Shelby White joined Durham, Pittard & Spalding, LLP in 2022. Prior to joining the firm, she attended Baylor University for both her undergraduate and law degrees. In law school, she was an articles editor for the Baylor Law Review, and competed on one of Baylor’s moot court teams. As an undergraduate, she was a four-year letter winner for Baylor’s varsity Equestrian Team.
After law school, Shelby worked in the appellate and litigation section of Harris, Finley & Bogle, PC in Fort Worth. While there, Shelby worked on commercial cases at the state and federal level in Texas, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania, and briefed appeals to the Texas Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and numerous intermediate appellate courts. In 2018, she moved to the appellate section of the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office, where she served as lead attorney in over 50 appeals. She has argued before the Fort Worth Court of Appeals, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She is admitted to practice in all Texas Courts, the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas.
Shelby is a past board member of the Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association, and a past president of the Tarrant County Bar Association’s Appellate Section, where she still serves on the section committee. She has been named a top attorney by Fort Worth Magazine since 2015. In 2017, she was awarded a National Collegiate Equestrian Association Distinguished Alumni Award.
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Successfully convinced court of appeals to dismiss officers’ qualified immunity appeal for lack of jurisdiction in light of material factual disputes regarding the officers’ use of force. The Fifth Circuit determined that video of the incident did not conclusively establish reasonable force, and that the law clearly established that officers’ use of force was excessive force in circumstances consistent with the Plaintiff’s version of events.
Successfully reversed trial court’s grant of summary judgment to police officer, holding that the officer was not entitled to summary judgment on his qualified immunity defense when he shot and killed an unarmed driver during a pretextual traffic stop.
Successfully obtained reversal and remand of Court of Appeals’ decision that the State had failed to timely disclose evidence.
Obtained petition for review of Court of Appeals’ decision that affidavit was not properly sworn.
Obtained reversal on en banc reconsideration holding that issue previously decided on appeal was not properly raised.
Successfully defended against petition for discretionary review in the Texas Supreme Court finding that the trial court correctly interpreted the State’s statutory conceal-carry requirements.