Human Services Division Staff Listing

Deputy Attorney General


Misha Westby


Misha Westby is the Deputy Attorney General for the Human Services Division of the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office. Misha attended the University of Wyoming and received her B.A. in education in 1990. She had the unique opportunity to intern for Chief Justice Warren Burger, ret. during the summer of 1987. This opportunity along with a life-long love of the law led Misha to seek a law degree and she received her J.D. from the University of Wyoming, College of Law in 1994. She began her legal career as a clerk for the Federal Magistrate Judge William C. Beaman. Misha then took a position with the firm of Hirst Applegate, LLP. She was invited to become a shareholder in 1999 and she held that position from 1999 to 2003. In private practice, Misha focused on civil defense work, including insurance defense, product liability and medical malpractice defense. In 2003, Misha joined the Attorney General's Office in the Tort Litigation Division. She became the supervisor of the Tort Litigation section in 2005 handling a wide variety of civil litigation matters and supervising the other litigation attorneys. Since joining the office, Misha has represented the office in a wide variety of cases including defending, civil rights lawsuits, employment actions, medical malpractice suits and prisoner litigation. She has also worked with others in the office to defend the State of Wyoming in class action lawsuits and high profile litigation.


Misha became Deputy Attorney General of the Human Services Division in March of 2015. The Division represents the Department of Transportation, the Department of Health and the Department of Family Services in a variety of complex legal matters. The Division is also home to the Tobacco Litigation Unit charged with enforcement of the terms of the Master Settlement Agreement and compliance with state and federal law. The final component of the Division, the Wyoming Consumer Protection Unit, has been successful in deterring consumer fraud and abuse and in educating the citizens of Wyoming on potential consumer threats. Misha is married to Darin Westby, the Director of State Parks and Cultural Resources. Their daughter Amanda is an emergency room nurse in Omaha and her husband Ben is in dental school at Creighton University. Their son Colton, a senior, and their daughter Brennan, a junior, both attend the University of Wyoming.



Supervising Attorneys General


Mike Kahler

Mike Kahler graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2000, earning a Bachelors of Science in Finance and a minor in Banking and Financial Services. After receiving his undergraduate degree, Mike worked as a project analyst for the Federal Reserve Bank in Denver from 2001 to 2003, when he returned to law school. Mike earned his law degree from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 2006 and worked in private practice assisting clients in estate planning, real estate transactions, probate, and various other matters. In 2007, Mike joined the Wyoming Attorney General's Office, Human Services Division. His agency clients include the Department of Transportation and the Pari-Mutuel Commission. He also monitors gaming issues in the state and assisted the Wyoming Lottery Corporation with legal advice during start-up until they could retain their own private counsel. During his time with the Attorney General's Office, Mike has also provided representation for the Department of Workforce Services, Department of Health, and the Department of Education.


Jackson Engels

Jackson began his legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Scott W. Skavdahl in Wyoming's Seventh Judicial District. In 2009, he started at the Attorney General's Office, representing the Department of Transportation and then moving to the litigation section of the Tort Division. Jackson is currently a supervisor in the Human Services Division, representing the Department of Health.


Jackson has practiced in the Wyoming Office of Administrative Hearings, Wyoming Circuit and District Courts, the Federal District Court in Wyoming, the Wyoming Supreme Court, and the United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.


Christina F. McCabe

Christina F. McCabe is a Senior Assistant Attorney General with the Human Services Division of the Wyoming Attorney General's Office. She received her J.D. from the University of Wyoming in 2007 after working as a paralegal for over 10 years. While at the University, Christina served as a teaching assistant for legal writing and appellate advocacy courses. Christina primarily represents the Wyoming Department of Family Services and is currently the lead attorney for adult protective matters. She is also certified as a Child Welfare Law Specialist by the National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC). Christina was appointed by Governor Mead as an ex-officio member of the State Advisory Council on Juvenile Justice in 2013. She is also an adjunct professor at Laramie County Community College teaching Legal Research and Writing to future paralegals. She also volunteers her time helping the next generation of entrepreneurs and business persons through the state high school conferences for DECA (An Association of Marketing Students) and FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America). In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.



Senior Assistant Attorneys General


Melissa Bartley

Melissa grew up in Chugiak, Alaska and attended the University of Wyoming where she received her undergraduate degree in Biology and her law degree. Prior to attending law school, Melissa worked as the community engagement coordinator for the largest non-profit social service provider in Anchorage.

After law school Melissa served as Health Care Policy Advisor for Governor Matthew Mead. She went on to try her hand at litigation as a Deputy County and Prosecuting Attorney for Sublette County. She then served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Alaska in the Child Protection Unit where she managed a high-volume caseload in Western Alaska which covered 56 Alaska Native Villages. Melissa returned to Wyoming to serve as Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Human Services Division where she represents the Wyoming Department of Health.

In her spare time she enjoys hiking, biking, gardening, paddle boarding and skiing.

Shawnna Lamb

Shawnna M. Lamb was born and raised in Wyoming and attended the University of Wyoming to obtain her undergraduate education in Criminal Justice and Spanish, and studied abroad at universities in Mexico, Argentina and Spain before graduating magna cum laude in 2006. Shawnna went on to receive her juris doctorate from the University of Wyoming, College of Law in 2009. During law school Shawnna interned with the Wyoming Attorney General’s Human Services Division, the Laramie County District Attorney’s office and the University of Wyoming’s Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Project, where she was awarded the 2008-2009 Student Intern of the Year Award. Shawnna joined the Attorney General’s Office in July 2013 after a four-year stint in private practice, based primarily on medical malpractice defense and civil litigation. She is admitted to practice before the Wyoming Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Shawnna serves as a prosecuting attorney in the Human Services Division.


Wendy S. Ross

Wendy S. Ross graduated from California Polytechnic State University in 2007 with a B.A. in History. She received her J.D. from the University of Wyoming in 2010 and moved to Cheyenne. Ms. Ross began her legal career with a general practice firm and represented clients in family law, criminal defense, and bankruptcy matters. Ms. Ross joined the Attorney General's Office in 2014. She represents the Wyoming Department of Family Services and focuses on assisting them in achieving permanency for children in abuse and neglect actions through termination of parental rights actions and guardianships. She also represents the Wyoming Child Support Enforcement Program. From 2012 through 2015, Ms. Ross served as the Laramie County Bar Association President. She is also an adjunct instructor in the paralegal studies program at Laramie County Community College teaching the family law class.


Assistant Attorneys General


Cameron Smith

Cameron grew up in Cheyenne, Wyoming and loves his home state of Wyoming. He graduated from Conception Seminary College in Northwest Missouri with a B.A. in Philosophy. After graduation, Cameron returned to Wyoming and worked for a local church as a youth director and director of programs for eleven years. He attended the University of Wyoming College of Law and graduated with his J.D. in 2021. Cameron briefly worked in private practice before joining the Office of the Wyoming Attorney General to represent the Department of Family Services as Assistant Attorney General. In law school, Cameron took the lead and successfully appealed a case to the Wyoming Supreme Court as part of a legal internship. Cameron is passionate about advocating for children and juvenile justice. Outside of work, Cameron enjoys hiking and spending time with family and friends.


Jacob Steers

Jacob is a graduate of the University of Wyoming College Law. During law school, Jacob worked in the prosecution assistance and estate planning clinics and as a paralegal in Laramie. After passing the bar, Jacob took a job with the Attorney General’s office and currently represents Wyoming Medicaid primarily handling Estate Recovery. In his spare time, he enjoys boxing, running, and playing in the dirt.






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Paralegals


Jennifer Esp

(307) 777-8638

jennifer.esp@wyo.gov


Chatima Hughes

(307) 777-7891

chatima.hughes2@wyo.gov


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