Bradford J. Phelps
Chief Deputy Attorney General
Bradford Phelps was named Chief Deputy Attorney General in April 2010, after having served as an attorney in the office's Consumer Protection Division since 2003. As chief deputy, Phelps oversees the Office's attorneys and legal staff.
While chief deputy, Phelps led efforts to negotiate a significant multistate agreement with tobacco companies that ended a long-running dispute over the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement. Phelps' efforts helped restore certainty to the State's annual payments under the MSA.
Prior to becoming Chief Deputy, Phelps drafted and helped secure passage of Arkansas's felony animal cruelty law.
Prior to joining the AG's Office, he worked for The Barket Law Firm in Little Rock.
Phelps is a 2001 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law and a 1998 graduate of Hendrix College.
Erika Ross Gee
Chief of Staff
Erika Ross Gee oversees strategic communications, outreach, public affairs, community relations, scheduling, special investigations, advance, and legislative strategy as Chief of Staff.
Gee took over as Chief of Staff in May 2013 after serving as an Assistant Attorney General in the State Agencies Division for six years. While Assistant Attorney General, she represented the Arkansas Pharmacy Board, the Arkansas Public Employees and Teacher Retirement systems, Pulaski Technical College and National Park Community College, among other agencies. She was a key member of the Attorney General's Legislative Team.
Before joining the AG’s office, she was an attorney with Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP in Little Rock and with the Arkansas Municipal League.
Gee is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the UALR Bowen School of Law.
James B. DePriest
Deputy Attorney General, Public Protection Department
An attorney in the office since 1992, DePriest was named Deputy Attorney General in 2007. Previously, he was an attorney for Central Arkansas Legal Services and the Arkansas Department of Correction.
He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law.
He has been an adjunct professor at the law school, and is former president of the Arkansas Children's Hospital Parents Advisory Board.
DePriest has won awards from the AARP and the Arkansas Coalition of Housing and Neighborhood Groups.
Deputy Attorney General, Civil Department
Dennis Hansen served as Chief Deputy Attorney General from 2002 to 2007 and he currently oversees the office's Civil Department.
His law degree is from Columbia University and he has an undergraduate degree from Grinnell College.
Hansen previously worked for the Chicago law firm Sidley and Austin.
He also serves as an adjunct professor of law at the UALR Bowen School of Law.
Deputy Attorney General, Criminal Department
A lawyer in the AG's Criminal Department for more than two decades, Darnisa Johnson has been the Deputy Attorney General over the Department since 2002.
Johnson has argued before the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals on multiple occassions. She also helped draft and edit the Arkansas Law Enforcement Officers' Pocket Manual.
Prior to working at the AG's Office, she worked for East Arkansas Legal Services in West Memphis.
She has a Criminal Justice degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a law degree from the UALR Bowen School of Law.
Deputy Attorney General, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
Jeanette Hamilton was named to serve as Deputy Attorney General in July 2013 after working more than a decade as an assistant and senior assistant attorney general in the office's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
Before working at the Attorney General's Office, she was an Assistant City Attorney for the cities of Little Rock and North Little Rock, and she served as a staff attorney for the Arkansas Municipal League.
Hamilton has a bachelor's degree in music from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a law degree from the UALR Bowen School of Law.
She is active in the William R. Overton Inn of Court.
Elisabeth A. Walker
Deputy Attorney General, Opinions Department
Deputy Attorney General Elisabeth A. Walker has drafted several thousand Attorney General's Opinions during her 28 years on the AG's staff.
Walker has headed Opinions for a total of 12 years, and she is an expert on the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.
Walker won the Arkansas Press Association's "Freedom of Information" Award in 2003.
She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and the Southern Methodist University School of Law.
Community Relations and Crime Victims Reparations Director
For more than eight years, Avis Lane has headed the Attorney General's community relations and crime victims reparations efforts. She has been a crime victims' advocate and investigator for the office for 21 years.
She has received special recognition for her crisis response and reparations work following the Sept. 11, 2001, tragedy and the Jonesboro Westside school shootings in 1998.
Lane is currently a member of the Arkansas Child Abuse, Rape and Domestic Violence Commission.
She previously served as a member of the board of the National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards.
Lane is a graduate of the University of Arkansas.
Chief, Special Investigations Division
Jason P. "J.P." French has been head of the Special Investigations Division since its inception in 2009.
A certified law enforcement officer, French was previously an instructor at Black River Technical College, Cherokee Village Police Chief and Jonesboro Police Department officer.
In 2011, French helped develop the Attorney General's first-ever Cyber Crimes Unit.
French is a graduate of Arkansas State University, with a bachelor's degree and a Master's in Public Administration.
Chief Fiscal Officer
A certified public accountant, Carol Thompson has served as Chief Fiscal Officer for the Attorney General's Office for 13 years.
Thompson is also a certified government financial manager and she has earned two Governor's Quality awards.
She is an accounting graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Chief Logistics Officer
Willie Carter brought 36 years of experience as a military logistics specialist to the Attorney General's Office when he came on board as Chief Logistics Officer in 2000.
He established a logistical program for the Attorney General's Office after serving as Chief Warrant Officer and Supply Specialist, heading logistics for a major Army command.
He has a degree from Vincennes University.