Rutledge Selects New Deputy Attorney General for Civil Department
February 18, 2016
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today named Ryan Owsley of Little Rock deputy attorney general for the Civil Department. Owsley is an experienced attorney who has been an assistant attorney general in the Opinions Department since 2008.
“The people of Arkansas will be well-served by having Ryan as the deputy attorney general for the Civil Department,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I have witnessed Ryan’s remarkable knowledge and ability to clarify some of the most complex parts of the law through his work in the Opinions Department. His understanding of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act is one very few can match. I know Ryan is excited to get to work with the talented attorneys in the department as they work to represent the agencies, boards and commissions of Arkansas in an effective and professional manner.”
Before joining the office, Owsley worked in private practice handling insurance-defense litigation and appellate work. Prior to private practice, Owsley clerked for then Arkansas Supreme Court Associate Justice Annabelle Clinton Imber. A graduate of Ouachita Baptist University and an honors graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, Owsley served as an editor of the UALR Law Review.
Owsley succeeds David Curran, who left last month for an opportunity with the University of Arkansas System.
Handling approximately 500 cases each year in State and federal courts, the Civil Department’s attorneys serve as counsel representing State agencies, officials, boards and commissions when any are named as defendants in civil lawsuits. The lawyers also initiate lawsuits to protect the interests of the State.