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Chief Civil Deputy

Brian L. Tarbet, Major General (Ret), has served his country and the state of Utah in varying capacities since beginning his career as both a member of the United States Army and as a lawyer.

General Tarbet’s military career spanned nearly 40 years, culminating with his service as Adjutant General of Utah from 2000-2012. During this time, he was responsible for 7,500 Soldiers and Airmen of the Utah National Guard. He formerly served on the Army Reserve Forces Policy Committee of the Secretary of the Army.

During his service in the Army as a career intelligence officer, General Tarbet received many accolades and honors, including the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and Armed Forces Reserve Medal. General Tarbet has also been recognized by the State of Utah for his service and has been awarded the Utah Medal of Merit, Utah Joint Staff Medal of Merit, Utah Achievement Ribbon, State Partnership Award and Utah Service Ribbon. Internationally, General Tarbet has been awarded the Wissam al-Istihkak al-Askari (Order of Military Merit) by the Kingdom of Morocco.

Now retired from the Army, General Tarbet was appointed as General Counsel in the Utah Attorney General’s office in January 2013. He brought more than 20 years of legal experience to that position, including prior service in the Utah Attorney General’s office as the division chief of the Tax and Revenue Division. During that time, General Tarbet was honored as Tax Practitioner of the Year in 1998 by the Tax Section of the Utah State Bar. From 2015 to 2017, General Tarbet and his wife Mary served a church service mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Germany. He returned to the Utah Attorney General’s office as Chief Civil Deputy in April 2018.

General Tarbet is a Utah State University graduate, having earned a BA in political science with business administration and German in 1973. He furthered his education at the University of Utah where he earned a Juris Doctorate. He was a National Security Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University from 1998-1999.

General Tarbet’s wife, Mary, is a USU alumna who graduated in special education in 1977. The couple has five children and fourteen grandchildren.

Chief Criminal Deputy

Spencer Austin joins the Attorney General’s Office with over four decades of legal experience as a recognized leader in the Utah and national legal communities.

In 1979, he joined Parsons Behle & Latimer’s Litigation practice group where he concentrated on commercial litigation, environmental law, and white collar crime matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Austin was a deputy Salt Lake County attorney from 1975-1979. As deputy county attorney, he was assigned to the Career Criminal Prosecution Unit that specialized in prosecuting high profile cases within the state of Utah.

Austin was an adjunct professor of law at the University of Utah College of Law in the Trial Advocacy Program from 1980 to 1993. He has also been a faculty member for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy in Tucson, Arizona. He has spoken at numerous conferences and seminars on environmental white collar crime and related topics.  He received his B.S. from the University of Utah in Psychology and is a graduate from the University Utah, S.J. Quinney School of Law.

Austin has served as the Chief Criminal Deputy in the Utah Attorney General’s Office since 2014. He had also served as a member of the Peace Officer Standards Training Council since 2014, and he was recently elected Vice-Chairman.

Solicitor General

Stan was appointed Solicitor General in March 2024. He has worked in the Utah Attorney General’s Office since 2011, first as an attorney in the civil appeals division for four years, and then as the civil appeals division director and Deputy Solicitor General for more than eight years. Before joining the AGO, Stan practiced at two large law firms, including K&L Gates, where he focused on civil appeals and complex commercial litigation. In his more than twenty years of legal practice in the private and public sectors, Stan has handled, been involved with, and consulted on a wide variety of cases and issues in trial and appellate courts at both the state and federal levels.

Stan graduated cum laude, with University Honors, from Brigham Young University. He then graduated magna cum laude and was a member of the Order of the Coif and Law Review from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. After law school, he worked as a judicial clerk on the Utah Supreme Court for Justice Stewart and Justice Durrant. He then clerked for Judge Monroe McKay on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Stan and his wife Mary—also a BYU undergrad and law school graduate, who clerked on the Fourth District Court and the Utah Supreme Court—have four children.


Chief of Staff

Ric Cantrell joined the Attorney General’s Office in August of 2017, bringing an array of communications, problem-solving, and organizational leadership experience with him. Prior to joining the office, he served as the Utah Senate Chief of Staff. Cantrell has presented nationally and internationally on topics like crisis management and the use of emerging IoT tools to build citizen engagement. He helped lead the Utah team to win the Online Democracy Award for best legislative website in the nation. His deeper background experience includes work as a ranch hand, wilderness instructor, suicide hotline worker, and teacher. He helped lead winning political campaign teams in Utah and Washington. Cantrell earned a BA from the University of Puget Sound and an Executive Leadership cert from Cornell.

Cantrell believes deeply in the value provided to the People of the State of Utah by a strong, ethical, independent Attorney General’s Office. You can connect with Cantrell on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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General Counsel

Daniel Burton, General Counsel, joined the Utah Attorney General’s Office in 2016. Prior to joining the Office in 2016, he was Senior Corporate Counsel with the Woodbury Corporation. In addition to “other duties as assigned,” he oversees government relations for the office, representing the organization before the Legislature and government agencies, develops and implements the office’s legislative strategy, and assists in compliance with newly passed statutes. Daniel also oversees government records requests (better known as GRAMA) to the office.

A native Utahn, Daniel graduated from Brigham Young University and earned a law degree from the SJ Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. His wife Brittany is also an alumna and together they have three beautiful daughters.