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Shelton & Steele

  “The idea of leaving BigLaw and a guaranteed paycheck was daunting, to say the least! Frederick guided me through every step of the process, including evaluating the portability of my client base, understanding how to run my practice like a business etc.

   He has also been an invaluable counsel. When what seemed like the  most difficult business matters and decisions needed to be addressed, his advice made things clear, simple and manageable. Since I’ve begun working with him, my income has literally doubled. There is no one I would recommend more highly.”

Knicole Emanuel, Partner

Alternative Law Firm

“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.

For years, he has offered some of the best business counsel an attorney could hope for, and done everything imaginable to help increase the profitability of my personal client base. He’s the real thing.”

Scott Rasmussen

Las Vegas Managing Partner Full Service Firm

President and CEO
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Frederick Shelton

   Frederick was once a homeless teenager who barely survived harsh city streets, starvation and worse. 

   A single act of kindness got him off the streets until he was old enough to join the Navy. 

   Upon rejoining the civilian world, he rose through the ranks of sales, legal recruiting and management, ultimately reaching positions which have included Executive Director of a Patent Boutique, The CMO of a General Practice Firm and the National Director of the Legal Division of an employment agency of over 2,000 employees. 

   In 1996 he struck out on his own as the founder of Shelton & Steele, a national recruiting and consulting firm to the legal profession.

   Since 1993, Frederick has worked with associates, counsel, partners, groups and coordinated law firm mergers & acquisitions.
   Frederick left Big Recruiting behind and started Shelton & Steele with the idea that the priorities of recruiters were exactly the opposite of what they should be.
While Big Recruiting talked about protecting the best interests of the attorney, loyalty to clients etc. the actions, business model and supposed "Code of Ethics" made clear this was not the case. The clear priorities were:

1. The Commission

2. The Client who Paid the Commission (at least until the fee was received)

3. The Attorney

   Frederick changed the entire business model for recruiting and structured contracts that eliminate the reward for misrepresentation either client or candidate. Thus the priorities of Shelton & Steele are:

1. The best interests of the Attorneys who entrust their valuable careers to us.

2. Genuine understanding of and loyalty to the kind of clients we are proud to have on our roster.

3. Making sure S&S has "skin in the game" i.e. we are paid on the long term success of the attorney.

  Frederick has also been a repeated guest lecturer at the University of San Diego, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, UCSD and CSN on subjects which have included:

Client Development for Attorneys
Career Management for Attorneys.
Negotiating Tactics and Strategies
Psychological Profiling for Business
Public Speaking for Professionals

   In his spare time, he enjoys tennis, golf, chess, reading non-fiction (and the occasional Grisham or Turrow novel), writing and has volunteered for years at both of the local Air Force Bases.

   Frederick has also worked with At Risk youth, helping young people leave behind old habits and "crews" to become more positive thinking and success-oriented.

   Over the years, he and his family have opened their home to women and teens who were trying to escape the streets or other untenable & hostile environments.