County Attorney Mike O’Connell names Ingrid Geiser as First Assistant; Civil Division relocating to new address

October 1, 2020

Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell named Ingrid Geiser as his First Assistant effective today with the upcoming retirement of Eric Graninger.

 

Geiser joined the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office (JCAO) in 2002 and has served as director of the Criminal Division since 2018. She led the office’s Domestic Violence Unit (now known as the Special Victims Unit) for nearly six years and previously headed the office’s Warrant ant Felony/Misdemeanor units.

 

Geiser began her legal career as a Narcotics Unit prosecutor and Domestic Violence prosecutor in the Commonwealth Attorney’s office. While there, Geiser tried narcotics, firearms, child abuse, and DV cases. She is a member of the Louisville Bar Foundation and a member of the Louisville Civilian Review Board work group, which is acting to add additional layers of oversight of independent review to Louisville Metro Police Department disciplinary matters.

 

“This is a crucial time for criminal justice issues in our city and our country,” O’Connell said. “Ingrid Geiser’s experience and, equally important, her enormous capacity for empathy are what our office needs as we continue to be a part of these conversations and reforms.”

 

Geiser is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law. She and her husband Erik have two children, Luke and Annika.

 

“I have dedicated my career to seeking justice for victims of crime,” Geiser said. “I will continue to do so in my new role, but I am excited for the additional opportunity to steer the vital work of our Civil and Child Support divisions as well.”

 

Several additional changes in the JCAO’s Criminal Division come with Geiser’s promotion.

 

Ann Schiavone Dyke will now lead the Criminal Division Director following Geiser’s promotion. She first joined the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office in 1999. She was most recently the Special Victims’ Unit chief and previously led the Felony/Misdemeanor Division unit.

 

Prior to becoming an Assistant Jefferson County Attorney, Ann was at the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office where she worked for almost 10 years trying general criminal, drug, domestic violence, sexual assault, and murder cases. She was eventually promoted to the Assistant Division Chief of the Domestic Violence Unit and then to the Division Chief of the Narcotics Unit.

 

Erin White is the office’s new Division Chief for the Special Victims’ Unit. White is a former Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney who joined the JCAO in 2014. She handled all domestic violence and sexual assault cases in the juvenile division before taking on the role of Warrant Intake Division Chief in 2018. White worked with local families in crisis as a social worker prior to law school.

 

Vivian Van Bogaert will now lead the Warrant Intake Division. She became an Assistant County Attorney in 2013 and has served as the deputy division chief of SVU since 2018.

 

Nathan Batey takes over as the deputy division chief of SVU. Batey first joined the County Attorney’s office in 2011. He served as First Assistant to the Bullitt County Commonwealth’s Attorney for two years prior to rejoining the JCAO in 2018.

 

Graninger exits the First Assistant role and will retire on October 30. He became an Assistant County Attorney in 2009, joining the JCAO after 18 years as in-house general counsel with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

 

“After being appointed Jefferson County Attorney, Eric was among the first hires I made,” O’Connell said. “He is among the finest lawyers I have ever seen practice, but he is an even better person. I will miss his counsel but wish him a long and happy retirement.”

 

The Jefferson County Attorney’s Office is one of the largest legal offices in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with more than 330 employees, including approximately 130 attorneys.

 

CIVIL DIVISION RELOCATES TO NEW ADDRESS

 

The Civil Division of the JCAO will relocate to a new address starting October 12. The division will move from the Fiscal Court Building to the First Trust Centre at 200 S. Fifth Street. Louisville Metro had previously announced that all tenants—including the JCAO Civil Division, the Jefferson County Clerk’s license branch, and offices of the Jefferson County Sheriff—would move out of the Fiscal Court Building due to the building’s deteriorating condition.

 

For members of the public visiting the JCAO Civil Division, the First Trust Centre is directly off Congress Alley toward Fifth Street from our old location. This includes those visiting the Tax Division to make payments or ask questions. The Tax Division’s public lobby is on the 2nd floor of the First Trust Centre.

 

The Civil Division address will be as follows starting October 12:

 

Mike O’Connell

Jefferson County Attorney

First Trust Centre

200 S. Fifth Street, Suite 300N

Louisville, KY  40202