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Shane Peter Phelps

also known as The Law Office of Shane Phelps, P.C.

About me

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


Photos and videos

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 55%
    4 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 30%
  3. Family: 8%
  4. Personal Injury: 7%
    4 years



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

10 total 

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  • Edward Turnbull IV

    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.


    Edward Turnbull Criminal defense Attorney
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  • Jose Juan Salayandia

    I endorse this lawyer. If you need an attorney in Houston, Shane is your man.


    Jose Salayandia Federal crime Attorney
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Contact info

The Law Office of Shane Phelps, P.C.

400 N Washington Ave
Bryan, TX, 77803


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198707/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Outstanding Dedication to Texas ChildrenTexas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)2000
Board Certified - Criminal LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization1992
Best Team, Oral Advocacy and Brief WritingUT School of Law1984
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerThe Law Office of Shane Phelps, P.C.2011 - Present
First Assistant District AttorneyBrazos County District Attorney's Office2001 - 2011
Deputy Attorney General for Criminal JusticeOffice of the Texas Attorney General1999 - 2001
AttorneyDe Leon, Boggins, & Icenogle1996 - 1998
Chief, Prosecutor Assistance and Special Investigations DivisionOffice of the Texas Attorney General1990 - 1996
Assistant District AttorneyHarris County District Attorney's Office1987 - 1990
SergeantUnited States Marine Corps1977 - 1980
Association namePosition nameDuration
College of the State Bar of TexasMember2009 - Present
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of TexasMemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Special Prosecution - Gilmer, TexasAll charges dismissed.
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Prosecutor (TDCAA)The Decision to Seek Death2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York Institute of PhotographyPhotographyN/A2010
University of Texas School of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A1987
Rice UniversityEnglish LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Annual County Judges and Commissioners ConferenceThe Role of the District Attorney2012
Law Enforcement ConferenceSearch and Seizure, Confessions, and Report Writing2011
White Collar Crime ConferencePresenting the White Collar Case2010
TDCAA Advanced Trial Advocacy CourseAdvanced Voir Dire2007
Elected Prosecutors ConferenceGrand Jury2006
Capital Murder ConferenceThe Decision to Seek Death2006
TDCAA Annual Criminal Law ConferenceCreative Sentencing2005