About Shannon

With over two decades of professional experience, Attorney Shannon Baldwin is now running for the Harris County Criminal Court at Law No. 4 seat.

Shannon is currently a partner at Baldwin Williams & Associates PLLC, where she practices criminal defense. She has spent her career passionately serving and advocating for her clients with the belief that “everyone is entitled to have their rights protected.”

Shannon has a wealth of litigation experience as a prosecutor and defense attorney, representing those charged with some of the most serious criminal offenses. These include aggravated robbery, delivery of controlled substances, and capital murder.

Now, she is ready to advance to the next level as a judge, and continue advocating for all people by running for Judge, Harris County Criminal Court No. 4.

“The judge sets the tone of the entire courtroom and its staff…to effect change, we must start at the top.”

Shannon believes a good judge ensures that nothing happens in a court room that violates anyone’s rights but notes that the Harris County Courthouse has not been known as a good place for defendants.

She aims to be a part of building a judicial system that is blind to race, religion, color, creed, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

“The judge sets the tone of the entire courtroom and its staff,” Shannon said. “To effect change, we must start at the top.”

Shannon is a native Houstonian and grew up in North Houston. She was raised as a “union baby” as her mother worked for AT&T (then Southwestern Bell) (CWA Local 6222) for over 30 years. She recalls well the contributions and protection offered from the Union! She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement and Police Science from Sam Houston State University and graduated Cum Laude from John Marshall Law School in Atlanta, Georgia.

Personal Endorsements

  • Derrick Reed
    City Council Member, Position 2 at Pearland, Texas Partner at Smith Reed & Armstrong PLLC
  • Jason Oliphant
    Houston Police Officer for 23 years, Homicide Division
  • Lisa James-Mitchell
    Harris County Sheriff’s Office for 31½ years, Senior Deputy
  • Edna Griggs
    Community Activist
  • Fran Watson
    Attorney and Political Activist
  • Gerald Frye
    Criminal Defense Attorney, Over 38 years as an attorney
  • Guy Womack
    Criminal Defense Attorney, Over 38 years as an attorney
  • Lydia Clay-Jackson
    Criminal Defense Attorney, Over 32 years as an attorney
  • Eric J. Davis

    Trial Chief, Harris County Public Defender's Office

  • Shawn Thierry

    Texas House Member, Representative District 146

Organization Endorsements

Harris County Tejano Democrats
Area 5 Democrats
American Women's Party
The Victory Fund
Cope CWA Local 6222
AFSCME Local 1550
Texas Coalition of Black Democrats
The GLBT Caucus
Run Sister Run - Texas
Texas Organizing Project
Houston Association of Women Attorneys
Northeast Harris County Minister's Alliance
The Baptist Ministers Association of Houston and Vicinity


“My husband was charged with murder and faced 45 years. I contacted Ms. Baldwin and felt very comfortable with her and her abilities. We went to court for over a year. She was always the same, did not rush the process or encourage my husband to take a plea. At the end of the day the charges were dropped. I recommended her to several people and the outcome was the same.

She would be an excellent, fair judge and my only disappointment is that we would lose her as a lawyer."

Cheryl J

“I am thankful that Shannon diligently worked on my case for hours to make sure I was fairly represented. She is honest, caring, and forthcoming. I couldn’t see any one else better suited for judge on this planet; I mean that from the bottom of my heart."

Michael B

“As I fight back tears, I remember my angel saying how afraid she was for me as I faced a life sentence. Empathy and kindness is all she showed me as she fought for my life. Please help me support my angel, Ms. Shannon Baldwin for Judge. Let’s rally behind her so she can continue to spread her wings. She is experienced, just, fair, and someone I will always trust. If I thanked Shannon daily for the rest of my life it still wouldn’t be enough."

Tony M

Membership Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Georgia State Bar
  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Houston Lawyers Association
  • Women Professionals in Government
  • Harris County Democratic Party
  • Mexican American Bar Association
  • Texas Coalition of Black Democrats Harris County
  • Houston Black American Democrats
  • Houston GLBT Political Caucus
  • Harris County Tejano Democrats
  • River Oaks Area Democratic Women
  • Kingwood Area Democrats
  • Area 5 Democrats
  • Texas Democratic Women
  • Sharpstown Democrats Club

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