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 and fire cost recovery.
Human-caused fires are a serious threat to life and property within the Central District of California. Federal fire-fighting agencies spend millions of dollars each year to suppress wildland fires in our district. The Affirmative Wildland Fire Cost Recovery Program within the Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office seeks to recover the costs the federal government incurs in suppressing wildland fires, and to recover damages caused to public resources by fires. The Affirmative Wildland Fire Cost Recovery Program has recovered almost $30 million in the past two years, and over $100 million since its inception. The U.S. Forest Service has used funds the U.S. Attorney’s Office has recovered to replace vegetation to prevent mudslides and erosion as well as to replant trees, and to repair and re-open hiking trails that were damaged or destroyed by wildland fires.
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 a 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. From October 2010 until February 2016, she 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
Attn: General Civil Section
300 North Los Angeles Street, Suite 7516
Los Angeles, California 90012
(213) 894-2879 (Phone)
(213) 894-7819 (Fax)