About Shaw & Elenbaas

Experience, Expertise, and Excellence in Every Case

Award Winning Criminal Defense

At Shaw & Elenbaas, we understand the gravity and sensitivity of facing criminal charges. With over 50 years of combined experience, our award winning legal team stands ready to fiercely advocate for your rights.

For years, our firm has been a trusted and respected name across Arkansas, offering accessible legal services, experienced representation, and a commitment to achieving justice. Our expert defense attorneys provide comprehensive legal counsel and aggressive representation to secure favorable outcomes for our clients.

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Local Lawyers

Located in Conway, Arkansas, Shaw & Elenbaas is an award winning law firm specializing in criminal defense. With a focus on Conway, Russellville, Little Rock, Morrilton, Clinton, Searcy, Perryville, Hot Springs, Heber Springs, Benton, Bryant, Cabot, and their surrounding communities, our experienced attorneys have successfully defended thousands of misdemeanors and felonies all across the state.

Respected Names

Frank E. Shaw was the founding member of our firm and one of the most recognized and well-respected names in criminal defense across Arkansas. In 2015, Frank went from being a solo practitioner to The Shaw Firm, where he brought on exceptional lawyers to grow the firm. Lauren Elenbaas was one such lawyer, eventually becoming a partner. The firm is known today as Shaw & Elenbaas.

Highly Experienced

Our team has served Central Arkansas in the criminal justice system for more than 50 years and can effectively defend your rights and freedom as we guide you through every stage of the legal proceedings. We’ve successfully handled thousands of cases, including some of the most high-profile cases in Arkansas.

Aggressive Approach

An aggressive criminal defense attorney is effective at gathering every bit of evidence and challenging each piece on your behalf. As the prosecution tries to secure a conviction against you, we stand strong to protect you and your rights.


We fully believe that if we have the ability to help someone, it’s our duty to do so. We never judge our clients and treat everyone with respect and dignity, no matter the nature of the legal issues or the circumstances of the visit. Our door is open to everyone.

Award Winning

– National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys Top 10 Under 40 Attorney 2022
– Best of Faulkner County Winner 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
– Arkansas Money & Politics – Legal Elite Selection 2020, 2021
– 2016 Women’s Inc “When I Need an Attorney I Call” Award
– About You Best Lawyers 2021, 2022
– National Trial Lawyers Top Criminal Defense Attorneys 2024

Why Hire Us as Your Criminal Defense Attorneys?

We know what we’re doing, and we’re ready to fight. Over the past 50 years, we’ve become well-known and highly respected by peers and judges. In fact, other lawyers often turn to us for support. We win cases, get charges dismissed, keep clients out of jail, keep charges off of records, and reduce fines. 

We also get real with our clients and have honest conversations about their case and their future. While we’re aggressive in the courtroom, we’re highly approachable in the office. We want the best outcomes for our clients, and sometimes, that means getting them the help they need to be better people than when they were arrested.

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What Our Clients Say

Excellent communication, honesty and professionalism. Lauren and her staff were very helpful and worked hard to secure the best outcome possible. I couldn’t have asked for more.

Thad Henderson

Some of the best attorneys around. If you need legal counsel then give these guys a call. Shout out to Lauren and Mr. Frank for helping me in so many ways. I love you guys!!

Chad McCarthy

Great knowledge of the law, and genuinely care for the well-being of their clients. I personally recommend Eric! Great people to work with and wouldn’t recommend anyone else.

Justin Barnhardt

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Your future deserves the best defense—trust Shaw & Elenbaas to deliver it.

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