Tort Division Staff Listing



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Deputy Attorney General

Dan White

Dan was born and raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  He earned his B.A. from the University of Wyoming in 1972, and his J.D. in 1976.  He acted as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Wyoming from 1976 to 1979, his clients included WYDOT and the Workers’ Compensation Division.  He was the Assistant County Attorney for Converse County from 1979 to 1980.  He served as the Executive Director for the Wyoming State Bar from 1980 to 1983.  From 1983 to 1999, he was a partner in Vines, Gusea, & White PC in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  He acted as the staff attorney for the Wyoming Insurance Department from 1999-2000, and then as an associate attorney and partner in Woodard & White PC in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He served as the City Attorney for the City of Cheyenne from 2009 to 2016.  He became Deputy Attorney General for the Tort Division for the Office of the Attorney General in 2016.

 

Tort Contracts Unit

Supervising Attorney General

Kristin Nuss
Kristin attended the University of Wyoming College of Law and graduated with honors in 2006.  She worked as an associate for an insurance defense litigation firm before joining the Attorney General's Office in 2011. Kristin has previously represented the Wyoming Department of Health and Medicaid. She is admitted to practice before the Wyoming Supreme Court, U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming, and the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Senior Assistant Attorneys General

Susan O'Brien
Susan moved to Wyoming to attend the University of Wyoming College of Law and graduated in 2003. She began her legal career with Child Support Services. In November, 2008, she joined the Wyoming Attorney General's Office, Criminal Division, as counsel for the Department of Corrections, Interstate Agreement on Detainers Administrator, and lead counsel on extraditions. Susan transferred to the Tort Contract Unit in May of 2015.

Marion Yoder
Marion was born on a small family-owned ranch three miles west of  Ft. Laramie, a National Historic Site.  She was educated in Wyoming, Nebraska, and Colorado and was admitted to practice law in Wyoming in 1978.   She was awarded a "Certificate of Appreciation" by the Wyoming Game Warden Association in 1986 for having "contributed to the Wildlife of the State of Wyoming with great distinction."   She was admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor before the High Court of New Zealand in 1997.  She has practiced in a variety of legal areas and is presently a contract law specialist.  Her personal interests include travel, playing the piano and reading. She is also involved in a number of community activities as a volunteer. 


Assistant Attorney General

Samantha Caselli
Samm Caselli is an Assistant Attorney General with the Tort Litigation Division and represents the Department of Workforce Services. Samm received her J.D. from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 2009. Before joining the Attorney General's Office in 2013, she worked for a non-profit in Cheyenne serving low income families. She is licensed in both Colorado and Wyoming.

Paralegal
Marguerite Anderson
(307) 777-6990
marguerite.anderson@wyo.gov

                                                                                                             


Tort Litigation Unit

Supervising Attorney General

Torey Racines
Torey Racines is the Supervising Attorney General for the Tort Litigation Division. He was an assistant district attorney in Pennsylvania for eleven years. In 2002, he relocated to Wyoming, serving as a deputy county and prosecuting attorney until April 2006, when he joined the Attorney General's Office. He has also served as supervisor of the Attorney General's Criminal Appeals Section.


Assistant Attorney General

Jeremy Gross
Jeremy earned his J.D. from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 2013, graduating Order of the Coif with honors. While at the University of Wyoming, Jeremy served on the Wyoming Law Review Editorial Board and participated in various moot court and trial advocacy competitions. Jeremy joined the Attorney General's office in 2013 practicing environmental and administrative law through representation of the Department of Environmental Quality.  In August of 2015, he accepted a position with the Tort Litigation Division.

Justin Daraie
Before joining the Tort Litigation Division in November 2015, Justin worked as an Assistant Attorney General for four years. For two of those years, he handled appeals before the Wyoming Supreme Court, then transferred to the Civil Division where he represented various state agencies, including the State Land Board, the State Loan and Investment Board, and the Industrial Siting Council. He received his law degree in 2010 from the University of Wyoming, graduating with honors. If he has free time, he will likely be climbing a rock or mountain somewhere.

Paralegals

Heather Hunter
(307) 777-5547
heather.hunter@wyo.gov

Mary Beth Oatsvall
(307) 777-5996
marybeth.jones@wyo.gov

Loretta Valdez
(307) 777-6886
loretta.valdez@wyo.gov

                                                                                                             


Tort Employment Unit

Supervising Attorney General

Mick Finn
Mick is a third generation Wyoming native who grew up in Casper. He is a graduate of the University of Wyoming, College of Agriculture. He worked five years as a range conservationist for the US Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management, in southwestern Wyoming before attending law school. He is licensed to practice law before the state and federal courts in Wyoming. After graduating from the University of Wyoming, College of Law, he engaged in the private practice of law in Rock Springs for 14 years. He joined the Wyoming Attorney General's office in late 2000. During his time at the Attorney General's Office, he has represented the Division of Criminal Investigation, the Department of Fire Prevention and Electrical Safety, and the Department of Workforce Services, including the Unemployment Insurance, Workers' Compensation, and OSHA Divisions.

Assistant Attorneys General

Charlotte Powers
Charlotte graduated from Georgetown University in 2010 with a B.A. in political economics and received her J.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2014. A Wyoming native, she returned to the State of Wyoming in 2014 to practice law and joined the Tort Division of the Office of the Wyoming Attorney General. She is licensed to practice law in both Colorado and Wyoming.


Paralegal
Dawn Fiscus
(307) 777-7242
dawn.fiscus@wyo.gov

                                                                                                             


Tort Personnel Unit

Managing Attorney General

Liz Gagen
Liz graduated from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 1996. She clerked for the State District Court with Judge Ed Grant and Nick Kalokathis from 1996 through 1998. She has worked for the Office of the Attorney General since then, focusing primarily on employment and professional licensing law.

Senior Assistant Attorneys General

Sue Chatfield
Sue Chatfield represents state agencies in employment/personnel matters and prosecutes professional licensing matters. She was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, and attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where she obtained her bachelor of arts degree in Psychology and English in 1993. She attended graduate school for psychology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the University of Wyoming. Sue went on to receive her juris doctorate from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 1999. During law school, Sue interned with the Wyoming Attorney General's Civil Division and the Honorable Judge Stebner. Sue joined the Attorney General's Office in April of 2000. 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. Sue has litigation experience in civil rights, bankruptcy, termination of parental rights, juvenile justice, adult protection, and child protection advocacy. On her time off, Sue enjoys playing volleyball, golf, tennis and pool.

Matt Fermelia
Mr. Fermelia holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Juris Doctorate degrees, both received from the University of Wyoming. He has practiced law for over 27 years.  In this position, Mr. Fermelia represents departments and agencies of the State of Wyoming in personnel and employment matters and also prosecutes professional licensing board matters. Mr. Fermelia has served as a director on boards of many community organizations, and in his free time, enjoys swimming, running, cycling, skiing, golfing, hiking, traveling, and attending various arts and sporting events.


Assistant Attorney General

Jessica Frint
Prior to law school, Jessica served as the Western Governors' Association Mickelson Fellow in Governor Freudenthal's administration focusing on energy issues. During law school, she served as a graduate assistant for the School of Energy Resources and the student director of the Prosecution Assistance Program. She is the recipient of the Clinical Legal Education Association Outstanding Student Award for the University of Wyoming. Prior to joining the Attorney General's Office, she was an intellectual property analyst for the University of Wyoming's Research Product Center. Jessica served for several years in the Civil Division representing professional licensing boards as board counsel. She now serves as a prosecuting attorney in the Tort Division.

Van Snow
Van was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He received his J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2014. Van spent the summers between law school semesters with the New Mexico Attorney General's Office and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of New Mexico. He relocated to Cheyenne and joined the Wyoming Attorney General's Office in early 2015.


Paralegal

Nella Martinez
(307) 777-6170
nella.martinez@wyo.gov