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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 Section, 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 Section

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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Government Operations & Transactions Division

The Government Operations & Transactions 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

 

Real Estate and Land Use

 

Transportation

 

Financial Law & Government Support

 

Environmental

 

Technology & Procurement

Deputy Attorney General:
Government Operations & Transactions Division

picture of Deputy AG Don Anderson

Bio

Donald D. Anderson serves as the Deputy Attorney General for the Government Operations and Transactions Division.  Prior to his appointment in April 2018, he served as Senior Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Environmental Section.  He joined the Office in 2016 after many years as a Partner in the Environmental Solutions Group of McGuireWoods LLP, in its Richmond and Jacksonville, Florida offices. He earned his B.A. (with high honors) in History from the College of William and Mary, his M.Ed (Social Studies Education) from the Curry School of the University of Virginia, and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as Articles Editor of the Virginia Journal of Natural Resources Law.