2019 Senior Staff of the Year Award presentation
2020 NAAG President and Montana Attorney General Tim Fox with 2019 award recipient Georgia Chief Deputy Dennis Dunn and Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr
2019 Senior Staff Award presentation
Award recipient District of Columbia Chief Deputy Natalie Ludaway poses with NAAG President-Elect and District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine
2019 Senior Staff award presentation
South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg with award recipient South Dakota Chief Deputy Charlie McGuigan and NAAG President Tim Fox

The Attorney General Senior Staff of the Year Award is given to a member of an attorney general's management staff who has distinguished himself or herself by providing exceptional service to NAAG and the nation's attorneys general through exemplary leadership, expertise, and achievement. This award should be given to a member of the management staff (chief deputy, chief of staff, division, or section chief, etc.) who meets the criteria set forth above. There is no minimum service time requirement. 

A panel of attorneys general, including members of the NAAG Executive Committee, selects the recipient of this award annually.  

Recipients of the Senior Staff of the Year Award

2020

  • Chief Deputy Attorney General Christiana Grossi, Michigan
  • Solicitor General Loren AliKhan, District of Columbia
  • Senior Counsel Michael Myers, New York.

2019 

  • Chief Deputy Dennis Dunn, Georgia 
  • Chief Deputy Natalie Ludaway, District of Columbia 
  • Chief Deputy Charles D. McGuigan, South Dakota  

2018 

  • Chief Deputy Perry Zinn-Rowthorn, Connecticut  
  • Chief Deputy Patricia Connors, Florida  

2017 

  • Chief Deputy Brian Kane, Idaho 
  • Chief Deputy Jim Cantor, Alaska  

2016 

  • Chief Deputy Jeff Milsteen, Georgia  
  • Supervising Deputy Hugh Jones, Hawaii  

2015 

  • Chief of Staff Staci Schneider, Indiana  

2014 

  • Deputy Attorney General Shirley Battan, Washington  

Prior to 2014 and the creation of the Senior Staff of the Year and the Attorney General Career Staff of the Year Awards, NAAG awarded the Staff Member of the Year Award to a member of an attorney general's staff who had distinguished himself or herself by providing exceptional service to NAAG and the nation's attorneys general through exemplary leadership, expertise, and achievement. 

RECIPIENTS OF THE STAFF MEMBER OF THE YEAR AWARD  

2013 

  • Chief Deputy Kay Winfree, Maryland 

2012 

  • Chief Deputy Al Lama, New Mexico 
  • Assistant Attorney General Phil Lehman, North Carolina  

2011 

  • Chief Deputy Jerry Coyne, Rhode Island 

2010 

  • Chief Deputy Brian Moran, Washington 

2009 

  • Former Special Counsel Jay Chaudhuri, North Carolina 
  • Special Counsel Anthony Jannotta Connecticut 

2008 

  • Senior Assistant Attorney General Dennis Eckhart, California 
  • Assistant Attorney General Patrick Madigan, Iowa 

2007 

  • First Assistant Attorney General Tom Gruber, Oklahoma 
  • Chief Deputy Karen Mitchell, Missouri 
  • Senior Chief Counsel Paula Bickett, Arizona 

2006 

  • Chief Deputy Attorney General Rick Frank, California  
  • Assistant Attorney General Shirley Stark, New York 
  • Assistant Attorney General Rebecca Fisher, Texas 
  • Assistant Attorney General David Huey, Washington 

2005 

  • Assistant Attorney General Trish A. Conners, Florida 
  • Deputy Attorney General Susan Henrichsen, California 
  • Chief Deputy Attorney General Walley Malley, Jr., Vermont 

2004 

  • Chief Deputy Attorney General Andy Bennett, Tennessee 
  • Chief Deputy Attorney General James A. Donahue, III, Pennsylvania  
  • Assistant Attorney General Meredyth Smith Andrus, Maryland 
  • Special Counsel Jack Norris, Florida 
  • Assistant Attorney General Robert L. Hubbard, New York 

2003 

  • Chief Deputy Jeff Milsteen, Georgia 
  • Assistant Attorney General Eliot Burg, Vermont 

2002 

  • Financial Remedies Unit Chief Cameron (Kip) Holmes, Arizona 
  • Antitrust Section Chief Doreen Johnson, Ohio 
  • Assistant Attorney General Noreen Matts, Arizona 
  • Deputy Chief of Staff Paul Wilson, Missouri  

2001 

  • First Assistant Attorney General Dan Miller, Colorado  
  • Consumer Protection Division Chief Bill Brauch, Iowa 
  • Senior Deputy Attorney General John Campbell, Kansas 
  • Assistant Attorney General Tom Barnico, Massachusetts 
  • Assistant Attorney General Andrew Rossner, New Jersey  

2000 

  • Peter Sand, Pennsylvania  
  • Mark Tobey, Texas 
  • Federal Liaison Jennifer Worner Carlson, Ohio 
  • Senior Assistant Attorney General Tom Greene, California 
  • Special Assistant Attorney General David Horn, Washington 
  • Environment Division Chief Ron Shems, Vermont  
  • Consumer Protection Unit Director Jane Wheeler, Oklahoma 

1999 

  • Special Assistant Attorney General Sandra Shelson, Mississippi 
  • Antitrust Division Chief Mark Tobey, Texas 
  • Chief Information Officer and Chief Deputy Attorney Peter Sand, Pennsylvania 
  • Special Deputy Attorney General Alan Hirsch, North Carolina 
  • Assistant Attorney General Christopher Barry-Smith, Massachusetts 

1998 

  • Chris Barry-Smith, Massachusetts 
  • Sandra Nelson, Mississippi 
  • Alan Hirsch, North Carolina 

1997 

  • Richard C. Allen, Massachusetts  
  • James M. Haney, Wisconsin 
  • Stephen Huck, New York 
  • Shirley F. Sarna, New York 
  • Ronald Del Vento, Texas 

1996

  • Tim Delaney, Arkansas
  • Jon Glogau, Florida 
  • Deborah Hagan, Illinois 
  • Kevin J.O. Connor, Wisconsin Sharon Scott, Massachusetts 

1995 

  • Thomas H. Green, Massachusetts 
  • Kevin P. Holsclaw, California 
  • Jim Jeffries, Wisconsin  
  • Elise Porter, Ohio 
  • Richard Wintory, Oklahoma  

1994 

  • Julie Brill, Vermont 
  • Richard W. Cole, Massachusetts 
  • Joseph C. Mellichamp, Florida 
  • Cecil B. Patterson, Jr., Arkansas 

1993 

  • Lauren Carlton, New Jersey 
  • Thomas F. Gede, California 
  • Jerome W. Hoffman, Florida 
  • Lee Paddock, Minnesota 
  • John E. Stevens, Illinois 

1992 

  • Barbara Anthony, Massachusetts 
  • Fran B. Cleaver, Pennsylvania 
  • Ellen S. Cooper, Maryland 
  • Thomas J. O’Reilly, New Jersey 

1991 

  • Mary F. Kellery, Texas 
  • Jean Nelson, Tennessee  
  • Laurel A. Price, New Jersey 
  • Albert N.Shelden, California 
  • Charles I Wikelius, Minnesota 

1990 

  • Melvin I. Goldberg, New York 
  • Robert M. Langer, Connecticut 
  • John R. Tunheim, Minnesota  

1989 

  • Michael F. Brockmeyer, Maryland  

1988 

  • Richard L. Cleland, Iowa 
  • Clayton S. Friedman, Missouri  
  • Clive Strong, Idaho 

1987 

  • Stephen Gardner, Texas 
  • David Ormstedt, Connecticut  
  • Susan Roberts, Massachusetts  

1986 

  • Lloyd Constantine, New York
  • Dennis Muchnicki, Ohio
  • Tam Ormiston, Iowa