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Deputy Attorney General

Ryan Schelhaas
Ryan grew up just south of the border in Longmont, Colorado. After graduating high school, Ryan moved to Laramie and attended the University of Wyoming earning both his degree in business marketing in 1996 and law degree in 1999. Ryan began his career as a civil litigator with Hirst Applegate in Cheyenne. After spending over four years with Hirst Applegate, Ryan joined the Civil Division of the Wyoming Attorney General's Office in November 2003. Ryan began his career with the Office as a tax litigator representing the Wyoming Department of Revenue before the Wyoming Board of Equalization, various state district courts, and the Wyoming Supreme Court. His practice areas eventually broadened to also include the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources, Wyoming Military Department, Wyoming Livestock Board, Wyoming Banking Commissioner, Department of Audit, and various licensing boards.

Ryan was promoted in 2006 to supervisor for the Regulatory/Administrative Law Section of the Civil Division. During his time as the Section supervisor, he helped lead a team of talented attorneys who represented various clients, including the Office of State Lands and Investments, State Loan and Investment Board, State Board of Land Commissioners, Secretary of State, State Auditor, Retirement System, Department of Administration and Information, Insurance Commissioner, Public Service Commission, Environmental Quality Council, Business Council, Department of Agriculture, and roughly forty to fifty licensing boards and commissions. Ryan was subsequently promoted to deputy of the Civil Division in March 2015 where he leads an excellent team of attorneys and paralegals who make up the Division's two sections - the Regulatory/Administrative Law Section and the Fiscal/Financial Section. The Division consists of eleven attorneys and two paralegals. In addition to providing day-to-day legal advice to the Division's many clients, the Division attorneys also litigate and argue cases before Wyoming's state and federal courts, the Wyoming Supreme Court, Wyoming Board of Equalization, and the Office of Administrative Hearings.


Supervising Attorneys General

Karl Anderson
Karl was born and grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he attended East High School. He graduated from the University of Utah in 1990 with a B.S. in Finance. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Laramie, Wyoming, where he attended the University of Wyoming College of Law. After graduating with a JD in 1994, he practiced civil law as an associate at Dray, Madison and Thomson in Cheyenne, Wyoming. In 1999, he joined the Wyoming Attorney General's Office. Karl represented the Department of Revenue and Audit in numerous state taxation appeals before the State Board of Equalization, various District Courts, and the Wyoming Supreme Court.  In July, 2015, Karl was promoted to the supervising attorney for the Tax Division. 

Mackenzie Williams
Mackenzie has been a Wyoming resident since age 15. After earning a B.S. degree in psychology, Mackenzie worked as the Community Outreach Coordinator at Albany County SAFE Project in Laramie, assisting survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and elder abuse while conducting outreach and community education efforts in those areas. He left that position to attend law school and graduated with honors and Order of the Coif from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 2007. During law school, he published a case note for the Wyoming Law Review, served as the case note editor for that publication, a legal writing teaching assistant, and worked two semesters in the prosecution assistance clinic after a summer internship with the Criminal Division of this office. 

After graduating, Mackenzie served as staff attorney for the Honorable E. James Burke of the Wyoming Supreme Court for two years and followed that by serving one year each as a law clerk for the Honorable Alan B. Johnson and Honorable Nancy D. Freudenthal of the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming. Mackenzie joined the Attorney General's Office in 2011. During that time, he has primarily represented the Department of Education, State Board of Education, Professional Teaching Standards Board as well as special projects as needed, though his practice has expanded considerably since becoming a supervisor in the Civil Division. Mackenzie volunteers as an attorney coach for the East High School mock trial team and was a founding board member of Legal Aid of Wyoming.

 
Senior Assistant Attorneys General

Curtis McNiven

Curtis was raised on his family's farm near Burlington, Wyoming where he attended public schools. He received a B.A. in Economics from Brigham Young University and later received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School. After law school, Curtis served as a clerk for the Honorable Claudia Laycock of the Utah 4th District Court. He then worked as an associate focused on commercial litigation at Lewis and Roca LLP and later at Crowley Fleck PLLP. At that point in his career, Curtis took the opportunity to attend Cornell University where he received an M.B.A., with distinction. After business school and prior to joining the Wyoming Attorney General's Office, Curtis worked for DTE Energy in Ann Arbor, Michigan as part of a team that developed and managed large energy projects throughout the United States. Curtis is a member of the Wyoming State Bar.

Megan Pope
Megan joined the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office in 2008. From 2008 to 2014, she represented the Department of Revenue and Wyoming Retirement System. Since 2014, Megan has represented Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources and the Office of State Lands and Investments.

As the attorney for the Office of State Lands and Investments, Megan also represents the State Forestry Division and the five elected officials in their capacity as the State Loan and Investment Board and Board of Land Commissioners. In that role, she has been involved in a wide range of civil matters, from wildfire litigation to oil and gas disputes. Megan has appeared before state and federal courts on behalf of the State and successfully argued a case of first impression before the Wyoming Supreme Court involving the free public services doctrine.

Megan’s education includes a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Kansas, a J.D. from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, and an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Denver, Strum College of Law Graduate Tax Program. She is a member of the Texas, Colorado, and Wyoming Bars.

Daniel Solish
Daniel Solish is an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Division of the Wyoming Attorney General's Office. In 2008, he graduated from Cornell University with distinction in all subjects and subsequently received his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. During law school, Daniel served as the Chief Managing Editor of the Pacific Basin Law Journal and a research assistant for the former Dean, Rachel Moran. Daniel began his legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Randolph A. Rogers and Brian C. Yep of the Los Angeles Superior Court and a research attorney at the Santa Clara Superior Court. Daniel is a member of the State Bar of California.


Assistant Attorneys General

Devin Kenney

Devin was born and raised in Northern Utah. Before college, Devin served a two-year church mission in Argentina. He received his B.A. in Political Science and Latin American Studies from “the U” and then his J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law in 2015, graduating in the top four percent of his law school class and being published four times. Between his second and third year of law school, Devin interned in the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office.  Since law school, Devin clerked for a Utah Court of Appeals judge and worked for a year in Washington, D.C. for the Environment and Natural Resources Section of the U.S. Department of Justice. Finding D.C. to be too much city, Devin made the decision to return to Cheyenne with his family. In his spare time, Devin spends time with his wife and three beautiful children. He also reads, a lot. He is a member of the Utah and Wyoming Bars.


James LaRock 
James LaRock is an Assistant Attorney General in the Water and Natural Resources Division of the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office. James earned a B.A. in political science from the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 2016, James graduated summa cum laude from Vermont Law School, also receiving a master’s degree in environmental law and policy. At Vermont Law School, James served as Senior Managing Editor of the Vermont Law Review and competed in Pace’s National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition. James has also worked in the Vermont Defender General’s appellate office, helping to write briefs and prepare attorneys for argument before the Vermont Supreme Court. James represents the Department of Environmental Quality’s Solid and Hazardous Waste Division. 

James Peters
Jim was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. He received his B.S. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2012 and his J.D., with honors, from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 2016. While at the University of Wyoming, Jim served on the Wyoming Law Review Editorial Board. His article on the Fourth Amendment can be found at 15 Wyo. L. Rev 571. He joined the Civil Division of the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office in 2016 and represents various professional licensing boards as board counsel and the Wyoming Military Department. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, golfing, and snowboarding.

Rebecca Zisch
Rebecca was born in Nevada but was raised throughout the world including stints overseas in Peru and Ghana. She received a B.A. in International Relations and English Writing from Wheaton College in 2010, a Masters with specializations in Water Law Policy and Energy Law Policy from Sturm College of Law in 2011, and a J.D., with honors, from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 2014. While in law school, Rebecca served as a junior staff member, staff member, and as an Article Editor on the Wyoming Law Review Editorial Board. She also published an article in the Wyoming Law Review regarding salvage water regulations in Wyoming. She joined the Civil Division of the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office in 2017. Before coming to the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office, Rebecca was an associate at Throne Law Office, P.C. and Long Reimer Winegar Beppler LLP. She is a member of the Colorado, North Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming Bars.

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Paralegals
Sherry Griffin
(307) 777-7886
sherry.griffin@wyo.gov

Marguerite Anderson
(307) 777-8929
marguerite.anderson@wyo.gov

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Civil Contracts Unit

Supervising Attorney General

Kristin Nuss
Kristin attended the University of Wyoming College of Law and graduated with honors in 2006.  She worked as an associate for an insurance defense litigation firm before joining the Attorney General's Office in 2011. Kristin has previously represented the Wyoming Department of Health and Medicaid. She is admitted to practice before the Wyoming Supreme Court, U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming, and the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Senior Assistant Attorneys General

Susan O'Brien
Susan moved to Wyoming to attend the University of Wyoming College of Law and graduated in 2003. She began her legal career with Child Support Services. In November, 2008, she joined the Wyoming Attorney General's Office, Criminal Division, as counsel for the Department of Corrections, Interstate Agreement on Detainers Administrator, and lead counsel on extraditions. Susan transferred to the Tort Contract Unit in May of 2015.


Assistant Attorney General


Alysia Goldman
Alysia earned her bachelor’s degree from Saint Michael’s College in Political Science in 2011. At Saint Michael’s, Alysia was a member of the College’s Women’s Ice Hockey Team. After working in Casper for several years, she returned to school and continued her education at the University of Wyoming College of Law. During law school, she worked on the Wyoming Law Review Editorial Board. She graduated with honors from the College of Law in 2017 and is licensed to practice in Wyoming. 

Tyler Renner

Tyler, a Cheyenne native, earned a B.S. in Kinesiology and a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Wyoming in 2012, followed by his J.D. with honors from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 2015.  During law school, he served on the Wyoming Law Review Editorial Board, and also participated in mock trial and client counseling competitions.  Tyler worked for a transactional firm in Steamboat Springs, Colorado prior to joining the Attorney General’s office in late 2016.  He is licensed to practice in Colorado and Wyoming.


Maggie Schwartz

Maggie Schwartz is a fourth generation Wyomingite. She earned her bachelor's degree from Stanford University in Classical Studies and Modern languages in 2012. After working in her hometown for the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole for a year, she returned to school and began her legal studies at the University of Wyoming College of Law. During law school, Maggie worked on the Wyoming Law Review Editorial Board and as a teaching assistant for first year Legal Writing courses. She graduated with honors from the College of Law in 2016 and is licensed to practice in Wyoming.



Paralegals
Contract Unit Paralegal 
Naomi Wong
(307) 777-6990

Loretta Valdez
(307) 777-6886

ag.contractsparalegal@wyo.gov