Executive Staff

​​​​​Executive Office 

NI1A15121.jpgBarry 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.

John Hughes.JPGJohn Hughes serves as Legislative Liaison, collaborating with members of the General Assembly consistent with the mission of the Office of the Attorney General. 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 served 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. 

NI1A5703.jpgElizabeth Goss Kuhn serves as Communications Director for the Attorney General.  Kuhn previously served as Communications Director for the Governor of Kentucky, where she was responsible for overseeing a coordinated communications strategy for the Governor and all Executive Branch agencies.  She previously served as the Executive Director for the Office of Communications and Public Outreach for the Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet and was a Senior Account Executive for Louisville-based RunSwitch PR.   Kuhn earned a degree in political science from Furman University and a Master of Public Administration from The George Washington University.  She is a native of Harlan County.

Criminal Division

NI1A6100.jpgAmy 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.

NI1A1447.jpgTim 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.  

NI1A6087.jpgW. Bryan Hubbard serves as the Executive Director of the Attorney General's Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control.  He previously served within Kentucky's Cabinet for Health and Family Services as Commissioner for the Department for Income Support.  In this capacity, he was responsible for leading and managing the Commonwealth's Social Security Disability and Child Support Enforcement programs.  During his time of service, he led a research team of policy experts in drafting "Social Security Disability in Kentucky: The Evolution of Dependence, 1980-2015," which provided a foundation for reforms proposed to the White House Domestic Policy Counsel and the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration.  Hubbard attended law school at the University of Kentucky where he was president of the Moot Court Board and selected as its most outstanding member.  After law school, he practiced workers' compensation law across the state for 16 years.  This experience allowed him to examine the relationship between joblessness, poverty, disability, and drug dependence.  He was raised in Virginia's coalfields and has lived in Kentucky since 1997.  

Heather Wagers.jpgHeather 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.   

NI1A5695.jpgRichard F. Ferretti serves as the Commissioner for the Department of Criminal Investigations (DCI). In this position, his responsibilities include oversight for the strategic management of all DCI responsibilities, including budgets, operations, and administration. Ferretti is a career federal law enforcement executive with more than 30 years of experience leading, planning, and managing large scale, high-risk protective operation events. He began his Secret Service career as a Special Agent assigned to the Columbia Field Office. Ferretti then transferred to Washington, D.C., and served in the Washington Field Office and on the Presidential Protection Division for Presidents William J. Clinton and George W. Bush. Ferretti has since held numerous supervisory assignments, which include Resident Agent in Charge of the Albuquerque Resident Office and Special Agent in Charge of the Louisville Field Office. Ferretti attended the University of Kentucky and is a native of Hardin County.

NI1A6973 Small.jpgDenise Durbin serves as the Executive Director of the Office of Victim Advocacy. Previously, Durbin was the lead attorney and project administrator for the Crime Victim Project at Children's Law Center (CLC.) In this role, she provided legal representation for child survivors of family and dating violence, sexual assault, and child physical abuse.

Prior to her work at Children's Law Center, Durbin served as an assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for eight years, where she prosecuted felony offenses, including crimes involving power-based personal violence. Durbin received her law degree from the University of Cincinnati and her master's degree in counseling psychology from the University of Kentucky.

Civil Division

​​​​NI1A14902.jpgVictor "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. 

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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.  

Carmine Iaccarino.jpgCarmine 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.

Chris Lewis.jpgChris Lewis serves as the Executive Director of the Office of Consumer Protection. Most recently, he worked as General Counsel for the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet. In this position, he oversaw legal counsel for the Cabinet and handled complex state procurement and contractual matters. Prior to his appointment to the Finance and Administration Cabinet, Lewis served as the Executive Director of the Office of Employee Relations within the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet, providing budgetary and regulatory compliance oversight for numerous agency programs, including the Commonwealth's largest Self-Insured Workers' Compensation Fund and Return to Work Program. In addition to his public service, Lewis brings considerable appellate and trial experience from his tenure in the private sector where he handled cases related to insurance, healthcare, mass tort, and contract law. Lewis is a graduate of Asbury College and the University Of Kentucky College Of Law, where he served as an Editor on the Journal of Natural Resources and Environmental Law and a member of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Moot Arbitration Team. 

NI1A5243.jpgLaDonna Koebel serves as Executive Director of the Office of Senior Protection and Mediation. Koebel previously served as Chief of Staff to the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet, where she oversaw the Cabinet's communications and employee outreach initiatives, project implementation, TipLine investigations, and coordination of the Kentucky Conference on Leadership and Diversity. Koebel's tenure in state service also includes eleven years as an Assistant General Counsel in the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet and as Acting Commissioner to the Department of Juvenile Justice. Prior to her state service, she worked in private practice handling civil litigation. Koebel earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky, a master's degree in criminal justice from Eastern Kentucky University's College of Justice and Safety, and a bachelor's degree from Kentucky Wesleyan College where she currently serves on the Alumni Board of Directors. 


Appellate Division

NI1A13131.jpgChad 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 a Kentucky governor. 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. 

Matt Kuhn.jpgMatt 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.

No image available 2.pngJeffrey A. Cross serves as Deputy Solicitor General for Criminal Appeals, where he oversees criminal appellate litigation. Previously, Cross served as Assistant Attorney General and a member of the team he now manages. In his former role, he also served in a special unit dedicated to defending death penalty convictions. Prior to that, Cross worked in private practice, focusing on appellate and consumer litigation. He earned his law degree from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, where he was a member and editor of the Journal of Family Law and Journal of Law and Education.