Barry Dunn was appointed as Deputy Attorney General in December 2019. Previously, he served as General Counsel of the Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet. In that capacity, Dunn was the state’s chief lawyer on the regulation of financial institutions, insurance, horse racing, alcoholic beverages, construction, professional licensing, and charitable gaming. Most recently, he formed a law firm focused on litigation, government regulatory issues, and small businesses. Dunn attended law school at the University of Louisville, where he was named outstanding graduate, served on law review, and was president of the moot court board. He joined Stoll Keenon Ogden after law school, where he was a member of the litigation, appellate, and utility regulation practice groups. Dunn grew up in Adair County in south-central Kentucky, where he served as a firefighter while attending college and later taught middle school. He and his wife now reside in Oldham County with their three children.
Steve Pitt serves as Counsel and Special Advisor to the Attorney General. Pitt has nearly 50 years of legal experience. Since 2015, he has served as General Counsel for Governor Matt Bevin, where he regularly appeared in federal and state courts to defend challenges to state laws, while advising officials throughout the executive branch. Pitt previously practiced law for Wyatt, Tarrant, and Combs, where he was a member of the firm's Litigation & Dispute Resolution Service Team, Executive Committee, and chaired the firm's Environmental & Toxic Torts and Antitrust & RICO practice groups. Pitt has also served as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky and was a senior trial attorney with the Public Integrity Section of the U.S. Department of Justice. Pitt, originally from Logan County, graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he served on the staff of the Kentucky Law Journal. He and his wife, Kathy, have four grown daughters and six grandchildren. They reside in Louisville.
John Hughes serves as Legislative Liaison, collaborating with the caucus to support legislation that improves public safety. Hughes also oversees community outreach. Prior to joining the Office of the Attorney General, Hughes worked for the House of Representatives from 2017 - 2019 as Special Assistant to the Speaker. He has been active in politics throughout the state, serving in a variety of campaign leadership roles to elect candidates to local, state, and federal office. Hughes grew up in Rockcastle County in southeastern Kentucky and graduated from the University of the Cumberlands with a degree in political science.
Amy Burke heads the Criminal Branch in the Office of the Attorney General. Most recently, Burke served as the Chief Prosecutor for the Kenton County Attorney's Office, where she specialized in prosecuting cases involving serious injuries to children, dependency abuse and neglect, domestic violence, and sexual assault. In this position, Burke provided training and legal advice to law enforcement, and allied professionals, including Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) and Domestic and Other Violence Emergencies (DOVE) nurses, Cabinet for Health and Family Service workers, and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers. Burke began her legal career as a law clerk at the Kenton County Attorney's Office in 1995 before becoming an Assistant Kenton County Attorney a few years later. Burke has also served as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for the 16th Judicial District in Kenton County, where she prosecuted felony cases ranging from drug crimes and gun violence prosecutions to sexual assaults against children. Burke has mentored young prosecutors throughout her service to the Commonwealth. She has served as faculty at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina, and at the Kentucky Prosecutor's Institute. Since 2001, she has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Northern Kentucky University in the Department of Criminal Justice Studies. Burke attended Eastern Kentucky University and the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. She is a native of Grant County.
Tim Cocanougher serves as the Executive Director of Special Prosecutions. Prior to his current role, he served as Executive Director of the Kentucky Claims Commission, Executive Director of the Office of Administrative Hearings and General Counsel for Housing, Buildings, and Construction of the Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet. Cocanougher is a career prosecutor, having served as an Assistant County Attorney, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney, and as the Commonwealth's Attorney for the 11th Judicial Circuit. Cocanougher has 34 years of military service with the United States Marine Corps and the Kentucky National Guard. He served six years as a military policeman and 28 years as a JAG officer retiring with the rank of Colonel in 2015. Cocanougher attended law school at the University of Louisville. He grew up in Washington County, where he currently resides with his wife, Ruth Ann. They have two sons, one daughter, and three grandchildren.
Heather Wagers oversees the Office of Child Abuse and Human Trafficking Prevention and Prosecution. Previously, she served as Deputy General Counsel and Legislative Director of the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet. In that capacity, Wagers provided legal counsel to four major departments, including State Police, Criminal Justice Training, Corrections, and Juvenile Justice. Wagers earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Kentucky and her Juris Doctorate from Salmon P. Chase College of Law. She started her career with the Department of Kentucky State Police, where she trained, represented, and provided counsel to Troopers, Officers, and civilians. Wagers served as the chief legal advisor on employment cases. Wagers was a board member of the Kentucky Personnel Board from 2016-2018. Wagers grew up in Clay County and now resides in Franklin County with her husband and sons.
Victor "Vic" Maddox heads the Civil Branch in the Office of the Attorney General. Maddox co-founded the Louisville firm known today as Fultz Maddox Dickens, PLC, where he represented clients in constitutional, administrative, business, and personal injury matters. Maddox is an expert in litigation matters and has represented elected officials and Kentucky citizens in his nearly four decades of legal experience, including vast experience at both the trial and appellate level. He was previously a partner with the predecessor firm to Frost Brown Todd, LLC, where he served in the firm's litigation practice and was involved in cases regarding securities fraud, product liability, trade secrets, and engineering liability. During his early career, Maddox worked in Washington, D.C., as a trial attorney with the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice. He later served as Counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee for Senator Mitch McConnell, where he oversaw judicial and Justice Department nominations. Maddox was also appointed to the board of the Legal Services Corporation, a federally-chartered non-profit that provides funding for legal aid in civil cases to low-income Americans by President Obama on the recommendation of Senator McConnell. In that capacity, Maddox served as chairman of the Audit Committee and co-chaired the organization's Opioid Task Force. Maddox is a graduate of Ohio University and the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. He currently resides in Louisville.
John G. Horne, II, serves as Executive Director of the Office of Rate Intervention. Most recently, he served as General Counsel of the Energy and Environment Cabinet. In that capacity, Horne oversaw all facets of administering Kentucky’s environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, RCRA, CECLA, and SMCRA. Horne was previously an Of Counsel Partner with Dinsmore & Shohl in their Frankfort Office, representing clients in regulatory, administrative, and environmental affairs. Horne began his legal career as Staff Attorney with the Energy and Environment Cabinet and became General Counsel for the Department of Environmental Protection before retiring. He holds an undergraduate and law degree from the University of Kentucky. A native of Lexington, Horne and his wife Karen have three grown children and reside in Lexington.
Carmine G. Iaccarino serves as Executive Director of the Office of Civil & Environmental Law. In that role, he is lead trial counsel in all cases in which the Commonwealth's statutes are challenged as unconstitutional. Committed to government accountability and transparency, he also oversees administrative appeals under the Open Meetings and Open Records Act. Before joining the Office of the Attorney General, Iaccarino served as General Counsel of the Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet, where he served as chief counsel to the Cabinet and its agencies charged with regulating horse racing, financial institutions, insurance, alcoholic beverages, construction, professional licensing, and charitable gaming. Iaccarino attended law school at The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, and earned his bachelor's degree at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Graduating with cum laude distinction from both universities, Carmine later practiced administrative law at a large federal agency before relocating to Central Kentucky with his wife in 2013 to practice general civil litigation in Lexington. Iaccarino and his wife, Holly, now reside in Woodford County with their two children.
Chad Meredith serves as the Solicitor General for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. In this role, Meredith is the state's advocate for appellate litigation. Meredith previously coordinated and oversaw appellate litigation involving executive branch agencies in the administration of Governor Matt Bevin. Meredith served as Chief Deputy General Counsel for the Governor from 2015 to 2019. In that role, he represented the Governor in litigation and advised executive branch officials on policy matters, Executive Branch Ethics Code compliance, and various other legal issues. His appellate advocacy experience extends to his time as an attorney with the firm of Ransdell & Roach, PLLC, and Frost Brown Todd, LLC, where he served as a member of each firm's Appellate Practice Group and engaged in business and tort litigation. Meredith is a native of Leitchfield, Kentucky. He earned his undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University and his law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law, graduating summa cum laude from both institutions. Upon graduation from law school, he completed federal judicial clerkships with Judge John Rogers on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and then Judge Amul Thapar on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky. Meredith lives in Lexington with his wife, Rebekah, and three children.
Matt Kuhn serves as Deputy Solicitor General. In that capacity, he plays an active role in the office's appellate litigation in federal and state courts, including in cases before the United States Supreme Court. Previously, Kuhn served as Chief Deputy General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel to the Governor of Kentucky. In those roles, he defended the constitutionality of Kentucky laws in trial and appellate courts and represented the Commonwealth and its agencies in litigation involving statutory interpretation and executive action. Prior to that, Kuhn worked at Jones Day in Washington, D.C., and Stoll Keenon Ogden in Louisville. He also previously served as a law clerk for Judge Raymond Gruender of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Kuhn is a magna cum laude graduate of Furman University. He received his law degree from Columbia Law School, where he was a James Kent Scholar and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He and his family live in Louisville.