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UVA, JMU, Washington & Lee alumni among Attorney General appointments in Virginia

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Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares today announced several top leadership appointments within the Office of the Attorney General.

“In any leadership role, you are only as effective as the team around you,” Miyares said. “I am thankful for the incredible service that both Chuck Slemp and D.J. Jordan have provided to the OAG and the Commonwealth these past several years. Their invaluable contributions have strengthened our office throughout my tenure as Attorney General. I am also excited about the future and this next exciting chapter at the OAG. I’m thrilled to have Steven Popps, Erika Maley, Klarke Kilgore, Ryan Ferguson, and Thomas Sanford ascend to our agency’s new leadership positions.”

Effective June 1, Steven Popps will assume the role of Chief Deputy Attorney General after serving as Deputy Attorney General of the Civil Division since the beginning of Miyares’ term. He will succeed Chuck Slemp, who is joining a law firm in Richmond. Popps was previously a litigation partner with McGuireWoods LLP and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Henry E. Hudson, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. He is a graduate of the College of William & Mary and the William & Mary School of Law.

Since March, Erika Maley has served as Solicitor General, succeeding Andrew Ferguson, who was confirmed as a Commissioner at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. She was promoted to Solicitor General after serving as Principal Deputy Solicitor General since the beginning of Miyares’ term. Maley was previously a partner in the Supreme Court and Appellate group at Sidley Austin LLP. She clerked for Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice Stephen Breyer of the United States Supreme Court, after graduating from Duke University and Stanford University School of Law.

Effective June 1, Klarke Kilgore will assume the role of Chief of Staff after serving as Chief of External Affairs since the beginning of Miyares’ term. He will succeed D.J. Jordan, who is joining a strategic public relations firm in Northern Virginia. Kilgore served as the campaign manager for the Miyares for Attorney General campaign in 2021. Before that, he worked in the White House as an Associate Director in the Office of Political Affairs and Deputy Director of Appointments in the Presidential Personnel Office, and worked in the Office of Virginia Congressman Morgan Griffith (VA-09). Kilgore is a UVA graduate.

Effective June 1, Ryan Ferguson will assume the role of Director of Administration, supervising the Human Resources, Finance, Information Technology, and Operations Departments of the Office of the Attorney General. He will continue to serve as General Counsel, a role in which he has served since August 2022. Prior to joining the Miyares’ administration, Ferguson served as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Virginia Beach, worked at Kaufman & Canoles, PC, and was a litigation partner with Bischoff Martingayle, PC. Ferguson is a graduate of JMU and Regent University School of Law.

Effective June 1, Thomas Sanford will assume the role of Deputy Attorney General of the Civil Division after serving as an Assistant Attorney General for the last two years. Before joining the Office of the Attorney General, he worked as an attorney with the Virginia State Corporation Commission and as a litigation associate with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Sanford is a graduate of Washington & Lee University and UVA School of Law.

Rebecca Barnabi

Rebecca Barnabi

Rebecca J. Barnabi is the national editor of Augusta Free Press. A graduate of the University of Mary Washington, she began her journalism career at The Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star. In 2013, she was awarded first place for feature writing in the Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia Awards Program, and was honored by the Virginia School Boards Association’s 2019 Media Honor Roll Program for her coverage of Waynesboro Schools. Her background in newspapers includes writing about features, local government, education and the arts.