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Insurance & Utilities Regulatory Section

About

The primary function of the Insurance & Utilities Regulatory Section is to serve the Attorney General’s Consumer Counsel function, pursuant to Section 2.2-517 of the Code of Virginia, in matters related to the regulation of insurance and utilities, particularly as such regulations affect rates and service for monopoly services.

The Section does not have agency clients, but instead represents the collective interests of the citizens and businesses of the Commonwealth in their capacity as ratepayers or consumers in the areas of regulated public utilities and insurance. The Section regularly appears before the SCC and federal agencies such as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and to a lesser extent, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). During the General Assembly session, the Section performs bill reviews on most utilities (Title 56) and insurance (Title 38.2) legislation, and appears before the Senate and House commerce and labor committees as necessary.
 

 

C. Meade Browder, Jr.

Senior Assistant Attorney General/Chief

Insurance and Utilities Regulatory Section

Office of the Attorney General

202 North Ninth Street

Richmond, VA 23219

 

 

 

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Technology & Procurement Law Section

The Technology & Procurement Law section advises the Secretaries of Technology, Administration, and Commerce and Trade, and serves as primary counsel for Commonwealth officers, agencies and boards that perform central procurement, supplier-diversity, or technology-related functions for the Commonwealth, including the Virginia Information Technologies Agency, the Department of General Services, and the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity.

In addition, this section advises the Governor’s Cyber Security Commission, the Wireless E-911 Services Board, the Geographic Information Network Advisory Board, the Information Technology Advisory Council, the Health Information Technology Standards Advisory Committee, the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority, the Broadband Advisory Council, and the State Corporation Commission.  This section assists in advising agencies and institutions throughout the Commonwealth on matters pertaining to public procurement, contract matters, internet or other technology issues, conflict of interests issues, intellectual property, and government administration.  This section also enforces the Commonwealth’s recently-enacted law against bad-faith assertions of patent infringement.

Currently, the section is involved in providing legal advice and guidance on several major technology acquisitions and contract matters for the Virginia Information Technologies Agency, the Virginia Employment Commission, and the State Corporation Commission.

 

John S. Westrick

Senior Assistant Attorney General/Chief

Technology & Procurement Law Section

Office of the Attorney General

202 North Ninth Street

Richmond, VA 23219

 

 

 

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Financial Law & Government Support Section (FLAGS)

The Financial Law and Government Support section (“FLAGS”) provides legal counsel to a wide variety of agencies, boards, and commissions, including those reporting to the Secretaries of Administration, Agriculture and Forestry, Commerce and Trade, Commonwealth, Finance, Public Safety and Homeland Security, and Veterans and Defense Affairs, as well as to the secretariats.  FLAGS attorneys provide representation and advice on regulatory enforcement, administrative appeals, litigation, employment matters, Freedom of Information Act matters, and contract negotiations to our clients.

 

The agencies and boards we represent include the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and all the boards serviced by that agency, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the Virginia Tourism Authority and Virginia Film Office, the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation and the professional occupational boards serviced by that agency, the Department of Taxation, the Department of the Treasury, the Department of Veterans Services and the board and councils served by that agency, the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC), the Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI), the Department of Housing and Community Development and the boards serviced by that agency, the Virginia Resources Authority, the Virginia Board of Accountancy, the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity, the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, and the State Board of Elections.

 

We provide legal advice to certain independent agencies including the Virginia Retirement System and the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission.  In addition, FLAGS works with constitutional officers and local government attorneys to assist in the resolution of issues of local concern as they arise.

 

Heather Hays Lockerman

Senior Assistant Attorney General/Chief

Financial Law & Government Support Section

Office of the Attorney General

202 North Ninth Street

Richmond, VA 23219

 

 

 

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Environmental Section

The Environmental section provides legal counsel and representation to the Departments of Conservation and Recreation, Environmental Quality, Forestry, Game and Inland Fisheries, Health (Environmental Health Services), Mines, Minerals, and Energy, Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services, the Marine Resources Commission, the Secretary of Natural Resources , Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and any other state agency or official with a natural resource, animal law, or environmental issue.  

The section has specialists to provide advice and assistance in multiple areas of environmental, administrative, regulatory, natural resources, real estate, and land use law.  In addition, the Attorney General has independent authority to conduct or assist in certain criminal investigations and prosecutions relating to violations of environmental or natural resources laws.  The section also contains a new Animal Law Unit designed to help assist with the prosecution of violations of the Commonwealth’s animal fighting, abuse, neglect and other animal-related criminal laws and advise on legal matters relating to animals.  

Currently, the section is involved in providing legal advice and direction on key issues facing the Commonwealth and our citizens, including the permitting and development of renewable energy projects, the regulation and oversight of food and drinking water safety, the prosecution of violations of Virginia’s animal fighting laws, sea level rise preparedness, conservation of open space areas, the safe extraction and transport of the Commonwealth’s abundant natural resources, the development and implementation of regulations designed to ensure protection of water quality and the health of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and responsible management of our public lands and marine and game and inland fisheries resources. 

 

Don Anderson

Senior Assistant Attorney General/Chief

Environmental Section

Office of the Attorney General

202 North Ninth Street

Richmond, VA 23219