Mr. Shouse focuses exclusively on representing people charged with, or convicted of, crimes in the state and federal courts of Kentucky.
Mr. Shouse is a seventh generation Kentuckian and the son of a Kentucky lawyer. He is a graduate of The Evergreen State College where he was the student representative to the college’s board of trustees. He graduated with honors from the University of Louisville Law School. He went to law school to be a criminal defense lawyer and worked at the Louisville Public Defender Office while in school.
After law school Mr. Shouse joined the office of the Louisville Public Defender and had his first felony trial after less than six months as a licensed lawyer (he won). He then transferred to the Frankfort Field Office of the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy (Kentucky’s statewide public defender agency) where he tried cases throughout central Kentucky. He then went to the Capital Post-Conviction Branch of the Department where he represented people confined on Kentucky’s death row. In this position he successfully obtained release from death row of a client when he proved that the prosecutor on the case had withheld evidence that would have been helpful to the defense. He remains the only lawyer in Kentucky to win such a case. He then went to the Capital Trial Branch of the Department where he represented clients facing the death penalty at trial throughout the state.
He was lead trial counsel in the landmark lawsuit that challenged Kentucky’s use of lethal injection as a means of execution. This case eventually wound up before the United States Supreme Court. For his work on that case Mr. Shouse was awarded the Department of Public Advocacy’s prestigious Furman Award for excellence in capital litigation.
He was then recruited to be the directing attorney of the Kentucky Innocence Project. The Innocence Project seeks out people who were wrongfully convicted of crimes they did not commit. In his role as directing attorney, Mr. Shouse had a rape conviction vacated by proving that his client had served eleven years for a crime he did not commit.
Mr. Shouse has taught classes in investigation and litigation at all three of Kentucky’s law schools.
He has litigated cases in state and federal court from Paducah to Painstville and all points in between.
After eleven years as a public defender Mr. Shouse went into private practice in June of 2010. In private practice Mr. Shouse has represented clients in all manner of situations from violent offenses to white collar allegations. His work has been reported in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico and newspapers and television stations throughout the state. One his cases was profiled on the television program After the First 48.
He has been recognized by his peers as one of Louisville’s Top Lawyers in Louisville Magazine and is a member of The National Trial Lawyers invitation only group, Top 100 Trial Lawyers.
If you, or someone you care about, is facing criminal charges, or has been convicted and seeks appellate or post-conviction relief, no one will fight harder or smarter than Ted Shouse.