Morgan C. Shell

Morgan C. Shell

Austin, Texas

I'm the rare Austinite who was actually born in Austin, which makes me a unicorn in a city of

move-ins. After graduating from nearby Marble Falls High School (Go ‘Stangs!), I attended

the University of Denver, where I received a scholarship to play Division I Women's

Basketball. When I wasn't polishing my three-point-shot, I was studying to earn my bachelor's

degree in International Studies. I was particularly interested in how governmental and

nongovernmental institutions cooperate to implement policy solutions to the diplomatic,

economic and security challenges brought on by globalization. My work answering these

questions always led back to the law, which is the most important tool that exists for equitable

conflict resolution, and which soon became my overarching passion.


Summers found me chasing my passion for international relations to Seville, Spain, where I

refined my Spanish and widened my cultural lens. After college, I was drawn back to Madrid

by the dual opportunity to teach English and shadow a lawyer working in civil litigation. I left

Spain with a deeper understanding of how the law can be brought to bear on local, rather

than global, disputes.


Back home, I picked up where I left off, interning with the civil litigation firm Richardson &

Burgess, where I would later clerk. In law school, I worked as an Articles Editor for Volume 49

of the Texas Tech Law Review. After my second year of law school, I studied at Charles

University in Prague, where I competed in daily moot court competitions while studying global

issues related to wrongful convictions. There, I learned about the inadequate representation

that is afforded to poor defendants in the United States, which motivated me to intern and

then accept a job at the Texas Indigent Defense Commission. While I am proud of the work

that we did at TIDC securing the 6th Amendment rights of Texas defendants, my interest in

advocacy drew me back to civil litigation and I'm proud to work with such a dynamic team of

advocates at Wright & Greenhill, PC.

Areas of Practice

  • General Civil Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
  • Personal Injury Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Texas


  • Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas
    • J.D. - 2017
    • Law Review: Texas Tech Law Review, Articles Editor
  • University of Denver, Denver, Colorado
    • B.A. cum laude - 2012
    • Major: International Studies

Honors and Awards

  • Author, A Defense Attorney’s Ethical Responsibilities in a Specialty Court
  • Co-author, Public Defense Innovation in Texas
  • Author, Transgender Student-Athletes in Texas School Districts: Why Can’t the UIL Give All Students Equal Playing Time?

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Austin Young Lawyers Association
  • Austin Bar / AYLA Leadership Academy
  • Texas Tech Alumni Association, Austin Chapter
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel