C. Burell Shella

The popularity of Michael Connelly’s book, Lincoln Lawyer, and the blockbuster movie starring Matthew McConaughey are enough to make almost anyone want to attend law school, but while these glamorized portraits make it seem like being a criminal defense attorney is nothing more than driving around in a car and making deals, there is a lot of work and skill involved in this career path.

“I have 144,000 miles on my car and it’s a 2005 model Chrysler 300,” says Chris Shella, a 40-year-old criminal defense attorney from Durham, North Carolina. Even with an office he says that, “it’s not unusual for him to drive six hours for a 15 minute conversation.”