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Shannon Willis Locke

Criminal defense Attorney at San Antonio, TX

4.9   56 reviews

Licensed for 20 years

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About Shannon

Learn Shannon’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    30%
    As a former Assistant District Attorney, I know how cases should be put together and how to pull them apart. When you meet with me you will leave with an understanding of how we will achieve your goals.

    17 years, 1,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    20%
    I have tried many DWI's and DUI's both as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney. I enjoy trying DWI's because I understand exactly how to beat the State's case.

    19 years, 250 cases

  3. Federal crime
    15%
    I am licensed in the Western District and Southern District of Texas. Currently, I have federal cases pending in three Federal jurisdictions.

    14 years, 30 cases

  4. Violent crime
    15%
    As a defense attorney I have tried several high profile violent crimes. Violent crimes in Texas require specialized strategic thinking, and negotiation skills. I have used these skills to get several violent crimes, including felonies, dismissed or reduced.

    19 years, 500 cases

  5. Drug Crime
    10%

  6. White collar crime
    10%
    At the Bexar County Distrtict Attorney's Office I worked in the White Collar Crime section. I know how to defend my clients against white collar crime accusations and get them the best possible result.

    17 years, 250 cases

I believe that good lawyers are good problem solvers.  When someone hires me to represent them I consider it a sacred trust.  I take my job seriously because I know how much is on the line.  Thank you for considering my profile, and I look forward to hearing from you and meeting you.

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Licensed for 20 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 2005
Updated 10/23/2022
State AZ
Status Administrative - Not Authorized to Practice
Acquired 2002
Updated 09/18/2022

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

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Locke Law Group
The Locke Law Group
15160 San Pedro
San Antonio, TX, 78232
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  56 customer reviews
Posted by David | October 4, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney In San Antonio
Shannon Locke is a great attorney. He knows the system and how it works, and navigates the system with ease. I met Shannon 3 months ago on an issue that had plagued me for 20 years. I remember the day I called him, he was meeting with someone else at the time, but returned my call within 5 minutes and scheduling an office meeting 30 minutes later. With complex legal issues presented to him he came up with a plan and executed it with precision. In less than 3 months he took something that has affected a third of my life and solved it, thus freeing me from something that had caused me great difficulty for two decades. Throughout the case I offered him more money and he flat out refused to take it. Honest? Absolutely. Integrity, he has that in spades. Other attorneys would have taken more money or delayed things far beyond what they needed to be to resolve a complex case just to gain an extra buck. Not Shannon, you couldn't shovel more money his way because he came up with a plan, charged a reasonable amount of money for it, and never wavered in his commitment to his client. I rate him higher than anyone in the legal community I have ever run across. His staff was also very professional. I always felt they had my interests as the core of their mission. Other attorneys would have make you feel as if their interests are more important. Not Shannon, your interests will always be his core mission. On the day of resolution to the case Shannon was on top of the case from start to finish, and the outcome literally blew me away. I wasn't prepared for how it came out, matter of fact I thought it would be very difficult for me. I remember not sleeping the entire weekend prior to the case being called. That of course was on me, because Shannon exuded confidence from day one. The day of settlement I saw an attorney who had things literally in the bag. He was professional all the way. Everyone on the opposing side knew him and you could see he was very well thought of by them. In less than a few hours something that had plagued me for 20 years was finally over. I am still learning how to cope with that news, but I came away with knowing that Shannon Locke was the best choice I ever made. Communication is critical when dealing with complex legal issues. And at times I let things slide to let him get things done. I think that was literally the best way to handle it. If you spend too much time calling him or bugging him over minor points, you end up wasting valuable time. I would say that once you hire Shannon, let him do the work, and leave the driving of the bus to him, and no matter what happens, the outcome will be better than you could have had had you gone elsewhere. Reviews are subjective, as what you find may or may not fit your situation. But I can say this, from a complex set of legal issues, Shannon literally blew the doors off in solving them. I will always be in his debt. That is just how I came away thinking. Wow, what a great litigator he is. Thoughtful, knowledgable, and filled with integrity that few attorneys these days actually have, and above all, honest as the day is blue. If you have an easy case or even a complex case, Shannon Locke is the goto attorney in San Antonio. Mark my words, Shannon knows his stuff and carries himself professionally at all times. Thank you Shannon, you gave my life back to me, and for that I will always owe you.
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Posted by Andrew | October 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer in San Antonio
I was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon,(A felony in the second degree.) At the time of my arrest I did not have an attorney, so I was given a court appointed. When my court date approached, my court appointed didn’t show up, and rescheduled with out informing me. At that point I knew I had to find a reliable lawyer. I remember seeing a T.v commercial about Avvo a few years ago, that is where I found Mr.Locke. I reached out to him and he responded quickly to schedule a meeting. During our first meeting Mr.Locke, gave me hope by telling me he can handle my case. The District attorney wanted me to take a plea deal, but I didn’t want to accept any deals. Mr. Locke was straightforward and told me the dangers of going to trail. I was really nervous at first, because I don’t have faith in our justice system. However, Mr.Locke instilled confidence in me, when he told me, “ I believe your case should be dismissed and you should be acquitted.” After hearing that I was ready to go into that court room and take my case to trail if I had too. I knew as long as I had Mr.Locke representing me, I would be in good hands. I and so grateful for Mr.Locke he was able to get my case dismissed.
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Posted by Oscar | August 23, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank Goodness for this Firm
I put my life in Shannon Locke's hands when I hired him to represent me. There were several times over the years where he could have convinced me to take a deal. He remained steady. Steady until my case got dismissed. Sometimes I walk outside and think about how it all could have gone differently. This was the most important decision of my life. Thank you!
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Posted by anonymous | July 31, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Too good not to consult
I found myself facing some serious accusations that threatened to derail two decades of hard work and a lot of promise ahead. As anyone reading this understands, the law is "unfriendly" and, despite the presumption of innocence, the anxiety, financial/opportunity costs, etc. feel like a stacked deck. Shannon is a no-nonsense type lawyer and when you're in a situation where you have to make the decision to choose whose hands to put your life in, it's agonizing. I almost made the mistake of going with a smooth talking competitor that was providing strong reassurances. My gut led me to choose Shannon and I now find myself with a dismissed case and my career back on track! I can't say whether another lawyer wouldn't have been able to do something similar but I can attest to Shannon's professional aptitude and his ability to reshuffle the deck and make it a fair fight. I don't doubt I made the right choice. Shannon not only delivered but has stuck with me afterwards to help me navigate and clean up the mess left by the wake of a false testimony.
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Posted by Cole | January 14, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Work!
I had a very difficult case. Mr. Locke walked me through every part from getting a bond set to resolving my warrant to finally after three LONG years getting my case dismissed! Thank you Shannon!
Posted by Liz | December 18, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Saved My Son
I hired Shannon to represent my son. He really took an interest in his case. He gave us his cell and always answered our questions. We had never been through anything like this before. Thankfully Mr. Locke was easy to talk to. Thank you Mr. Locke
Response from Shannon Locke December 31, 2020
Thank you for these kind words. It was an honor to represent your son.
Posted by Craig | February 26, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you for your understanding
Never judmental Shannon is a great listener. He helped me through a difficult time. I am and will always be grateful.
Posted by Art | January 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DWI Dismissal
Thank you so much for getting my case dismissed. I know that not all cases end up this way, but you guys did an awesome job. When I went to court I expected to take the plea we had discussed, but then you spoke with the prosecutors and came back with the dismissal. Just awesome! Thank you so much! I will be recommending your services to everyone.
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Posted by Anthomy | November 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hard working listener
From the beginning Shannon explained what his job was. He told me he would fight the whole world for me if it came to that. I felt totally alone. My wife hated me my kids wouldn't speak to me, but Shannon told me to hang in there. It's like he knows what it's like to have hard times. Now that everything is over I am very glad I hired him, but also that I listened to him. I paid him for his advice and he was worth every penny.
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Posted by Debbie | July 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Job Shannon
I had a situation where I was accused of something I didn't do. I had to go to jail and bond out. I hired Shannon because he was willing to listen to me. Everyone else used scare tactics. Like I already knew how bad it was. Shannon just mapped out a plan and then followed it. Sometimes I was worried it wasn't going to work out. But it did. It's been some time since my case got dismissed but every once in awhile I think about what might have happened if I hired a scare tactic guy. I would have probably taken a deal. Thanks Shannon!
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Posted by Linda | July 12, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Best lawyer very compassionate and knowledgable
I called Mr. Locke for a consult on a family matter. He was very knowlegable and compassionate. I was able to resolve my legal issues with his his advise. I 100% recommend him to anyone with legal issues. He will treat you like family.
Posted by Andy | March 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Work Counselor
I was arrested and accused of a very serious sexual offense. I thought for sure I would be going to prison. It took a little bit more than 3 years but last week Mr. Locke told me my case was dismissed. I thank God guiding me in the right direction!
Posted by Shawna | February 10, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you for everything
I had a very complicated case. Mr. Locke gave his cell phone. I suffer from lots of anxiety and texted him late at night and on weekends. He always responded promptly. Everything worked out the best it could have
Posted by David | December 31, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Grateful
I was arrested and accused of a crime in Guadalupe County. I hired Mr. Locke after consulting with several lawyers. Mr. Locke explained my situation to me from start to finish. He gave me his cell phone and allowed me to call him. Sometimes, I would call him on the weekends because that's when my anxiety was the worst. My whole career and family were on the line. He let me know how things would go and what would happen. His staff is top notch and I was very pleased with the outcome of my case. I hope I never need him again, but if any of my friends or family needs a good lawyer I know where to send them. Thank you!
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Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Probation violation
They were offering me 30 days in jail, he got me back on probation without any classses our jail time. He owns the court room .
Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Cool and professional
I was charged with a felony in San Antonio. I interviewed quite a few lawyers and felt most comfortable with Shannon. After Shannon reviewing my case, he told me that his worst case scenario (for me) was the best that the other lawyers were offering for almost double the price. Shannon was always frank and spoke in layman terms and made sure I understood and was comfortable. In the end Shannon came through and had my case completely dismissed.
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Posted by Adrian | May 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you
I had a very complicated criminal issue and family law problem. I hired Shannon but Ms Locke did my family law deal. Everything worked out better than I hoped. Thanks to you and your team
Posted by anonymous | December 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DWI DISMISSED!
After being arrested and charged with a DWI, I contacted Shannon. During my free consultation he presented me with multiple potential strategies. He and his partner are very knowledgeable. Though they must have a lot of clients because they sometimes confused minor details of my case with others, which is my only complaint. Nonetheless they did an excellent job defending me. The details of the case are as follows: After a night of drinking my friends and I were rear-ended by another driver. Shortly after the collision a police officer arrived. I was promptly arrested and failed the breathalyzer. Shannon convinced the prosecution that they had no case because they could not prove that I was the one driving. Dismissed! Thanks Shannon!
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Posted by Richard Mendez | September 11, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
First Choice
Shannan took time out of his busy schedule on a Saturday to meet with me to discuss my cases. He is very articulate, intelligent, experienced, knowledgeable and very professional. He comes very highly recommended. Thus far, he is my first choice in making my selection this week.
Posted by joseph | June 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Career saver!
Was charged with assault with injury on a co-habitant. Had video evidence to prove not the case and a lair ex gf that didn't show up to court and Attorney Locke used that to get my case dismissed in a timely manner. He and his staff were always professional and had a broad knowledge on how to play "the game" when it comes to the state prosecutors. I would recommmend Attorney Locke to anyone needing a criminal defense lawyer. He knows his job very well! Thanks again
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 90 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • The Locke Law Group
  • 2015 - Present
  • Partner
  • Sifuentes & Locke
  • 2008 - 2015
  • Owner
  • Law Office of Shannon Locke
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Bexar County District Attorney's Office
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Assistant County Attorney
  • Pima County Attorney
  • 2002 - 2005
  • Law Clerk
  • Pima County Attorney's Office
  • 2000 - 2002
  • Account Manager
  • IKON Office Solutions
  • 1997 - 1999
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Education

  • University of Arizona College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • Macalester College
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996
  • School for International Training
  • 1995

Legal Cases

  • U.S. v. S-T
  • Client Received Home Arrest
  • Texas v C.B.
  • NOT GUILTY
  • State v. A.T
  • Case Dismissed
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Associations

  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Criminal Law
  • 2012 - Present
  • Fifth Circuit Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas- Criminal Justice Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • San Antonio Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Better Business Bureau
  • A+ Rating
  • 2012 - 2020
  • Del Rio Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2011
  • State Bar College
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

  • 10 Best
  • San Antonio Scene Magazine
  • 2020
  • 2012-2013 Rising Star
  • Scene in SA Magazine
  • 2013
  • A+ Rating
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2012
  • 2010 Mock Trial Judge
  • St. Mary's University
  • 2010
  • Career Prosecutor Course
  • National College of District Attorneys
  • 2004
  • Who's Who Among American Law Students
  • Summa Publishing
  • 2000
  • Outstanding Law Student Volunteer
  • Volunteer Lawyers Program of Arizona
  • 2000
  • Robert Moorehead Bankruptcy Scholarship
  • University of Arizona
  • 2000
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Publications

  • San Antonio Criminal Defense Association
  • Ethical Fee Agreements
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • Law in the Time of COVID-19
  • Conflicts of Interest: How Dealing with Conflicts of Interest Can Make You a Better Lawyer
  • 2020
  • Monthly Meeting Texas Association of Licensed Investigators
  • Role of Court Appointed Investigators in Criminal Cases
  • 2010
  • Weekly CLE
  • Ethical Fee Agreements
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (26)
Given (20)
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Shannon and I have worked on cases against each other and he always is prepared. I have no hesitation recommending Shannon as an attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"First met Shannon when he was an Assistant District Attorney in the White Collar section. Through the years his reputation as an excellent and trustworthy attorney has only grown."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Well respected in the legal community. Hard working & dedicated to his profession and clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Shannon wholeheartedly. I know him to be a superb attorney whose character is beyond reproach."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Locke and I have worked opposite eachother on multiple Criminal and Civil matters. Mr. Locke has always been very professional and prepared to negotiate when he shows up for court appearances. He also has never been afraid to move forward to trial if negotiations didn't resolve the matter. I endorse this lawyer."
White collar crime Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Shannon is an intelligent, conscientious and talented attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Smart, tough, and compassionate a hard mix which makes Shannon and excellent attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Shannon is an excellent Criminal Defense Attorney who puts in the time it takes to ensure a client gets the best representation out there."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. As a prosecutor, I had the opportunity to work with Mr. Locke on several occasions. Mr. Locke is a true professional and a strong advocate for his clients. Highly recommended."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Shannon is an experienced, well respected attorney. He cares about his clients and he passionately works hard to achieve the best outcome for all of them."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shannon is an experienced trial attorney, who aggressively advocates for his clients. He is detailed-oriented, and has a wide breadth of knowledge and experience in various criminal defense matters. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Shannon. He is an outstanding trial lawyer and a true warrior for justice."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Locke analyzes the details of the prosecution file, investigates defenses, negotiates well with the DA's office, and he is not afraid of trying cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shannon Locke is a well respected, well known lawyer in the Bexar County court house. Having practiced for many years as both prosecutor and defense, Shannon is well versed in the law. He's also professional, respectful, and empathetic towards his clients. I had the pleasure of sitting as co-counsel in one of his trials. From that one experience, I had gained a lot of knowledge about trial. Shannon Locke is not just a well respected colleague; if I were ever wrongfully accused of an offense (may God forbid), I would count on him."
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