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Criminal Justice & Public Safety Division

The Criminal Justice and Public Safety Division is staffed by appellate and trial attorneys who practice in both state and federal courts representing the Commonwealth’s interest in criminal justice and public safety matters. Criminally, these attorneys handle cases pursuant to the Attorney General’s original criminal jurisdiction; when original jurisdiction is provided by law; pursuant to concurrent criminal jurisdiction with Commonwealth’s Attorneys, when concurrent criminal jurisdiction is provided by law; on appeal; and pursuant to requests for assistance from local prosecutors and offers of assistance to local prosecutors. The Division also works cooperatively with the U. S. Attorney’s Office in federal districts in Virginia, and prosecutors in the division appear in federal court as Special Assistant United States Attorneys (SAUSAs). The Division consists of six teams of lawyers and subject matter experts in the areas of Electronic Crimes (“eCrimes”), Correctional Litigation, Criminal Appeals, Major Crimes and Emerging Threats, Health Care Fraud and Elder Abuse and Sexually Violent Predators.

Attorney General prosecutors are experienced trial attorneys with a strong track record in both state and federal court. This agency is expert in prosecuting major violent crimes such as murder, child pornography and other internet crimes involving children, sexual predators, public corruption and Medicaid fraud, and in handling complex correctional litigation.

Sections

Criminal Appeals

 

Health Care Fraud & Elder Abuse

 

Major Crimes & Emerging Threats

 

Correctional Litigation

 

Computer Crimes

 

Sexually Violent Predators Civil Commitment





 

Deputy Attorney General:
Criminal Justice & Public Safety Division

photo of Deputy Attorney General - Victoria N. Pearson

Bio

Victoria Pearson currently serves as the Deputy Attorney General to the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Division at the Office of the Attorney General. Prior to her appointment in 2017, she served as General Counsel and Executive Adviser to the Chief of Police for the Richmond Police Department. With more than 19 years of experience in the legal field, she was a prosecutor in the Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, client services director for the Legal Information Network for Cancer (LINC), a clerk for the Washington, D.C., Court of Appeals and the County Attorney’s Office for Albemarle County, Va., and established a law practice in Charlotte, N.C.  Currently, she serves on the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board for the Virginia State Bar and has also been appointed to serve on the Disciplinary Board beginning in July 2017. She earned her B.A. at North Carolina Central University and her J.D at the University of Virginia School of Law.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Health, Education & Social Services Division

The legal support provided by the Health, Education, and Social Services Division impacts many programs that benefit, protect, and enhance the quality of life of the citizens of our Commonwealth. Client agencies of this Division face challenging issues that affect the interests of health care providers and their clients, mental health and social services providers and their clients, and Medicaid providers and recipients. This Division represents boards that regulate health professionals including physicians, dentists, nurses, and pharmacists. The attorneys in this division provide advice to much of Virginia's public education structure including the Department of Education, the Virginia Community College System, all of Virginia's public colleges and universities, and state libraries and museums. Attorneys working on child support enforcement cases successfully secure and enforce many orders assuring that child support obligations are met.

Sections

Child Support Enforcement


Education


Health Services


Medicaid & Social Services



 

Deputy Attorney General:
Health, Education & Social Services Division

photo of Deputy Attorney General - Cynthia Bailey

Bio

Cynthia Bailey joined the Office of Attorney General Mark Herring in 2014. Prior to joining the Office, she was environmental counsel for a large consumer products company and provided legal and consulting services in a solo law practice. She served previously as an Assistant Attorney General under Attorneys General Gerald Baliles and Mary Sue Terry and served as an agency head under Governors Baliles and Douglas Wilder. She earned her law degree from the University of Richmond and her undergraduate degree from The College of William and Mary.

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Civil Litigation Division

The Civil Litigation Division represents the interests of the Commonwealth, its agencies, institutions, and officials in civil matters, and is comprised of six sections: the Trial Section, the Consumer Protection Section, the Insurance & Utilities Regulatory Section, the Division of Debt Collection, the Health Professions Unit, and the Division of Human Rights and Fair Housing. Each section is led by a Senior Assistant Attorney General/Section Chief who manages the work of the Section and reports directly to the Deputy Attorney General of the Civil Litigation Division.

Sections

Consumer Protection

 

Insurance & Utilities Regulatory

 

Trial

 

Division of Debt Collection

 

Division of Human Rights and Fair Housing

 

Health Professions Unit

Deputy Attorney General:
Civil Litigation Division

photo of Deputy Attorney General - Samuel T. Towell

Bio

Samuel T. Towell currently serves as the Deputy Attorney General for Civil Litigation.  Prior to his appointment, he served as the Deputy Secretary for Agriculture and Forestry.  Previously, Towell worked in the litigation departments of McGuireWoods LLP, where he focused on tort defense, and Williams Mullen P.C., where he practiced general business litigation.  He has also served as a judicial clerk on both the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the Supreme Court of Virginia.  Other government service includes positions as the Governor’s Fellow to the Chief of Staff and Counsel and Special Assistant to the Secretary of Finance during the administration of Governor Mark R. Warner.

 

Towell earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as the Senior Legal Fellow in the Office of the Governor.  He is also a graduate of the Virginia Executive Institute, the National Trial Advocacy College, and the Political Leaders Program of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia. 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Transportation, Real Estate & Construction Division

The Transportation, Real Estate, and Construction Litigation Division represents executive agencies, state boards, authorities and commissions in all legal matters within its areas of expertise. The Division assists with a wide range of substantive subject areas as well as guidance on matters of eminent domain, employment, leasing, contracts, purchasing, licensing, building disputes and the regulatory process.

Sections

Construction Litigation

 

Real Estate and Land Use

 

Transportation


 

Deputy Attorney General:
Transportation, Real Estate & Construction Division

photo of Deputy Attorney General - Stephen A. Cobb

Bio

Prior to joining the Office of the Attorney General, Stephen Cobb served in the Obama Administration as Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In this role, he was part of a front office management team advising on intellectual property legislation and policy implementation, and public outreach in areas related to intellectual property and innovation. As a Presidential Appointee, Stephen served as a representative of both USPTO, an agency with of 13,000 employees with an annual budget of over $3 Billion, the Department of Commerce within interagency working groups, and acted as a liaison to the White House on cross administration initiatives.

Prior to joining the Department of Commerce, Stephen served as Counsel and Partner, respectively, at two prominent law firms in Northern Virginia where he represented financial institutions and business entities in a variety of disputes in state and federal courts across the country. Before entering private practice, Stephen clerked for the Honorable Barry R. Poretz in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Stephen has also served as an Adjunct Law Professor at the George Mason University School of Law, teaching Negotiation and Legal Drafting. A native of Norfolk, VA, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Juris Doctor from The College of William & Mary School of Law.