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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.

Erik Petersen
Erik Petersen is a Supervising 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.


Senior Attorneys General 

Abigail Boudewyns
Abigail Boudewyns is a Senior Assistant Attorney General within the Water and Natural Resources Division of the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office. Abigail primarily represents the Wyoming Department of Agriculture, the Wyoming Livestock Board, and various agriculture related boards and commissions. Abigail also assists in representing the State Engineer’s Office and previously represented the Wyoming Water Development Commission. In addition to providing general agency representation, Abigail has taken on a variety of cases both within the division, and outside, including an ADA compliance case, a Wyoming Supreme Court criminal case, a 10th Circuit 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. In addition, she was the legislative analyst for the Kansas Water Office, the Department of Health and Environment, the Department of Agriculture, 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.

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.

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).

Andrew Kuhlmann
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.


Assistant Attorneys General 

Allison Kvien
Allison Kvien is an Assistant Attorney General within the Water and Natural Resources Division of the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office. Allison graduated magna cum laude from Washington College with a degree in Environmental Studies. She earned her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School, with a concentration in Environmental & Energy Law. During her time at the University of Minnesota, she served as a Managing Editor of the Minnesota Journal of Law, Science, & Technology and was published on a Clean Water Act topic. Allison also served as the head writer of her law school’s annual musical, put on by the Theatre of the Relatively Talentless (“T.O.R.T.”). Her position as writer should serve as an indication of her ability to sing. Before joining the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office, Allison worked with two environmental nonprofit groups and both federal and state environmental agencies. Allison is licensed in both New York and Wyoming. 

Allison represents the Department of Environmental Quality’s Air Quality Division. 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, Allison also litigates against the EPA and other federal agencies in matters related to the Clean Air Act. Allison also provides general legal advice to the Air Quality Division, such as organizing trainings, assisting with rulemaking, and providing counsel on policy decisions. 

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.

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 civil litigation firm.

Kelly primarily represents the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, where she assists the Uranium Recovery Program in its efforts to establish a state program and advises the Water Quality Division on various legal issues. She also represents 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 

Matt Mirowski 
(307) 777-6946 
matt.mirowski@wyo.gov