Deputy Attorney General
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 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 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
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.
Ms. Murray graduated from the University of Wyoming, College of Law, in 1991. Upon graduating, Ms. Murray clerked for Judge James E. Barrett with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeal and Federal Magistrate William C. Beaman. Following her clerkships, Ms. Murray entered private practice with the firm of Bailey, Pickering & Stock. After working for Bailey, Pickering & Stock for a few years, Ms. Murray opened her own domestic relations practice. Ms. Murray was recruited to be the Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Foundation in 1998. In 2002, Ms. Murray joined the Attorney General's Office where she represented the Department of Education and the School Facilities Commission. Two years later, Ms. Murray was asked by the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center to conduct the fundraising campaign for the Davis Hospice Center. In 2005, Ms. Murray became the Assistant Director of the School Facilities Commission and then returned to the Attorney General's Office in 2010 where she currently represents the Department of Health, Division of Healthcare Financing (Medicaid). She is married to Michael R. O'Donnell and has one child, Lauren, from a prior marriage.
Amy A. Pauli received her bachelors degree from Creighton University in 2004 with a dual degree in Psychology and Philosophy. She went on to graduate with honor from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 2007. Amy began her legal career with the Wyoming Attorney General's Office as an intern from 2005-2007 and from 2007 forward, as an attorney, working in the School Finance Litigation division of the office. Her work in School Finance focused on maintaining the constitutionality of Wyoming's school finance and school facilities systems. In 2015, Amy joined the Human Services Division, where she now represents the Department of Health and Department of Transportation. She has practiced in front of the Office of Administrative Hearings, various district courts throughout the state, 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. In her free time, Amy enjoys camping, reading, travelling, and has recently discovered the joy (and challenge) of coaching her son Adam's youth soccer team.
David joined the Attorney General's Office out of law school in 2015. While at the University of Washington School of Law, David focused on health law. He worked for two years as a research assistant for Professor Anna Mastroianni, assisting an NIAID-funded grant study the inclusion of pregnant and nursing women in clinical research. David additionally externed for the Washington Attorney General's Office -- University of Washington Division, the Allen Institute for Brain Science, and Seattle Children's Hospital. As an Assistant Attorney General, David is assigned to the Wyoming Department of Health and primarily represents the Department's Public Health Division. When not in the office, he is most often found hiking the Front Range or watching the latest television series at home with his two cats.
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
Allison E. Connell
Allison was born and raised near Sheridan, Wyoming. She graduated from the University of Montana with a B.A. in Political Science, and moved to Washington, D.C. to work on Capitol Hill. After several years, she returned to her home state to attend law school at the University of Wyoming, and graduated with her J.D. in 2019. As an Assistant Attorney General, Ms. Connell represents the Department of Family Services. Outside of work, she enjoys time with her animals, practicing and teaching yoga, and taking advantage of the outdoor adventures that the west has to offer.
Rashell grew up in Cheyenne, Wyoming and received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming in 2013. Ms. Rodekohr graduated from Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law in May 2017 and joined the Attorney General’s Office in October 2017. As an Assistant Attorney General, Ms. Rodekohr works in the Human Services Division where she primarily represents the Department of Family Services and the Department of Health. Ms. Rodekohr also represents the Board of Pharmacy and the Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities.
Ryan grew up in Montana and received his B.A. in Journalism from the University of Montana. After graduation, he worked in the nonprofit sector and received a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado, Denver. Ryan attended law school at the University of Colorado. Ryan's law school internships with the Colorado Attorney General's Office, the Denver City Attorney's Office, the Aurora City Attorney's Office, and the Colorado U.S. Attorney's Office inspired him to work in government service. Ryan joined the Wyoming Attorney General's Office in 2019. As an Assistant Attorney General, he represents the Wyoming Department of Transportation. Outside of the office, Ryan enjoys hiking in the Rockies, live music, and studying Spanish.