Oregon Department of Justice: Agency Subdivisions

Appellate Division

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

Duties and Responsibilities: The 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 administers the child support program for the state,providing child support services to Oregonians. Services include locating absent parents, establishing paternity, 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 Oregon Child Support Program. The program collects and distributes more than $383 million in child support annually, a vital component for 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 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. It enforces laws pertaining to unlawful business practices, antitrust and false claims. 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 helps protect abused, neglected and abandoned children throughout Oregon. It provides court representation and legal advice to the Department of Human Services’ Child Welfare Program.

Crime Victim and Survivor 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: Working to reduce the impact of crime on victims’ lives, the division helps cover crime-related costs, supports statewide victim services programs, promotes victims’ rights and provides information and resources.

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 division is the Department of Justice’s primary crime fighting unit. Its three sections are: Special Investigations and Prosecutions, Organized Crime, and Criminal Information Sharing Section. The division provides investigative, trial and training support to Oregon’s district attorneys and law enforcement agencies. 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.

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 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 Counsel

Duties and Responsibilities: The 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 three sections, each with a particular area of focus. The Civil Litigation Section (CLS) handles a variety of cases in state and federal courts. Some cases involve complex disputes involving millions of dollars and/or legal arguments with far-reaching implications for the state. Others involve petitioners who are asking the court to overturn an agency order or asking the court to order the state to do something or refrain from doing something. CLS case subjects include negligence and other torts, civil rights, employment, breach of contract, defense of agency orders, and acquisition of lands for governmental purposes such as road and highway improvements. The Criminal and Collateral Remedies Litigation Section defends convictions secured by county district attorneys against collateral attacks brought by the convicted person. 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.