Wyoming State's Counsel for School Finance, Michael R. O'Donnell graduated from the University of Wyoming College of Law. He has practiced law for 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. He opened a private practice which focused on personal injury and criminal defense litigation. Following that, he 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 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, his practice shifted to policy and legal advice to the Governor and a broad-based governmental practice. O'Donnell's current work as State's Counsel 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, 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. He is married to Donna A. Murray and has two children, Sara and Connor, from a previous marriage.
Assistant Attorney General
Jesse Naiman is the assistant attorney general for the school finance litigation division. He also defends civil rights cases for the tort litigation division. He went to law school at Michigan and clerked in Alaska.