Nicole Burns


Nicole Burns is a non-traditional lawyer, entering into the practice of law as a second, or even third, career. She served in the United States Navy as an E-4, Electronics Technician, from July 1991-July 1996, performing enlisted duties for Command Headquarters, field training with the Military Police, and attending Navy Legal Clerk training. During her service, she received honors to include the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and United States Coast Guard Special Operations Service Medal.

Nicole became a member of the State Bar of Texas in November 2011. Prior to joining the Shahan, Guevara, Decker Arrott team as an Associate Attorney in the Cedar Park office, she practiced criminal law for both prosecution and defense, and administrative law with the Department of Health and Human Services Commission – Office of Inspector General. She currently focuses primarily on assisting with the representation of various municipalities throughout Texas, and real estate law, oil and gas law, and probate matters.

Nicole is a native Austinite. She enjoys volunteering with various local organizations, including Special Olympics, playing tennis and riding motorcycles with her husband. Her most rewarding career has been that of being a mother. She and her husband have two grown boys, and are now doting grandparents.


  • J.D., Thurgood Marshall School of Law, cum laude (2011)
    • Lieutenant Governor Mental Health Initiative, 13th Circuit, ABA Law Student Division, 2010-2011
    • Participant, Hellen Dawn Williams Mock Trial Competition, 2009
  • B.S., Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, summa cum laude (2005)
    • South Central Texas Regional and National Ethics Bowls, 2004-2005
    • Professional Development/Scholarship Chair, Pre-Law Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta, 2005

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Texas Young Lawyers Association

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Nicole Burns


Shahan Guevara Decker Arrott
201 S. Lakeline Blvd., Suite 202
Cedar Park, TX 78613
Business Phone: 512-904-0010
Business Fax: 512-807-7166