Organization List

Organization List

 

Appellate Section, OIL

The
Office of Immigration Litigation is divided into two functional sections, an
Appellate Section and a District Court Section. OIL-Appellate Section
attorneys hold primary responsibility for civil immigration case litigation
before the federal appellate courts.

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Appellate
Staff

The Appellate
Staff is responsible for the Civil Division’s appellate practice. It oversees
cases pending in appellate courts from each branch and section. In addition,
Appellate Staff attorneys handle the many cases appealed directly from
administrative agencies to the courts of appeals. The Appellate Staff also
drafts documents for submission to the U.S. Supreme Court, including
petitions for certiorari and briefs on the merits.  

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Aviation
and Admiralty Section

Aviation and
Admiralty Section attorneys operate out of offices in Washington, DC and San
Francisco, CA. This section’s aviation practice includes litigation arising from
our nation’s air traffic control system operation, its regulation of air
commerce, the weather services, aeronautical charting, and from government
aircraft operations. In its admiralty practice, the section represents the
government as ship owner and as regulator of the nation’s coastal and inland waterways.

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Fraud
Section

The Fraud Section litigates cases of financial fraud perpetrated against the
Federal Government. The section’s heaviest caseload covers health care fraud,
primarily Medicare and Medicaid fraud. However, the Fraud Section has a
diverse practice addressing all types of fraud against federal agencies,
including fraud occurring in government goods and services procurement,
research grant solicitations, subsidy programs, federal building
construction, and foreign aid programs.

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Consumer Protection Branch

The Consumer Protection Branch enforces federal consumer protection statutes through
both civil and criminal litigation. For example, the office represents the
government in proceedings and civil suits instituted against corporations and
individuals accused of Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act violations. It
also defends the government against  challenges to federal policies and
initiatives designed to protect the public in its purchases of foods, drugs,
devices, and other consumer products.

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Constitutional
and Specialized Torts Litigation Section

The
Constitutional and Specialized Torts Litigation Section represents individual
federal employees both directly and by monitoring and guiding the work of
United States Attorneys. Section attorneys also represent the United States
and its agencies in suits in which both the government and individual federal
officials are named as defendants. The Constitutional and Specialized Torts
Litigation Section oversees both the Vaccine Litigation Section and the Radiation
Exposure Compensation Program.

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Commercial
Litigation Branch

The Commercial
Litigation Branch both brings claims  on behalf of the United States and
defends claims brought against the  United States. The  claims can involve 
billions of dollars in money damages. The branch’s work falls into six major
practice areas, each of which is overseen by a section: the Corporate and
Financial Litigation Section, the Office of Foreign Litigation, the
Fraud Section; the Intellectual Property Section, and the National Courts
Section.

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Corporate
and Financial Litigation Section

Attorneys in
the Corporate and Financial Litigation Section  promote and protect the
United States’ interests in commercial matters before federal district
courts, courts of appeals, and bankruptcy courts. These matters include
corporate bankruptcy and reorganization proceedings; federal subsidy, loan,
and insurance programs; contract disputes; and veterans’ reemployment rights
in private industry.

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District
Court Section, OIL

The
Office of Immigration Litigation is divided into two functional Sections, an
Appellate Section and a District Court Section. OIL-District Court Section
attorneys hold primary responsibility for civil immigration case litigation
before the federal district courts.

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Environmental
Tort Litigation Section

The
Environmental Torts Litigation Section defends the government against claims
for monetary damages resulting from death, personal injury, or property
damage allegedly caused by environmental or occupational exposure to toxic
substances, and occasionally handles other important tort cases. These claims
are usually brought under the Federal Tort Claims Act, but may also be
premised upon various environmental statutes, admiralty law, or contract law.

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Federal
Programs Branch

Federal
Programs Branch attorneys litigate on behalf of approximately 100 federal
agencies, the President, Cabinet officers, and other government officials.
They defend against constitutional challenges to federal statutes, suits to
overturn government policies and programs, and attacks on the legality of
government decisions. The Federal Programs Branch also initiates litigation
to enforce regulatory statutes and to remedy statutory and regulatory
violations.

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Federal
Tort Claims Act Litigation Section

Federal Tort
Claims Act Litigation Section attorneys handle cases arising under the
Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), which permits suits against the United States
for injuries allegedly caused by the “negligent or wrongful act of any
employee of the government while acting within the scope of his [or her]
office or employment.The broad scope
of the FTCA results in a highly varied caseload.

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Intellectual
Property Section

The
Intellectual Property Section defends the United States against allegations
of patent and copyright infringement in the United States Court of Federal
Claims.

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National
Courts Section

National
Courts Section attorneys practice before the United States Court of Appeals
for the Federal Circuit, the United States Court of Federal Claims, and the
United States Court of International Trade, as well as occasionally before
other federal district and circuit courts and in administrative tribunals.
The National Courts Section’s practice areas include government contracts,
constitutional claims, pay claims, personnel appeals, veterans’ benefits
appeals, and international trade, which they litigate from their headquarters
in Washington, DC and from a field office  in New York, NY.

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Office of
the Assistant Attorney General

The Civil
Division represents the United States in any civil or criminal matter within
its scope of responsibility: protecting the public fisc, ensuring that the
Federal Government speaks with one voice in its view of the law, preserving
the intent of Congress, and advancing the credibility of the government
before the courts.

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Office of Foreign
Litigation

The Foreign
Litigation Section oversees representation of the United States in foreign
proceedings and represents the government in certain domestic cases that
involve questions of international and foreign law. 

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Office of
Immigration Litigation

The Office of
Immigration Litigation oversees all civil immigration litigation, both
affirmative and defensive, and it is responsible for coordinating national
immigration matters before the federal district courts and circuit courts of
appeals. It provides support and counsel to all federal agencies involved in
alien admission, regulation, and removal under U.S. immigration and
nationality statutes. Office of Immigration Litigation attorneys work closely
with United States Attorneys’ Offices on immigration cases.

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Office of
Management Programs

The Office of
Management Programs works to ensure  the Division’s continued success 
through responsive management, executive leadership,  and the promotion of
performance and fiscal responsibility

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Torts
Branch

The Torts
Branch represents the United States, including its officers and agents, in
suits for monetary damages alleging negligent or wrongful acts and under
statutory compensation programs. In addition, Torts Branch attorneys handle
claims related to injury and damage to Government property. Six sections
handle the Torts Branch’s  major practice areas: the Aviation and Admiralty
Section; the Environmental Tort Litigation Section; the Federal Tort Claims
Act Litigation Section; and the Constitutional and Specialized Torts
Litigation Section.

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