Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive

Tuesday, August 29, 2000


AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn announced today the appointment of Jeffrey S. Boyd as deputy attorney general for litigation and Scott A. Sherman as special assistant attorney general. Also announced was the promotion of David A. Talbot, Jr. to special counsel for consumer affairs and the promotion of Katherine (Missy) Minter Cary as chief of the open records division.

"My office seeks to staff the best and the brightest. Jeff, Scott, David, and Missy are that and more. I am pleased to have them on my team working hard for the citizens of Texas," said Attorney General Cornyn.

Prior to joining the agency, Boyd was a partner with the Austin office of Thompson & Knight. He practiced general civil litigation and appeals, with emphasis on products liability, toxic torts and negligence. In addition, he was a member of the American Inns of Court and serves as a pro bono attorney volunteer for Austin Lawyers Care.

Boyd graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree from Abilene Christian University, and summa cum laude from Pepperdine University Law School where he served as editor in chief of the Pepperdine Law Review. Boyd succeeds Linda Eads, who is returning to her career in teaching law at the Southern Methodist University.

Sherman was Commissioner Tony Garza's senior policy advisor at the Texas Railroad Commission. He provided legal advice and policy counsel on energy, environmental and administrative law issues. Sherman previously served the state as assistant general counsel to the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission and began his career in business litigation in Houston. He earned his bachelor of arts with highest honors in the Plan II program of The University of Texas at Austin and graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School.

A 27-year veteran of state government, Talbot will advise the attorney general on consumer policy matters, including emerging issues such as internet privacy and cyberfraud. From 1973 to present, he has served in many capacities within the Office of the Attorney General including deputy attorney general for litigation, head of the office of general counsel, chief of the transportation division, special assistant attorney general, chief of the finance division, and most recently, chief of the consumer protection division. Talbot earned a B.A. in history at Rutgers University and a J.D. at the University of Texas at Austin.

Cary, who has held the position of interim chief of the open records division, previously served as public information coordinator in the Attorney General's Office. Cary received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University and her J.D. from Saint Mary's University. She is board certified in administrative law and is a certified mediator. She also has extensive experience in the representation of state governmental bodies.

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