Executive Profiles

Deputy Attorney General

Paul W. Connell

Paul Connell was appointed Deputy Attorney General in December 2016 by Attorney General Brad Schimel. Connell was previously Senior Counsel for Attorney General Schimel, a position to which he was appointed in fall 2014. Prior to his time at the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Connell spent 12 years with the United States Department of Justice as a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Wisconsin. In that capacity, Connell has tried cases ranging from bank fraud and money laundering to drug trafficking, with two of those cases being named as the Prosecution of the Year by the Wisconsin Narcotics Officers Association. Connell’s cases also include the federal prosecution of James Perry, known as the “mall rapist,” who is currently serving 180 years in federal prison for his role in the sexual exploitation of two girls from Stoughton and the prosecution of prominent Madison businessman Christian Peterson who was sentenced to prison following his conviction for bank fraud against several banks in Dane and Jefferson Counties. Connell also has successfully argued more than 20 cases on appeal before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. As a federal prosecutor, Connell also has served as a Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property coordinator.


Prior to becoming a federal prosecutor, Connell was an associate with the international law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, based in Washington, D.C., where, among other things, he led internal investigations of Fortune 500 companies, investment banks and broker-dealers. 


Connell is a 1998 graduate of Marquette University Law School, magna cum laude, where he served as a Member and Editor of the Law Review. Following law school, Connell served as law clerk for Chief United States District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller in the Eastern District of Wisconsin from 1998-2000. Connell received his B.A., cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in 1994.

Chief of Staff

Delanie Bruer

Delanie Breuer has served as Attorney General Brad Schimel's Chief of Staff since her appointment in December 2016. Formerly Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Breuer has been an instrumental part of Attorney General Schimel's executive leadership team since February 2015. Delanie joined the Wisconsin Department of Justice after serving four years as executive assistant to Public Service Commissioner Ellen Nowak, where she provided counsel on legal and policy matters relating to utility regulation cases and commission actions.


After earning her bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2005, Delanie went to work in the oil and gas industry in the Southern U.S. and internationally.  She worked as a field engineer in the construction of refineries, LNG terminals, and pipelines before going offshore as a drilling engineer on a deep-water drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico.


Delanie earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin Law School, with a certificate in International and Comparative Law.  She was a member of the Wisconsin International Law Journal and the Vis International Commercial Arbitration moot court team.  She received her B.S. from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville.

Senior Counsel

Daniel Lennington is no stranger to the Wisconsin Department of Justice, having most recently served as one of the agency’s deputy solicitors general. Lennington joined DOJ in July 2012 as an Assistant Attorney General, specializing in civil rights and appellate litigation. From 2013 to 2015, Lennington served as Assistant Deputy Attorney General under former Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. Before joining DOJ, Lennington was a federal prosecutor in Oklahoma City, as well as an assistant attorney general in the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office. Based on his successful fraud investigations and prosecutions in Oklahoma, Lennington was awarded the FBI Director’s Award and the Award for Excellence from the United States Council of Inspectors General. 
Lennington started his legal career in Michigan as an associate at Warner, Norcross & Judd, where he represented businesses in environmental and employment matters. He received his law degree summa cum laude from Valparaiso University School of Law in 2001, and his undergraduate degree cum laude from Hillsdale College in 1998. Originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana, Lennington lives in Sun Prairie with his wife and four sons.


Director of Government Affairs

Lane Ruhland

Lane Ruhland has been an attorney in private practice for the past two years, specializing in campaign finance, compliance, election law, and business administration. Prior to entering the private sector, Ruhland was Policy and Communications Advisor to Senator Jerry Petrowski and Legal Counsel and Election Day Operations Director at the Republican Party of Wisconsin. During Ruhland’s time at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she interned in DOJ’s Criminal Litigation Unit.


Policy Advisor

Mike AustinMike Austin was named Policy Advisor by Attorney General Schimel after serving two years as Director of Government Affairs. Prior to his time at the DOJ, Mike worked at the political strategy and voter contact firm Persuasion Partners, Inc.  Mike served as an advisor to a variety of clients including Attorney General-Elect Brad Schimel, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, Congressman Sean Duffy, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman, and former Governor Tommy Thompson.
Before that, Mike served as chief of staff to Representative Eugene Hahn leading his policy and communications strategy.  As part of his duties, Mike also was the clerk to the Assembly Committee on Biofuels and Sustainable Energy.