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Civil Division

Kevin Erskine. Civil Chief

Chief Kevin Erskine


Affirmative Litigation Unit - Chief Caroline Burgunder

The Affirmative Litigation Unit is responsible for investigating and prosecuting civil health care fraud, procurement fraud, Customs fraud, pandemic-relief program fraud and other forms of fraud against the federal government. This affirmative civil enforcement work includes pursuing civil actions against individuals and public and private entities that engage in fraud, violate federal laws, divert controlled substances, or damage federal lands or resources. Cases may be pursued under the False Claims Act, Stark Act, Anti-Kickback Statute or Controlled Substances Act, among other statutes. The Affirmative Litigation Unit also handles bankruptcy matters on behalf of the United States.


Civil Rights Unit 

The Civil Rights Unit enforces federal civil statutes, such as the Fair Housing Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and laws prohibiting patterns and practices of police misconduct. The Civil Rights Unit also coordinates with the Criminal Division on criminal civil rights matters, such as hate crimes and police brutality.


Defensive Litigation Unit - Chief Zak Toomey

The Defensive Litigation Unit defends lawsuits brought against the United States, federal agencies, and federal employees under the U.S. Constitution and numerous federal statutes, including suits under Title VII, the Federal Tort Claims Act, the Administrative Procedures Act, the Social Security Act, and the Immigration and Naturalization Act.


Updated June 2, 2023