Frederick Shelton has held positions as the CMO of a general practice law firm, Executive Director of a Patent Boutique, National Director of Legal Recruiting at a 2,000+ person organization and is the CEO of Shelton & Steele.
For over 25 years, Frederick has coordinated the lateral moves of associates, partners and groups, as well as law firm mergers & acquisitions. He is a recognized expert in the area of legal market disruption, virtual law firms and alternative legal service providers (ASLP's).
Frederick is a regular contributor for Attorney at Law Magazine and has written for and been quoted in the American Lawyer Magazine, LawCrossing, Law.com and is the author of the Street Smart Law Blog and host of the forthcoming Street Smart Lawyer Podcast.
Mr. Shelton is a highly sought after speaker and has presented to legal and professional organizations as well as at the University of San Diego, College of Southern Nevada, Cal Western School of Law and UCSD.
He has won dozens of Toastmaster’s Speech Contest at the Division and District levels and even been a paid stand-up comedian at venues like The Comedy Store in La Jolla and Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
Mr. Shelton was once a homeless teen and at the age of 16, he was saved from death due to the kindness of a complete stranger. Reverend Clinton Jordan or “Slick” as Frederick used to call him, allowed Frederick to live with his family until Frederick was old enough to join the U.S. Navy.
Frederick has never forgotten that kindness and the corporate motto of Shelton & Steele is “All ships rise with the tide. We shall not endeavor to have the largest ship. We will be The Tide.”
Frederick volunteers on a regular basis and any Shelton & Steele employee who takes a day off to volunteer is compensated for their time. He has been a regular volunteer at both Nellis and Creech Air Force bases for years, where he teaches those coming out o the military how to research jobs, effectively interview etc.
He has also volunteered at food banks and homeless shelters, and the Shelton’s have had at least one or two “house guest” living with them at a time for years. These have been men, women and “At-Risk” youth who needed a safe place to stay or a hand up. Not a handout, just a hand up.
In his spare time, Frederick enjoys playing tennis, golf, chess, painting, reading, writing and the occasional evening at the tables playing Texas Hold ‘Em.
Articles, Quotes and Presentations:
"The Viable Alternative to BigLaw - Virtual Law" Attorney at Law Magazine
"A Hitch in a 'New Law' Business Model" The American Lawyer Magazine
"How the American Education System Fails Aspiring Attorneys" Attorney at Law Magazine
"Brand Marketing for Attorneys" The Street Smart Law Blog
"A Guide to Eliminating Unethical Legal Recruiting Practices" Attorney at Law Magazine
"No One Hired Your Firm" The Street Smart Law Blog
"A Street Smart Guide to Marketing Consultants" Attorney at Law Magazine
"Career Management for Attorneys" Law Crossing
Public Speaking and Training Programs
Street Smart Rainmaking
Negotiation Tactics and Strategies for Attorneys
Psychological Profiling for Management
Public Speaking Techniques for Attorneys
Virtual Law Firms and Legal Market Disruptors
Career Management for Attorneys
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“Frederick Shelton guided us through every step of a law firm merger. He was clear, objective and made sure things went smoothly. What is more telling though, is that he has been in constant contact since.
He also knows more about attorney branding & marketing than anyone I’ve ever met – including the people in our marketing department! He’s the real thing.”
Scott Rasmussen, Partner
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