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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: Anna M. Joyce, Solicitor General

Duties and Responsibilities: The Appellate Division generally is responsible for representing the state’s interests in all civil, criminal and administrative cases before all state and federal appellate courts. Under supervision of the solicitor general, division attorneys articulate and defend the state’s legal policies in written briefs and oral arguments before the Oregon Court of Appeals and Oregon Supreme Court; and the U.S. Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of the United States.

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

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

Civil Enforcement Division
Address: 1162 Court St. NE, Salem 97310
Phone: 503-947-4400
Contact: Frederick M. Boss, Chief Counsel

Duties and Responsibilities: The Civil Enforcement Division is responsible for civil law enforcement. The Charitable Activities Section enforces laws regarding charitable trusts and solicitations and regulates bingo and raffle operations. The Civil Recovery Section is responsible for reducing to judgment and collecting debts owed to state agencies. It also provides legal services to the Child Support Division. The Financial Fraud/
Consumer Protection Section protects Oregon consumers from predatory marketplace practices. Its responsibilities include enforcement of laws pertaining to antitrust, securities, civil racketeering, unlawful trade practices 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 and court representation to the Department of Human Services, Child Welfare Division.

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 and goal of the Crime Victims' Services Division (CVSD) is to improve the treatment of all victims of crime. CVSD strives to reduce the impact of crime on victims' lives by supporting statewide victim services programs, promoting victims' rights, 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: Darin E. Tweedt, Chief Counsel

Duties and Responsibilities: The Criminal Justice Division is a full-service law enforcement agency that includes prosecuters, special agents and criminal intelligence analysts. It houses the state Criminal Intelligence Unit and maintains the Oregon State Information Network, serves as counsel for the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, provides assistance to Oregon district attorneys, and investigates and prosecutes organized crime, tobacco smuggling, Internet crimes against children, public corruption and election fraud. The division also publishes the Search and Seizure Manual, the Oregon Criminal Reporter 2d, the Indictment Form Book, and the DOJ Organized Crime Report. The division also conducts the Annual Institute for Prosecutors, the DOJ Law Enforcement and Intelligence Conference, and numerous other training programs for law enforcement.


District Attorneys

The constitution describes the dual functions of the district attorney as the prosecuting attorney and law officer of the state and counties. Elected to four year terms, the district attorney serves as the public prosecutor, represents the state in criminal proceedings, and initiates proceedings for punishable offenses. They enforce child support orders, represent the state in juvenile matters, and undertake inquests into the cause and manner of certain deaths. Although elected by county voters, the district attorney is a state officer whose salary is paid by the state, and in most cases is prohibited from privately practicing law.


District Attorneys by County

Baker – Matthew Shirtcliff; Benton – John Haroldson; Clackamas – John Foote; Clatsop – Joshua Marquis; Columbia – R. Steven Atchison; Coos – R. Paul Frasier; Crook – Daina Vitolins; Curry – Everett Dial; Deschutes – Patrick J. Flaherty; Douglas – Richard Wesenberg; Gilliam – Marion Weatherford; Grant – Ryan Joslin; Harney – Timothy Colahan; Hood River – John T. Sewell; Jackson – Beth Heckert; Jefferson – Steven Lariche; Josephine – Stephen D. Campbell; Klamath – Robert W. Patridge; Lake – Ulys Stapleton; Lane – Alex Gardner; Lincoln – Michelle Branam; Linn – Doug Marteeny; Malheur – Dan Norris; Marion – Walter Beglau; Morrow – Justin Nelson; Multnomah – Rodney Underhill; Polk – Aaron Felton; Sherman – Wade McLeod; Tillamook – William Porter; Umatilla – Daniel R. Primus; Union – Kelsie Davis McDaniel; Wallowa – Mona K. Williams; Wasco – Eric J. Nisley; Washington – Robert Hermann; Wheeler – Daniel Ousley; Yamhill – Bradley C. 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. The sections are Business Activities; Business Transactions; Government Services; Human Services and Education; Labor and Employment; Natural Resources; Regulated Utility and Business; and Tax and Finance.

Trial Division
Address: Mailing - 1162 Court St. NE, Salem 97301-4096; Street - 158 12th St. NE, Salem
Phone: 503-947-4700
Contact: Cheryl Pellegrini, 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 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 defends state statutes and policies against constitutional challenges in state and federal courts and 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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