Chief Deputy Attorney General
Chuck Slemp serves as Chief Deputy Attorney General of Virginia. Slemp previously served as Commonwealth’s Attorney for Wise County and the City of Norton, having been elected in 2025 and reelected in 2019. Prior to his service as a prosecutor, Slemp held the post of Commissioner of Accounts for the Circuit Court of Wise County. He also practiced criminal, domestic relations, and estate administration, and local government law. Slemp is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s College at Wise with a degree in business administration, he holds a master’s degree from Regent University in Public Policy, completed post-graduate study at Oxford University Hertford College in the United Kingdom, and earned his Juris Doctor degree from Regent School of Law. Slemp serves as co-chair of the Virginia Criminal Justice Conference, a member of the Virginia State Bar Criminal Section Board of Governors, and an adjunct professor at UVa-Wise, Regent University, and Mary Baldwin University.
Andrew earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Virginia, where he was an articles editor of the Virginia Law Review. After law school, he clerked for Judge Karen L. Henderson on the D.C. Circuit and Justice Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court of the United States. He also practiced law at several D.C. law firms. Before his appointment as Solicitor General, Andrew served as Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). He had previously served as Chief Counsel for Nominations and the Constitution to then-Chairman Lindsey Graham and as Senior Special Counsel to then-Chairman Chuck Grassley.
Special Counsel to the Attorney General for Opinions and Outside Counsel
Stephanie L. Hamlett has most recently served as the Executive Director and General Counsel of the Virginia Resources Authority (VRA). Other experiences include a number of positions at the Office of the Attorney General including Chief of Opinions. Ms. Hamlett also has private practice experience in public finance having practiced at McGuireWoods. In addition to a law degree from the University of Richmond, Hamlett holds a Masters of Tax Law from William & Mary. In 2017, Ms. Hamlett was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in Public Finance by the Women in Public Finance.
Special Counsel to the Attorney General of Virginia for Cold Cases, Actual Innocence and Special Investigations
Theo Stamos began her career as a prosecutor in 1987 in the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office for Arlington County and the City of Falls Church, capping off her career there as the elected CA from 2012 to 2019. She comes to our team from the U.S. Department of Justice where she has served in both the Trump and Biden Administrations as a state and local law enforcement liaison in the Office of Legislative Affairs. Her husband, Craig Esherick, is the former head men's basketball coach at Georgetown University and current professor of sport management at George Mason University.
Deputy Attorney General: Health, Education, and Social Services
Prior to joining the Office of the Attorney General in January of 2022, Ms. Stewart was a member of the faculty at Regent University School of Law, teaching contracts and appellate advocacy and supervising research in intellectual property law. Prior to that position, Ms. Stewart served as the Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In that role, Ms. Stewart helped manage one of the largest intellectual property offices in the world and helped oversee the agency’s more than 14,000 employees and $4 billion budget.
Ms. Stewart has been counsel in over 50 federal appeals, has advised the Department of Justice on numerous intellectual property cases before the United States Supreme Court, and has handled many administrative law cases defending agency regulations and procedures. Prior to her government service, Ms. Stewart practiced law for 14 years in Washington, D.C., most recently at Kaye Scholer LLP. Ms. Stewart has been active in numerous professional and civic organizations, including the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, the Administrative Conference of the United States, the American Bar Association Section of Litigation, the University of Virginia Law School Foundation, and the District of Columbia Bar.
Ms. Stewart is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Virginia School of Law. In law school, she served as Executive Editor of the Virginia Tax Review and Editor-in-Chief of the Virginia Law Weekly. After law school, Ms. Stewart clerked on the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C., for the Honorable James T. Turner.
Deputy Attorney General: Civil Litigation
Steven Popps was a litigation partner at an international law firm prior to joining Attorney General Miyares’s administration to oversee the civil division as a deputy attorney general. He previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Henry E. Hudson, U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia, and served on the staff of the staff of the late U.S. Senator John Warner of Virginia. Steven is a graduate of College of William & Mary and the College of William & Mary School of Law, where he was a lead articles editor for the William & Mary Law Review.
Deputy Attorney General: Criminal
Nicole Wittmann has spent much of her 26 years as a prosecutor serving the people of Loudoun County as the Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney and Commonwealth’s Attorney. She specialized in the prosecution of sex crimes, human trafficking, internet solicitation of children, child pornography, child abuse, domestic abuse, homicide, and other violent crimes. Ms. Wittmann was a founding member of the Loudoun Children’s Advocacy Center, Domestic Abuse Response Team, Sexual Assault Response Team, and served as the Director of the Victim Witness Program for the Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. Wittmann received her undergraduate degree from Mount Holyoke College, and her law degree from Michigan State University College of Law.