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Attorney General of Virginia

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 Developmentand 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