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Commonwealth of Virginia,
Office of the Attorney General
Special Counsel Program

Under certain circumstances, such as when it is impracticable or uneconomical for the Office of the Attorney General (“OAG”) to provide legal services to the Commonwealth, the Attorney General may appoint private firms and attorneys as special counsel to provide the highest quality legal services at the most reasonable cost.

Typically, the Attorney General issues Solicitations for Proposals (SFPs) to allow firms to bid competitively for routine work or to be available to serve state agencies on an as-needed basis. Firms are usually appointed on the basis of quality of services offered, cost and availability. Any SFPs will be posted on the Commonwealth's procurement portal, eVA  at http://www.eva.virginia.gov/. Interested firms should register with eVA and request push notifications to be automatically delivered when solicitations are posted.

Whenever practicable, the OAG appoints multiple firms to allow state agencies flexibility in  choosing attorneys for a particular matter. Unless an appointment states otherwise, client agencies and their OAG counsel are presumed to rotate case assignments to appointed special counsel evenly among appointed firms, unless location, specialization or availability concerns require otherwise.

If you have any questions, please direct them to (804) 786-2071 or email outside.counsel@oag.state.va.us