Ken Paxton

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Attorney General Greg Abbott Names Beaumont Child Support Employee Assistant Attorney General of the Year

Matthew Block singled out as region’s top attorney for dedication to Texas children

BEAUMONT – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott recognized Matthew Block, an assistant attorney general in the Child Support Division’s Beaumont office, for his commitment to Texas children. Block was named Assistant Attorney General of the Year for the Child Support Division’s Tyler region, which covers 43 counties. First Assistant Attorney General Daniel Hodge presented the award to Block on Tuesday at the Statewide Assistant Attorneys General Conference in Austin.

Assistant Attorney General of the Year Award Recipient
Matthew Block

“Through hard work and dedication, Matthew Block has helped improve the lives of thousands of young Texans and their families,” Attorney General Abbott said. “We are grateful to Matthew for his commitment to Texas children and his service to the State.”

Deputy for Child Support Charles Smith selected one assistant attorney general from each of the state’s nine child support regions, along with an assistant attorney general from the main office in Austin. Honorees are chosen based on recommendations from their peers and supervisors, with a particular focus on employees who are willing to go beyond their normal duties to serve Texas children. Each recipient demonstrates a desire to serve Texas families, help their colleagues and enhance the Attorney General’s Child Support Division.

Block, who joined the Office of the Attorney General in 2011, represents the State of Texas in legal actions to establish paternity between children of unmarried parents and their biological fathers. He also works to establish, enforce and modify court orders that require parents to provide child support and medical support.

Block, a graduate of the University of Tulsa College of Law, was chosen to be the region’s Assistant Attorney General of the Year because he excels at regularly lending support and guidance to his co-workers and using sound judgment to make decisions with confidence. In addition, Block’s excellent teamwork and attention to detail make him a powerful asset.

“Mr. Block effectively blends legal and technical skills to successfully accomplish optimum outcomes for the agency and our customers,” said Regional Administrator Chip Arnold. “He excels in impromptu speaking; communicates with ease and enthusiasm; and quickly gains the respect of others. In addition, he promotes harmony and teamwork; is eager to try new approaches; and generates success in highly complex and stressful situations.”

The Attorney General’s Child Support Division offers an array of services to help families, including locating absent parents; establishing paternity for children born to unmarried parents; establishing, enforcing and modifying child and medical support orders; and collecting and distributing child support payments.

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