Abigail Stempson of the National Association of Attorneys General Joins Kelley Drye, Enhancing State AG Practice

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP announced today that Abigail Stempson, former Director of the NAGTRI Center for Consumer Protection at the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) and former Chief of the Public Protection Bureau and Consumer Protection Division in the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office, has joined the firm as special counsel. Her skills and experience enhance services offered by Kelley Drye’s growing State Attorneys General practice group.

At the Center for Consumer Protection, Abby led the nation’s only entity dedicated solely to providing training, research, and expertise to AG office staff and other government agencies committed to protecting the public from consumer fraud and abuse. In this capacity, she interacted with Attorneys General and their staff, at every level, in all 50 states, and trained hundreds of State Assistant Attorneys General in the fundamentals and complexities of consumer protection enforcement. Abby was often called upon to serve as a national resource on State Attorney General consumer protection priorities and enforcement authority. In recognition of these efforts, in November 2022 Abby was awarded the prestigious FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection Partner Award, which honors her preeminent role as an advocate and a teacher, and in 2021, Abby was awarded the NAAG Executive Director Award.

I’m excited to have Abby join the Kelley Drye team after years of working with her at the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office and at NAAG,” said Paul Singer, co-chair of Kelley Drye’s State Attorneys General practice group. Abby has been a leader in the AG community for years and I’m thrilled for the opportunity to work closely with her again as we provide unmatched resources and expertise to our clients.”
Prior to her time with NAAG, Abby was the chief of the Public Protection Bureau and Consumer Protection Division in the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office, and an assistant attorney general, where she focused on consumer fraud and deceptive trade practices, nonprofit organizations, charitable trusts, and antitrust matters.

Abby is well known and highly respected throughout the consumer protection community,” said Christie Thompson, chair of Kelley Drye’s Advertising and Marketing practice group. Her experience in consumer fraud and abuse issues, as well as her relationships among attorneys general and their staff are valuable resources to offer clients of our growing State AG practice.”

Abby joins Kelley Drye not long after former Texas Associate Deputy Attorney General Paul Singer was elected partner in 2021. Beth Chun of the Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Attorney General of Texas also recently joined the firm as a senior associate. Abby’s addition further strengthens Kelley Drye’s ability to help clients prepare for the future of consumer protection law and to advise clients facing State AG investigations, as well as investigations brought by the FTC, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and local and county District Attorneys’ offices.

I am delighted to be joining Kelley Drye,” said Abby. During my career, I have worked with many of the attorneys who make up the State Attorneys General practice team, I have always been impressed with their substantive knowledge and the manner in which they conduct their cases, and I look forward to joining the team.”

Abby received her J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and her B.S. in business administration from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Kelley Drye has a national reputation as counsel for corporate defendants in federal and state investigations and litigation. The firm offers a unique combination of substantive subject matter expertise and relationships at every level, from staff attorney to State Attorneys General and FTC Commissioners