Frederick Shelton


Frederick Shelton, CEO 

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. 

Frederick has written for and been quoted in Attorney at Law Magazine, Byte, LawCrossing, the American Lawyer Magazine, and is the author of the Street Smart Law Blog and host of the 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.
 Frederick’s lectures and professional presentations have included:

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

Frederick Shelton has been recognized among the best legal recruiters in the country for specific reasons. He has disrupted the outdated business model used by legal recruiting competitors. His recruiting principle of People Before Profits has made Shelton & Steele one of the most trusted names in the profession. 

While our clients compensate S&S for the valuable talent we bring to them, the priority is the best interest of the candidate. The reasoning for this is simple. If a law firm doesn’t get another attorney tomorrow, not much changes. 

But the attorneys we work with entrust us with their careers. We must be worthy of that trust. The good news for clients is that our methodology has been so effective that in our 25 year history, only three attorneys were not at our client two years later (the metric of success in this profession). 

Mr. Shelton was once a homeless teen and at the age of 16, he was saved from death (most likely by suicide) 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 another Air Force base 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. A lot of people need that at some point. 

In his spare time, Frederick enjoys playing tennis with his “lovely bride”, golf, chess, painting, reading, writing and the occasional evening at the tables playing Texas Hold ‘Em.