Albert W. Sheppard Jr., 74, a Common Pleas Court judge who oversaw a program to resolve complex disputes between businesses, died Sunday, Sept. 4, the Philadelphia Bar Association announced.
Bar Association Chancellor Rudolph Garcia said in a statement Tuesday: "Judge Sheppard was a brilliant jurist who distinguished himself by his courteousness and respectfulness. He was very practical and worked hard to resolve disputes by agreement, but he made tough decisions when necessary."
Garcia added, "As one of the founders of the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court's Commerce Case Management Program, he was instrumental in its continuing success. His passing is a huge loss for all of us."