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Oregon Department of Justice: Agency Subdivisions

The Justice Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Oregon Department of Justice. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

The Justice Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Oregon Department of Justice. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

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Appellate Division
Address: 1162 Court St. NE, Salem 97301-4096
Phone: 503-378-4402
Contact: Benjamin Gutman, Solicitor General

Duties and Responsibilities: The Appellate Division is responsible for representing the state’s interests in all civil, criminal and administrative cases before state and federal appellate courts. Under supervision of the solicitor general, division attorneys articulate and defend the state’s laws and legal policies in written briefs and oral arguments before the Oregon Court of Appeals, Oregon Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of the United States. The division supports district attorneys by providing advice and training on legal issues. The division also creates and maintains a set of legal publications on various subjects of criminal law.

Child Support Division
Address: 1215 State St., Salem 97301
Mail: 1162 Court St. NE, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-947-4388
Contact: Kate Cooper Richardson, Administrator

Duties and Responsibilities: The Division of Child Support administers the child support program for the state, providing child support services to Oregonians. Services include locating absent parents, establishing paternity, establishing child and medical support orders, modifying and enforcing support orders, and receiving and distributing child and medical support payments. Child support services are provided to all parents regardless of income. The division maintains local branches around the state and works in partnership with county district attorneys’ offices to deliver child support services through the Child Support Program. The program collects and distributes more than $360 million in child support annually, a vital component to ensuring the well-being of Oregon families.

Civil Enforcement Division
Address: 1162 Court St. NE, Salem 97310
Phone: 503-947-4400
Contact: Lisa M. Udland, Administrator

Duties and Responsibilities: The Civil Enforcement Division is responsible for civil law enforcement statewide. The Charitable Activities Section enforces laws regarding charitable trusts and solicitations and regulates bingo and raffle operations. The Civil Recovery Section is responsible for obtaining judgments and collecting debts owed to state agencies. It also provides legal services to the Division of Child Support. The Financial Fraud/Consumer Protection Section protects Oregon consumers from predatory marketplace practices. Its responsibilities include enforcement of laws pertaining to unlawful business practices, antitrust, securities, civil racketeering and charitable solicitations. The Medicaid Fraud Unit is part of a federally subsidized program for deterring fraud committed by Medicaid health care service providers. It detects and prosecutes cases of criminal abuse or neglect in health care facilities receiving Medicaid funds. The Child Advocacy Section provides legal advice, juvenile court and administrative hearing representation to the Department of Human Services, Child Welfare Programs. It handles cases involving allegations of child abuse and neglect.

Crime Victims’ Services Division
Address: 1162 Court St. NE, Salem 97310
Phone: 503-378-5348; Toll-free 1-800-503-7983
Fax: 503-378-5738
Contact: Shannon Sivell, Director

Duties and Responsibilities: The mission of the Crime Victims’ Services Division is to reduce the impact of crime on victims’ lives by supporting statewide victim services programs, promoting victims’ rights, compensating victims for their economic damages and providing victims access to information and resources in a compassionate, responsive and dedicated manner.


Criminal Justice Division
Address: 1162 Court St. NE, Salem 97301-4096
Phone: 503-378-6347
Fax: 503-373-1936
Contact: Michael Slauson, Chief Counsel

Duties and Responsibilities: The Criminal Justice Division is the Department of Justice’s primary crime fighting unit. The division is divided into three sections: Special Investigations and Prosecutions, Organized Crime, and Criminal Intelligence. The division provides investigative, trial and training support to Oregon’s district attorneys and law enforcement agencies. In addition, the division investigates and prosecutes organized crime, Internet crimes against children, public corruption and human trafficking cases. The division leads or participates in several important criminal and anti-terrorism information sharing and analysis programs through its Oregon TITAN Fusion Center and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Investigation Service Center.


District Attorneys

The Oregon Constitution describes the dual functions of the district attorney as the prosecuting attorney and law officer of the state and counties. Elected to a four-year term, the district attorney serves as the public prosecutor, represents the state in criminal proceedings and initiates proceedings for punishable offenses. The district attorney enforces child support orders, represents the state in juvenile matters and undertakes inquests into the cause and manner of certain deaths. Though elected by county voters, the district attorney is a state officer whose salary is paid by the state and who, in most cases, is prohibited from privately practicing law.


District Attorneys by County

Baker, Matt Shirtcliff; Benton, John Haroldson; Clackamas, John S. Foote; Clatsop, Joshua Marquis; Columbia, Vacant; Coos, R. Paul Frasier; Crook, Daina A. Vitolins; Curry, Everett Dial; Deschutes, John Hummel; Douglas, Rick Wesenberg; Gilliam, Marion Weatherford; Grant, Jim Carpenter; Harney, Joseph W. Lucas; Hood River, John T. Sewell; Jackson, Beth Heckert; Jefferson, Steven F. Lariche; Josephine, Ryan Mulkins; Klamath, Vacant; Lake, Sharon Forster; Lane, Patricia W. Perlow; Lincoln, Michelle Branam; Linn, Doug Marteeny; Malheur, David M. Goldthorpe; Marion, Walter Beglau; Morrow, Justin Nelson; Multnomah, Rod Underhill; Polk, Aaron Felton; Sherman, Wade McLeod; Tillamook, William Porter; Umatilla, Daniel R. Primus; Union, Kelsie McDaniel; Wallowa, Mona K. Williams; Wasco, Eric J. Nisley; Washington, Robert Hermann; Wheeler, Gretchen M. Ladd; Yamhill, Brad Berry


General Counsel Division
Address: 1162 Court St. NE, Salem 97301-4096
Phone: 503-947-4540
Contact: Steven A. Wolf, Chief Counsel

Duties and Responsibilities: The General Counsel Division provides a broad range of legal services to state agencies, boards and commissions, including day-to-day legal advice necessary for the state’s operation. The division is composed of the following sections headed by attorneys-in-charge: Business Activities, Business Transactions, Government Services, Health and Human Services, Labor and Employment, Natural Resources, and Tax and Finance.

Trial Division
Address: 158 12th St. NE, Salem 97301
Mail: 1162 Court St. NE, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-947-4700
Contact: Steve Lippold, Chief Trial Counsel

Duties and Responsibilities: The Trial Division defends the state, its agencies, employees and elected and appointed officials in civil litigation brought in state and federal courts. The division also defends district attorneys in civil suits brought against them. The division includes four sections, each with a particular area of focus. The Civil Litigation Section handles a wide variety of cases that may be tried to a jury in state and federal courts. These cases fall into five general categories: torts, employment, commercial disputes, prisoner civil rights lawsuits and real estate condemnation. The Criminal and Collateral Remedies Litigation Section defends convictions secured by county district attorneys against collateral attacks brought by the convicted person. The Defense of Agency Orders Litigation Section defends state agency decisions when they are challenged in circuit court. The Special Litigation Unit handles complex class-action lawsuits, elections litigation and other high-profile or sensitive matters in which the state or its agencies may be plaintiffs or defendants.


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