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State of Texas
Texas Attorney General's Office
News Release
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Statement by AG Paxton on the Death of Shelley Dahlberg

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton today released the following statement on the death of Shelley Dahlberg, who served as the associate deputy attorney for civil litigation in the Texas attorney general’s office:

“I am deeply saddened by the news of Shelley’s death. Her faith, strength and determination to continue working and fight ALS to the end was an inspiration to all of us. Shelley was a brilliant lawyer, an outstanding public servant who worked tirelessly for the people of Texas. Most importantly, she was an incredibly devoted mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with Shelley’s family. Shelley leaves a rich and lasting legacy that will continue to inspire all of us in the attorney general’s office.”

Among her many accomplishments, Dahlberg was lead counsel on the longest running trial in Travis County history, leading the state to a landmark victory on challenges to the school finance system. She was awarded the Litigation and Appellate Attorney Award by the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association in May 2017. Over the course of her career, Dahlberg handled many significant cases, argued before several appellate courts and the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Since 2004, Dahlberg devoted her legal career to the Office of the Attorney General. She was a stalwart leader of the General Litigation Division and was promoted by Attorney General Paxton to oversee all civil litigation matters for the state of Texas. Among her many contributions, Shelley identified and developed several of the current leaders in the Civil Litigation Division. Dahlberg graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and earned her law degree from Saint Mary’s University.

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