Mr. Shrum attended the University of Texas at Austin where he received a degree in Biology. After working in the high-tech, dot-com industry 2 years and then in the House of Representatives for the 78th Session of the Texas Legislature, Mr. Shrum attended the University of Texas School of Law. Throughout law school, Mr. Shrum worked for several Austin law firms gaining experience in probate and estate law, business law, and various areas of civil litigation including contract disputes, civil rights actions, mass torts, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, product liability, and personal injury litigation, including dealing with insurance companies. He also returned to the House of Representatives to work in the 79th Session of the Texas Legislature. Additionally, while still in school, Mr. Shrum became certified as a mediator and mediated several lawsuits.
After graduating in the spring of 2006 and passing the Texas Bar, Mr. Shrum went to work for the Travis County Attorney’s office as a prosecutor. During his time as a prosecutor, Mr. Shrum prosecuted and negotiated literally thousands of criminal offenses ranging from simple traffic offenses in the JP courts to Class A misdemeanors such as second offense DWIs and Domestic Violence Assaults. He has been assigned to several of the Travis County Courts at Law, prosecuting a broad range of Class B and Class A misdemeanors including: DWI, marijuana and drug offenses, theft, burglary of vehicles, driving with suspended license, deadly conduct, unauthorized carrying of a weapon, criminal mischief, criminal trespass, public intoxication, lewd conduct/public indecency, prostitution, and failure to ID, among others. Eventually, Mr. Shrum moved to County Court at Law #4, Travis County’s unique felony and misdemeanor Domestic Violence court, where he prosecuted and negotiated pleas in criminal offenses such as assault with bodily injury, violation of protective orders, harassment, terroristic threat, and interference with emergency calls, among others. In addition to his experience in the Travis County criminal courts, while with the Travis County Attorney’s office Mr. Shrum also served as the State’s attorney in mental health/psyciatric commitment hearings at the Austin State Hospital and Shoal Creek Hospital.
During his time as a prosecutor, Mr. Shrum became experienced in the courtroom and took many cases to jury trial including DWIs, Assaults, and Violations of Protective Orders. In addition to his courtroom and trial experience, he learned the justice system and created lasting relationships with all the players in the system from Judges to probation officers to court coordinators to pre-trial services and sheriff deputies.
Now he is taking all that experience in criminal and civil litigation, legislative process, and dispute resolution and is offering it to clients in Austin and Central Texas. If you have a legal matter, whether it be a criminal charge, a contract dispute, a will, a car wreck, a work injury, a legislative matter, or any other type of legal counsel, contact the Law Office of Matthew Shrum to set up a free consultation.
To schedule a free consultation call us today at (512) 447-2323