Tort Division Staff Listing



AG Employment Opportunities



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.


Assistant Attorney General

Tyler Renner

Tyler, a Cheyenne native, earned a B.S. in Kinesiology and a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Wyoming in 2012, followed by his J.D. with honors from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 2015.  During law school, he served on the Wyoming Law Review Editorial Board, and also participated in mock trial and client counseling competitions.  Tyler worked for a transactional firm in Steamboat Springs, Colorado prior to joining the Attorney General’s office in late 2016.  He is licensed to practice in Colorado and Wyoming.


Maggie Schwartz

Maggie Schwartz is a fourth generation Wyomingite. She earned her bachelor's degree from Stanford University in Classical Studies and Modern languages in 2012. After working in her hometown for the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole for a year, she returned to school and began her legal studies at the University of Wyoming College of Law. During law school, Maggie worked on the Wyoming Law Review Editorial Board and as a teaching assistant for first year Legal Writing courses. She graduated with honors from the College of Law in 2016 and is licensed to practice in Wyoming.



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

                                                                                                             

Tort Litigation Unit

Supervising Attorney General

John Ridge
John attended Boston College, graduating with a J.D. and a Ph.D.  Prior to coming to the Attorney General's Office in 2016, John was an associate professor at a university in Washington State.  He was also a partner in a large Seattle law firm, where he practiced in the tax and trial departments, and the Deputy City Attorney for the City of Cheyenne.  John is licensed to practice in Wyoming, Washington, Oregon, the Ninth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeal, the United States Tax Court, and the United States Supreme Court. John frequently publishes on legal topics, including legal writing and tax issues.


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. Currently Jeremy practices in both state and federal court, defending negligence and constitutional civil rights claims for the State Self Insurance Program.

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 Attorney General

Peter Howard
Before joining the Tort Litigation Division in 2017, Peter worked with a private firm in Cheyenne litigating a variety of civil matters in state and federal court. Before returning to his home state of Wyoming, Peter was a Sergeant in the US Army, serving as a cavalry scout in Iraq.  He graduated from the University of Wyoming magna cum laude with a B.A. in history, and earned his J.D. with honors from the University of Wyoming College of Law. Peter enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, lifting weights, and working on engines.

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

Iryna Wiggam
(307) 777-7538
iryna.wiggam@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.


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