Solicitor General

The Office of the Solicitor General represents the State of Wisconsin in cases on appeal that are of special importance to the State, including many cases in the Wisconsin Supreme Court, the federal circuit courts of appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States.  This web resource has been developed to give the residents of Wisconsin the tools they need to read and understand the major cases the Solicitor General is currently handling.  The Wisconsin Department of Justice is committed to the transparent handling of major cases.

Professional Profiles

Solicitor General

Misha TseytlinMisha Tseytlin became Wisconsin Solicitor General in December 2015.  Tseytlin previously served as General Counsel in the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office, where he specialized in litigation challenging unconstitutional and otherwise unlawful overreach by the Federal Government.  Prior to joining General Patrick Morrissey’s staff in West Virginia, Tseytlin was as an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he handled high profile litigation cases throughout the United States.

 

Tseytlin graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University Law School in 2006.  At Georgetown, Tseytlin served as the president of the student chapter of the Federalist Society and was the articles editor of the Georgetown Law Review.  Tseytlin received his B.A. from Amherst College, magna cum laude.

 

Tseytlin’s distinguished resume includes a clerkship for United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.  Additionally, he clerked for the Honorable Janice Rodgers Brown on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Washington, D.C., and for the Honorable Alex Kozinski on the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Pasadena, CA.

Chief Deputy Solicitor General

As the Chief Deputy Solicitor General of Wisconsin, Ryan Walsh has managed, briefed, and argued dozens of appeals, representing the State in the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, Wisconsin Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (including en banc), and the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2018, he was awarded the State Bar’s “best brief” award. The same year, he and his colleagues also received a “best brief” award from the National Association of Attorneys General. In 2016, Walsh was named to Forbes’ list of “30 Under 30” in the category of law and policy.
 
Before joining DOJ, Walsh practiced at Jones Day in Washington, D.C. Previously, Walsh served as law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
 
Walsh, a Wisconsin native, graduated with High Honors from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif, was named a Kirkland & Ellis Scholar, and served as Editor-in-Chief of the University of Chicago Law Review. He holds a B.A., summa cum laude, from Hillsdale College.

Deputy Solicitor General

Luke BergLuke Berg started his career at the Wisconsin Department of Justice as an assistant attorney general in the Special Litigation and Appeals Unit before being appointed Deputy Solicitor General by Attorney General Brad Schimel in November 2015.  After law school, Berg clerked for Judge Diane S. Sykes on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and worked for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in Washington, D.C., immediately before joining DOJ.

 

Berg is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied computer science, math and philosophy. Before earning his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from New York University, Berg was a web developer and designer.

Deputy Solicitor General

Lane Ruhland

Kevin LeRoy was appointed Deputy Solicitor General by Attorney General Brad Schimel in August 2016.  After law school, LeRoy clerked for Judge Diane S. Sykes on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

 

LeRoy is a magna cum laude graduate of Indiana University Maurer School of Law.  He also holds both an MBA and a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Franciscan University.

 

 

Deputy Solicitor General

Sopen Shah has been a Deputy Solicitor General since her appointment by Attorney General Schimel in October 2017. Before joining the Wisconsin Solicitor General’s Office, Shah served as a law clerk for Judge Debra Ann Livingston on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York City and previously clerked for then-district court Judge Amul R. Thapar on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, who now sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

 

A native of Appleton, Shah graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude. In 2004, she was Wisconsin's Junior Miss and placed in the top five in national competition. Shah began her career as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company and then worked as a financial analyst for Bloomberg in Washington, D.C., where she appeared on TV and the radio to comment on the defense sector. Shah is a 2015 Yale Law School graduate, where she served as the Managing Editor of the Yale Law Journal.

Assistant Solicitor General

Amy Miller serves as an Assistant Solicitor General at the Department of Justice.  She joined the Department of Justice in January of 2016, when she began working for the Office of the Solicitor General.  She graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 2015.  There, she served as articles editor for the Journal of College and University Law, in which her student note was published.  During law school, she worked for the Wisconsin Department of Justice as a summer extern in the Environmental Protection Unit.  Prior to joining the Solicitor General’s office, she worked as a volunteer attorney for various non-profit organizations in Madison.  She received her B.A. in Legal Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2009.