Shawn McDonald, Attorney at Law
77 Sugar Creek Center Blvd Ste 230
Sugar Land, TX 77478
Overview And Experience
I am a former prosecutor and Board Certified Criminal Law Trial Attorney with over eighteen years (18) years of experience. I have handled thousands of criminal law cases throughout my career. I have been both an undergraduate professor and a law school professor teaching trial advocacy and criminal law. I have been a law enforcement instructor and subject matter expert on countless panels and symposiums for criminal law issues.
Attorney at Law 3/2006 - Present SMITH | MCDONALD | BOLIN, Sugar Land, TX Board Certified in Criminal Law by The Texas Board of Legal Specialization Solo Practitioner: Criminal Litigation Over Ninety (90) First Chair Jury Trials Approved as Court Appointed Counsel in Death Penalty Cases (2015)
Clinical Instructor Innocence Project 6/2007 - 8/2009 THURGOOD MARSHALL SCHOOL OF LAW, Houston, TX Law Professor: Criminal Law, Trial Simulation and Innocence Project Managing Director and Founder of the Innocence Project Clinic Clinical Instructor: Criminal Law Clinic
Assistant District Attorney 11/2004 - 3/2006 FORT BEND COUNTY, Richmond, TX Trial Bureau: Felony and Juvenile Division Grand Jury Instructor: Gus George Law Enforcement Academy
Assistant District Attorney 7/2001 - 11/2004 HENDERSON COUNTY, Athens, TX Trial Bureau: Felony Division Narcotics Task Force Liaison and Chief Prosecutor Certificate of Appreciation: Prosecution of Crimes Against Children Prosecuted Over Fifty Felony Cases to a Verdict Sitting as a First Chair
Law Clerk 5/1999 - 8/1999 TEXAS COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS, Austin, TX Clerk for Presiding Judge Michael McCormick Research and Drafting of Appellate Opinions for the Presiding Judge
Education Juris Doctorate 12/2000 ST. MARY'S UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW, San Antonio, TX Criminal Law Focus Pro Bono Certificate of Service Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice 12/1997 UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHARLOTTE, Charlotte, NC
Collegiate Athlete and Coach Presentations Mock Trial Coach and Instructor - Corner Stone Academy 2018 Special Prosecutor Waller County - Sandra Bland/Trooper Brian Encinia 2016 Panel Member Qualified Immunity - Harmony School 2016 Criminal Debate Team Volunteer Instructor - Harmony School 2016 Search and Seizure Instructor, Richmond, TX Police Department 2012 Instructor on Courtroom Demeanor & Testimony for Law Enforcement 2010 KPFT - 90.1 FM Prison Radio: Innocence Project Outreach 2009 Panel Member, Academic Forum: Evolution of Evidence 2009 Presenter, Conley Elementary School: Dangers of Drug Use 2008 & 2009 Presenter, Barry Scheck: "The Innocence Project" 2008 Presenter, Johnnie Cochran's Impact on Legal Clinic 2007 Presenter, Immigration Law and Public Policy Symposium 2008 Instructor, Gus George Law Enforcement Academy 2005 & 2006 Presenter, Fort Bend County Juvenile Offender Law Day 2005 Instructor, Henderson County Sheriff's Dept. Search & Seizure Academy 2003
License and Memberships
Sugar Land Exchange Club. Present Life Member Fort Bend County Fair. Present Member Texas District and County Attorney's Association. Present Licensed by the Texas Supreme Court. Present Member of the Fort Bend County Criminal Defense Bar Association. Present Member of Brazoria County Criminal Defense Bar Association. Present
Santa's Exchange/Toys for Tots Event Volunteer 2017 Volunteered Residence for Fort Bend Child Advocates Home Tour 2016 Criminal Debate Team Volunteer Instructor - Harmony School 2016 YMCA Volunteer Volleyball Coach, Pearland, TX 2012 - 2015 Hosted The Drug Enforcement Agencies Maltz Challenge 2011 Star of Hope Cookie Night 2010 - 2012 Star of Hope Christmas Adoptions 2012 James M. Douglas Board of Advocates Mock Trial Judge 2008, 2009, 2014 HBA Legal Line Volunteer 2007 Ask a Lawyer Clinic 1999 & 2000 Pro Bono Certificate of Service; St. Mary's University School of Law 2000
Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Significantly less than 1% in the attorneys in the State of Texas are Board Certified in Criminal Law.