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Office of the Attorney General
202 North Ninth Street
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 786-2071

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The Attorney General's Office cannot provide legal advice to private citizens. Our clients are VA’s state government and its agencies, boards and commissions. If you need the assistance of a private attorney, you should contact the State Bar's Virginia Lawyer Referral Service or VALegalAid.org.

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Guidelines for OAG Assistance in Procurement and Contracting

The Office of the Attorney General is available to assist client agencies through every step of the process of procuring and administering contracts. This includes but is not limited to contracts for goods, services (both professional and non-professional), information technology, and construction.


Advice can be provided during the initial procurement process, to include:

  • Assistance with preparation of the solicitation, compliance with policies and regulations, and questions arising during evaluations and negotiations
  • Help in drafting key provisions of the contract to mitigate or allocate risk or obtain other objectives
  • Review of the final proposed contract
  • Direction on handling procurement protests
  • Guidance on responding to requests for documents

Advice is also available during the life of the contract, to include:

  • Assistance with contract administration, modifications and renewals
  • Help with claims and disputes
  • Contract close-out issues
In the unlikely event that a procurement protest or contract dispute goes to court, the Office will provide representation to the purchasing agency.

We particularly suggest that agencies seek legal assistance when developing high-risk contracts and when developing or using non-standard provisions. High-risk contracts can be reviewed for legality and substance, as well as an indication of whether the contract is sufficient to achieve the agency’s objectives. Such a review may help in maximizing the Commonwealth’s contract value, while obtaining assistance with non-standard provisions will minimize risk of a conflict with another provision or the risk of inadequately protecting the Commonwealth.


Some contracts (such as certain transfers of real estate) are statutorily required to be approved by the Office as to form. “Approval as to form” means that the contract includes all mandated provisions, and that the contract does not include any terms which would be illegal or beyond the approval authority of state contract officers. Broader services are also available as indicated above, even though the statutory requirement for approval relates only to the form of contract.


To obtain legal assistance, clients should contact their assigned agency counsel within the Office. If an issue is outside agency counsel’s area of expertise, counsel can coordinate with other sections within the Office to gain further expertise, or to obtain outside counsel if that becomes necessary. In most cases, especially in high-risk or complex procurements, it is most effective to include counsel early. The time required for legal review of a proposed contract will vary depending on the complexity and length of the contract, as well as on how involved the attorney has been at earlier stages of developing the contract. Agency counsel can advise on the appropriate time needed to provide review or feedback in specific instances. 








Recent News

August 16 - Statement of AG Herring

Attorney General Mark R. Herring issued the following statement regarding Confederate monuments in the Commonwealth...


August 16 - Attorney General Herring Asks Congress to Protect Authority to Prosecute Sex Trafficking and Child Exploitation

Attorney General Mark R. Herring joined a bipartisan coalition of 50 state and territorial attorneys general in urging Congress to affirm that all law-enforcement agencies retain their traditional authority to fight sex trafficking. 


August 15 - Attorney General Herring Encourages Virginians to be Cautious when Donating to Assist Victims of Domestic Terrorism in Charlottesville

In the wake of the tragic loss of life and injuries to innocent people in Charlottesville this weekend, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is encouraging Virginians to exercise caution as they consider donating money to assist victims in their recovery.  Sadly, scammers often use natural disasters and tragic events such as this to set up fake charities where the money collected is pocketed by the scammer.


August 4 - Herring Launches "Virginia Military and Veteran Legal Resource Guide"

Attorney General Mark R. Herring today launched the Virginia Military and Veteran Legal Resource Guide, a new tool to help Virginia servicemembers, military families, and veterans utilize the unique legal protections, rights, and resources available to them under the law.


August 3 - Attorney General Herring, DARS Remind Virginians of New Law to Aid Fight Against Adult Financial Exploitation

Attorney General Mark Herring and the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services are reminding Virginians of a new law that went into effect on July 1 that will aid investigations into the heinous crime of financial exploitation of older or vulnerable Virginians.


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Contact Information

Attorney General's Office
202 North Ninth Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 786-2071

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Sweet Briar College Information


The Office of Attorney General Mark Herring has made available for inspection documents in its possession related to Sweet Briar College and not subject to an exemption under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act.  These are documents from January 1, 2015 to April 30, 2015 from senior staff, those who were involved in the successful mediation organized by Attorney General Herring to keep Sweet Briar College open, and those who may have a role in examining requests to modify conditions on certain restricted gifts pursuant to Virginia Code 64.2, the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act.


Cynthia Hudson:
Chief Deputy Attorney General

Kevin O'Holleran:
Chief of Staff

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Michael Kelly:
Director of Communications

John Daniel, Deputy Attorney General:
Commerce, Environment, & Technology

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Heather Lockerman, Senior Assistant Attorney General &
Financial Law and Government Support Section Chief

Anna Birkenheier, Assistant Attorney General:
Financial Law and Government Support

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Meghan Wallmeyer Rose: Paralegal Senior
Commerce, Environment, and Technology Section

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Attorney General of Virginia: Internet Privacy Policy Statement

This statement explains the Internet Privacy Policy applicable to the Attorney General’s website (web pages at addresses beginning with "http://www.oag.state.va.us/"). Our website may contain links to other agencies or entities, whose privacy practices we do not control.

Our website does not place any "cookies" on your computer. Certain information, listed below, is automatically collected when you access our website. No other information is collected through our website except when you deliberately decide to send it to us (for example, by clicking on a link to send us an email).

There is no legal requirement for you to provide any information at our website. However, your browser software automatically provides this information, and our website will not work without it. The following information is automatically collected when you visit our website:

  1. Address of the web page you want to view and the Internet domain and Internet address of the computer you are using. This information and the web page will be sent to our Internet service provider and possibly to other entities or agencies involved in sending the requested web page to you. We do not control their privacy practices and do not even know who many of them are. Ordinarily, we do not try to obtain any information (e.g., from your Internet service provider) to try to link the Internet address to a specific person. However, on rare occasions when a "hacker" attempts to breach computer security, the above data are reviewed to permit a security investigation and in such cases may be forwarded to law enforcement agencies.

  2. Type of browser and operating system being used; the Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our website; the date and time of visit; and the web pages viewed during this visit. This information helps us respond to your request in an appropriate format and helps us plan website improvements.

Under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, any records in our possession in certain circumstances may be subject to being inspected by or disclosed to members of the public for any purpose they may desire. Such records include, but are not limited to, any written or e-mail correspondence you send to this office and any automatically collected information before it is deleted. You have a right to make a request to inspect any non-deleted information by contacting the Director of Administration, Office of the Attorney General, 900 E. Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219. You may be charged for the staff time and other actual cost incurred in accessing, duplicating, supplying or searching for any records you want to inspect.

This Internet Privacy Policy Statement is a description of our current practices and shall not be construed as a contractual undertaking. The Office of the Attorney General reserves the right to amend its Internet Privacy Policy and this Statement at any time without notice. The privacy and public records obligations of the Office of the Attorney General are governed solely by applicable Virginia statutes, including, but not limited to, the Virginia Privacy Protection Act of 1976, the Virginia Freedom Of Information Act, and any applicable U.S. federal laws.