The government of the District of Columbia includes elements of state, county and city government. In addition to serving government agencies, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is also charged with upholding the public interest. As a result, OAG supports a wide range of government and community interests. OAG is organized into 12 offices and divisions and a general management office (called “The Immediate Office”). The Immediate Office sets the direction for the Office of the Attorney General, including the policy priorities that OAG pursues.
The Immediate Office ensures that OAG provides high quality legal services to the District government, promotes the interests of the public, and effectively communicates and engages with District residents.
Our organizational chart provides more information on how our services are structured.
Child Support Services Division
When the relationship between a child's parents ends, it does not mean that either parent's responsibility for that child ends. Both parents remain financially and legally obligated to a child no matter whether the parents remain together or not. The Child Support Services Division helps the person caring for a child collect child-support from the child's non-custodial parent. The Division also helps divorced parents collect spousal support.
- Deputy Attorney General: Benidia Rice (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Assistant Deputy Attorney General: Tannisha Bell (email@example.com)
Division Office: (202) 442-9900
Civil Litigation Division
The Civil Litigation Division represents the District of Columbia in civil lawsuits that seek monetary damages from the District. The Division defends the District and its employees in all personal injury lawsuits, defends the District in employment and individual civil rights matters brought pursuant to federal and local law, and handles actions brought under the District of Columbia Freedom of Information Act.
- Deputy Attorney General: George Valentine (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Division Office: (202) 727-6295
The Commercial Division provides legal advice to District government agencies that do business with vendors, service providers and property owners. The Division is organized into four sections: Land Acquisition and Bankruptcy, Land Use and Public Works, Tax and Finance, and Procurement Services.
- Deputy Attorney General: David Fisher (email@example.com)
Division Office: (202) 727-6240
Family Services Division
The Family Services Division works on behalf of the District’s most vulnerable citizens—abused and neglected children. The Division has four Child Protection Sections. The attorneys in these sections handle all child abuse and neglect litigation on behalf of the District’s Child and Family Services Agency, from the initiation of a case through finding a child a permanent placement. Division attorneys also advise Child and Family Services social workers and staff members on compliance with local and federal law. Family Services Division attorneys and staff also advise and assist a variety of family focused agencies and services in the D.C. area.
- Deputy Attorney General: Erin Cullen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Division Office: (202) 727-3839
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 reviews draft legislation, rules, Mayor’s Orders and agreements to help ensure that they comply with relevant laws. It 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.
- Deputy Attorney General: Janet Robins (email@example.com)
- Assistant Deputy Attorney General: Arthur Parker (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Division Office: (202) 741-7652
Office of Consumer Protection
The Office of Consumer Protection enforces the District's consumer protection laws and mediates disputes between consumers and businesses. It investigates businesses that are taking advantage of consumers and can bring lawsuits to stop unlawful practices, obtain restitution for consumers who have been harmed, and the payment of penalties and costs to the District. The Office of Consumer Protection also drafts and supports legislation that protects consumers, and educates consumers through outreach events, an up-to-date online Consumer Resources library, and the distribution of consumer protection guides.
- Director: Philip Ziperman (email@example.com)
Division Office: (202) 442-9828
Office of the Solicitor General
The Office of the Solicitor General handles litigation for the Office of the Attorney General in the appellate courts, including the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. Cases include appeals from trial courts in a wide variety of civil and criminal matters. The division also handles petitions for review from more than fifty District agencies.
- Solicitor General: Loren AliKhan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Office Phone: (202) 727-6252
Personnel, Labor and Employment Division
The Personnel, Labor and Employment Division provides representation to District government agencies in administrative, personnel related matters and focuses on hiring, training and supporting OAG managers and staff.
- Chief Counsel and Senior Advisor: Nadine Wilburn (email@example.com)
Division Office: (202) 724-7716
Public Advocacy Division
The Public Advocacy Division uses legal actions and the power of the courts to promote and defend the rights of the District’s residents—with a particular emphasis on protecting vulnerable and disadvantaged residents. The Division is focused on housing, community justice and public integrity.
- Deputy Attorney General: Robyn Bender (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Assistant Deputy Attorney General: Jimmy Rock (email@example.com)
Division Office: (202) 724-6610
Public Interest Division
The Public Interest Division both defends and prosecutes actions on behalf of District agencies. It accomplishes this by enforcing the District’s laws and regulations before administrative tribunals and courts. The Division defends the District and its officials in challenges to government programs and actions that seek non-monetary relief. It also defends District before the Contract Appeals Board in disputes involving contracts with the District.
- Deputy Attorney General: Toni Jackson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Assistant Deputy Attorney General: Chad Copeland (email@example.com)
Division Office: (202) 727-6295
Public Safety Division
The Public Safety Division handles all of the District’s juvenile cases and also prosecutes selected adult misdemeanor cases. The Domestic Violence and Mental Health Sections protect victims of domestic violence, incapacitated adults who are being abused, and mentally ill adults who need emergency psychiatric care.
- Deputy Attorney General: Mina Malik (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Assistant Deputy Attorney General: Alicia Washington (email@example.com)
Division Office: (202) 727-3500
Support Services Division
The Support Services Division provides the Office of the Attorney General with essential financial, risk management, operations, administrative and investigations services.
- Chief Administrative Officer: Tarifah Coaxum (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Division Office: (202) 724-5508