Shala Melonson

Associate / Houston

P: 713.588.0446 ext. 524

Shala is an experienced trial attorney and litigator. She practices law in Houston, Texas. Shala completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She earned her J.D. from Howard University School of Law and has spent the time since developing a practice encompassing such areas as creditor’s rights, personal injury, insurance defense, and premises liability. In September 2022, she joined the SBSB Eastham team, handling Admiralty & Maritime matters.

Shala has served as lead trial counsel in representing financial institutions ranging from national banks to credit unions and community banks in litigation matters. Her experience is broad. She handles lawsuits alleging breach of contract and breach of duty, among other claims and causes of action. Shala has successfully prosecuted and defended against emergency motions for injunctive relief and has first-chaired evidentiary hearings on such motions. She has won numerous cases by summary judgment after years of experienced litigation practice.

She also defends businesses and businesspeople sued for negligence in all forms including premises liability, trucking and motor vehicle accidents, wrongful death claims, and offshore and environmental incidents.

Practice Areas

Practice Areas

  • Admiralty and Maritime
  • Business Transactions
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Defense Base Act
  • Federal Workers’ Compensation
  • General Liability
  • Insurance
  • Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation
  • Premises Liability
  • Transportation
  • Trucking


  • J.D., Howard University School of Law, 2014
  • B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 2011

Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas