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Special Assistant Attorney General

Michael R. O’Donnell

Michael R. O'Donnell, Special Assistant Attorney General, graduated from the University of Wyoming College of Law. He has practiced law for over 30 years. He began his legal career as an Assistant Wyoming Attorney General and was an original member of the Wyoming natural resource litigation team. After leaving the Attorney General’s office, O’Donnell opened a private practice which focused on personal injury and criminal defense litigation. Following that, O’Donnell became Assistant Federal Defender and provided indigent federal criminal defense in the Districts of Wyoming and Colorado. From 1996-2003, O'Donnell returned to private practice focusing on catastrophic personal injury, criminal defense, medical negligence, and commercial litigation cases while also assuming the position of hearing officer for the Wyoming Board of Medicine. In 2003, O’Donnell’s practice shifted to policy and legal advice to the Governor and a broad-based governmental practice.


School Finance

O'Donnell's current work as Special Assistant Attorney General for School Finance is focused on maintaining the constitutionality of Wyoming's school finance and school facilities systems. This involves close work with the Governor, Legislature, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Department of Education, School Facilities Department/Commission, all 48 school districts, and the Wyoming architectural and contracting communities on the myriad issues that arise in implementation of a multi-billion dollar state educational system.


Special Assignments

O’Donnell works on multiple issues on special assignment from the Governor and Attorney General. These special assignments tend to involve highly complex legal and factual issues which are often politically sensitive.  Among O’Donnell’s current assignments in this regard is acting as counsel and coordinator for the renovation of Wyoming’s State Capitol and adjoining structures.


O’Donnell is married to Donna A. Murray and has two children, Sara and Conor, from a previous marriage.



Assistant Attorney General

Mike Robinson
Mike joined the Wyoming Attorney General's Office in 2007. Mike represents the The Wyoming Secretary of State, The State Auditor, the Public Service Commission, the Business Council, the Division of Banking, the Collection Agency Board, The Real Estate Commission, the Certified Real Estate Appraiser Board, the Department of Tourism, the State Canvassing Board, and the State Librarian. Mike provides day-to-day legal advice on the myriad of issues faced by these clients, assists with contracts, provides representation in administrative legal proceedings, and state and federal courts. Mike is also responsible for representing state agencies in federal bankruptcy proceedings.

Mike's diverse clientele provides him with a varied legal experience that includes election law, securities, corporate law, trademarks and copyrights, bankruptcy, and contract law. Mike also does special projects, which have included complex cases involving constitutional issues, software contracts, and conservation easements. Mike litigated and settled, in the State's favor, a significant conservation easement case that ensured that thousands of acres of ranching land would remain undeveloped and used as productive agriculture land and wildlife habitat preservation consistent with the original landowner's intent. In 2014, Mike served on a panel at the annual meeting of the National Association of State Charities Officials in Washington D.C. and presented a review of the role of state attorney generals in the modification and termination of conservation easements.

Mike earned his J.D. from the University of Wyoming in 1993 and a B.A. at Michigan State University in 1990. He clerked at the Wyoming Supreme Court for the Honorable G. Joseph Cardine (1993-94) and Larry L. Lehman (1994-96). He served as a staff attorney at the Wyoming Public Service Commission (1996-98) and clerked for Wyoming Supreme Court Justice, the Honorable William U. Hill (1998-2007)..



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Paralegal
Tina Ortiz
(307) 777-8935
tina.ortiz@wyo.gov