October 30, 2013
Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster announced today that, effective November 1st, Joan Gummels, his Director of Policy and Communications, will assume the role of General Counsel at the Attorney General's Office. The General Counsel is the chief legal advisor for the office. Ron Holliger, who currently holds the position, plans to retire near year's end, but he will continue to serve part-time in the office as senior counsel.
Before joining the Attorney General's Office in 2009 as Koster's first General Counsel, Holliger spent more than 20 years practicing law as a private attorney, served five years as a circuit judge in Jackson County, and sat on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, for nine years.
"With his extensive history in private practice and long tenure on the trial and appellate benches, Ron brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the General Counsel position," Koster said. "Ron's sharp analytical mind, unparalleled command of Missouri law, and keen sense of justice manifest themselves in the counsel he provides. We are grateful that he will continue to be a resource for the Office."
Gummels has served three Missouri Attorneys General, working in several divisions of the office including Litigation, Criminal Appeals and Governmental Affairs. Since 2012, she has been the Director of Policy and Communications, and from 2009 to 2012, she was Legislative Director. Ms. Gummels has also served as Senior Attorney for the Missouri Senate from 1997 to 2002, and General Counsel to Senate Minority Leader Ed Quick from 2003 to 2004.
"Joan's diverse professional portfolio will serve her well as General Counsel," Koster said. "Not only is she a skilled attorney with a thorough knowledge of this office, she has substantial experience in working with the General Assembly. In her years with the Attorney General's Office, Joan has demonstrated consistent sound judgment and a deep commitment to public service. I look forward to our continued work together as she takes on the responsibilities of her new role."