Sandoval announces plans to appoint general counsel


Governor-elect Brian Sandoval today announced his plans to appoint Lucas Foletta as general counsel in Sandoval’s office.

As a former assistant United States 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 then-federal Judge Brian Sandoval.

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 B.A. from the University of Southern California, cum laude.

“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 PhD candidate in history at Arizona State University, also has an M.A. 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, a former law clerk to then-Federal Judge Brian Sandoval, is also a former contract attorney. In addition to formerly being in private practice, Osgood was a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Janet Berry. Osgood received her J.D. from Syracuse University, summa cum laude and her B.S.from Cornell University. Osgood is also a member of the Order of the Coif at Syracuse University.

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