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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 Attorney 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 the Seventh Judicial District of Wyoming. He started at the Attorney General's Office in 2009 representing the Department of Transportation, then moving to the Tort Litigation Division. In 2015, Jackson became the supervisor in the Human Services Division of the Attorney General's Office, representing the Department of Health.

Jill Kucera

Jill E. Kucera moved to Wyoming in the 6th grade. After graduation from college, she lived in Scotland for five years. She graduated from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 1990 and while there was a Comment Editor for the Land and Water Law Review. After law school, Jill served as a law clerk in the 7th Judicial District Court in Casper, Wyoming, for a year before entering private practice in Riverton, Wyoming. Jill worked in Riverton in private practice with a general law focus from 1991-2003. She also served as the Riverton Municipal Court Judge from 2001 to 2003. In July of 2003, she joined the Wyoming Attorney General's office, and is currently a supervisor in the Human Services Division, and lead counsel for the Department of Family Services. 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.  Jill has been a board member of the Children’s Justice Project, Wyoming’s Court Improvement Project since 2008, and is the co-chairperson for the Juvenile Pattern Jury Instructions Committee.



Senior Assistant Attorneys General

Shawnna Herron
Shawnna M. Herron represents the Department of Family Services and the Wyoming Division of Victim Services. She 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 Program, 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.

Travis Kirchhefer
A lifetime Wyomingite, Travis received his Bachelor of Arts, History, from the University of Wyoming in 2004. As an undergraduate, Travis was active in speech and debate, theatre, and student government. Travis received his J.D. in 2007 from the University of Wyoming College of Law. While at the University of Wyoming, Travis served as the Domestic Violence Legal Assistant Student Director from 2006-2007, and was honored in 2007 as the Outstanding Student Lawyer for his pro bono services by the Wyoming State Bar. Since coming to work for the Wyoming Attorney General, Travis' practice has specialized in health information privacy and security, mental health, and disability issues. Travis regularly presents on these topics at conferences and bar events. Travis remains involved in the community where he serves as a board member and active participant in productions with the Cheyenne Little Theatre Players, and active member of the Open State Theatre and Company. He also enjoys music, art, and traveling with his partner, RJ.

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.

Donna Murray
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 Pauli
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. 

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

David Robinson

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. 


Kellsie Singleton
Kellsie Singleton was born and raised in Peetz, Colorado. After obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she attended the University of Wyoming College of Law. While at the University, Kellsie wrote for the Wyoming Law Review and served as the Estate Planning Practicum Student Director. Kellsie also interned at the University of Wyoming's Office of General Counsel and conducted legal research in the College of Business. Kellsie joined the Attorney General's Office in August 2015. She represents the Department of Health, Division of Healthcare Financing (Medicaid). In her free time, Kellsie enjoys singing, playing the piano, and spending time with her husband and kids.

Samuel Voyles
Sam graduated from Brigham Young University in 2011 with a B.A. in History, and a minor in Business Management. He earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law in 2015. Shortly after graduation, Sam moved to Wyoming to join the Wyoming Attorney General's Office. His client agency is the Wyoming Department of Transportation. One of Sam's contributions since joining the office is helping to create and implement a new system to ensure greater Attorney General Office participation in administrative DWUI driver license suspension hearings. Since implementing the new system, approximately 95% of these driver license suspensions have been upheld, which represents a dramatic increase over previous statistics. These efforts improve Wyoming's highway safety by ensuring that more drunk drivers have their driving privileges suspended. In his free time, Sam enjoys spending time with his family. 


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Paralegals

Jessica Baldwin
(307) 777-7891
jessica.baldwin@wyo.gov

Jennifer Esp
(307) 777-8638
jennifer.esp@wyo.gov

Steve Nelson
(307) 777-5075
steve.nelson@wyo.gov