LEGAL & ENFORCEMENT DEPARTMENTS: Civil, Criminal, Appellate
Chief Civil Deputy
Bridget Romano has served as the Chief Civil Deputy of the Utah Office of the Attorney General under the direction of Attorney General Sean D. Reyes since mid 2015. In her current role, she oversees all civil litigation in the Environment & Health, Highways & Utilities, Litigation, Natural Resources, State Agency Counsel, and Tax, Financial Services & Antitrust divisions. Prior to her appointment as a chief deputy, she served as Utah’s Solicitor General and the Director of the Civil Appeals Division where she oversaw Utah’s Appellate Department. Bridget has also served as an Assistant Attorney General representing the State’s interests before Utah’s state and federal appellate and trial courts and various administrative agencies. She has been with the office since 1996, leaving for two short periods to work in private practice and currently serves as Chair of the Utah State Bar, Appellate Practice Section and is on the Utah Supreme Court’s Appellate Rules Advisory Committee. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science/Economics from the University of Utah where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Beta Kappa Honor Societies. She received her law degree from the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney School of Law.
Chief Criminal Deputy
Spencer Austin joins the Attorney General’s Office with nearly four decades of legal experience as a recognized leader in the Utah and national legal communities. In 1979, he joined Parsons Behle & Latimer’s Litigation practice group where he concentrated on commercial litigation, environmental law, and white collar crime matters. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Austin was a deputy Salt Lake County attorney from 1975-1979. As deputy county attorney, he was assigned to the Career Criminal Prosecution Unit that specialized in prosecuting high profile cases within the state of Utah. Mr. Austin was an adjunct professor of law at the University of Utah College of Law in the Trial Advocacy Program from 1980 to 1993. He has also been a faculty member for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy in Tucson, Arizona. He has spoken at numerous conferences and seminars on environmental white collar crime and related topics. He received his B.S. from the University of Utah in Psychology and is a graduate from the University Utah, S.J. Quinney School of Law.
Tyler Green joined the Utah Attorney General’s Office as Solicitor General in August 2015 to oversee the Appellate Department after serving the United States Chamber of Commerce as Deputy Chief Counsel for Litigation in the Chamber’s Litigation Center. In this capacity Green worked with state Solicitors General on matters of national interest and was an integral part of a Chamber team that drafted and filed hundreds of amicus and merits briefs over the past several years.
Prior to his service at the U.S. Chamber, Green was an associate in the Supreme Court and Appellate section of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s Washington, D.C. office where he gained substantive experience in Supreme Court and other appellate and trial litigation.
Green also previously served as a law clerk at the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah. Green came highly referred by the National Association of Attorneys General’s Supreme Court Coordinator, federal jurists from district courts to the Supreme Court as well as multiple AG Offices of other states.
A native Utahn, Green attended Jordan High School where he led the Beetdiggers to a 4-A State Championship in football while earning All-State honors himself. He earned both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Utah. At the College of Law, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Utah Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif and first in his class.
LEGAL / POLICY
Chief Federal Deputy & General Counsel
Parker Douglas joined the Utah Attorney General’s Office as Attorney General Reyes began his tenure. As General Counsel, he provides legal research and advice to the Attorney General, his staff and other divisions of the office regarding a wide variety of constitutional and statutory issues. As Chief Federal Deputy, he litigates or manages Utah’s legal matters in federal courts, including multi-state actions, and defends constitutional challenges to Utah law in federal court in concert with the Solicitor General and the Constitutional Defense Section. He and the Solicitor General manage and coordinate amicus briefs the AGO writes or joins in concert with other states or parties. And he drafts and coordinates the AGO’s white papers on policy matters.
Before coming to the OAG, Parker served as an Assistant Federal Defender, handling trials and appeals, in the Utah Federal Public Defenders Office. Prior to that, he was a member of the Supreme Court and Appellate Practice, and White Collar Group, in Latham & Watkins’ Washington, D.C. office. He also practiced both criminal and civil law as a shareholder at Hatch, James and Dodge, and an associate at Parsons Behle & Latimer, where he primarily handled constitutional and statutory appellate litigation.
He previously served as law clerk to Judges Michael W. McConnell and Tena Campbell, respectively of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and United States District Court for the District of Utah. He was Editor-in-Chief of the Utah Law Review at the S.J. Quinney School of Law where he graduated Order of the Coif and first in his class. He received his Ph.D in English with High Honors as a Regents’ Fellow from the University of California, specializing in American Studies, particularly in the political philosophies of the Early American Republic, and he finished his Ph.D. dissertation under a fellowship as a Junior Fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows. He holds a double major in English and History summa cum laude from Pitzer College of the Claremont Colleges, graduated “The Claremont Colleges’ Distinguished Scholar in English”, and pitched a no-hitter for the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens baseball team.
POLICY / ADMINISTRATION / OUTREACH
MISSY W. LARSEN
Chief of Staff
Missy Larsen joined the Utah Attorney General’s Office at the beginning of Attorney General Reyes’ tenure as a recognized business and community leader who has built a foundation of success on collaboration and results. With over two and a half decades of policy, communications, and organizational experience, Missy manages the office’s policy, resource, and staffing functions, and is General Reyes’ First Assistant.
A proud Communications and English University of Utah alum, Missy launched her communications and policy career in 1991 as Press Secretary, Spokesperson & Business Liaison for the late United States Congressman Bill Orton (UT, 3). In 1994, she solely founded The Intrepid Group (now Intrepid Hybrid Communications), an award-winning full service public relations firm based in Salt Lake City. Throughout the following decade, she managed a growing staff and clientele and joined with two partners to meet the diverse demands of local and national technology, travel and leisure, non-profit, politics, crisis management, and brand awareness clients. In 2002-03, as her agency was wrapping up work for Salt Lake City Olympics clients, she and her partners oversaw the local, national, and international crisis communications and media strategy in the search for Elizabeth Smart, resulting in the safe return of the then 14-year-old after being kidnapped and kept nine months away from her family.
In 2004, Missy left Intrepid to raise her four children and shortly after started MWL Communications. In 2009, she and another volunteer for Utah refugees co-founded the Utah Refugee Coalition (now the Utah Refugee Center) as an organization to connect government offices, non-profit organizations, and businesses with a core mission of helping incoming refugees integrate into Utah communities and build self-sufficiency.
In addition to her Chief of Staff duties, Missy oversees OAG community and partner outreach and continues to volunteer as a refugee mentor, serve on many non-profit boards, and is a member of the Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable.
Director of Communications