Meet Our Team

A team of seasoned professionals assists Attorney General Tim Fox in administering the Montana Department of Justice, enforcing the laws of the state and protecting the best interests of Montanans.

Scott Darkenwald, Chief of Staff and Deputy Director
Scott is a native Montanan. He spent nearly 30 years in business and as an entrepreneur, and has extensive executive management experience. Scott served as the Director of the Department of Administration under Governor Martz and most recently worked with Project Mercy, an international non-profit organization that does rural community development work in Africa.

Mark Mattioli, Chief Deputy Attorney General
A proud native of Butte, Mark graduated with honors from the University of Montana School of Law in 1985. After work as a prosecutor and in private practice, Mattioli served as an assistant attorney general under Attorneys General Joe Mazurek, Mike McGrath and Steve Bullock. As Bureau Chief for the Appellate Services Bureau, Mattioli has been Montana’s chief appellate prosecutor in the state and federal courts. He is a former Supreme Court Fellow for the National Association of Attorneys General in Washington, D.C., where he worked on cases argued in the Supreme Court of the United States. He has been most honored to have handled hundreds of cases in the Montana Supreme Court.

Lawrence VanDyke, Solicitor General
Lawrence is a fifth generation Montanan and attended Montana State University in Bozeman, where he received his undergraduate degree in civil engineering and his master’s degree in construction engineering management. After managing his family’s heavy construction business for five years, Lawrence attended Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Following his clerkship for the U.S. Court of Appeals, Lawrence practiced law for six years at a major national law firm. Most recently, he served as Assistant Solicitor General in the Office of the Texas Attorney General.

Jon Bennion, Deputy Attorney General and Legislative Liaison
Jon is a native of Billings, MT. He earned his undergraduate degree in political science in 2000 and a law degree in 2005 from the University of Montana in Missoula. In 2004, he authored Big Sky Politics, a book about the history of campaigns and elections in modern Montana. After law school, he clerked for a state district court judge in Billings. In 2006, Jon joined the Montana Chamber of Commerce staff as Government Relations Director, where he has also served as a staff attorney. In 2009, he was appointed to serve on the Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission.

Cory Swanson, Deputy Attorney General
Cory is a native Montanan and comes to the Attorney General’s Office from Anderson, Baker and Swanson, PLLC, where his practice focused on federal and state environmental law with an emphasis in litigation, land use, water, election law and administrative law. He is currently a major in the Montana National Guard, where he served on two deployments to Iraq. He is a graduate of Carroll College and the University of Montana School of Law.

John Barnes, Communications Director
John hails from Washington state, where he worked in public affairs prior to joining Attorney General Fox’s staff at the Department of Justice. He is a published historian of the American West, holds a master’s degree from Utah State University and is a graduate of Hillsdale College in Michigan.

Anastasia Burton, Deputy Communications Director
Anastasia was raised in northcentral Montana and is a graduate of the University of Great Falls, where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in broadcast communications.  From 2008 – 2013, Anastasia was director of community relations and marketing at Shodair Children’s Hospital in Helena.  Anastasia previously worked for the State of Montana from 1994 – 2006, including serving as public information officer for the Department of Public Health and Human Services, and as press secretary to Governor Marc Racicot.  Anastasia serves on the board of the Montana Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Julie James, Executive Assistant
Julie is a graduate of Park High School in Livingston and is a certified paralegal. She has extensive background in the legal field. She has worked for the Powell County Attorney’s Office, a public defender in Arizona, and in the Legal Services Division of the Montana Department of Justice. Julie has worked at the law firm of Gough, Shanahan, Johnson & Waterman for the past six years. She has also regularly volunteered as an elections judge.

Division Administrators

Rick Ask, Gambling Control Division
Rick has been with the Gambling Control Division at the Department of Justice since its inception in 1989, serving under Attorneys General Marc Racicot, Joe Mazurek, Mike McGrath, and Steve Bullock, who appointed Rick administrator in 2008. Prior to that he served as the division’s operations chief. Before joining the Gambling Control Division, Rick held a variety of positions with the Montana Department of Revenue over the course of nine years.

Joe Chapman, Chief Information Officer / Information Technology
Joe has been administrator of the Information Technology Services Division at the Department of Justice since 2009. A native of Marquette, Michigan, he is a retired lieutenant colonel from the Air Force, where he spent 20 years leading large information technology organizations and projects.

Christi Jacobsen, Central Services Division
Christi, a Helena native, has twelve years of state fiscal management experience. Prior to joining the Department of Justice she was the administrator of Central Services at the Office of the State Auditor, a budget analyst in the Department of Justice, a financial manager for the Secretary of State, and an executive budget analyst under Governors Martz and Schweitzer.  Christi received her bachelor’s degree from Carroll College and her master’s degree in public administration from the University of Montana.

Dr. Philip Kinsey, Forensic Sciences Division
Dr. Kinsey has 15 years of experience in forensic DNA analysis. From 2005 – 2012 he managed the DNA section of the Montana State Crime Laboratory. Prior to that he served at the Oregon State Policy Crime Laboratory and was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Oregon. Phil received his bachelor and doctorate degrees in biology from the University of California, Irvine. He is active on several national forensic science committees and review boards.

Bryan Lockerby, Division of Criminal Investigation
Bryan is a thirty-year veteran of the Great Falls Police Department. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy 200th Session, where his peers elected him class valedictorian. He has attended the FBI Intermountain Command College and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Regents University, as well as a criminal justice degree from the University of Great Falls. During his tenure with the Great Falls Police Department, he has worked in an undercover capacity with a federal drug task force, commanded the High Risk Unit, supervised the Training & Crime Preventions Unit, commanded patrol operations and currently commands the investigations bureau. Bryan has also served as state president of the Montana Police Protective Association.

Brenda Nordlund, Motor Vehicle Division
Brenda has worked at the Department of Justice since 1993, beginning as assistant attorney general where her primary assignment was to provide legal support to the Motor Vehicle Division. Attorney General Steve Bullock appointed Brenda administrator of the Motor Vehicle Division in 2009. A Malta native, Brenda holds a bachelor’s degree from Montana State University and a law degree from the University of Montana.