Shawn McDonald began practicing law in 2001 as a felony prosecutor in East Texas at the Henderson County District Attorney’s Office (2001-2004). He received an award from CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for the outstanding commitment to the successful prosecution of sex crimes against children. Additionally, he was the law enforcement liaison to the multi-jurisdictional drug task force. He then transitioned to the Fort Bend County District Attorneys Office again as a felony and juvenile prosecutor (2004-2006). He left the District Attorneys Office in 2006 to exclusively practice criminal defense.
He is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. During his time as a defense attorney he founded and was the director of the Innocence Project at Thurgood Marshall School of Law (affiliated with Texas Southern University) (2007-2009). In addition to founding and directing the Innocence Project, he was a law school professor teaching in the criminal law clinic, which consisted of mentoring and supervising third year law students who represented individuals charged with criminal offenses in Harris County Courts at Law.
Shawn McDonald is licensed by the Supreme Court, is a member of the Fort Bend County Bar, the Harris County Bar, Brazoria County Bar Associations, and the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He is also licensed in the United States District Court for the Southern District. Shawn McDonald has been frequently called upon to teach and present on criminal law related issues. He has twice appeared on Fox News. He has taught subjects ranging from search and seizure, evidence, actual innocence issues and remedies, presenter at the Johnnie Cochran Symposium at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, immigration and public policy, Penal Code, Code of Criminal Procedure, DWI, and juvenile crime. He has also been a frequent guest on prison radio, which is streamed to prison inmates throughout the State of Texas.
Shawn McDonald grew up in the Woodlands, TX. He was both a collegiate football and volleyball player. He also played semi-pro football during his time as a prosecutor in East Texas. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. He is a volunteer for the YMCA coaching volleyball and is frequently a Moot Court and Mock Trial Judge.
Shawn McDonald takes pride in being an honest and ethical attorney, all the while being one who will be extremely aggressive in representing you. He will return your calls promptly, provides his cell number to clients and makes himself available day or night to answer any and all of your questions. In closing, he wants you to come away from this experience knowing there are truly honest lawyers out there who will treat you with respect and put your needs above their own.