Attorney General John Suthers Announces Senior Management Team and Office Reorganization

DENVER - Attorney General John Suthers has named his senior management team in the Department of Law.

“These attorneys are among the brightest legal minds in Colorado,” said Suthers. “I am pleased they have agreed to serve. The citizens of Colorado are fortunate to have them managing the legal work of the State.”

The Office of the Attorney General includes Attorney General Suthers and the following three individuals:

CHIEF DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL – Cynthia Honssinger. Honssinger has served as Chief Counsel to Governor Bill Owens, and with the Colorado Department of Public Health as Director of Legal and Regulatory affairs and as Deputy Executive Director. Honssinger began her legal career in the office of the Georgia Attorney General before moving to Colorado in 1997.

SOLICITOR GENERAL – Allison Eid. Eid is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado School of Law and will take a leave of absence until January of 2007 to serve as Solicitor General. Eid previously worked for the Denver law firm of Arnold & Porter, and as a law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas of the United States Supreme Court. Acting Solicitor General John Krause will remain in that position until Professor Eid joins the office at the end of this academic year.

DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR LEGAL POLICY AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS – Jason Dunn. Dunn joins the office from the private sector, having practiced in public policy and water law for Hale Friesen, LLP, in Denver. Dunn previously served as a law clerk to Justice Nathan Coats of the Colorado Supreme Court. Dunn will also serve as Assistant Solicitor for Civil Appeals, and will serve as Communications Director until that position is filled in the coming weeks.

Suthers has also named the following individuals to lead the six sections of the office:

DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE – Jeanne Smith. Smith is a career prosecutor and joins the office after serving eight years as the District Attorney for El Paso and Teller Counties.

DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR NATURAL RESOURCES – Casey Sphall. Shpall has been with the Attorney General’s Natural Resource section since 1991, serving as a First Assistant Attorney General for the CERCLA and Environmental Quality Units. Prior to joining the Attorney General’s office, Shpall was an environmental litigation attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice.

DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR STATE SERVICES – Renny Fagan. Fagan has been the Deputy Attorney General for State Services since August 2001 and will continue in that capacity. Fagan previously served as Deputy Attorney General for Business and Licensing, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Revenue under Governor Romer, and as a State Representative from 1987 to 1992. Fagan has been serving as the Interim Chief Deputy Attorney General since the departure of Ken Salazar.

DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR CONSUMER PROTECTION – Jan Zavislan. Zavislan joined the office in 1988 working on antitrust cases, became a First Assistant Attorney General for the antitrust and consumer fraud unit in 1992, and Deputy Attorney General for Consumer Protection in 2000. Prior to joining the office, Zavislan worked for the Denver law firm of Rothgerber, Johnson & Lyons, and clerked for Chief U.S. District Court Judge Sherman G. Finesilver.

DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR CIVIL LITIGATION & EMPLOYMENT –Beth McCann. In a cost-saving effort, Suthers has combined the Civil Litigation and Employment sections of the office, thereby eliminating one Deputy Attorney General position. McCann has been head of the Civil Litigation section since 1999, and will now add the employment duties to her responsibilities. McCann previously served as Manager of Safety for the City of Denver, as a Chief Deputy District Attorney in Denver, and in private practice. McCann also clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Sherman G. Finesilver.

DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR BUSINESS AND LICENSING – Diana Black began in the Business and Licensing Section in 1996 representing a variety of licensing boards. She became the First Assistant for the Medical Unit in 2001, supervising attorneys that represent the Boards of Medical Examiners, Nursing, Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators, Podiatrists and Acupuncturist. Prior to joining the Attorney General's office, Diana operated a private law practice in Denver.

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