El Paso

221 N. Kansas, Suite 1700
El Paso, TX 79901
Phone: 915.533.4424
Fax: 915.546.5360


2905 San Gabriel St, Suite 205, 
Austin, TX 78705
Phone: 512.320.5466
Fax: 512.320.5431

Las Cruces

3800 E. Lohman Ave., Suite C
Las Cruces, NM 88011
Phone: 575.527.0023
Fax: 915.546.5360

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Shelly W. Rivas

Email: shelly.rivas@kempsmith.com
Telephone: 915.533.4424 / Fax: 915.546.5360

Shelly W. Rivas is a partner in the firm's Trial Department, and her practice focuses on commercial litigation. While in law school, Ms. Rivas participated in the Baylor International Law Program in Guadalajara, Mexico. Ms. Rivas was selected for inclusion in Texas Rising Stars by publishers Thomson Reuters in 2009-2012.




  • Baylor University School of Law, J.D., 1997
  • University of Pittsburgh, B.A., 1994


  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of New Mexico
  • El Paso Bar Foundation
  • Women's Bar Association


  • Texas, 1997
  • New Mexico, 2000
  • United States Supreme Court, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico

Professional & Civic Involvement

Women's Fund, Board of Directors 
Leadership El Paso Class XXX

Ms. Rivas has been a director of the El Paso Bar Association and she previously served on the District 17 Grievance Committee of the State Bar. Ms. Rivas is a frequent lecturer to local professional and business groups on ethics, government contracting, construction law business litigation and landlord/tenant relationships. She is a member of the Construction Law Section of the State Bar.