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, including both negligence and intentional claims such as motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents and medical malpractice.
  • Represents the District in constitutional and common-law suits involving District agencies and litigates civil cases in several specialized areas, such as special education cases filed against the DC Public Schools and cases in Small Claims Court.
  • Defends the District in employment and individual civil rights matters brought pursuant to federal and local law, including, for example, the First and Fifth Amendments of the United States Constitution, Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the District of Columbia Human Rights Act and the District of Columbia Whistleblower Protection Act.
  • Handles actions brought under the District of Columbia Freedom of Information Act.

In all cases, the Division’s goal is to reach a fair resolution, whether by settlement or litigation.

Learn more about the Division's Community Dispute Resolution Program.