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    Rutledge Names Nicholas Bronni as Solicitor General

    July 11, 2018

    Thanks Lee Rudofsky for his service to the office and State

    LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today named Nicholas Bronni of Little Rock as Solicitor General at the Attorney General’s Office following the departure of Lee Rudofsky, who has served in that role since July 2015.

    “Since joining the office in April 2016, Nicholas Bronni has consistently used his legal expertise to successfully defend common sense abortion regulations, battle federal overreach, and pursue justice for crime victims,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “His experience as Deputy Solicitor General and at the United States Securities and Exchange Commission has given him the knowledge and expertise to continue the great work Lee Rudofsky has done as Arkansas’s first Solicitor General.”

    Solicitor General Bronni said, “I look forward to using my experience to continue to assist Attorney General Rutledge in protecting Arkansans from criminals and scam artists as well as push back against federal overreach.”

    Bronni, a Camden native, is a 2005 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan Law School. He received his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from George Washington University. Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Bronni was a Senior Litigation Counsel with the Appellate Litigation Group at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and was an associate in the appellate and Supreme Court litigation practice at Gibson Dunn and Crutcher LLP in Washington, D.C. He also clerked for the Honorable Jay S. Bybee of the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Bronni also serves as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law, where he teaches appellate litigation skills. Bronni lives in Little Rock with his wife, Sarah, and daughter, Margaret.

    Rutledge announced the creation of the Solicitor General position in 2015, appointing Rudofsky to hold the inaugural position for the State of Arkansas. He will depart the office having advised Attorney General Rutledge on several key proceedings, including being the only state in America to successfully terminate Medicaid program funding to Planned Parenthood. He organized a multistate, bipartisan and multimillion dollar lawsuit against the State of Delaware to the U.S. Supreme Court and successfully guided litigation allowing the execution of convicted murderers by lethal injection. Rudofsky is also credited with implementing the office’s first formal moot court program to prepare office attorneys for argument as well as establishing a clear review process of all briefs going to the 8th Circuit and Arkansas Supreme Court.

    On the departure of Rudofsky, Rutledge said, “Lee has been a trusted advisor and a key member of my staff over the past three years. He has been a stalwart defender of the rule of law and represented Arkansans honorably during his time in public service.”

    “I will be forever grateful to Attorney General Rutledge for giving me the opportunity to serve the people of Arkansas in this special role,” said Rudofsky. “I will be forever grateful to my colleagues in the Attorney General’s Office for their friendship, collegiality, dedication and teamwork. And I will be forever grateful to the people of this great State for welcoming me and my family with open arms and warm hearts.”

    Rudofsky’s last day with the Attorney General’s Office is July 20. He will be joining Walmart’s anticorruption compliance team in Northwest Arkansas.

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