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About the Office of the Maryland Attorney General

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
The Attorney General is the chief legal officer of the State. The Attorney General's Office has general charge, supervision and direction of the legal business of the State, acting as legal advisors and representatives of the major departments, various boards, commissions, officials and institutions of State Government. The Office further represents the State in all cases pending in the Appellate Courts of the State, and in the U.S. Supreme Court and lower Federal Courts.

The Attorney General is elected by vote every four years, not term-limited, and must be a citizen of the State, a qualified voter, and have practiced law in Maryland within 10 years.

Here is a historical list of Maryland Attorneys General from the Maryland Archives.

THE OFFICE STRUCTURE
The Office is comprised of several divisions to best serve the State and its citizens, including:

  • The Antitrust Division enforces the Maryland Antitrust Act in order to foster fair and honest competition in the State of Maryland. In addition, the Division may represent the State and all Maryland political subdivisions in damage actions brought under federal and state antitrust statutes.
  • The Civil Litigation Division handles major litigation in which the State, its agencies, or officers, is a party. This includes defending the State and State employees in State and federal trial and appellate courts as well as filing suits on behalf of the State.
  • The Civil Rights Division
    • Reviews and responds to constituent complaints directed to the Attorney General involving civil rights issues,
    • Engages in community outreach activities to educate the public about civil rights,
    • Reviews and evaluates possible civil rights violations based upon patterns or practices that have a significant impact in Maryland,
    • Partners with the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights and other organizations or government agencies on matters related to discrimination, injustice, etc; and
    • Monitors legislation and administrative rules that involve civil rights with a view toward making recommendations.

  • The Consumer Protection Division provides a mediation and arbitration service to consumers to help resolve complaints against businesses and health insurance carriers; registers health clubs and new home builders; and produces a wide array of consumer education materials.
  • The Contract Litigation Division represents State agencies in litigation over disputes relating to State contracts and the award of State contracts under the State General Procurement Law. The Division also provides advice regarding a variety of procurement issues.

  • The Correctional Litigation Division provides legal representation for State officials and correctional employees who are sued by prisoners in federal and State courts for acts arising within the scope of their performance of their duties. Similarly, the CLD provides legal representation for the 24 Maryland State's Attorneys and their assistants who are sued by any party challenging their actions within the scope of their employment.
  • The Courts and Judicial Affairs Division represents and advises the Judicial Branch of State Government. In addition, the Division represents select independent agencies, such as the Maryland Tax Court and the Office of Administrative Hearings.

  • The Criminal Appeals Division represents the State in all criminal matters in the appellate courts of Maryland and in the Federal courts at all levels. The Division also offers advice and counsel to the State's Attorneys' offices in Maryland as well as other State agencies, and reviews legislation relating to criminal law for constitutionality and legal sufficiency.

  • The Criminal Investigations Division investigates and prosecutes a broad range of criminal activity occurring against and within State government, including cases involving theft, fraudulent misappropriation by a fiduciary, misconduct in office, bribery, perjury, falsifications of public records, and criminal violations of the Maryland tax laws. In addition, the Division investigates and prosecutes white collar crime, health care fraud, gun trafficking, insurance fraud, and multi-jurisdictional crimes.

  • The Educational Affairs Division is the legal advisor to all State educational institutions, boards and commissions.

  • The Securities Division protects Maryland investors from investment fraud and misrepresentation.

Other specialized units of the Office include:

  • The Environmental Crimes Unit, comprised of criminal prosecutors from the Attorney General's Office and investigators from the Maryland State Police, investigates and prosecutes environmental crimes.

  • Health Decisions Policy develops resources for individuals and health care professionals concerning Maryland's Health Care Decisions Act and related law.

  • Internet Privacy Unit monitors companies to ensure they are in compliance with state and federal consumer protection laws, including the Maryland Personal Information Protection Act and the federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which, in most cases, restricts companies from collecting personal information of children under 13 years old. The Unit also examines weaknesses in online privacy policies and works alongside major industry stakeholders and privacy advocates to provide outreach and education to businesses and consumers to broaden awareness about privacy rights so they are more equipped to manage online privacy challenges. The Unit will pursue enforcement actions where appropriate to ensure consumers' privacy is protected.
  • The Juvenile Justice Monitoring Unit originated in October 2002 as the Office of the Independent Juvenile Justice Monitor within the Office for Children, Youth, and Families (Chapter 255, Acts of 2002). In February 2006, the Office of the Independent Juvenile Justice Monitor transferred to the Office of Attorney General, and was renamed the Juvenile Justice Monitoring Unit (Chapter 12, Acts of 2006).

    The Unit investigates the needs of children under the jurisdiction of the Department of Juvenile Services and determines whether their needs are being met in compliance with State law. This includes evaluting conditions of facilities housing youth, reporting on treatment of and services to youth, and investigating allegations of child abuse.

  • The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit program investigates and prosecutes provider fraud in statewide Medicaid programs.
  • Opinions and Advice gives legal opinions as to the construction or interpretation of the law as it affects various agencies of the State and gives legal opinions to local subdivisions on questions involving substantial statewide interest.
  • The People's Insurance Counsel Division reviews homeowners insurance matters and medical professional liability insurance matters pending before the Maryland Insurance Commissioner to determine the impact on consumers. The People's Insurance Counsel may intervene on behalf of consumers before the Commissioner and in court.

The Office also is the legal adviser to virtually every agency in each of the three branches of State Government, including:

Aging, Department of
Agriculture, Department of
Assessments and Taxation, Department of
Automobile Insurance Fund
Budget and Management, Department of
Business and Economic Development, Department of
Comptroller of the Treasury
Energy Administration
Environment, Department of
Environmental Services, Maryland
Food Center Authority
General Assembly
General Services, Department of
Governor's Office for Children, Youth and Families
Health and Mental Hygiene, Department of
Health Services Cost Review Commission
Higher Education Commission
Highway Administration
Housing and Community Development, Department of
Human Resources, Department of
Insurance Administration
Juvenile Justice, Department of
Labor, Licensing and Regulation, Department of
Lottery Agency
Maryland Environmental Service
Maryland Food Center Authority
Maryland State Department of Education
Maryland State Police
Motor Vehicle Administration
Natural Resources, Department of
Planning, Department of
Port Administration
Public Finance
Public Safety and Correctional Services, Department of
Public Works, Board of
Retirement and Pension System
Stadium Authority
State Treasurer
Subsequent Injury Fund
Transportation, Department of
Transportation Authority
Uninsured Employers' Fund

OFFICE LOCATIONS

Baltimore Metro Area
200 St. Paul Place
Baltimore, MD 21202
Main number: (410) 576-6300 / toll-free: 1 (888) 743-0023

Western Maryland - Consumer Protection Division office
44 North Potomac Street, Suite 104
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 791-4780

Eastern Shore - Consumer Protection Division office
District Court, 201 Baptist Street
Salisbury, MD 21801
(410) 713-3620

Southern Maryland Consumer Protection Division office
15045 Burnt Store Road
Hughesville, MD 20637
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 745
Hughesville, MD 20637
301-274-4620 or toll-free 1-866-366-8343

Telephone Assistance

Cumberland
(301) 722-2000
9 a.m. to 12 p.m., 3rd Tuesday of the month

Frederick
(301) 600-1071
9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month


Attorney General of Maryland 1 (888) 743-0023 toll-free / TDD: (410) 576-6372
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