January 14, 2009
Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster has named a Jefferson City attorney to lead the Governmental Affairs Division of his office. Patricia Churchill has been with the firm of Gibbs, Pool and Turner P.C. since 2006, practicing in the areas of business formation and governance and insurance defense.
Churchill brings to the Attorney General's Office a wealth of experience in state government: She formerly served as general counsel for the Departments of Revenue and Corrections, as well as the Missouri Gaming Commission. Prior to her government service, Churchill was a manager in the state and local tax group of Ernst & Young LLP in St. Louis and chaired the taxation committee of the Missouri Bar.
"Attorney General Koster is dedicated to providing excellent support to state government, and I look forward to working with him in representing the people of Missouri in this new role," Churchill said.
The Governmental Affairs Division provides legal counsel and representation to state government and its agencies, boards and commissions. Responsibilities include protecting the safety and well being of Missourians by ensuring that licensed professional adhere to state laws and disciplinary rules. Division attorneys also represent the state Lottery Commission, the Department of Mental Health and handle litigation in all levels of state and federal courts and state administrative hearings.
"With her extensive legal experience in both the private sector and different agencies of state government, Patricia is in a position to provide excellent legal representation to the agencies our office serves," Koster said.