Ken Paxton

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Attorney General Greg Abbott Names Lubbock Child Support Employee Managing Attorney of the Year

LUBBOCK Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott recognized Lubbock child support attorney Shelly Marshall for her commitment to Texas children. Marshall, who was named Managing Attorney of the Year, received the honor Tuesday at the Statewide Child Support Managers’ Meeting in Dallas.

Shelly Marshall is an outstanding lawyer and a natural leader whose stewardship of the Child Support Division’s Lubbock office has helped ensure thousands of young Texans receive the child support they need to grow healthy and strong, Attorney General Abbott said. Despite the thousands of cases that each lawyer under her supervision is responsible for handling, Shelly’s steady leadership has ensured that child support collections continue to rise. Thanks to Shelly’s leadership and dedication, Texas is home to one of the nation’s most efficient and effective child support programs.

Managing Attorney of the Year Award Recipient

Deputy Attorney General Alicia G. Key
and Shelly Marshall

Marshall was selected from among 67 managing attorneys across the state based on recommendations from her peers and supervisors, with a particular focus on her willingness to go beyond her normal duties to serve Texas children.

Marshall joined the Office of the Attorney General in 1998. In 2009, she became managing attorney of the Lubbock child support office that covers 16 rural counties throughout the area. As managing attorney, Marshall represents the State of Texas in legal actions to establish paternity between children of unmarried parents and their biological fathers. She also works to establish, enforce and modify court orders that require parents to provide child support and medical support.

Marshall, a graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law School, was chosen to be the Child Support Division’s Managing Attorney of the Year because of her office’s superior performance. Marshall and her management team are constantly identifying new and more efficient ways to serve families. Under her leadership, the Lubbock rural office has led the way in its use of technology to increase office productivity and efficiency. This year, Marshall also was named the Assistant Attorney General of the Year for the Child Support Division’s Lubbock region.

Shelly’s innovation and dedication to staff and customers are well known in the South Plains area, said Terrell Thompson, senior regional attorney of the Child Support Division’s Lubbock region. She has had an impact on our agency that can literally be felt throughout the state. Shelly is a tremendous resource, and most deserving of this prestigious award.

The Lubbock rural office handles more than 12,000 child support cases and collected $31 million in child support for the state fiscal year that ended August 31.

For more information about the Office of the Attorney General and the child support services it offers, call (800) 252-8014 or visit the agency’s website at