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.
POLICY / ADMINISTRATION / OUTREACH
Chief of Staff
Ric Cantrell joined the Attorney General’s Office in August of 2017, bringing an array of communications, problem-solving, and organizational leadership experience with him. Prior to joining the office, he served as the Utah Senate Chief of Staff. Ric has presented nationally and internationally on topics like crisis management and the use of emerging IoT tools to build citizen engagement. He helped lead the Utah team to win the Online Democracy Award for best legislative website in the nation. His deeper background experience includes work as a ranch hand, wilderness instructor, suicide hotline worker, and teacher. He helped lead winning political campaign teams in Utah and Washington. Ric earned a BA from the University of Puget Sound and an Executive Leadership cert from Cornell.
Ric believes deeply in the value provided to the People of the State of Utah by a strong, ethical, independent Attorney General’s Office. You can connect with Ric on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/cantrell and Twitter https://twitter.com/RicCantrell.
Chief of Policy and Communications
Daniel Burton, whose duties include intergovernmental relations and communications strategy, joined the Utah Attorney General’s Office in 2016 after a successful career as a real estate attorney and political writer. His passion and expertise unite in his role as he oversees legislative efforts, constituent services, and all public information exchange including responding to government records requests (better known as GRAMA) to the office. Prior to his appointment as Chief of Policy and Communications, he served as Director of Communications for the office. Prior to joining the Office in 2016, he was Senior Corporate Counsel with the Woodbury Corporation. A native Utahn, Daniel graduated from Brigham Young University and earned a law degree from the SJ Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah.