About Shellie Stephens

Born in Texarkana, Texas — but raised a Texarkana, Arkansas Razorback.

Who I Am

I formed my law practice to handle a jury trial on a breach of contract matter for a small-business owner and friend. The court was surprised at the amount of passion my client and I poured into that case. After a one day trial and jury deliberation, the jury returned a unanimous verdict for my client. 

Since then, I knew I would leave boutique litigation and follow my passion — advocating for justice, our civil rights, and respecting the Constitution.

I spent six years in intellectual property litigation with a lot of time also spent in civil and complex commercial litigation.

Trial Lawyer at Heart

I went to law school after living nationwide and abroad with my family (more about them below). I‘m a second-career lawyer, which has granted me a substantial amount of life experience, good judgment, and discretion. I’ll tell you now: I am described as relentless. I’m indefatigably organized, laser-focused on the issues, and possess an extreme attention to detail.

In law school, I volunteered my time to the Innocence Project, developing legal theories and defenses to the use of “junk” DNA evidence. I also spent one year with indigent clients, representing them in loss of parental rights cases, divorces, and debtor cases. I am the only law student ever allowed to do a second-semester of civil clinic.

I am committed to equal rights and equal protection.

You may get proficient representation with other attorneys, but make sure they don’t leave you feeling alone with your problems or at the courthouse. I do not leave my clients alone. I partner with them to get the best possible outcome, standing beside them every step of the way. I promise I will fight beside you and I never forget what is riding on your case.

Respectful — Committed — Passionate

I have a great respect for and rapport with the court and its personnel — and an even better relationship with my clients. They know that I care and am committed to fighting for them. I love what I do and I’d enjoy the opportunity to talk with you about your matter. I offer online or telephone video-chat appointments so you don’t have to take off work or drive to meet with me. I will care about you and your case like no other because I do not know how to do otherwise.

I will work with your translator.

I provide legal education and services to the community for a flat fee or by the hour.

I offer steeply discounted rates for victims of revenge porn seeking to take down online images because of the daily trauma it inflicts.

Jack Rimland, Attorney / Colleague

Working on a complex legal issue of first impression in Illinois, Shellie immediately understood the legal concepts involved. In a very short period of time, she furnished concise legal and factual arguments that exhibited a rather mature understanding of some very complex legal issues. (representative photo)

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.

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.

Roadmap

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

Education

University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois

Juris Doctor cum laude
Harno Scholar (top 10% of class, final three sems.)
Editor, Journal of Law, Technology & Policy
Rickert Award Recipient for 
Service

Southern Nazarene University, Oklahoma

Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude
Political Science / History
Phi Delta Lambda (top 10% of class) honor society

Publication
Going Google: Your Practice, The Cloud, and the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20, University of Illinois Journal of Law, Technology, & Policy 237 (2011).

Admissions & Associations

Admissions

State Bar of Texas
United States District Courts

Northern District of Texas
Eastern District of Texas
District of Colorado

Associations

State Bar of Texas
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Dallas Bar Association

Representative Cases*

Criminal Defense

Jury trials and bench trial (not guilty) defending client accused of first degree felony sexual assault (Collin County, Texas)

Jury trial defending client accused of second-degree felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (Collin County, Texas)

Jury trial defending client accused of a Class B misdemeanor terroristic threat, securing not guilty verdict (Collin County, Texas)

Represented juvenile facing multiple felonies, including terroristic threat via WhatsApp, securing favorable deferred adjudication terms. (Denton County, Texas)

Represented client facing criminal penalty for alleged violation of court order (Dallas County, Texas)

 

Civil Practice

Lead trial counsel defending small-business owner against charges of breach of contract and fraud, winning a unanimous jury verdict (Collin County, Texas)

Represented national executive accused of violating a non-compete agreement and court injunction (Dallas County, Texas)

Represented client appealing adverse employee benefit judgment against a Fortune 10 corporation, securing a very favorable settlement (Dallas County, Texas)

Represented media producer in partnership dispute with on-air personality, securing favorable settlement in mediation (Dallas County, Texas)

 

Complex Commercial Litigation

Represented former employee pursuing defamation claim and defending against claims of breach of contract, fraud, violation of non-compete agreement, and anti-SLAPP violations (Los Angeles County, California) 

AerReach Aero Space Solutions, LLC v. United Technologies Corporation, Pratt & Whitney Division et. al. Defended aerospace corporation in lawsuits alleging multiple civil causes of action, including breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference with prospective business opportunities, and fraud (Dallas County, Texas)

Ashford Hospitality Prime, Inc. v. Sessa Capital, L.P. Defended shareholders in multiple lawsuits alleging SEC violations and breach of fiduciary duty; represented shareholders in countersuit alleging anti-SLAPP violations (Northern District of Texas and Texas courts)

 

Patent Infringement Litigation

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, et al. v. Apple Inc. Represented patent owner and exclusive licensee in a patent infringement lawsuit involving a natural language processing patent owned by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Apple’s Siri personal assistant was the accused instrumentality. Case settled favorably for client, granting non-exclusive license to Apple for $25 million. (Northern District of New York)

LoggerHead Tools, LLC, v. Sears Holding Corp. and Apex Tool Group, LLC Represented patent owner against Sears and Apex in a lawsuit alleging patent infringement arising from Sears’ sales of Craftsman Max Axess Locking Wrenches (Northern District of Illinois)

* Past results are not and are not intended to be guarantees of future performance.

Afterhours

2013 but I love their impression of one of my "bored" meetings.

I was once dubbed a “Cosmic It Girl.” I am not.

In my personal life, I think I am closer to “Cosmic Lucy Ricardo” — things work out, but probably in spite of me. 

Just ask “the Little People.”

These are the four interesting humans I’ve raised to adulthood: Kate, Caleb, Corinne, and Gwyneth.

The Little People had to be interesting because I am known to invoke “not of general interest” at meals, until the topic is changed to one that is of general interest. I sometimes invite them out to dinner on two conditions: you cannot ask to leave early and you must bring something interesting to the table. Sometimes it is too much and the RSVP is a texted, “I’m out.”

They are also fairly indomitable. My humor is sarcastic and a little dark due to — I’d say — early life with four brothers in Texarkana. I am the second oldest. My father and brothers still live in or very near Texarkana but my mother passed from breast cancer when I was 14. While I was in law school the Little People sacrificed for me and learned to structure their lives in Google calendar. The youngest once said that she invited me to her birthday on G-cal and I declined the invite. (Not true.)

Now they are interesting on their own volition (“Let’s celebrate ‘International Suit-up Day!”) and they have bold voices. The photo of them here is dated 2013, but I love their impression of my “bored” meetings.

I’ve lived in seven states and Japan. I’ve worked as a receptionist, legal assistant, substitute teacher, legal transcriptionist, cashier, and youth pastor.

I was a United States Air Force spouse with these four dependents for six years, three of which were in Japan. I not only support our service members, I take it as a sacred responsibility to pay attention to where our government locates them, for how long, and how they use their skills so that I can speak up on behalf of families who may feel they cannot.

I believe in family supporting family, especially in these tight times.

I believe in the next generation. Millennials forward have brought us social media and Arab Spring — they and their progeny represent a better future.

I support our community protectors and defenders — and count most as friends — and I strongly support defending the rights of the accused and safeguarding the presumption of innocence.

Outtakes

Phone: (469) 430-8221
Email:  info@shelliestephens.com
Office:  Frisco, Texas, by appointment only

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