2015 News Releases

AG Schmidt appoints new head of civil litigation division

Release Date: May 18, 2015

TOPEKA – (May 18, 2015) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today announced that Neodesha attorney Dennis Depew has joined his office as the new deputy attorney general for the civil litigation division.

“Dennis is an experienced and accomplished attorney,” Schmidt said. “I am grateful that he has agreed to join our team and lead our civil litigation division in the important work of defending the state and its taxpayers.”

 Depew succeeds Jeff Chanay, whom Schmidt promoted to chief deputy attorney general last year.

 Depew is a Neodesha native and has been a private practice attorney for more than 30 years. In addition to his legal practice, he has served as president of both the Kansas Bar Association and Kansas Association of School Boards. He served on the Neodesha USD #461 School Board from 1985-1999 and was re-elected in 2009 where he continues to serve. Depew is a graduate of Neodesha High School, Independence Community College, the University of Kansas and the University of Kansas School of Law.

 The civil litigation division handles civil cases on behalf of the State of Kansas, represents state agencies in administrative and civil actions and coordinates all cases defended under the Kansas Tort Claims Act. It is the principal source of legal defense when the state, its agencies, or its employees are sued.

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