Division of Civil Law

The mission of the Civil Law Division is to provide skilled legal services to state agencies and officials in trial and appellate litigation which includes prosecuting and defending matters in state and federal courts and before various administrative tribunals. The division is organized into eight sections, as summarized below:

Correctional Law Section serves as litigation counsel for the Governor, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), the Division of Juvenile Justice, the Board of Parole Hearings, the Department of Finance, and the Department of State Hospitals in civil actions brought by state prisoners regarding prison conditions.

Tort and Condemnation Section defends state agencies and employees in lawsuits alleging personal injuries or property damage, handles condemnation actions on behalf of the state.

Business and Tax Section represents the three major state taxing agencies and the major business regulatory agencies involving insurance, banking, and real estate.

Government Law Section provides advice and representation to the state’s seven elected constitutional officers, as well as its fiscal agencies, and handles matters relating to the Public Records Act, contract litigation, and the Attorney General’s duties relating to ballot initiatives and elections.

Employment and Administrative Mandate Section represents state regulatory and law enforcement agencies in matters such as the revocation and suspension of drivers’ licenses, discipline of law enforcement officers, and lottery and horse racing issues. It also defends state agencies and employees in major employment litigation.

Licensing Section represents licensing boards, bureaus and commissions in both administrative and trial court proceedings to deny, revoke or suspend licenses in cases brought against state-licensed professionals such as contractors, accountants, auto repair and pest control firms.

Health Quality Enforcement Section brings disciplinary actions against state-licensed physicians and other health-related licensees, which involve both administrative and trial court proceedings.

Health, Education and Welfare Section represents public agencies charged with administering state and local welfare, health, and educational programs.