also known as The Law Office of Shane Phelps, P.C.
I am a former Marine, having served on active duty from 1977-80. I graduated from Rice University in Houston in 1983 and University of Texas School of Law in Austin in 1987. I was licensed to practice law in Texas in 1987. I served as an assistant district attorney in Houston from 1987 to 1990, when I left to accept a position as a special prosecutor for the Texas Attorney General's Office in Austin. After two years there, I was promoted to head a division of special prosecutors, investigators and staff at the Attorney General's Office. In that role, I traveled all over Texas handling complicated and high-profile criminal cases and grand jury investigations at the request of District Attorneys, County Attorneys, and Judges. In 1995, I left the Attorney General's Office and went into private practice with a private insurance defense firm in Austin where I practiced insurance defense and criminal defense work. In 1999, after John Cornyn was elected Texas Attorney General, he appointed me his Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice. In that position I managed 100 attorney, numerous investigators and paralegals, and staff. I also served as the Attorney General's advisor on criminal justice matters. In 2001, I left the Attorney General's Office and accepted a position in Brazos County as First Assistant District Attorney for the Brazos County District Attorney's Office, where I served until leaving for that office to start my own law firm.
Since leaving the DA's office in Brazos County, my practice has exploded. I practice primarily criminal defense but also selectively accept family law, personal injury, and civil litigation cases.
I am married to Jean Ricciardello Phelps, a professor at Blinn College teaching business law. Jean is also an attorney and a Certified Public Accountant, which comes in very handy at the firm. We have a very smart and strong-willed daughter, Mary Claire, who is the most important thing in our lives. We live in College Station, Texas with two rescue dogs and two rescue cats.
I have a passion for photography, also, and you can see my work at www.shanephelpsphotography.com.
Licensed since 1987
Cash, Check, Credit Card
|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||1987||08/25/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Outstanding Dedication to Texas Children||Texas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)||2000|
|Board Certified - Criminal Law||Texas Board of Legal Specialization||1992|
|Best Team, Oral Advocacy and Brief Writing||UT School of Law||1984|
|Owner||The Law Office of Shane Phelps, P.C.||2011 - Present|
|First Assistant District Attorney||Brazos County District Attorney's Office||2001 - 2011|
|Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice||Office of the Texas Attorney General||1999 - 2001|
|Attorney||De Leon, Boggins, & Icenogle||1996 - 1998|
|Chief, Prosecutor Assistance and Special Investigations Division||Office of the Texas Attorney General||1990 - 1996|
|Assistant District Attorney||Harris County District Attorney's Office||1987 - 1990|
|Sergeant||United States Marine Corps||1977 - 1980|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|College of the State Bar of Texas||Member||2009 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|State Bar of Texas||Member||N/A|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||N/A|
|Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|The Prosecutor (TDCAA)||The Decision to Seek Death||2003|
|New York Institute of Photography||Photography||N/A||2010|
|University of Texas||Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)||N/A||1987|
|Rice University||English Literature||B.A.||1983|
|Annual County Judges and Commissioners Conference||The Role of the District Attorney||2012|
|Law Enforcement Conference||Search and Seizure, Confessions, and Report Writing||2011|
|White Collar Crime Conference||Presenting the White Collar Case||2010|
|TDCAA Advanced Trial Advocacy Course||Advanced Voir Dire||2007|
|Elected Prosecutors Conference||Grand Jury||2006|
|Capital Murder Conference||The Decision to Seek Death||2006|
|TDCAA Annual Criminal Law Conference||Creative Sentencing||2005|