Paul R. Shunatona - ATTORNEY AT LAW- Tough, Smart and Aggressive Representation

Education and Admissions:

Born on February 16, 1961.  B.A. Psychology, 1983, University of Oklahoma. Juris Doctor, 1986, Southern Methodist University. Licensed to practice law by the Supreme Court of Texas, 1986; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 1988; Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1993; United States Supreme Court, 1995.

Practice Areas:

Criminal Defense:
• Driving While Intoxicated
• Drugs 
• Assaults
• Robberies 
• Murder
• Theft
• Juvenile Cases
• Trials 
• Probation Revocations
• Felony and Misdemeanor

Civil Litigation, Family:
• Divorce
• Child Custody 
• Termination
• Adoption 
• Indian Child Welfare Act

Experience and Associations:

Dallas County District Attorney Office, Trial Prosecutor, 1987-88.  Private Practice, 1988 to present.  Local Associations: Dallas Bar Association (Tort & Insurance and Family Law Sections, Fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation); Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Statewide Associations: Chair, Indian Law Section, State Bar of Texas; Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation, Legal Services to the poor in Civil Matters Committee, State Bar of Texas; Past President, Texas Indian Bar Association. Member, Judicial Selection Task Force, Texas Commission on Judicial Efficiency, 1995-1996.


Author, "Manifest Testiny", Vol. 66, No. 1 Tex. B.J. 64, January 2003
Author, "Case Law Threatens to Drag Indian Tribes into Court" Texas Lawyer, October 6, 1997
Author, "Indian Child Welfare Act in Texas-an Overview", with Trisha Tingle. Vol. 58, No. 4 Tex. B.J. 352, April 1995

Legal Presentations:

Panelist, Panel Discussion on Working the Legislature at Common Ground:
The Twelfth Year Conference on Protecting Unmarked Graves in Texas, October 31, 1998

Moderator, Texas Indian Law Conference, Austin, Texas, November 3-4, 1995

Speaker, "Dealing with Governmental Issues in a Family Law Case."  21st Annual Advanced Family Law Course, Dallas, Texas; August 7-10, 1995

Moderator, "Preserving Indian Families", Indian Child Welfare Act Conference, Dallas, Texas; July 30, 1993