- “One Hundred Fifty Years of Electing Judges in Oregon: Will There Be Fifty More?” 87 OR. L. REV. 907 (2008)
- “2005 Opinions of The Attorney General of Oregon 8281,” Formal opinion containing a comprehensive analysis of law governing access, use, and ownership of waterways throughout Oregon (As Deputy Attorney, Pete participated actively in drafting and editing the opinion)
- “Overview of Laws That Protect Vulnerable Persons,” Oregon State Bar Elder Law Section Newsletter (Fall 2005) (Pete participated in drafting revisions to the Elderly Persons and Persons With Disabilities Act [1995 and 2005], Elder Abuse Act , and amendments to Oregon evidence rules required to eliminate barriers to successful prosecution of elder abuse [2001 and 2005].)
- “The Vienna Convention on Consular Affairs: An Oregon Law Enforcement Perspective,” 11 Willamette Journal of International Law and Dispute Resolution (2003)