For Immediate Release: January 4, 2017
Contact: Mia Garcia (602) 339-5895 or Mia.Garcia@azag.gov
AG Brnovich Appoints Solicitor General
PHOENIX – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich today announced the appointment of Dominic Draye as Solicitor General. Draye replaces John R. Lopez IV who left office to serve as an Arizona Supreme Court Justice.
“John Lopez leaves big shoes to fill as a champion of federalism and the rule of law,” said Solicitor General Dominic Draye. “With the help of our top-notch team, I will do my best to carry on this office’s excellent service to the State of Arizona.”
The Solicitor General's duties include leading the AZAG Federalism Unit and overseeing preparation of legal opinions and appellate litigation for the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.
Since 2015, Dominic Draye has served as the Deputy Solicitor General. In that capacity, he represented the State in a wide range of appeals, including defending the State’s policy of withholding driver’s licenses to DACA beneficiaries. Draye also led a 10-state coalition challenging the EPA’s new ozone regulations and defended Arizona’s identity theft and forgery laws.
Prior to his current position, Draye worked in the Washington D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. At Kirkland, his practice focused on legal issues and appeals in a broad range of topics. Before joining the firm, Draye clerked for Hon. Edith H. Jones of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School.