November 2017
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Tylden Shaeffer

Tylden Shaeffer has concentrated his law practice on criminal justice since 1991. He spent the first nine years of his law career in the Bexar County District Attorney’s office, rising quickly to the rank of first chair felony prosecutor and ultimately helping run the special crimes and public integrity unit (then known as the Fraud Integrity Unit) as well as later directing a felony district court prosecutorial team.  He gained prominence in the Bexar County legal system in the mid-1990s by successfully prosecuting drive-by shooters and helping San Antonio dispel the uncomplimentary moniker of “Drive-by Capital of Texas.” 

By 2000, he had prosecuted over 150 jury trials, including two capital murder death penalty jury trials. He gained invaluable experience in every substantive area of the office, including DWI, misdemeanor offenses, felony offenses, white collar crime, family violence cases and juvenile law. 


He left the District Attorney’s office in 2000 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 is also licensed to practice law in federal court in the Western District of Texas, where he has participated in several major cases as a defense counsel.  Since leaving the DA’s office, he has been appointed by judges to represent the State of Texas as a Special Prosecutor. In addition to his thriving private practice, Tylden lectures at various continuing legal education seminars throughout the area.  


Tylden obtained his bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Brown University, where he also started as a Division I athlete. 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. 

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