Deputy Attorney General
Whitney is one of the Deputy Attorney Generals for the State of Mississippi. She oversees the Civil, Solicitor General, Legislative and Administrative Divisions. Prior to this, she served as the as Deputy Chief of Staff and Counsel for Governor Phil Bryant. In this role she provided strategic counsel to the Governor on a wide range of policy and legal matters. Whitney previously practiced law in Gulfport where she did civil defense work and regularly represented state entities.
Deputy Attorney General
Mary Helen Wall is the Deputy Attorney General for criminal matters within the agency. She most recently worked for the Department of Justice serving 13 years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi prosecuting both white collar corruption and violent crime. Serving as Health Care Fraud Coordinator, she specialized in complex health care fraud prosecutions and received the James B. Tucker Award for Superior Prosecution for one of the largest health care fraud cases in the United States. Prior to serving as a federal prosecutor, she clerked for United States Magistrate Judge Michael T. Parker in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and served as a Hinds County Assistant Public Defender. She is a native of Magnolia, Mississippi, graduating from South Pike High School, Millsaps College, and the University of Mississippi School of Law.
Chief of Staff
Michelle Williams spent more than two decades working in law, public policy, and politics in Washington, D.C. She served as Chief of Staff for President Trump’s Office of Management and Budget; in the offices of six members of Congress, including two as Chief of Staff; clerked at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces; and ran government affairs for a public interest law firm specializing in religious liberty. A New Jersey native, Michelle moved to Mississippi in 2015 and worked for Attorney General Lynn Fitch as the Chief of Staff in her State Treasurer’s Office. She holds a bachelors degree from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and a J.D. from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at William and Mary in Virginia. Her husband, Scott, is an architect, and she has a daughter, Abby, who is starting at Syracuse University’s Newhouse school in August, and a son, Sawyer, who is heading into the 9th Grade.
Deputy for Administrative Operations
In January 2020, Attorney General Lynn Fitch appointed Mr. Jesse Graham Deputy of Administrative Operations for the Attorney General’s office. Mr. Graham has more than thirty-five years of professional work experience in both the public and private sector. Prior to this appointment, he was the Deputy Treasurer of the State of Mississippi for eight years. He has worked for the state of Mississippi during the Allain, Mabus, Fordice, and Barbour administrations in various roles with the Mississippi Development Authority, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, and the Mississippi State Personnel Board. He has worked for two fortune 100 companies and has been a small business owner in Mississippi.
Mr. Graham has a B.S. in Business Administration from Mississippi State University with an emphasis in economics, management, and real estate.
He has lived in Jackson, Mississippi, with his wife Helen for the past thirty-three years.