Trial Lawyer  |  Criminal Defense

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 was a so-called “boutique” intellectual property trial lawyer for six years. People said I couldn’t do it without a hard science background. But I did. My passion, however, is people, not tech. My focus is 

protecting the rights of the accused and

safeguarding the presumption of innocence.

If you want to try your case, greatI’m an experienced trial lawyer. I guarantee to fight for your best possible outcome.

We’re aiming for a dismissal, reduction, or acquittal.

I’d love to talk with you before there is a crisis, but if a crisis hits, I can help.

(469) 675-3864 office
(214) 945-3266 mobile, call or text

5900 S. Lake Forest Drive, Suite 410 McKinney, Texas 75070
Valliant Bank Building


Shellie is exceptionally well organized and clearly self-motivated and directed. She was able to quickly take a case of over 40,000 pages, master it, and provide critical assistance to us. It was clear by the time she had to leave our work that she was accepted as an equal by attorneys who had years of experience litigating these cases.

Larry Golden

Director, Downstate Illinois Innocence Project

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.​

Client T

Actress, playwright, copyright owner (representative photo)

In thirty years of watching both students and lawyers in family court,

I have never seen a student or lawyer with a more professional and comfortable demeanor and rapport with both client and judge.

George Bell

Civil Litigation Community Clinic, Director (representative photo)

Practice Areas

  • Felonies
  • Misdemeanors
  • Sexual Offenses
  • Obscenity Charges
  • All DWI Charges
    • Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), just one or more
    • Driving Under the Influence (DUI)–minors
    •  Public Intoxication
  • Minor in Possession of or Consumption of Alcohol
  • Intoxication Assault
  • Occupational Driving Licenses
  • Administrative License Revocation Hearings (ALRs)
  • Driving While License Invalid
  •  All Assault Charges
    • Assault & Family Violence Charges
    • Assault Bodily Injury
    • Domestic Violence
    • Assault Family Violence
    • Protective Order Hearings
    • Aggravated Assault
  • Drug Charges (Misdemeanor)
    • Marijuana
    • Cocaine
    • Methamphetamines
    • Prescription Drug Charges
    • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
    • Motions to Revoke Probation
  • Parole Violations
  • Criminal Trespass
  • Terroristic Threat
  • Failure to Identify
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Evading
  • Theft
  • Shoplifting
  • Statutory Rape

Typically known as "revenge porn," if your photos are being publicly displayed without your consent and you are the photographer, you own the copyright to the photos and can request a website take them down pursuant to the DMCA.


If you would like to begin this process on your own, please save everything (photos, screenshots, URLs where photos are kept, etc.) and then visit:


If you are not the photographer, you still have options, please give me a call. I maintain special low rates for this service.

For civil cases, I am available to draft and file your documents or provide low-cost review of your self-drafted documents, whatever they may be. As a founder of a law practice, I admire and support the do-it-yourself community.


You can get a great head start and document templates from, the local library (which may have Nolo books or which they will order for free for you using inter-library loan), or from the Texas State Law Library, a free resource with a lot of helpful legal information.

I enjoy using my experience, knowledge, technical abilities, and extremely strong attention to detail to enable the success of others and welcome the opportunity to serve as your team’s legal right hand — whether your team is you, your family, or your start-up.

My Vision

To provide easy access to elite-quality legal representation, advice, and education through reasonably priced hourly and flat fee services.

My Mission

To support my community through sound and honest legal representation and education — particularly to under-represented and over-charged minorities.


I utilize free technology such as video-calls (FaceTime®, Signal, WhatsApp) so that any potential client can talk with me without hassle.


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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.


David K. Haynes, famed Collin County attorney

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.

B. Faul, Manager, Community Litigation Clinic

Ms. Stephens' most outstanding asset is the demeanor she has with her clients: she listens to her clients, explains things to them in terms they can understand, and keeps in good contact with them. She receives only glowing evaluations. (representative photo)

Client Ms. C

Thank you again for the help you provided to me. This would not be resolved without your excellent work on my behalf. I know I got the best outcome possible under the circumstances. (representative photo)

John Hanlon, Legal Director Downstate Illinois Innocence Project, DNA Testing Program

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.

Phone: (469) 675-3864
Office:  McKinney, Texas

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