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Kimberly N. Shanklin

Criminal defense Attorney at Denton, TX

5.0   16 reviews
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2002
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Kimberly

Learn Kimberly’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%

    22 years, 4,680 cases

  2. Family
    50%

    22 years

I am focused on giving my clients quality attention. I opened my own practice after over 13 years at a high volume firm so that I can nurture client relationships and build on my reputation as no-nonsense attorney that gets results. I enjoy spending time with my family and working out when I'm not with my clients and love my job.

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Location

Law Office of Kimberly N. Shanklin, PLLC
1517 Centre Place Drive
Suite # 250
Denton, TX, 76205

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Reviews

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Posted by Brittany | January 3, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Brittany CPS case
Kimberly and Jessica are both super badass!! I would recommend Kimberly to anyone!! She goes above and beyond to fight for her clients. She is the best attorney I've ever had. She's a winner for sure!!!
Posted by Rachel | June 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
Kimberly and her paralegal Jessica were instrumental in resolving a nasty, 12 year old custody battle quickly and effectively. I had been badly burned by a previous lawyer who gauged me out of all of my savings and utterly humiliated himself and me during a hearing. Needless to say, I was hesitant to trust attorneys again. Kimberly listened to the long and dramatic saga and gave me excellent and practical advice. She was honest and forthcoming about what I should expect, even if it wasn't what I was hoping for. This made me realize that she is not a lawyer who is in it for the money; she truly cares about her clients and works exceptionally hard to get the best possible outcome. As a woman who has had to deal with a bully of an opponent for over a decade, having a strong-willed, smart, experienced, and aggressive woman in my corner made all the difference.
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Response from Kimberly Shanklin July 3, 2018
Thank you so much for the review Rachel! You were a true pleasure to work with and I wish you the absolute best!
Posted by William | October 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DWI
When you hear the phrase: "There's an ANGEL looking out for you"....that would be Kimberly. Kimberly is a top notch attorney with a superb skill at what she does. Yes, getting a DWI sucked....but with the help of Kimberly the fall wasn't as hard as I expected. When I was down she was there to pick me right back up. She was by my side to the end. Thank you Kimberly
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Response from Kimberly Shanklin July 3, 2018
Thank you so very much for your review William! Hope you are doing fantastic!
Posted by Dustin | May 4, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
The Absolute Best Around
If I could give Kimberly more then 5 stars I would. If you are in the Denton area and need a lawyer, I strongly recommend Kimberly. From what I heard about the judge I had she did the impossible for me. Kimberly was the only one who treated me like an actual person instead of just another case number. She always kept me informed and always responded promptly to my emails. I simply cannot recommend her enough.
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Response from Kimberly Shanklin July 3, 2018
Thank you very much for your review Dustin! I truly appreciate you taking the time! Hope you are well.
Posted by anonymous | September 19, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Best of the Best!
Ms. Shanklin is the best of the best - there is no other way to put it. She always kept me in the loop and everything was always very clear cut. With some lawyers, you have to track them down to check on the status of your case. She would always text or call whenever there was an update. I never had to worry!
Response from Kimberly Shanklin November 18, 2016
Thanks so much I really appreciate you!:)
Posted by Clay | April 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Disorderly Conduct
Kimberly is aggressive in a smart, knowledgeable, and communicative way. She is passionate about her job and genuinely cares and takes time to listen to her clients. While she works to mediate any issues, she is also a tough litigator and is not afraid to go to court if needed. She was able to communicate the law and my case was dropped in the name of Justice. I highly recommend Kimberly!
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Response from Kimberly Shanklin April 18, 2016
Thanks for the kind words Clay! It was my pleasure! :)
Posted by Johnny | March 9, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Divorce / Child Custody
If I could give a higher rating than just 5 stars I would. I would not know how to describe my gratitude towards Kimberly and her assistant Tracy. My case started when my now ex wife filed for custody and child support wrongfully. I went into Kimberly's office not knowing what my out come was going to be or if i could even be helped. After a consultation with Mrs. Shanklin i felt a huge sense of relief. Fast forward about 4 months and my nightmare was over! We received the outcome I wanted rather than the outcome the AGs office wanted me to have. I would email Kimberly's office at least 100 times a day and would receive an answer for all my questions and concerns by the end of the day. They are awesome and I would recommend The Law Office of Kimberly N. Shanklin proudly!
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Response from Kimberly Shanklin March 14, 2016
OMG Johnny thank you so very much for your kind words! You and Carina were a dream to work with and we wish you the very best! And thank you so much for the wonderful edible arrangements! :)
Posted by anonymous | October 28, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Donnell
Ms. Shanklin was excellent. She was very knowledgeable, caring, as well as understanding in my case. Very professional and I had no problems in my case. Everything was clear cut. I even had the judge tell me I had the best lawyer in Denton County. I would refer Ms. Shanklin to anyone.
Response from Kimberly Shanklin November 13, 2015
Thanks so much Donnell! You were such a pleasure to work for! I know you have a bright future in store. Best of luck my friend!
Posted by anonymous | October 22, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Very Capable and Personable Attorney
Kim handled my case quickly and thoroughly. She obtained a reasonable and satisfactory outcome for me. I would recommend her and her fantastic team to anyone.
Response from Kimberly Shanklin October 27, 2015
Thanks so very much!
Posted by Josh | October 22, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
Kimberly did a great job and was very professional, I thought everything was very thorough and handled well. I felt like I could go about my business and not have to worry about how things were going or if things were getting done. She did a great job with what I was expecting even though I had times that I'm sure I was difficult to work with. A divorce is never fun but she will take care of you.
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Response from Kimberly Shanklin October 27, 2015
Thanks Josh! It means the world to me that you took time to review me. I wish you the very best!
Posted by Janice | August 24, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
I wish I found her sooner!
After hiring a terrible attorney out of Dallas (Nick Smith) I was given Kimberly ' s number to finish my divorce and I immediately knew that she would do everything in her power to help me. She has been extremely understanding of the difficulties with my situation and I only wish I had found her sooner. Thank you .....just isn't enough for all the hard work and compassion Kimberly has shown me. I have and will continue to recommend her anytime someone I know may need legal help.
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Response from Kimberly Shanklin August 26, 2015
Thanks so much Janice! I wish you had found me sooner too! ;)
Posted by anonymous | August 18, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
GREAT Family Law Attorney
Mrs. Shanklin is a highly respected and reputable Denton attorney who has a passion for family law. She is current on licensing and family code statutes. Her demeanor is professional, personable, and compassionate. She keeps communication flowing on vital matters, and she will stand behind you 150% to fight for your case.
Response from Kimberly Shanklin August 21, 2015
Thank you so much for your review! I really appreciate you!
Posted by MG | November 6, 2013
Eternally GRATEFUL to The POWER of Tim Powers office - Ms. Kimberly Shanklin
I will start my review with a brief history so that you understand the position I was in and the gratitude I am left with following my experience with this office and specifically with Kimberly Shanklin. I spent 13 years of my life in an abusive / co-dependent relationship that ended 10/2012. The months that followed this event were the worst of my life. One night in March of 2013 as I was trying to "find" myself. I left a group of friends after an evening of Dinner and beverages. I did not believe I was impaired until I found myself face to face with a police officer. I was in turn arrested and charged with a DWI. To some, a DWI charge is just that.....a charge. TO ME; I thought my life was over. From jail I called the person I had spent 13 years of my life with and not only did he not accept the "collect call" but he took the time to call the Jail to tell them "for me not to call". I felt alone, confused and did NOT know what to do. I was referred to the Tim Powers office through a friend of mine. I met with Tim powers first and immediately felt some sense of relief. His office is very professional and he himself is very diligent in his work. Through-out the process I was kept informed through phone/email contact constantly by Deborah. They welcomed my MULTITUDE of questions with answers and not frustration. I did not know what to expect as I had never dealt with anything remotely similar to this so I had concerns. As my case began I was assigned to Ms. Kimberly Shanklin. I will admit that I some reservations as I did not know anything about Ms. Shanklin. However those concerns were quickly dismissed. Ms. Shanklin SAVED MY LIFE and she didn't even know it. I will forever be grateful to Ms. Shanklin. Yes, I was charged and eventually convicted of the DWI charge however......Ms. Shanklin was somehow able to work with the DA and as a result secured a "Plea" that I could not turn down. I cannot begin to share with you the level of professionalism and compassion from this office. There is SOOOOOO MUCH more to my story and I will share it with whom ever asks......but the short of my review ; IF YOU FIND YOURSELF IN NEED OF AN ATTORNEY - KIMBERLY NICOLE SHANKLIN is the only choice in Denton County!
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Response from Kimberly Shanklin November 14, 2013
Thanks so much for the generous & kind words MG! You were a pleasure to deal with and I am always here for you.
Posted by anonymous | October 30, 2013
Get some sleep, finally.
With Kimberly, I was finally able to get some sleep. Knowing that my future was in the hands of someone not only so capable, but also passionate, caring and professional was one of the most relieving feelings I've felt in a while. She acts with expediency and grace. She is approachable and she listens. I was on probation for a class A misdemeanor possession of Marijuana and got arrested for a PI and shortly after that a DWI. Kimberly was able to get me continued probation and an extremely short jail sentence of 28 days worth of weekends on a work release program. An incredible bargain (considering the horror stories I have heard about the court I was in) that can be accomplished only through the hard work she exhibits and connections she has made in her career. If you are having trouble getting sleep because of mistakes you have made and are worried about your career, your family and your future like I was, do yourself a favor and hire Kimberly Shanklin, you will not be disappointed.
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Response from Kimberly Shanklin November 14, 2013
I'm grateful for you taking the time to leave your comments. Thank YOU so much for taking your case seriously! I wish you continued success.
Posted by Daniel | October 30, 2013
Best lawyer in Denton county!!
Kimberly is very professional! She told me she would prove my innocence and she did exactly that! I would recommend her to anyone in need of the best lawyer in Denton county! Wouldn't use anyone else!
Response from Kimberly Shanklin November 14, 2013
Thanks so much Daniel!!!!
Posted by Martin | June 24, 2012
GREAT attorney
Attorney shanklin represented me through The Offices of Tim Powers on a DWI case in Denton. I was a handful, to say the least. The decisions I made during her counsel made her defense increasingly difficult, and she had already worked so hard from the beginning. The day I first met with her in court, she had in her hands a thick file with my name on it. I noticed an extensive amount of notes, material, and documents she had gathered- on a misdemeanor DWI case... I thought to myself, "Wow, I never thought so much work would go in to this to help me." She came prepared, and it was reassuring to see the amount of work she had already done on my behalf. Kimberly knew everyone in that court room, and it seemed like she was running the place. She was confident, and for a lack of a better way to put it, I wouldnt want to get in an argument with her- I felt lucky she was on my side.
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Cost

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  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Managing Attorney
  • Law Office of Kimberly N. Shanklin, PLLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • ATTORNEY/PARTNER
  • SHANKLIN & COX, LLP.
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Externship Supervisor
  • Texas A&M School of Law
  • 2014 - 2017
  • Externship Supervisor-off campus
  • TEXAS A&M LAW
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Externship Supervisor-off campus
  • Texas Wesleyan School Of Law Fort Worth, Tx
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Adjunct Professor-Moot Court
  • Texas Wesleyan University School of Law
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Office of Tim Powers
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Partner
  • Powers & Shanklin
  • 2001 - 2014
  • Criminal Intern
  • Denton County District Attorneys Office
  • 1998 - 1998
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Education

  • Texas A&M University School of Law
  • JD-Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • Irvine High School
  • 1990
  • University of Oklahoma
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State of Texas vs. Clay Streiter
  • Dismissed
  • State of Texas vs. Tuan Thwang
  • Dismissed
  • State of Texas vs. David Abrego
  • Dismissed
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Associations

  • Frisco Bar Association
  • 2017 - Present
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • Award Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Externship Supervisor
  • Texas A&M School of Law
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Immigration Section
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Family Law Section
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • 2002 - Present
  • Denton County Bar Association
  • 2001 - Present
  • The Order of Barristers
  • National Member of The Order of Barristers
  • N/A
  • Denton County Pachyderm
  • N/A
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • N/A
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • N/A
  • Denton County Friends of the Family
  • N/A
  • Denton Republican Women's Club
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Criminal Justice Section
  • N/A
  • Flower Mound Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Denton County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • N/A
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity
  • President
  • 2001 - 2001
  • Texas Wesleyan School of Law Moot Court Honors Society
  • President-Moot Court Honors Society
  • 2001 - 2001
  • Texas Wesleyan Inn Court
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Moot Court Honor Society
  • Board Member
  • 2000 - 2002
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Attorney
  • Attorney.com
  • 2023
  • Best Criminal Lawyer - Winner
  • Best of Denton County
  • 2023
  • Winner- Best Criminal Lawyer
  • Best of Denton County
  • 2023
  • 10 Best Family Law Attorneys
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2023
  • Winner-Best Criminal Attorney
  • Best of Denton County
  • 2020
  • Best Criminal Lawyer - Winner
  • Best of Denton County
  • 2019
  • Best Criminal Law Firm - Winner
  • Best of Denton County
  • 2019
  • Best Criminal Law Firm - Winner
  • Best of Denton County
  • 2018
  • Best Criminal Law Firm - Winner
  • Best of Denton County
  • 2017
  • Best Criminal Law Firm - Top 3
  • Best of Denton County
  • 2017
  • Best Criminal Lawyer - Top 3
  • Best of Denton County
  • 2017
  • Best Civil Law Firm - Top 3
  • Best of Denton County
  • 2016
  • Best Criminal Lawyer - Top 3
  • Best of Denton County
  • 2016
  • Best Criminal Law Firm - Winner
  • Best of Denton County
  • 2016
  • Best Civil Law Firm
  • Best of Denton County
  • 2015
  • Order of Barristers
  • Order of Barristers
  • 2002
  • Inn of Court Honors
  • American Inn of Court
  • 2002
  • Moot Court President Scholarship
  • Texas Wesleyan School of Law
  • 2001
  • ABA Moot Court Top Speaker
  • American Bar Association
  • 2001
  • TYLA Moot Court Top Speaker
  • TYLA
  • 2001
  • National Appellate Advocacy Competition
  • Texas Wesleyan Moot Court Honors Society
  • 2001
  • Pro Bono Award for service to the indigent
  • Pro Bono College
  • N/A
  • Academic Excellence Award
  • University of Oklahoma
  • N/A
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • UNT class
  • Criminal law
  • 2011
  • Private Practice Tips
  • Texas Wesleyan School of Law
  • 2003
  • Phi Alpha Delta-TWU Law Alumni
  • Criminal Trial Law
  • 2003
  • Moot Court Mechanics
  • Moot Court
  • 2003
  • TWU-law Appealate Advocacy
  • Oral Argument in Appeals
  • 2002
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association Competition
  • TYLA Moot Court Judge
  • N/A
  • ABA Nationals
  • Texas A*M School of Law-Moot Court Judge
  • N/A
  • ABA finals
  • ABA Moot Court Judge
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (18)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mrs. Shanklin. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who produces great results in representing clients! I want all people with legal problems to contact her first."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kimberly is serious about her work. She knows her way around the courtroom when necessary, but also works hard to get the best outcome for her clients when trial is not the best alternative for her client. She is well-respected by the bench and bar. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kim is a very professional and hard working lawyer. I endorse this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Kimberly has a extensive experience in all aspects of Criminal cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"People call her "The Shank" because she is so deathly aggressive. She fights tooth and nail for her people, and the DA's are scared of her. No one fights more than she does."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kimberly is a excellent attorney. She's experienced and aggressive. I have no hesitation about referring cases to her."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Having worked against Kimberly when I was a prosecutor I can attest that she is a stellar trial attorney. I endorse Kimberly knowing that she is always prepared with tough arguments and vast legal knowledge of all the issues a case may present."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. With Kimberly as your lawyer, you will get the attention to detail that you and your case need to have the outcome you are seeking. Kimberly has my confidence and endorsement to get the job done. David Cook"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"She's a no-nonsense, tough broad with great skill in the courtroom. An excellent attorney I've known for years."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer as she is an outstanding advocate and litigator for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Kimberly is smart and aggressive. She fights for her client and is a powerful force in the courtroom. She truly cares for her client and works very hard to provide the best possible outcome for them."
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Denton Criminal defense Lawyer Kimberly N. Shanklin
Kimberly N. Shanklin
Criminal defense Attorney
Denton, TX
Licensed for 21 years