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Matthew Wayne Shrum

Personal injury Attorney at Austin, TX

4.9   18 reviews
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2006
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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Mr. Shrum attended the University of Texas at Austin where he received a degree in Biology. After working in the high-tech, dot-com industry for 2 years and then in the House of Representatives for the 78th Session of the Texas Legislature, Mr. Shrum attended the University of Texas School of Law. Throughout law school, Mr. Shrum worked for several Austin law firms gaining experience in probate and estate law, business law, and various areas of civil litigation including contract disputes, civil rights actions, mass torts, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, product liability, and personal injury litigation, including negotiating with insurance companies. He also returned to the House of Representatives to work in the 79th Session of the Texas Legislature. Additionally, while still in school, Mr. Shrum became certified as a mediator and mediated several lawsuits.

After graduating in the spring of 2006 and passing the Texas Bar, Mr. Shrum went to work for the Travis County Attorney's office as a prosecutor. During his time as a prosecutor, Mr. Shrum prosecuted and negotiated literally thousands of criminal offenses ranging from simple traffic offenses in the JP courts to Class A misdemeanors such as second offense DWIs and Domestic Violence Assaults. He has been assigned to several of the Travis County Courts at Law, prosecuting a broad range of Class B and Class A misdemeanors including: DWI, marijuana and drug offenses, theft, burglary of vehicles, driving with suspended license, deadly conduct, unauthorized carrying of a weapon, criminal mischief, criminal trespass, public intoxication, lewd condut/public indecency, prostitution, and failure to ID, among others. Eventually, Mr. Shrum moved to County Court at Law #4, Travis County's unique felony and misdemeanor Domestic Violence court, where he prosecuted and negotiated pleas in criminal offenses such as assualt with bodily injury, violation of protective orders, harrassment, terroristic threat, and interference with emergency calls, among others. In addition to his experience in the Travis County criminal courts, while with the Travis County Attorney's office Mr. Shrum also served as the State's attorney in mental health/psyciatric commitment hearings at the Austin State Hospital and Shoal Creek Hospital.

During his time as a prosecutor, Mr. Shrum became experienced in the courtroom and took many cases to jury trial including DWIs, Assualts, and Violations of Protective Orders. In addition to his courtroom and trial experience, he learned the justice system and created lasting relationships with all the players in the system from Judges to probation officers to court coordinators to pre-trial services and sheriff deputies.

If you or someone you love is in jail or facing a criminal charge of any sort contact the Law Office of Matthew Shrum.  We offer free consultations and easy, flexible payment plans.

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Law Office of Matthew Shrum, PLLC
808 West Ave
Austin, TX, 78701


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Posted by Jacob | July 13, 2022
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The only person I will ever call on
Matthew shrum handle a bunch of my cases I think there was a total of 7 or so a few 2nd degree felonies a couple 3rd and a state jail he originally got me an amazing offer to get all the cases dismissed through a pretrial diversion program unfortunately me and my ex wife wound up not working out and I messed that up anyways Matthew was still the attorney on my case after getting my pretrial diversion revoked he wound up getting me 3 years deferred adjudication In a extremely quick manner there was no going back to court four different times talking about different offers Mr. Shrum just had one conversation with the prosecutor and worked his magic and got me the amazing offer of 3 years deferred probation on one case and the other 6 or so got dropped he never hounded me for money and expressed through out these past 2 years of dealing with my cases that money is not why he does what he does Mr. Shrum is an amazing attorney and even more amazing of a human being he want to do nothing but help people through hard times I'm their life. If you choose any other attorney other than Matthew for your criminal cases you are stupid this man knows what he's doing in that court house and he's definitely someone you want on your team. Thank you Matthew for all your help I honestly thought I was going to prison over all the cases I had
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Posted by anonymous | October 14, 2020
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Highly recommend Mr. Shrum services
Mr. Shrum handled my DWI case in San Antonio, TX. My original charge was a DWI with a BAC of 0.15 or higher but he was able to negotiate my case to be deferred adjudicated with some community service and online courses. The results of my case ended with the best possible outcome thanks to Matthew Shrum. My experience with Mr. Shrum and members of his firm were excellent. They were always available to talk me through things and ease my worries. I highly recommend his services if you ever find yourself in need of them.
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Posted by Meredith | January 16, 2020
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Former client
Matt Shrum helped me in "a bit of a jam". The experience was very scary and he made me feel like it was not the end of the world. He was very informative about the procedures and seemed to know exactly how things were going to turn out even though he couldn't "guarantee anything". With the exceptional outcome I would recommend him to anyone in trouble.
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Posted by Leti | January 10, 2020
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Great Lawyer
Matthew Shrum helped me immensely when I was battling my DWI. Himself or his assistant were constantly at my disposal, and he succeeded in achieving the results I wanted from the court. He instructed me in detail on the costs, classes, and all the ins and outs of what it would take to fight this, learn from it, and be successful with the court system. I am grateful for all of the help he was able to provide me and his pricing was extremely reasonable as well. I would recommend Mr. Shrum to anyone in a pickle!
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Posted by Brian | May 13, 2019
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Better Call Matt!
Better Call Matt. I’ve worked with Matt (and numerous attorneys before finding him) for over 5 years now. He is by far - the BEST attorney you will ever have on your case. I’ve had several issues that other attorneys were skeptical about at best and Matt resolved all of them brilliantly- and he was able to make sure we got the results that I wanted! Not the ‘Easy Way’ that the others wanted. This guy makes miracles happen for breakfast. I’ve never met an attorney that takes every case personally as though it was his own. He’s a fighter - an amazing negotiator - and cool to work with. If you don’t hire Matt, you’re taking a risk on the most important thing you have, your record. Trust me, this guy is simply amazing. Literally the only attorney I’ve ever loved lol. I keep him in my contacts for all my legal matters. Better call Matt!
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Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2018
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Highly Recomended
Matthew Shrum had my DWI case dismissed. Matthew is an excellent lawyer. He is friendly, personable and easy to discuss matters with. I would highly recommend Matthew Shrum for your counsel.
Posted by Mary | July 25, 2018
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Outstanding Attorney
We hired Matt to handle a criminal matter for a family member and his work was great. He was able to work with the court to get the most favorable outcome for us and we cannot thank him enough for what he accomplished. Matt kept us informed of what was going on and was responsive anytime we had questions or concerns. We would highly recommend Matt Shrum to anyone needing a criminal attorney. His professionalism, knowledge and ability to work with the court made for a great outcome.
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Posted by Steven | October 28, 2016
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Highly Recommended
In Austin, during no refusal weekend, I got pulled over for speeding on Congress (11 mph over). I had been drinking earlier in the night, and refused to blow (officer did report that I did well on the field sobriety tests). Subsequently, I was taken to jail and charged with a DWI and UCW. Hired Matt Shrum the next day. From day 1, Matt and his staff were extremely knowledgeable and professional. Matt has always been in communication and is well versed in criminal law. He kept every appointment and was always accessible. 1.5 years after my initial arrest, we pled to obstruction of a highway. DWI and UCW were dismissed. I am extremely satisfied. Matt is awesome!
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Posted by Josh | July 7, 2016
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Intelligent, highly competent, hard worker
If you need an attorney for DWI or anything else, trust me, Matt is your guy. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. I got a DWI and needed to find an attorney. It was my first DWI, so I really didn't have a clue how to pick the right/best attorney (considering there are so many). After doing a lot of research and looking through the pile of marketing letters I had received through mail from different attorneys, Matt was one of five or so that I called or met with. Long story short, of all the attorneys I talked to (and they were all highly competent, pricey, known attorneys), in my opinion, Matt was on another level mentally. A strategic thinker who looks a things from different angles (we talked for a while). I also looked up how many cases he had working (which was a large number), as well as his past results. I was impressed. I also learned that he was a former prosecutor. I came to the conclusion that he was intelligent, highly competent, and a hard worker. Just what I was looking for. All in all, what I observed and experienced is that Matt knows the game from both a prosecutor and criminal defense perspective, and was well liked by the prosecutors and judge. I'd recommend him to my family and closest friends without hesitation. He got my DWI reduced to an obstruction of highway charge. Thank you Matt.
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Posted by John | December 15, 2015
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Honest, Ethical, Hard-working
Mr. Shrum was highly recommended to me by a friend of mine who had used his services before. The first phone call that I made to Matt indicated to me that he was more than willing and able to assist me in my legal matter. I found Matt to be straightforward with me, knowledgeable, helpful and above all available. Because of my job and my schedule, Matt was always able to work with me whenever a court appearance was warranted and his extensive knowledge of the Travis County court system as well as the local municipal field was an immense help in my situation. It is with great confidence and pride that I recommend Mr. Shrum for your legal needs.
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Posted by Anne | October 17, 2013
Clever & Ethical
Matt Shrum is a miracle worker. Over a half-century into my life, I was arrested for a first and only DWI. Recognizing that I posed no danger to society, Mr. Shrum not only achieved the impossible — which was to get my case dismissed (deferred prosecution)! — but did so allowing a payment plan flexible enough for me to manage on a fixed income. When initially shopping for an attorney, I spoke with many, and my hopes were low, based on the evidence for the prosecution. Most with whom I spoke were helpful, and I’d narrowed the choices down to a few who seemed exceptional without their making false promises as to potential outcomes. What struck me about Matt were several things, among them that • he was highly respected by his colleagues, as I learned around that time and later at the courthouse, • he’d been a prosecuting attorney previously, which would aid him in empathizing with the state, and lent him an extra negotiating tool or two from having had that relationship with the prosecutors’ office, • he was the most willing to work out a payment plan, even though it was apparent that he didn’t need to in order to gain anymore clients, and • in the end, my gut told me he was the right guy. Mr. Shrum is professional, knows his stuff, operates at a high level of integrity, and I will be forever grateful to him.
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Posted by Kenneth | February 10, 2013
Incredible Job!
This was my first, and hopefully last, DWI that I have gotten and I happened to look up Matt Shrum on the internet when looking for a good lawyer. Let's just say that I feel extremely fortunate to have come across him and his experience as an attorney. He was very professional, did not have me do things that were overly time consuming/unnecessary to handle my case in an excellent manner. Most importantly, he focused on the details of my case and was successful in getting it dismissed. I give Matt my highest recommendation in every way possible. Again, if you are looking for someone that is professional, efficient, effective, and on the ball, don't hesitate to contact Matt Shrum for your legal representation.
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Posted by Patrick | June 22, 2011
Really got me out of a jam!
On two separate occasions I've relied on Mr. Shrum to help me out with traffic violations - both times he was able to assist me in getting my issues resolved for my benefit. It was pretty intimidating as I was staring at some pretty hefty fines from the state that would have really hurt my insurance rate. I would highly recommend Mr. Shrum to anyone who feels like the deck is stacked against them!
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Posted by Eddie | February 6, 2011
recently i was convicted of a DWI ,Matt Shrum did an excellent job in representing me. I also had an accident, 2nd offence (1st offence was 31 years ago). Matt got me off with a walk through to get me 5 days served on my sentence no fine just court cost and no probation, now you know why i wrote this review.
Posted by Chris | August 30, 2010
An excellent attorney
Just a few days after my husband and I got married, he got several criminal and civil cases from his ex-wife who tried to abuse law to get him into trouble after knowing he has been moved on with his life…It was the worst time in our life, we didn't have time nor mood to celebrate or enjoy our new life together, instead of suffering from these lawsuits. My husband and I have interviewed many attorneys for both his criminal and civil cases. After comparison and consideration, we decided to hire Matthew Shrum as our attorney. If there is a category for "Exemplary Attorneys", Matthew Shrum should top the list. His integrity and ethics are of the highest caliber. He did a wonderful job explaining everything to us regarding my husband’s case and later he got the case dismissed as he promised. Both my husband and I have been extremely pleased with Matthew Shrum, and have recommended him to many people that we have come into contact. We will always be grateful to Matt for helping us through the very difficult and emotional time. All in all, Matthew Shrum is a very qualified attorney who is professional, diplomatic, and ethical. He negotiates with integrity and honesty. He is an excellent criminal attorney and simply just a good person. -Chris
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Posted by anonymous | May 12, 2010
miracle worker!
Matthew did an excellent job on my behalf; he was professional, kind, respectful and kept me informed throughout the court process. Oh, and we won!
Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2009
Best lawyer
Not only was he a true professional but he kept me informed throughout the entire process. Because of his skills and knowledge I was able to get my case thrown out before going to trial. He was also upfront about all cost and I was not surprised by more mounting legal fees.
Posted by anonymous | August 23, 2013
Customer Review for DWI case
Mr. Shrum handled my DWI case. It was not my first DWI and there was an accident involved, so it was a felony charge. I was very lucky that no one died or was seriously injured. The good thing about Mr. Shrum is that he offered a very flexible payment plan. He didn't require a lump-sum down payment. He is a nice guy, calm and relaxed. I decided not to go to trial, and plea-bargain instead. I was assigned 6 months in prison (shock probation), and ended up staying a few weeks past my release date because when my court date was set, neither the courts nor my lawyer included time I had already served. Mr. Shrum did not return phone calls or emails in a timely manner. He was more responsive in the beginning of my case, but towards the end I felt like his attitude was one of just getting my case over with since I had already paid. Also he had said that his fees included help with the driver's license suspension, but he never acted on that or negotiated that with the prosecutor. In my opinion, Mr. Shrum is not an aggressive lawyer, which is what you need here in TX when dealing with DWIs.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Matthew Shrum, PLLC
  • 2008 - Present
  • Assistant County Attorney/Prosecutor
  • Travis County - County Attorney
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Legislative Aide
  • Texas House of Representatives
  • 2005 - 2005


  • University of Texas School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • University Of Texas
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000

Legal Cases

  • Corruption
  • Dismissed
  • Assault - Domestic Violence
  • Dismissed
  • Boating While Intoxicated
  • Dismissed
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  • Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Austin Young Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Elite Advocate
  • American Institute of Legal Advocates
  • 2018
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • Employee meeting
  • DWI - What to do if you are stopped
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (18)
Endorse Matthew
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of witnessing Matthew Shrum's incredible work in Travis County for nearly a decade. He is a man of integrity who is well-regarded by fellow defense attorneys and prosecutors alike."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Matt since law school and seen how he has worked to develop and grow his practice. I trust Matt with many of my criminal referrals, and find that he handles them quickly and with great results for my clients or friends. I highly recommend Matt if you are in need of a criminal attorney, and wholeheartedly endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is a zealous advocate for his clients and has a great reputation in the community. I highly recommend him."
General practice Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Matt is a heck of an attorney and knows how to get the job done. I'd recommend Matt to anyone that's in a criminal bind!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matthew is an excellent DUI attorney and a zealous advocate for his clients. I recommend him without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Matthew. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matthew is fantastic and really cares about his clients...Smart as whip and as nasty as a bulldog, the prosecutors always listen to him. If you're looking for representation, look no further."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Shrum's work. Matt is a very personable and talented lawyer. He has all the tools and assets to be as successful as he wants. He is a genuinely nice guy and I know he treats his clients very well."
General practice Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt Shrum is a highly qualified and experienced criminal defense and trial attorney. His experience in the County Attorney’s Office afforded him a keen understanding of how the court room functions from the inside and helped him build relationships at the court house that are critical to defending his clients. In addition, Matt has a natural ability to communicate and has a personable and confident style that make him a very strong, effective advocate for all of his clients. Aside from his criminal defense practice, Matt also has experience and expertise representing clients in a wide variety of general litigation matters including personal injury cases. He has a proven track record of successfully defending all his clients and achieving the best legal result for them. If you are looking for an attorney with the experience, the skills and the ability to help you work through a legal problem, then Matt Shrum is the attorney that you want and should have on your side."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt Shrum is the best criminal attorney and one of the most talented trial attorneys that I know. His unparalleled combination of intelligence, common sense, and communication skills make him an extremely effective advocate for his clients both in and outside of the courtroom. If I had a criminal or civil matter that was headed to trial, I would want Matt Shrum on my team."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt Shrum is the best criminal lawyer in Austin, period. After working as a prosecutor several years before switching to defense, he knows the Travis County criminal law system inside and out. Combining that experience - the best a criminal attorney can have - with an education from one of the best law schools in the country, Mr. Shrum is the first person to call when trouble arises."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt Shrum is an excellent and effective criminal defense lawyer. He was formerly an assistant district attorney in Travis County and through this experience he has developed great trial skills and the inside knowledge that is necessary to achieve terrific results for his clients. I routinely refer clients to Matt because I know he will provide the best counsel and work hard to achieve great results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt Shrum is an exceptional attorney. I first met him when he was in law school and have watched his practice grow and flourish over the years. He has an exceptional ability to communicate the complex legal process in a way clients can understand, which inspires confidence. He is dedicated to the people he represents and aggressively advocates for his clients. He is smart, approachable, and a great communicator, which makes him an excellent negotiator and advocate for his clients."
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Austin Personal injury Lawyer Matthew Wayne Shrum
Matthew Wayne Shrum
Personal injury Attorney
Austin, TX
Licensed for 17 years
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