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I aim for the fence.

My dad is a Texarkana-softball legend who hit ’em out of the park. My guiding principles are his swing-for-the-fences attitude and rock-solid work ethic.

I provide powerhouse litigation because I am passionate about people and protecting their rights.

State of the art defense.

Sophisticated experience.

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you matter

My clients tell me that they value my legal skill but, more than that, they know I value them. I genuinely like my clients and work hand-in-hand with them.

When we’re working together, you’ll find I am laser-focused and I will keep you informed. You can text me and know I’ll get back with you ASAP. The trust and confidence that I’ll build with you out of court will reassure you that I will represent you well in court.

psychology and tech matters

We’ll craft a trial strategy together using the most effective experts and we’ll throw the pitch straight across the plate using the most effective means of communicating possible.

As you know, no one is used to sitting and only listening anymore. We need information displayed.

I run an advanced tech game in the courtroom and using only the best research and data points on people and how they process information. If your case calls for it, we’ll use an explainer video. We will engage our audience.

details matter

I am never satisfied without complete preparation — no one will know your case better than I will. We will sweat every detail.

take a look at my work

I have felony and misdemeanor jury trial experience. I've represented juveniles on "terroristic threat" felony charges. Using my technology background, I was able to advise the best course of action in this matter with electronic evidence. My first jury trial as lead counsel resulted in a unanimous verdict for my client. My litigation experience is in both state and federal courts. I have successfully argued in Texas and nationwide federal courts in a variety of hearings. I am one of two original trial lawyers to successfully settle a four-year multi-million dollar lawsuit against Apple in an intellectual property dispute over the invention of Siri's natural language processing tools. Apple settled the case on the courthouse steps for $25M. My clients were the inventors — professors at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the longest-standing and distinguished technical institute in America. My and my firm's victory in a patent infringement suit, LoggerHead Tools v. Sears Holdings Corp., et al., is recognized as one of 2017's Top 20 Verdicts in Illinois.  After facing down litigation titans such as Apple, Sears, and their Chinese manufacturer, no opponent intimidates me. My solo civil experience includes successfully appealing an employee-benefit adverse decision against a Fortune 10 company, and successfully defending against breach of contract allegations. My civil experience also includes suing on fraud and unfair trade practices claims, and litigating anti-SLAPP matters, patent infringement, and Lanham Act violations in Texas and California state courts, and the federal courts of United States’ Districts of Texas, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York.

Knowledge, personality, communication, and polish matters — to you and the court. You deserve superior and well-spoken representation.
I will earn your confidence and that of your family and team. I understand the value of an unstoppable work ethic, perfection as a goal, and consistent intellectual rigor.
I am a member of the Texas Bar College, an honorary society of lawyers who are among the best trained attorneys in Texas — members complete more than double the annual amount of continued legal education required by the State Bar.
While competent representation and rigorous preparation are the bedrock for winning legal challenges, you should also choose a lawyer who is a great communicator, listener, has respect for you, an appropriate sense of urgency about your case, and has a good relationship with colleagues and the court and its personnel.
The clients that I have worked with will tell you that I earn their respect and trust. I have served as the trusted confidant of people like you and me, law partners, and corporate clients of the Fortune 100. All have trusted me to both handle their matters and serve as their representative because I can comfortably communicate and interact with diverse groups: I have and can again generate goodwill across nationalities. My global experiences and travel form the foundation for these abilities, and my outward-facing personality, appropriate sense of curiosity, and strong listening skills are the structure on which they rest.
I am laser-focused on my clients, compassionate, and I keep my clients informed. The trust and confidence that I build with clients out-of-court assures them that I will represent them well in court.

In law school I worked as a licensed student lawyer on a Bar Card in clinics where I advised and represented low-income clients and prisoners, separated families who could not afford to divorce unless it were free, and (typically young) clients in danger of losing custody of their children.
These cases — and getting more justice than you can afford —have my heart and soul.
I worked with abandon with the Downstate Illinois Innocence Project where I performed novel legal research and analysis, and capably learned DNA science as the basis for our motion seeking a new trial. The Slovers were convicted due to State overreach, refusal to test blood DNA and clothing fibers, the city's obsession with the beautiful victim, and rapid turn on a salt-of-the-Earth family. The wrongful conviction was based on the use of empirically unsound canine junk DNA at trial. My work for justice stems from this gut-wrenching work.
After taking criminal law classes in law school, I knew I simply must advocate for the accused to remain innocent unless proven guilty and make sure the system is working for my clients — which include the falsely accused, those who make mistakes, have a bad run, or get overcharged. I am always pushing uphill toward justice and equality — which also secures Americans' constitutional rights.
So, the main focus of my practice is criminal defense although I have ample experience in numerous practice areas.

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reviews

Shellie Stephens is by far the most honest and intelligent attorney I have ever met. When I came to her with my legal problem she had an overwhelming determination for justice and let me know of all all the different options I had in order to obtain that justice. She carefully took the time to go over various scenarios and really opened my eyes to more options than I thought I had. More over, Shellie Stephens put a great amount of effort into everything she did for my company. When I thought all that was needed was an email, Shellie took the time and effort to write out a clear and concise letter covering everything needed in its entirety. Ms. Stephens is by far the best attorney that you could possibly hire to represent you in a court of law.
Kevin
 
I found myself in need of legal representation because of poor choices on my part. I quite literally stumbled upon Ms. Stephens at the courthouse and instantly knew I had to hire her! From our first encounter, Shellie has walked me through the legal process and I have felt more like a friend than a client. Shellie Stephens is a legal genius! She stays in communication with you every step of the way and guides you through each one. There is no other attorney I would even consider representing me. Shellie is truly gifted as an attorney & I trust her to defend my rights.
Karen
 
I highly recommend Shellie Stephens as a "Go To Attorney."  Shellie handled my case swiftly and gracefully. Throughout the entire court process, Shellie was quick to respond to any questions or concerns while explaining full details and the steps involved with my case. Shellie was always in touch and passionately worked my case while accepting nothing but victory. Shellie is a straight-forward person, smart and skillfully attorney.
Chris
I met Shellie Stephens by accident and it was a very fortunate meeting indeed. We worked together – at her suggestion – in a very difficult case and she was a huge help in dealing with the court, in dealing with a challenging client, and in doing the legal research that made our presentation to the court effective. She has an excellent head for the law, a good set of “people skills,” and she is an excellent lawyer. I recommend her very highly.
David Haynes / Collin County Trial Lawyer, sex crimes trial
You are sharp … you were born to do what you do … I just read the draft and my head is spinning you were able to articulate exactly what I experienced so eloquently. You are dynamic—I love it! You waste no time.
Confidential / actress, playwright, copyright owner
Shellie was relentless in her approach to her work. She consistently offered extremely helpful and creative suggestions, superb organizational skills, a mastery of the facts, and outstanding legal analysis of the issues.
John Hanlon / Legal Director Downstate Illinois Innocence Project, DNA Testing Program

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