Chris Shella is a graduate of Morehouse College and the University of Texas Law School and started his legal career in Long Island, New York at the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office. He is admitted to the practice of law in New York, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and North Carolina. Mr. Shella is also admitted to the federal court in the Eastern District of North Carolina, the Middle District of North Carolina, U.S. District of Columbia, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, the Eastern District of New York, and the Southern District of New York.He is also admitted to the Bar Of The United States Supreme Court.
He and his cases have been covered on Court TV, CNN, and in the New York Times, and other media outlets across the globe. He has represented everyone from lawyers to major drug traffickers to a serial killer in Baltimore. His two most famous case are the Vegan Baby Case and his defense of the Duke Lacrosse Case accuser for the alleged murder of her boyfriend.
Mr. Shella resides in Durham, North Carolina, with his wife and son. His latest book is the legal nonfiction, Grinding It Out: How to Create a Six-Figure Law Practice. Readers can learn more about Chris Shella and his work by visiting the following links:
Could you please tell us a bit about your book?
Grinding it Out is a law practice book that teaches new lawyers how to start running a successful law practice.
How did you come up with the title and how much say did you have on the cover design?
I came up with the title based on numerous conversations on how the law practice grinds you down and forces you to fight inch by inch to be successful.
Do you have a favorite line or excerpt that you would like to share from your book?
My favorite line is “believe in yourself” So many new lawyer and people in general spend more time doubting themselves and their abilities than they do actually trying to achieve.
What are some of your favorite ways to promote your work?
I love virtual tours and You Tube videos. A link to the You Tube video for my fiction novel Reasonable Facsimile is just a click or two away.
What is a typical writing day like for you?
Well I usually work on weekends and for some reason, it flows much better after I finish a jury trial. I guess I’m so relaxed after a trial that I can just let my words tumble out of me.
What are some ways that you like to relax?
Playing Playstation with my son and listening to my wife’s jazz music.
What authors do you think are overlooked in the writing/reading world today?
I think so many people have forgotten the classic work The Souls of Black Folks by W.E.B. Du Bois. It’s such a blueprint to success and viewing the world that every two years I read it again. It’s the primary reason I switched from being a registered Democrat to being a registered Republican.
What author would you most like to meet and why?
Dr. Du Bois. But since he is no longer with us, I believe I would love to meet General Colin Powell. I value his experience and his rigid code of ethics. I’m smart enough to know that the best way to learn is to speak to those who have been on the route you are have before you.
Do you have any upcoming projects that you would like to share with readers?
My fiction novel Reasonable Facsimile is out and its sequel Just Shut Up and Pour My Liquor will be out in the summer.
What is something about yourself that would come as a surprise to many people?
I handle cases from shoplifting to capital murder. I have represented a serial killer in Baltimore. That, though all of the evil and the monsters I have seen, I still believe in the basic goodness of Humanity.