Water and Natural Resources Staff Listing



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Deputy Attorney General

James Kaste

James Kaste is Deputy Attorney General for the Water and Natural Resources Division of the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office. James received his B.A. in journalism from the University of Wyoming in 1995 and his J.D. from the University of Wyoming in 1998. He began his career as the law clerk for the Hon. Edward L. Grant and Hon. Nicholas G. Kalokathis in the First Judicial District Court of Wyoming. Before joining the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office in 2008, James was a partner in a private insurance defense firm in Cheyenne where he oversaw a broad range of litigation in wide variety of venues. His private practice focused on general civil litigation primarily professional liability defense with significant emphasis on medical malpractice litigation, insurance defense, commercial litigation, products liability defense, and insurance bad faith. 


Since joining the office, James has represented the State of Wyoming in a wide variety of cases related to the natural resources and waters of Wyoming, including winter use in the National Parks, grazing on the public lands, coal leasing in the Powder River Basin, the expansion of natural gas fields in Sublette County, the Roadless Area Conservation Rule, and the Endangered Species Act. In addition to his supervisory responsibilities, James represents the Wyoming State Board of Control, and continues to represent the other client agencies within the Division as needed. James has also served as lead counsel in the interstate water dispute known as Montana v. Wyoming since 2012. The first phase of this interstate water compact litigation invoking the original jurisdiction of the United States Supreme Court was tried to a Special Master over the course of twenty-five trial days. Recently, James has also led the State of Wyoming and the Department of Environmental Quality’s legal team in all matters related to the bankruptcies of the three largest coal companies in Wyoming. 


Supervising Attorneys General

Christopher Brown

Chris Brown is a Senior Assistant Attorney General within the Water and Natural Resources Division. Chris is a Wyoming native from Cody and a United States Navy veteran. He received his J.D. with honor from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 2002, and is a member of the Order of the Coif. Before joining the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office in 2011, Chris was a partner in a private law firm in Powell, Wyoming, where he gained a broad range of legal experience including tort litigation, real estate and business transactions, employment law, administrative law, and water law. 


Chris supervises the Water Section of the Water and Natural Resources Division, whose attorneys represent the Wyoming State Engineer’s Office, the Wyoming Water Development Commission, the Wyoming Department of Agriculture, and several divisions of the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality including the Water Quality, Land Quality, Industrial Siting, and Solid and Hazardous Waste Divisions. They also represent several professional licensing boards including the Board of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors and the Board of Professional Geologists. Chris’s primary representation responsibilities are to the State Engineer’s Office. He provides day-to-day advice and representation to that Office on all water related issues arising throughout the state, and national water issues affecting Wyoming. He is also the primary attorney providing legal representation to the state on all interstate river compacts and decrees such as those associated with the Colorado River. Chris is a member of the Western States Water Council and the Upper Colorado River Commission legal committee. He is also part of the litigation team defending the United States Supreme Court original action, Montana v. Wyoming.


Michael J. McGrady

Michael J. McGrady is a Senior Assistant Attorney General within the Water and Natural Resources Division of the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office. Michael received his J.D. from the University of Wyoming in 2006 and began his legal career as a clerk to the Honorable Terrence L. O’Brien of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Before joining the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office in 2011, Michael worked at a private insurance defense firm in Cheyenne. 


Michael supervises the Natural Resources section, whose attorneys represent the State of Wyoming in federal litigation affecting the State’s natural resources, the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and the Uranium Recovery Program and Air Quality Division of the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality. Michael’s primary responsibility is representing the State of Wyoming in federal litigation that the Governor determines is necessary to protect Wyoming’s management of its natural resources and the State’s economic interests. These cases arise under the Clean Air Act, the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, the Mineral Leasing Act, the Surface Mining and Coal Reclamation Act, and the National Forest Management Act. These cases cover a wide range of subject matters from grazing to the planned recovery of oil, natural gas and coal. Notable cases include the State’s challenge to the EPA’s decision on the boundaries of the Wind River Indian Reservation, the BLM’s management of wild horses in Wyoming, the BLM’s hydraulic fracturing regulations, and the Oregon Department of State Lands’ decision denying a company’s request to build a coal export facility on the Columbia River. With these cases, he has had the opportunity to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the D.C., 9th and 10th Circuits, and the United States District Courts for the Districts of Colorado, D.C., Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. 



Senior Attorneys General

David DeWald
David DeWald

is a Senior Assistant Attorney General with the Water and Natural Resources Division. He received his J.D., with high distinction, Order of the Coif, from the Nebraska College of Law in 2010, where he served as Articles Editor for the Nebraska Law Review. David began his career as a law clerk for the Honorable John M. Gerrard of the Nebraska Supreme Court. Prior to joining the Wyoming Attorney General's Office, he practiced commercial litigation for a national law firm. David's primary responsibility is representing the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission and Department, which he advises on issues ranging from the Endangered Species Act to the promulgation of Wyoming Game and Fish regulation and policy. He currently is lead attorney for the State of Wyoming in grizzly bear litigation.


Andrew Kuhlman

Andrew Kuhlmann is a Senior Assistant Attorney General within the Water and Natural Resources Division of the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office. He was born and raised in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Andrew received a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Wyoming in 2006 and his J.D. from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 2009. Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office in 2010, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Scott Skavdahl at the Seventh Judicial District Court of Wyoming. 


Andrew represents the Department of Environmental Quality’s Land Quality, Industrial Siting, and Abandoned Mine Lands Divisions. In that role, Andrew has worked on permitting the construction of large-scale industrial facilities and wind farms, reclamation of abandoned mines, and the regulation of ongoing mining operations, including coal mines subject to the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act. He has practiced before the Environmental Quality Council, the Industrial Siting Council, state district courts, and federal bankruptcy courts. He also represents the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. From 2010 to 2013, Andrew represented the Water Development Commission and the State Engineer’s Office, which included work related to the construction and management of dams and water projects and advising on the North Platte River Decree and the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program. Andrew is also a member of the team defending the U.S. Supreme Court original action,Montana v. Wyoming, which involves the Yellowstone River Compact.


Erik Petersen
Erik Petersen

is a Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Natural Resources Section within the Water and Natural Resources Division of the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office. Erik received his Juris Doctorate degree from the George Washington University Law School in 2003. Later that same year, Erik began his legal career as an associate in the Washington D.C. office of Bracewell LLP, a full service law firm that specializes in assisting clients with energy and natural resource issues. Erik eventually left private practice in order to accept a position in the Environmental and Natural Resources Division of the United States Department of Justice. While there, Erik served as lead defense counsel in a number of cases involving wildlife and marine resource issues. At the same time, Erik taught administrative law at the George Washington University. 


Erik joined the Wyoming Attorney General’s office in 2015, where he represents Wyoming in federal litigation that the Governor determines necessary to protect the State’s natural resource interests. The subject matter of these cases is diverse and includes litigation arising under statutes such as the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act. Examples of Erik’s work include representing Wyoming in: (1) a challenge to EPA’s “Clean Power Plan” rule; (2) a challenge to EPA’s “Waters of the United States” rule; and (3) a defense of BLM’s right and obligation to gather excess wild horses from Wyoming’s “checkerboard” lands.



Assistant Attorneys General

Abigail Boudewyns
Abigail Boudewyns is an Assistant Attorney General within the Water and Natural Resources Division of the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office. Abigail currently represents the Wyoming Water Development Office and Commission, the State Engineer’s Office, the Wyoming Department of Agriculture, and various licensing and agriculture related boards and commissions. In addition to providing general agency representation, Abigail has argued before the Wyoming Supreme Court for the Criminal Division, taken on an ADA compliance case for the Tort Litigation Division, as well as briefed an SO2 air quality case and the final appeal in the Big Horn General Stream Adjudication. Abigail also serves as an editor for the Indian Reserved Water Rights chapter of the American Indian Law Deskbook.

Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Abigail worked for the Kansas Legislative Research Department where she served as lead staff for the House Appropriations Committee, as well as staffed various agriculture and natural resources committees. She was also the legislative analyst for the Kansas Water Office, the Department of Health and Environment, the Department of Agriculture, the Kansas Corporation Commission, and the Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism. Abigail received her J.D. from Washburn University School of Law in 2011, with honors, completing a certificate in natural resources law and internships with the Disability Rights Center of Kansas and the Environmental Protection Agency. Abigail graduated from the University of Kansas in 2008 with degrees in French and Geography. Born and raised in Kansas City, Abigail is an avid Chiefs and Royals fan. Evidence of her Midwest sensibilities.

Eva La
Eva La 

is an Assistant Attorney General within the Water and Natural Resources Division of the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office. Eva earned her J.D. from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 2012, graduating with honors. Prior to joining the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office, Eva helped a multinational technology company open its first retail store in China, successfully obtain asylum for an individual being persecuted by an unstable African government, and worked for a private law firm in Cheyenne where she handled complex litigation and administrative law matters. Eva is licensed to practice law in Wyoming and Colorado.


Eva represents the Department of Environmental Quality’s Uranium Recovery Program in its efforts obtain primacy over the regulation of 11e.(2) byproduct material and build an entirely new state regulatory program. This endeavor involves developing statutes, promulgating rules, and working with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Eva also advises and assists different divisions of the Department of Environmental Quality on a diverse range of regulatory matters and represents the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. 


James LaRock

James LaRock is an Assistant Attorney General in the Water and Natural Resources Division of the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office. James earned a B.A. in political science from the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 2016, James graduated summa cum laude from Vermont Law School, also receiving a master’s degree in environmental law and policy. At Vermont Law School, James served as Senior Managing Editor of the Vermont Law Review and competed in Pace’s National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition. James has also worked in the Vermont Defender General’s appellate office, helping to write briefs and prepare attorneys for argument before the Vermont Supreme Court. James represents the Department of Environmental Quality’s Solid and Hazardous Waste Division.

 

Elizabeth Morrisseau
Elizabeth Morrisseau

is an Assistant Attorney General within the Water and Natural Resources Division of the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office. Elizabeth graduated magna cum laude from Middlebury College in 2007 with a major in Economics and a minor in Chinese Language and Literature. She graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland School of Law in 2012. Elizabeth began her career in Colorado where she worked for small firms and solo practitioners in the fields of land use, contracts, and bankruptcy. 


Elizabeth represents the Air Quality Division of the Department of Environmental Quality. In that role, she is responsible for air quality enforcement matters at the state and federal level, including in cooperative partnership with the EPA. While working with the EPA on some matters, Elizabeth also litigates against the EPA and other federal agencies in matters related to the Clean Air Act. In addition to representing the Air Quality Division, Elizabeth also serves as general counsel for the Integrated Test Center, which will be a research center focused on studying the capture, sequestration, and management of carbon emissions from a Wyoming coal-fired power plant. 


Kelly Shaw
Kelly Shaw 

is an Assistant Attorney General in the Water and Natural Resources Division of the Wyoming Attorney General's Office. Kelly earned her J.D. and a certificate in environmental and natural resources law from the University of Colorado Law School. She received her B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she graduated magna cum laude with concentrations in international affairs, political science, and history. Before joining the Wyoming Attorney General's Office, Kelly worked for a nonprofit environmental group, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and a private civil litigation firm.


Kelly primarily represents the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality's Water Quality Division, where she assists the Division in enforcing Wyoming’s water quality standards. She also advises the Wyoming Board of Professional Geologists. During her time at the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office, Kelly has represented the State in administrative hearings, argued cases to the Environmental Quality Council, and presented oral argument to the Wyoming Supreme Court. She has also participated in the Department of Environmental Quality’s efforts to clean up contaminated soil and water under Wyoming’s Voluntary Remediation Program, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and the Clean Water Act.



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Paralegals
Jessica Curless
(307) 777-3541
jessica.curless@wyo.gov

Shannon Payne
(307) 777-3536
shannon.payne@wyo.gov


Legal Assistant
Marsha Geist
(307) 777-6946
marsha.geist@wyo.gov