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.
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Shane Phelps is an excellent attorney. I have known him as both the First Assistant in the Brazos County District Attorney's Office and as an attorney in private practice. He is an effective, results oriented and ethical advocate who is seldom rivaled.
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|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||1987||01/09/2016|
|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|
|Special Prosecution - Gilmer, Texas||All charges dismissed.|
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|The Prosecutor (TDCAA)||The Decision to Seek Death||2003|
|New York Institute of Photography||Photography||N/A||2010|
|University of Texas School of Law||Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)||N/A||1987|
|Rice University||English Literature||BA - Bachelor of Arts||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|