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General Civil Section

Section Overview

The General Civil Section defends civil actions brought against the United States, its agencies, and its employees, bearing the dual responsibilities of protecting public funds and supporting justice.  These actions include a wide variety of tort cases, such as medical malpractice and Constitutional tort cases; cases alleging discrimination in hiring and employment practices by agencies of the United States; immigration; bankruptcy; breach of contract; property disputes, judicial review of administrative decisions; and injunctive proceedings.  In addition, the General Civil Section brings certain affirmative civil penalty and injunctive relief actions to protect federal property and enforce federal laws, including environmental laws.


Robyn-Marie Lyon Monteleone
Chief, General Civil Section

Robyn-Marie Lyon Monteleone is the Chief of the General Civil Section.  She received her B.A. from UCLA in 1983 and her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law in 1987, where she was a member of the California Law Review.  She was a business litigator with McDermott, Will & Emery from 1987 to 1995, first as an Associate and then as an Income Partner.  In 1995, she joined the United States Attorney’s Office as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division, where she handled cases in each of General Civil’s main practice areas, including employment discrimination, Bivens, and tort.  In particular, she tried employment cases, developed a particular expertise in those cases and in high-profile and complex Bivens cases, and handled several complex and high-profile immigration cases.  In 2006, AUSA Monteleone was promoted to an Assistant Chief in the Civil Division, where she has supervised a group of General Civil AUSAs, as well as overseeing all civil immigration litigation from 2006 through 2010.  Since October 2010, she has also served as the Chief of the Civil Rights Unit, supervising all affirmative civil rights matters in the Civil Division and personally handling several complex cases including the historic Los Angeles Jails investigation and settlement.  She received an EOUSA Director’s Award in 2008 for her work overseeing immigration litigation. 

Section Contact Information

The United States Attorney's Office
Central District of California
Civil Division
Attn: General Civil Section
300 North Los Angeles Street, Suite 7516
Los Angeles, California 90012

(213) 894-2879 (Phone)
(213) 894-7819 (Fax)

Updated February 3, 2016