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MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today the appointment of Steven P. Means as the Wisconsin Department of Justice's representative to the State Claims Board.
Means currently serves as the Deputy Administrator of the Division of Legal Services. The Division provides legal representation and advice to the Governor, Legislature, other state officers and agencies, district attorneys and county corporation counsels. It defends state agencies and employees in lawsuits, represents the state in all felony appeals and litigation brought by prison inmates, initiates criminal prosecution of economic crimes, prosecutes violations of state laws related to Medicaid fraud and abuse and drafts Attorney General opinions.
After graduating from the University of Iowa College of Law, with high honors, in 1987, Means served a one-year clerkship with the Iowa Supreme Court. From 1988 until he joined the Department of Justice in October, 2007, Mr. Means engaged in private practice with a focus on business disputes and civil litigation. Most of the private practice experience was with the Madison office of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP.
Mr. Means has represented clients throughout the United States and has appeared in state and federal courts in Wisconsin, Minnesota, New Jersey, California, Hawaii, Delaware, Florida, Colorado, Michigan, Ohio, New York, and Illinois. Case experience has included representation of public, quasi-public and private entities in a broad range of subject areas including antitrust, health care, environmental, insurance, shareholder disputes, constitutional law, contract law, personal injury and property damage claims, and business torts.
"Steve Means is an incredibly talented attorney and a skilled administrator whose extensive legal experience prepares him well for the challenges of serving on the State Claims Board," said Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. "I am confident that Mr. Means' background and experience will be an asset to the Claims Board, and I know that his experience as one of the Department of Justice's top administrators will serve the Board well."
The State Claims Board investigates and pays, denies, or makes recommendations on all money claims against the state of $10 or more, when such claims are referred by the Department of Administration. The findings and recommendations of the Claims Board are reported to the Legislature together with appropriate legislative proposals. The Legislature may not consider a claim until the board has made its recommendation.
The State Claims Board consists of 5 members - a representative of the Office of the Governor, a representative of the Department of Administration, a representative of the Department of Justice and the chairpersons of the senate and assembly committees on finance or their designees.
Mr. Means will replace Assistant Attorney General Robert Hunter who served the Board with distinction.