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Karl A. Racine
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OAG Divisions Overview

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

List of All OAG Divisions

The Attorney General for the District of Columbia is the District’s chief legal officer, who—under the D.C. Charter—has “charge and conduct of all law business” of the District and is “responsible for upholding the public interest.” The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has approximately 275 attorneys and 300 non-attorney staff. The office is divided into 12 areas:

Public Safety Division
Deputy Attorney General: Mina Malik
Email: [email protected]
Assistant Deputy Attorney General: Alicia Washington
Email: [email protected]
Contact number: (202) 727-3500

  • Prosecutes all of the District’s juvenile cases as well as certain misdemeanor adult cases, including cases involving impaired driving, weapons violations, and fraud.
  • Juvenile Section processes more than 3,500 cases a year in the Family Court of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
  • Criminal Section handles approximately 14,000 adult cases per year.
  • Housing and Community Justice Section assists victims of crimes and improves the quality of life in neighborhoods across the District by resolving nuisance and housing complaints.
  • 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.

Office of Consumer Protection
Director: Philip Ziperman
Email: [email protected]
Deputy Director: Jimmy Rock
Email: [email protected]
Contact number: (202) 442-9828

  • Protects the District’s consumers by bringing cases against businesses that take advantage of District residents.
  • Educates consumers in the District through outreach events and materials on how best to protect themselves.
  • Receives and investigates complaints from consumers in the District regarding potential violations of District consumer laws by businesses.

Public Advocacy Division
Deputy Attorney General: Robyn Bender
Email: [email protected]
Contact number: (202) 724-6610

  • Litigates cases essential to preserving affordable housing and protecting residents from other abuses.
  • Ensures public integrity by affirmatively bringing cases related to false claims, Medicaid fraud, antitrust, nonprofit organization abuses, and tuition fraud.
  • Proactively develops policies, regulations, and proposed legislation to strengthen existing protections for District residents.

Civil Litigation Division
Deputy Attorney General: George Valentine
Email: [email protected]
Assistant Deputy Attorney General: Jonathan Pittman
Email: [email protected]
Contact number: (202) 727-6295

  • Represents the District, its agencies, and employees in more than 80 percent of the lawsuits seeking monetary damages filed against the District in federal or local courts.
  • Cases can include common law torts, wrongful-death, employment discrimination, medical malpractice, police false arrest or excessive force, and other suits seeking significant monetary damages.

Commercial Division
Deputy Attorney General: David Fisher
Email: [email protected]
Contact number: (202) 727-6240

  • Provides legal advice to District agencies in core areas of community and economic development, real-estate transactions, property acquisition, procurement, tax and finance, bankruptcy, land use and public works.
  • The division provides critical assistance to District officials and agencies at virtually every stage of major government projects.

Support Services Division
Chief Administrative Officer: Tarifah Coaxum
Email: [email protected]
Contact number: (202) 724-5508

  • Provides all of the crucial staff for finance, budget, customer-service, operations management, investigations, and other functions that enable the rest of the office to advocate for and defend the District, its residents, and its agencies.

Family Services Division
Deputy Attorney General: Erin Cullen
Email: [email protected]
Contact number: (202) 727-3839

  • Protects abused and neglected children in the District by representing the Child and Family Services Agency in all phases of neglect proceedings in the Family Court of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
  • There are approximately 1,200 open cases of child abuse and neglect.

Public Interest Division
Deputy Attorney General: Sally Gere
Email: [email protected]
Assistant Deputy Attorney General: Chad Copeland
Email: [email protected]
Contact number: (202) 724-7272

  • Protects the District’s taxpayers by representing the government in complex civil litigation.
  • Prosecutes civil actions against those who have defrauded the District Government.
  • Handles cases involving civil enforcement of District agency and board decisions.
  • Represents the District in government contract litigation before the Contract Appeals Board.

Office of the Solicitor General
Deputy Attorney General: Todd Kim
Email: [email protected]
Contact number: (202) 727-6252

  • Handles the District’s civil and criminal appellate-court litigation.
  • Cases can cover a wide variety of substantive areas in the courts of appeal and the Supreme Court.

Child Support Services Division
Deputy Attorney General: Benidia Rice
Email: [email protected]
Assistant Deputy Attorney General: Tannisha Bell
Email: [email protected]
Contact number: (202) 442-9900

  • Assists families in the District with locating absent parents, establishing paternity, establishing orders for monetary and medical support, collecting ongoing support, and enforcing delinquent child-support orders.
  • As of the end of Fiscal Year 2015, the District had 49,342 open child-support cases representing 51,497 children living in the District of Columbia and 17,743 more children throughout the nation.

Personnel, Labor and Employment Division
Chief Counsel and Senior Advisor: Nadine Wilburn
Email: [email protected]
Contact number: (202) 724-7716

  • Defends the District and agencies in a wide range of personnel matters.
  • Reviews prospective collective bargaining agreements for legal sufficiency.
  • Directs recruitment and professional development of a talented, diverse and high-quality workforce for OAG.

Legal Counsel Division
Deputy Attorney General: Janet Robins
Email: [email protected]
Assistant Deputy Attorney General: Arthur Parker
Email: [email protected]
Contact number: (202) 741-7652

  • Provides oral and written advice—including opinions—to District officials on legal issues that affect virtually every aspect of District government.
  • Performs legal reviews of all draft legislation introduced on the Mayor’s behalf, all draft rulemakings from the Executive Branch, and all Council-enrolled bills presented to the Mayor.