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Capitaine, Shellist, Peebles & McAlister, LLP

405 Main St #200
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 713-715-4500
Fax: 713-715-4505
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Steven D. Shellist 
Houston, Texas
Phone: 713.715.4500
Fax: 713.715.4505
Cell: 281.726.0996

Steve Shellist, Houston Top Lawyers 2013

Steven D. Shellist graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Texas, Austin in 1991. After working in the business world for a number of years, he made a life-changing decision to follow his dream of becoming a lawyer. He attended South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas . Mr. Shellist was actively involved, and successful, in the school's Mock Trial program where he trained to become a trial lawyer. He was accepted to the Dean's List each semester and was an active member in the prestigious South Texas College of Law - Law Review, where he received the Vinson and Elkins' award for a challenging article he wrote. He also received the Dean's Citizenship Award for Significant Contributions to Benefit the College and Community of Law Students. After graduating from law school, he accepted a position with the Harris County District Attorney's Office as an Assistant District Attorney (ADA.)

While serving as an ADA, he spent time in the Misdemeanor, Justice of the Peace, Juvenile, and Felony divisions where he gained valuable insight into the inner-workings of the Harris County criminal justice system. Mr. Shellist was selected as one of five Prosecutors to act on behalf of the office reviewing and handling automobile fatality cases, as part of the Vehicular Accident Team (V.A.T.) and as such, he received specialized training in the areas of Driving While Intoxicated, Intoxication Manslaughter and Accident Reconstruction. Mr. Shellist has also assisted in the training of the Harris County Sheriff's Office's new Deputies who were going through Standardized Field Sobriety Testing training. Additionally, he helped teach the applicable law and proper procedures to incoming Intoxilizer 5000 (the "breath test machine") Operators who hoped to become certified by the State of Texas .

Mr. Shellist tried over 65 jury trials as a Prosecutor, ranging from 1st degree Felonies to Class C Misdemeanors. He had a record of winning over 90% of those trials. Additionally, he reviewed and investigated thousands of cases on behalf of the State of Texas . Mr. Shellist left the office under the title of Chief Prosecutor where he was responsible for all case decisions, as well as the training and supervision of Assistant District Attorney's in his county court.

Mr. Shellist is a founding partner of Capitaine, Shellist, Peebles and McAlister, L.L.P.   He takes on a limited number of clients - those who wish to fight the government to the fullest extent. He has defended all types and levels of criminal offenses ranging from DWIs (Driving While Intoxicated) to Capital Murders. He has handled State and Federal cases involving seven-figure healthcare fraud indictments. And, he has represented clients charged with the possession and/or trafficking of multi-kilos of cocaine. It does not matter what type of case someone is charged with if jail time is a possibility, Mr. Shellist will defend that person to the fullest extent.

Due to his training and experience as a Prosecutor, combined with the relationships that he has forged with Judges and Prosecutors alike, he has been able to achieve tremendous results for his clients. His strongest attributes are his deep analytical skills, his ability to think quickly on his feet, and, perhaps most importantly, his ability to persuade jurors to see things his way. Mr. Shellist is a trial attorney through and through.

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  • Federal
  • State
  • Juvenile

Areas of Practice:

  • Healthcare Fraud- Doctors, Nurses, DME
  • DWI/ Intoxication Manslaughter
  • Drug cases- Conspiracy; Possession; Trafficking
  • Sexual Assault
  • Murders and other aggravated crimes
  • High profile clients requiring discretionary dealings

Bar Admissions:

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Fort Bend County Defense Lawyers Association
  • National College for DUI Defense

Past Employment Positions:

  • Harris County District Attorney's Office, Assistant District Attorney
  • Dallas County District Attorney's Office, Intern
  • Travis County District Attorney's Office, Intern
  • Robert Kwok & Associates, Law Clerk
  • Southern District of Texas Federal Public Defender's Office, Law Clerk
  • The Honorable Judge David Hittner, Intern