Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird, ’01, Appoints Eric Wessan, ’19, Solicitor General

Iowa Attorney General-elect Bird Announces Additional Senior Staff Positions

Iowa Attorney General-elect Brenna Bird today announced new members of her senior team. Bird named Solicitor General Eric Wessan, Deputy Attorney General for Civil Litigation Stan Thompson, Assistant Attorney General for Victim Services John Gish, and Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Dan Breitbarth to serve in the attorney general’s office. 

“I’m excited about the incredible team we’re forming of talented individuals to serve the people of Iowa,” said Bird. “Our team is composed of critical-thinkers, who bring with them a wealth of diverse legal experience and shared vision of service. Together, our team will work tirelessly to get criminals off the streets, seek justice for victims of crime, and uphold the rule of law.” 
Additional senior staff appointments will be announced in the coming weeks.

Eric Wessan
Eric Wessan will serve as Solicitor General, leading the State’s representation in the United States Supreme Court, Iowa Supreme Court, and other state and federal appellate courts. He'll play a critical role in Attorney General-elect Bird's efforts to push back against the Biden Administration and defend all of Iowa’s statutes.

Eric Wessan is an attorney with King & Spalding LLP in Chicago, where he practices complex civil litigation and appeals. He serves on the Board of the Chicago Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society and as Chair of the Chicago Young Lawyers Chapter. He was previously a law clerk for Judge James Ho of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Judge John F. Kness of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Before his legal career, Wessan worked as Vice Consul of Policy & Communication for the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, getting to know Iowa well as he observed the Iowa Caucus campaigns on the ground. Wessan received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Chicago.

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