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Frederick Shelton

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For over 25 years, Frederick has coordinated the lateral moves of associates, partners, groups, and law firm mergers & acquisitions.

Frederick Shelton has held positions as the CMO of a general practice law firm, Executive Director of a patent boutique, National Director of Legal at a 2,000+ person organization and is now the CEO of Shelton & Steele.

Mr. Shelton guides the most elite legal professionals in the world, through strategically advantageous, lateral moves and acquisitions.

The approach Frederick developed for Shelton & Steele is simple: The best interests of the candidate(s) comes before all else, including the law firms who pay our fees.
Frederick and his team of recruiters, researchers, analysts and due diligence experts provide comprehensive, real-time data to the most successful lawyers in the world.

Together, they make sure there are clearly defined advantages for the attorneys they represent, in both the short and long term. 

The result of this corporate philosophy is that in over 25 years, only four attorneys weren't where S&S placed them, two years after their start date. We do not know of any other executive search firm that has that success rate.

Mr. Shelton has been published, quoted and interviewed on national talk radio, television, Forbes, Success Magazine, Bloomberg, American Lawyer Magazine, Attorney at Law Magazine, Reader's Digest, The Chicago Tribune and more.


Frederick is also a Legal Business & Rainmaking Consultant. His programs and strategies come from over 20 years of debriefing partners with significant books of business, as to how they built those books. He has recorded and sorted this data, in order to develop bespoke, individual marketing programs for high-end attorneys.
His guarantee for individual attorney consulting and law firm webinars is simple: If a client isn't absolutely certain they've gotten overwhelming value within the first 30 minutes, the full retainer is refunded, no questions asked.
No one has ever requested a refund.


Mr. Shelton was once a homeless teen until a complete stranger rescued him from the streets and gave Frederick a place to stay until he 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.”  


Shelton & Steele donates a portion of every dollar received, to homeless shelters, and also donates $5,000 to homeless shelters in the name of anyone who refers business to the firm.


Mr. Shelton has been a regular volunteer at both Nellis and Creech Air Force bases for years, where he teaches those coming out of the military how to research jobs, interview effectively etc.


In his spare time, Frederick enjoys playing USTA league tennis, painting, writing, and sitting in the "guy chair" while his wife is shopping.

He has also published the novel "Revenge for Bin Laden" and has been a paid, standup comedian at venues like The Comedy Store and Mandalay Bay Casino on the famous Las Vegas Strip.

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