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History of the Shellow Group
from a Unique Perspective

The Making of a Criminal Defense Firm That Works to Solve the Problem

Robin Shellow, President of The Shellow Group, designed and constructed my office in her office building. It had been a flax factory and she and her architects lovingly restored it. It has served as the focal point for the neighborhood’s gentrification. It is filled with authentic Stickley furniture, Oriental rugs, and three wood stoves to keep the Wisconsin winter at bay and a beautiful garden that warms the office atmosphere in the summer. The building with its unique furnishings conveys that the people who work in its midst like to come to work and spend the time working for the success of clients.

From Corporate presidents who are being scape-goated by a government going broke, doctors whose kind touch is misrepresented as something sexual, Robin Shellow does not assume her clients are guilty. All mistakes are not criminal. Law enforcement, whether federal or state, rarely say, I am sorry we relentlessly pursued you, humiliated you in the press and in front of your family—we made a mistake. Hire the Shellow Group before law enforcement and prosecutors become so entrenched in your case that their egos do not let them back down and find a way out.

The Shellow Group includes brilliant and charming consultants whose analyses of people and documents are the envy of all other law firms. Social workers, physicians, psychologists and alocohol and drug counselors participate in helping reluctant clients disclose something that they thought would hurt their case, when it in fact helps their case.

The Shellow Group also contains an immigrant Polish lawyer whose PhD in English Literature makes her a spirited fit for this uniquely talented group. A nationally recognized consulting psychologist is almost a fixture in the office. He is both board certified as a forensic and clinical psychologist. The Shellow Group knows that being charged with a crime can break the spirit of even the strongest defendants and its psychologist and social workers know that part of their role is keeping the fear at bay so that the client is in the best position to help The Shellow Group. It is also not unusual to see a former police chief sitting at the table helping The Shellow Group figure out how the existence of documents not turned over in discovery will aid in dismantling the prosecution’s case. Whether it is their selection of a forensic computer consultant or forensic pathologist, The Shellow Group utilizes the best experts to assist in case preparation and presentation.

The Shellow Group is a collegial consortium of professionals who care about and explore why a defendant may have gone astray and develop workable paradigms to prevent recurrences of criminal conduct. Courts know that, whether a Shellow Group Client has crossed the line or almost crossed the line, the Shellow Group sees as part of its mission to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

The Shellow Group deliberately limits its case load. Its open files are a fraction of the number of that of other firms which specialize in the defense of criminal cases. Each case is endlessly analyzed and strategies and defenses are developed for the particular client. Motions are carefully crafted and briefed for the specific case. Form motions and pattern instructions may be necessary for law firms with heavy case loads, but the Shellow Group has the luxury of individuating every defense. The Shellow Group charges higher fees, but it achieves better results. These high fees also support the Group’s extensive commitment to the representation of the poor, the fragile and the oppressed.

Robin began her criminal defense career nearly twenty five years ago defending those for whom a defense seemed almost impossible and achieved results which are the envy of the criminal bar. The judges before whom Robin appears read Robin’s exquisite and moving motions, briefs, jury instructions and sentencing reports and intuitively recognize that Robin and her group are trying to solve real problems in a real world in which simple solutions are fantasies. Whether her clients are corporate executives or children who have killed their teacher, juries, prosecutors and judges respond to Robin’s integrity and holistic defense of her clients.

Robin’s talents are recognized by the most able and recognized members of the criminal defense bar. She was a Board Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

To understand Robin’s unique talents, you must read for yourself what she has written about her clients for prosecutors and judges and the newspaper accounts of her trials and successes. Robin has defended the accused throughout the United States for almost 25 years. If one ignores Robin’s occasional spelling errors, her writing is the best I have ever read or am likely to read. Her writing is obviously influenced by her extensive reading. It probably also is influenced by her studies for a degree from Sarah Lawrence; her seminars at Cambridge for a second B.A. and Masters Degree; it also may reflect a gentle and civilized southern vocabulary and style she acquired in Macon, Georgia, where she attended law school.

Transparency and candor require that the reader know that I am Robin’s devoted father.  Biology connects us. Respect for our different sources of creative energy defines us.
– James M. Shellow
Be sure to read Robin’s latest blog.