Brent Shellhorse


Brent Shellhorse was the Briefing Attorney to the Honorable Justice Terrie Livingston, Court of Appeals, Second District of Texas from 1998-1999. He joined Whitaker Chalk in 1999 and has extensive experience in helping companies and individuals with a wide array of commercial and complex litigation matters. Brent has worked on numerous cases involving trade secrets and covenants not compete, oil and gas leases, complex commercial disputes, collection matters and mechanic’s liens.

As a former Briefing Attorney, Brent brings a unique, dual perspective to his work that allows him to understand both the legal and persuasive aspects of each case. His work writing briefs also helps him see and distill what’s important to a case. With an appellate background, he is not only capable of handling a matter through final appeal, but also acts as a guide for his clients through the procedural aspects of their case.

Awards & Recognitions

Recognized by Fort Worth Magazine as a Top Attorney in each year from 2004 through 2022.

Recognized as a Top Attorney by 360 West Magazine 2018 to present

AV-Rating Martindale-Hubbell®: Preeminent™

AVVO rated Superb

Named a “Rising Star” for 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2008. Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star edition is a Thomson-Reuters service printed in Texas Monthly.

Areas of Practice


– Real Estate

– Title & Ownership Issues

– Oil & Gas Disputes

– Mechanic’s Liens

– Fraud

– Easements

– Contract Disputes

– Employment

– Trade Secrets & Confidential Information

– Covenants Not to Compete

– Business/Commercial

– Joint Venture & Partnership Issues

– Insurance Coverage

– Fiduciary Duty Claims

– DTPA Claims

– Contract Disputes

– Collections and Enforcement of Judgments

Civil Appeals

– State & Federal

Publications & Presentations

Brent Shellhorse on "Enforcing Out-of-State Judgments in Texas"

Brent Shellhorse spoke to the Fort Worth Chapter of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants on, "Fiduciaries, Trade Secrets and Covenants Not to Compete."

Speaker for the Tarrant County Corporate Counsel Section - NonCompetes: What Are You Really Trying to Protect and Why Do You Deserve Protection?

The State Wants Your Land, and Doesn't Have to Be Nice, Fort Worth Bus. Press, Sept. 3, 2004

The Untenable Stricture: Pre-Mitigation Measurement Severs to Deny Protection Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, 4 Tex. Wesleyan. L. Rev. 177 (1998)





" I highly endorse this lawyer.  Brent is an outstanding lawyer.  His knowledge of the law is encyclopedic.  His ability to breakdown and then solve complex issues is remarkable.  His advocacy is tenacious but tempered with common sense.  His professionalism is unwavering."

Brain Cartwright, Partner at Alagood Cartwright Burke PC

“Brent is one of the best lawyers I have ever worked with, he works with you and tells you the truth. I worked with him on a case for two years and he was always on time and looked out for my company. I would use Brent again in a minute and recommend him highly. We won the case.”

Kevin McGinnis, Owner at Period Homes, Inc.

“Brent is a true professional in so many ways. Brent has done quite a bit of legal work for my company over the years. Brent exudes confidence to his clients and delivers with results. Brent's personal skills, expert knowledge of the law, integrity and ability to think and implement ideas outside of the box are truly a huge asset for him and his clients.”

Mike Bryan, Old School Logistics Inc.


  • JD Texas Wesleyan School of Law, Summa Cum Laude (1998) Managing Editor Texas Wesleyan Law Review
  • BBA University of Texas at Arlington (1995)

Bar/Court Admissions

  • Texas Bar (1998)
  • US District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • US District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Whitaker Chalk proudly announces 29 of 36 attorneys selected as “2017 Top Attorneys”

Whitaker Chalk Swindle & Schwartz PLLC proudly announces 29 of our 36 attorneys have been selected as "2017 Top Attorneys in Tarrant...

Brent Shellhorse Recognized as Top Attorney by Fort Worth Magazine

In Fort Worth Texas The City’s Magazine’s annual survey, published in the December 2014 issue, Brent Shellhorse has been named a...

Brent Shellhorse Spoke to the Fort Worth Chapter of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants

Brent Shellhorse spoke to the Fort Worth Chapter of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants on, "Fiduciaries, Trade Secrets...