Shannon M. McMurray brings a unique, dynamic and accomplished skill set to Fry & Elder as the elite Tulsa law firm’s newest trial attorney.
McMurray has distinguished herself apart from many other Oklahoma trial lawyers throughout her illustrious career and is widely considered to be one of the very best Tulsa criminal defense lawyers and family law attorneys.
For her efforts, the decorated trial lawyer was declared to be the winningest trial attorney in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma in 2015.
“I know and appreciate people who come to see me, usually in some of the most difficult times of their lives,” Shannon McMurray said. “I am humbled when I am given a chance to take their case and give them the help and guidance they need and deserve.
“I am able to handle all types of cases but I thrive on complex litigation. I believe clients should be represented with zeal, honesty and compassion.”
McMurray’s reputation and prowess in the courtroom has not gone unnoticed, particularly in high-profile Tulsa criminal cases.
The exceptional Tulsa trial attorney was able to have murder charges dismissed or dropped against clients on multiple occasions within the past year.
One of McMurray’s most notable trial outcomes came when her client and former Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby was acquitted of first-degree manslaughter charges against Terence Crutcher.
The trial and its outcome received national attention and Shannon McMurray was proactive and innovative in advocating for her client’s defense throughout the process – even going so far as to make a bold pre-trial decision to have Shelby interviewed on 60 Minutes.
“She did not have the backing of the Tulsa Police Chief (Chuck Jordan) or the District Attorney (Steve Kunzweiler),” McMurray said. “There was a false narrative continually being played, and I had to change the temperament of how Betty (Shelby) was being viewed.
“I know how to take a case and figure out what to do with it,” Shannon McMurray said. “I love helping people who don’t need to be in criminal court and I thrive on it.”
Though McMurray has drawn much praise and press through her work in criminal court, she is also very effective in family law court.
She incorporates an aggressive approach when advocating for clients in family court, yet she is conscious about what may be financially at stake.
“Family law issues can often get expensive for clients,” McMurray said. “It really is important for me that they are able to maximize the dollars being spent to benefit them.”
A Tulsa native, McMurray’s tireless work ethic was instilled growing up in Oklahoma and were further polished when she joined the United States Army after graduating high school.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Hotel & Restaurant Management from Oklahoma State University in 1991 and her Juris Doctor in 2000 from the University of Tulsa.
Oklahoma Bar Association, 2000
District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, 2001
District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, 2001
District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, 2001
Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
J.D. University of Tulsa, 2000
B.S. Oklahoma State University, 1991