Legal Counsel Division

The Legal Counsel Division provides legal advice to the Mayor, the Attorney General, the Council of the District of Columbia, department and agency heads and the District of Columbia Courts. The Division also reviews draft legislation, rules, Mayor’s Orders and agreements to help ensure that they comply with relevant laws. From time to time, the Division is asked to prepare legislation and new rules. The Division reviews each bill passed by Council and advises the Mayor about whether it complies with law.

The Legal Counsel Division supports the Attorney General and OAG by preparing opinions, legal memoranda, letters, Office Orders and other documents for the Attorney General's signature. The District’s Ethics Counselor is a member of the division and provides advice on legal and government ethics, reviews agency requests to hire outside legal counsel and performs any necessary conflict-of-interest evaluations.