Shelby L. O’Brien

Shelby O'Brien is a Board Certified Civil Appellate attorney who litigates at the trial and appellate levels. Insight she gained as a staff attorney for the Texas Supreme Court now enables her to better serve clients in their disputes before the courts. As a former attorney for the Texas Legislative Council, Shelby also assists clients in policy matters by researching and drafting legislation and legislative memoranda.

Phone: ‭(512) 615-1225‬

Professional Background

Professional & Community Activities

Professional Background


  • Represents businesses and trade associations in lawsuits against the State of Texas and local governments in state and federal courts, including challenges to administrative rules, statutes, and ordinances
  • Represents businesses and individuals in commercial and other business disputes in state and federal courts
  • Represents clients in all aspects of pretrial preparation and trial, including depositions, discovery, motion practice, mediation, and first chairing bench and jury trials
  • Represents clients in appellate matters before the Texas Supreme Court and state and federal courts of appeals
  • Represents businesses and individuals before the State Office of Administrative Hearings
  • Researches and drafts legislation and legislative memoranda to support clients before the Legislature

Awards & Recognition

  • Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2016-present
  • Austin Monthly, Top Appellate Lawyer, 2020-present
  • Best Lawyers in America, Appellate Practice, 2022-present
  • Texas Super Lawyers, Appellate Law, 2022-present

Admitted to Practice

  • Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas


  • University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
    - J.D., with Honors
    - Dean’s Achievement Awards for Highest Grades in Constitutional Law I and Texas Criminal Procedure
    - Recipient of Robert S. Strauss Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Law
    - Board of Advocates
  • University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
    - B.A., English Literature
    - University and English Honors Programs

Professional & Community Activities

  • State Bar of Texas
    - Administrative & Public Law Section
    - Appellate Section
    - Litigation Section
  • Austin Bar Association
    - Director (2022-present)
    - Civil Appellate Section, Member
      - Chair (2021-2022)
      - Chair-Elect (2020-2021)
      - Secretary-Treasurer (2019-2020)
      - Governing Council (2017-2019)
    - Civil Litigation and Administrative Law Sections, Member
  • American Bar Association
    - Litigation Section
    - Lawyers Conference Division
  • Travis County Women Lawyers' Association, Member (2013-present)
    - Immediate Past-President (2021-2022)
    - President (2020-2021)
    - President-Elect (2019-2020)
    - Board of Directors (2017-2019)
  • Travis County Women Lawyers' Foundation
    - Immediate Past-Chair (2022-2023)
    - Chair (2021-2022)
    - Board of Directors (2019-2021)
    - Fellow (2016-present)
  • Robert W. Calvert Inn of Court, Membership Co-Chair
  • Austin Court of Appeals Pro Bono Pilot Committee, Member (2016-2019)
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow (2018-present)