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Kenny practices in the areas of workers’ compensation law and disability retirement law. He is certified by the State Bar of California as a specialist in workers’ compensation law, has been recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers each year since 2010, and has a “Superb” 10.0 rating by Avvo. He is currently the vice-chair of the State Bar of California’s Workers’ Compensation Executive Committee, of which he has been a member since 2011.


Kenny lectures extensively on the topics of workers’ compensation law and disability retirement law. He is also a contributing author and editor for the California WCAB Noteworthy Decisions Reporter published by LexisNexis, the California Workers’ Compensation Practice Guide published by Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) and the Employment Litigation Practice Guide published by the Rutter Group. He additionally serves as a volunteer staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, and a volunteer coach for the UC Hastings Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution.


Kenny obtained his juris doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2003. While at Hastings, Kenny was an editor for the Constitutional Law Quarterly, and was also a judicial extern for the Honorable Martin J. Jenkins, formerly of the United States District Court.


In his spare time, Kenny volunteers as a puppy raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind. He is currently raising his tenth guide dog puppy, a Yellow Labrador named Phil.


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Practice areas


  1. Workers Compensation: 80%
    13 years
  2. Administrative Law: 20%
    13 years



Contingent (15-18%)

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  • Gerald Gregory Lutkenhaus

    I am familiar with Mr. Sheppard from his many insightful and intelligent answers to questions posted on Avvo. Always willing to help out and give good concise answers. In the end, you may need to hire an attorney to get to the outcome you seek, but at least here you can get a good start with his informative answers and legal guides.


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Contact info

Jones Clifford, LLP

1390 Market Street
Suite 1200
San Francisco, CA, 94102


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Northern California Rising StarsSuper Lawyers2010
Certified Specialist in Workers' Compensation LawState Bar of California - California Board of Legal Specialization2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerJones Clifford, LLP2009 - Present
AssociateJones Clifford, LLP2003 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of California, Workers Compensation SectionExecutive Committee Member2011 - Present
California Applicants' Attorneys AssociationMember2003 - Present
San Francisco Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2003 - Present
State Bar of California - Workers' Compensation SectionMember2003 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
City of Santa Clara v. Workers' Comp. Appeals Bd. (Castro)Finding and Award of Industrial Causation
S.F. Bay Area Rapid Transit Dist. v. Workers' Comp. Appeals Bd. (Ennis)Finding and Award of Industrial Causation
Wirt v. State of Cal., Dept. of Cal. Highway PatrolFinding of Total Dependency for Amelia Wirt
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Publication nameTitleDate
California Workers' Compensation Practice - Published by Continuing Education of the BarRepresenting Injured Workers (Chapter 10) - Contributing Editor2012
California WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions ReporterThe Importance of Substantial Medical Evidence in the Absence of a Presumption2010
California WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions ReporterWhen Is the Statute of Limitations Defense a Viable Defense?2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
University of California - San DiegoPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Spring ConferenceYou've Done the Dance and Requested a State Panel QME List, Now What?2012
Qualified Medical Evaluator Re-Certification CourseQME Update: The Jack O'Brien Course2012
Legal Specialization Boot CampClaim Evaluation2011
Spring ConferenceDiscovering New Discovery Tactics (Post Almaraz/Guzman)2010
Continuing Professional Education Summer InstituteWorkers' Compensation Update2007
Workers' Rights ClinicWorkers' Compensation OverviewN/A
Peace Officers' Research Association of CaliforniaWorkers' Compensation & Disability RetirementN/A