Ken Paxton

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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

Danielle Diaz singled out as region’s top attorney for dedication to Texas children

LANCASTER – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott recognized Danielle Diaz, an assistant attorney general in the Child Support Division’s Lancaster office, for her commitment to Texas children. Diaz was named Assistant Attorney General of the Year for the Child Support Division’s Dallas region, which serves Dallas and four surrounding counties. First Assistant Attorney General Daniel Hodge presented the award to Diaz on Tuesday at the Statewide Assistant Attorneys General Conference in Austin.

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

Assistant Attorney General of the Year Award Recipient
Danielle Diaz

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.

Diaz, who joined the Office of the Attorney General in 2012, 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.

Diaz, a graduate of Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University, was chosen to be the region’s Assistant Attorney General of the Year because she is a team player and excellent lawyer. In addition, she is praised by the judiciary for her positive and polite demeanor and willingness to always help the court and parents.

“Danielle brings her very best to her work,” said Senior Regional Attorney Karen Young. “She shows up early, works hard and gets the job done while treating every case with the individual attention it requires. She embraces new technology and suggests practices that enhance docket efficiencies without sacrificing the quality of the legal work product.”

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