II 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.
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.
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.
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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.