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About me

I hail from Lubbock, Texas, where I became a Red Raider at Texas Tech for both my undergraduate and law degrees.  After becoming involved with the West Texas Innocence Project in Lubbock, I decided that I wanted to practice criminal defense and provide a voice for the citizen accused. 


I moved to the Dallas area to become a public defender for Kaufman County after law school and handled nearly every type of offense there as First Assistant Public Defender.  In 2010 I moved to Austin to come to work at the Law Office of Jamie Balagia, where I received specialized training in the defense of DWIs. 


I am proud to have recently opened my own law practice where I will continue to serve Texans accused of all criminal offenses and the problems that stem from these kind of issues.  I have handled thousands of misdemeanor and felony cases in my four years of practicing law and love nothing more than helping defend the rights of others.


Personally, I am all about friends and family, love the arts, reading, and traveling.


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 75%
    9 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%
    9 years, 500 cases



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Dave Howard

    Ms. Shinn is professional and knowledgeable in all facets of criminal law. We have worked together on cases and her abilities are impressive.


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Contact info

Law Office of Erin Shinn

2025 Guadalupe Street
Suite 260
Austin, TX, 78705


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200707/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Practice AwardTexas Association of Counties2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Erin Shinn, P.L.L.C.2011 - Present
Criminal Defense Trial AttorneyLaw Office of Jamie Balagia2010 - 2011
First Assistant Public DefenderKaufman County Public Defender's Office2007 - 2010
ClerkWest Texas Innocence Project2006 - 2007
ClerkCraig, Terrill, Hale & Grantham, L.L.P.2006 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
Travis County Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Austin Young Lawyers AssociationMember2010 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseMember2010 - Present
Williamson County Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Young Women's AllianceMember2010 - Present
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2008 - Present
Kaufman County Bar AssociationMember2007 - 2010
Publication nameTitleDate
Nside MagazineAvoid an Arrest for Public Intoxicaton2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Texas Tech University School of LawLawJurisprudence2007
Texas Tech University School of LawGeneral StudiesB.G.S.2004
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Defense Attorney Round TableCriminal Defense in the Private Sector2012