Tylden Shaeffer has concentrated his law practice on criminal justice since 1991. He spent the first nine years out of law school in the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office. He rose quickly to the rank of first chair felony prosecutor, helping run the special crimes and public integrity unit (then known as the Fraud and Integrity Unit) as well as later directing a felony district court prosecutorial team. Tylden was a line prosecutor in the trenches in the mid-90’s successfully putting drive-by shooters to trial at time when San Antonio was known as the “Drive-by Capitol of Texas.” He successfully tried to a jury many murder cases, securing multiple life sentences for these violent crimes; and he also tried and secured the death penalty in two capital murder cases during his tenure in the DA’s office.
In 2000, he left the office to establish his own practice in San Antonio. He is board certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has an AV rating with Martindale-Hubble. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Brown University, where he also started as a Division I water polo player competing at a national level. He later earned his law degree from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law in 1990. He has been licensed to practice law in the State of Texas since 1990 by the Texas Supreme Court. By 2000, he had tried over 150 jury trials, including two capital murder death jury trials. He is also licensed to practice law in federal court, where he has defended clients in major white collar and public corruption cases.
Tylden has lectured at various continuing legal education seminars. And since leaving the DA’s office, he has been appointed by judges to represent the State of Texas as a Special Prosecutor.
He was raised in San Antonio, and he and his wife, Dr. Stephanie Bowen, raised their children here as well. He coached little league teams for his children at the same league where he himself played ball as a child; and was also a board member for the league. He can be reached at 210-227-1500.