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Professional Profile: Bruce Shepherd


Name: Bruce Shepherd.

Organization: Latham & Watkins LLP.

Title: Partner, Finance Department.

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Revenue — 2009: $1,821,000,000 (firmwide).

Revenue — 2010: $1,929,000,000 (firmwide).

No. of employees in San Diego: 184.

Year firm established: 1934.

Year firm established in San Diego County: 1980.

Education: J.D. and M.B.A., UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall), 1983; A.B., Harvard College, 1979.

Birthplace: Massachusetts.

Age: 53.

Current residence: Coronado.

Family: Married, four children.

Bruce Shepherd is a real estate finance partner in the San Diego office of Latham & Watkins LLP. The firm has experienced transactional, litigation and environmental practices. Shepherd’s particular expertise is in crafting creative solutions for borrowers, lenders and investors in connection with complex real estate financings. He also serves as president of the Coronado school board.


Essential working philosophy: Success as a lawyer derives from consistent and unwavering commitment to quality, responsiveness and client service. Success as a law firm comes when the attorneys zealously adopt this philosophy, while also steadfastly demanding integrity, collegiality and teamwork.

Guiding principles: We all have a responsibility to be cordial and decent with one another.

Yardsticks of success: Leaving any role or responsibility in a better condition than one found it.


Best professional decision: Joining Latham & Watkins, where I have learned tremendous practice and life lessons from a handful of committed mentors.

Mentor: I have learned a tremendous amount from each of Mike Weaver, Scott Wolfe, Paul Meyer and Dave Mulliken. Each is absolutely committed to quality legal work and client service. They also set high standards for teamwork, collegiality and loyalty to colleagues. And they stay true to themselves and their principles.

Word that describes you: Committed.


What you like best about your job: Structuring innovative solutions to knotty client challenges.

What you like least about your job: Reviewing form boilerplate.

Pet peeves: Lawyers that unnecessarily infuse hostility into communications; lawyers that rely upon forms without thoughtful analysis and editing.

Most important lesson learned: Get involved in one’s community — most importantly, committed involvement, with a goal of achieving effective change, can provide enormous personal satisfaction, but involvement also has the ancillary benefit of expanding one’s friends and contacts.

Person most interested in meeting: Former President Clinton — because he is smart as can be (and because right or wrong, he has an unmatched ability to charm).

Greatest passions: My family; making a lasting positive difference in my community; (and particularly in the Coronado schools).

First choice for a new career: Professional golfer (if I only had the talent).


Favorite quote: “All this will not be finished in the first one hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first one thousand days; nor in the life of this administration; nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.” — John F. Kennedy.

Favorite restaurant: The Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite Valley.

Favorite place for business meetings: Any golf course.

Favorite vacation spot: Lake Tahoe.

Favorite way to spend time: Skiing with my wife and children.


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