The Office of the Attorney General is one of the largest law firms in the State with 177 employees working to serve Arkansans. The Attorney General serves as Arkansas’s lawyer, chief law enforcement officer and chief consumer advocate. Whether it is fighting fraud or representing the State in a court of law, making sure we have common sense regulations to support businesses, holding criminals accountable or keeping our citizens safe, Arkansans deserve to have the top lawyers and staff working hard for them every day.
Attorneys serve as counsel representing the State in civil courts and administrative proceedings. The Civil Department represents State agencies, officials, boards and commissions when any are named as defendants in civil lawsuits.
Community Engagement Department
Educators present internet safety, scam precaution and identity theft programs. Staff assists constituents and coordinates Mobile Offices, Prescription Drug Take Backs, Rutledge Roundtables, Military and Veterans Initiative, events and other education efforts.
Attorneys in the Criminal Department represent the State in lawsuits filed by defendants challenging the constitutionality of their convictions and sentences.
Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
Law enforcement officers and attorneys investigate and prosecute violations of State and federal laws involving Medicaid providers and the abuse or neglect of patients in long-term care facilities. The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit also partners with federal and State agencies to investigate Social Security Disability fraud
Attorneys draft legal opinions requested by State officials. The Opinions Department is also responsible for review of interlocal cooperation agreements, approval of popular names and ballot titles for initiatives and referendums of statewide impact and responses to requests for opinions concerning the application of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act pertaining to releasing certain employee records.
Public Protection Department
Public Protection consists of four divisions: Consumer Protection, which fights deceptive trade practices, mediates disputes between consumers and businesses, and oversees charities registration; Consumer Utilities Rate Advocacy, which is the voice of consumers as it relates to public utilities; Environmental, which represents the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and the Pollution, Control & Ecology Commission and challenges rules that adversely affect the State; and Tobacco, which administers the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement. The Department also includes the an Antitrust Bureau, Charities Registration and a Health Care Bureau.
Special Investigations Division
The Special Investigations Division is comprised of certified law enforcement officers and attorneys who operate the Cyber Crimes Unit, investigating, arresting and prosecuting individuals who commit Internet crimes against children, and the Metal Theft Prevention Program.
State Agencies Department
The State Agencies Department provides legal representation to more than 200 agencies, boards, commissions, colleges and other State entities.
National Association of Attorneys General
The Attorney General and members of her staff receive important training sponsored by the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute, an arm of The National Association of Attorneys General, which facilitates cooperative leadership that helps attorneys general respond effectively – individually and collectively – to emerging State and federal issues.