Shelton M. Vaughan practices corporate law with a focus on capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and private equity transactions. Mr. Vaughan represents large public companies, middle-market companies and startups in a variety of industries. His experience includes numerous capital markets transactions, including IPOs and public and private offerings of debt and equity securities, representing issuers and underwriters; mergers and acquisitions, representing targets and acquirers in both public and private transactions; extensive securities law compliance and counseling and corporate governance counseling; venture capital and private equity transactions; bank financings, representing both borrowers and lenders; and restructuring transactions and counseling.

Mr. Vaughan is a member of the firm's stock options task force, a multidisciplinary task force advising public companies and others concerning "backdating" and other stock compensation issues. In 2018, he was named a BTI Client Service All-Star Attorney.

Mr. Vaughan is a 1994 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, where he was editor of the Texas Law Review, articles and notes editor of the Texas International Law Journal and national editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. Mr. Vaughan also holds a Master in Public Policy degree from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he was a member of the Harvard Public Policy Review. He is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Houston.


  • Texas


  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1994
    Administrative Editor and Member, Texas Law Review
    Articles and Notes Editor and Member, Texas International Law Journal
    National Editor and Author, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy
  • Harvard University, M.P.P., 1991
    Co-founder and Co-editor-in-chief, Harvard Journal of World Affairs
    Author and Staff Member, Harvard Public Policy Review
  • University of Houston, B.A. (Music), B.S. (Political Science), summa cum laude, 1988


  • Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
    - Associate, 1994-2004
  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Partner, 2006-present
    - Special Counsel, 2004-2005

Professional Activities

  • Houston Bar Association
  • The Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies

Honors and Awards

  • Named a BTI Client Service All-Star Attorney, 2018

  • Named a Texas Super Lawyer, 2006-2010

Selected Publications