Gov.-elect Sandoval Names General Counsel, Other Staff Appointments

CARSON CITY – Gov.-elect Brian Sandoval today announced he will appoint Lucas Foletta as his general counsel.

As a former assistant U.S. attorney for the district of Nevada, Foletta has prosecuted mortgage fraud and identity theft matters on behalf of the U.S. government. A graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law, Foletta is also a former law clerk to Sandoval when he served previously as a federal judge.

A former summer associate with a firm in Napa, Calif., Foletta was a staff editor for the Wake Forest Intellectual Property Law Journal. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California.

“I am thrilled that Lucas is joining my team,” Sandoval said. “He has one of the finest legal minds I know. His experience at the federal level will provide me with a trusted and important perspective on the issues.”

Sandoval also announced that Dana Bennett will join Sandoval’s office as senior researcher and Judy Osgood will join as policy analyst.

“Dana has a strong background in legislative research and as a policy analyst and I know her intimate understanding of the research process will be an invaluable resource to me and my team,” Sandoval said. “Judy will work closely with the general counsel to provide important information on the implications of legislative proposals.”

Bennett, a doctoral candidate in history at Arizona State University, also has a master’s in women’s history from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Currently an independent historian, Bennett was formerly employed by the Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau.

Osgood, also a former law clerk to Sandoval, is also a former contract attorney. In addition to formerly being in private practice, Osgood was a judicial law clerk to Washoe District Judge Janet Berry. Osgood received her law degree from Syracuse University, and her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.