Attorney General-elect Luther Strange today announced members of his executive leadership who he said will be his top assistants in “guiding the Attorney General’s Office upon a path of integrity and adherence to the rule of law. I am proud to have gathered a team of attorneys who exemplify the highest standards of excellence, dedication and the principled practice of law,” he stated.
Richard Allen returns to the helm as Chief Deputy Attorney General, a position he held throughout the administrations of former Attorneys General Jeff Sessions and Bill Pryor. Allen served briefly as Acting Attorney General following Pryor’s appointment as a federal judge, and most recently as Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Corrections since 2006. Before becoming an attorney, Allen distinguished himself in active military service commanding companies in Germany and Vietnam. and continued as a reserve officer, retiring in 1993 as a Brigadier General. From 1999 to 2003, he served as Civilian Aide for the Secretary of the Army for Alabama. In 2001, Allen was inducted into the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps Hall of Fame. Allen earned his bachelor’s of arts degree from the University of North Alabama, where he was commander of the ROTC brigade and was honored as distinguished military graduate. At the University of Alabama Law School he was managing editor of the Alabama Law Review, senior class president and most outstanding senior. Beginning his legal career as a law clerk for then Chief Justice Howell Heflin of the Alabama Supreme Court, Allen practiced law with Capell, Howard, Knabe & Cobbs in Montgomery before joining U.S. Senator Heflin from 1979 to 1981 as his chief legislative assistant in Washington, D.C. He returned to private practice with Capell Howard in 1981 and became managing director of the firm in 1985, a position he held until he first came to the Attorney General’s Office as Chief Deputy in 1995.
Also returning to the Attorney General’s Office is Jessica Medeiros Garrison, who served from 1997 to 1998 as Director of Public Relations and Legislative Affairs for then Attorney General Pryor, previously having served as an intern and as Assistant Director of Public Relations and Legislative Affairs for then Attorney General Sessions. As an undergraduate at the University of Alabama, Garrison was president of the Student Government Association, and went on to earn her juris doctorate from the University of Alabama Law School. She clerked for then Tuscaloosa County Circuit Judge L. Scott Coogler (now a U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama) and in 1998 joined the law firm of Phelps, Jenkins, Gibson & Fowler in Tuscaloosa, where she earned a partnership. Garrison also successfully managed the campaign of Attorney General-elect Strange, for whom she will serve as Chief Counsel.