Division of Legal Services (DLS)
The Division of Legal Services (DLS) provides legal representation and advice to the Governor, Legislature, other state officers, and state agencies. The Division consists of units organized on the substantive areas of law that maximize the advantages of specialization. Each unit is managed by a supervising attorney and is comprised of assistant attorneys general, paralegals, and secretarial staff.
The Civil Litigation Unit handles a wide variety of matters on behalf of the State of Wisconsin, its agencies, the University of Wisconsin System, and individual state employees.
The Criminal Appeals Unit represents the state in all felony appeals before the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court.
The Criminal Litigation Unit performs a number of important functions involving criminal related matters including prosecuting selected criminal violations and sexual predator commitments and providing training and advice to state prosecutions and law enforcement.
The Medicaid Fraud Control & Elder Abuse Unit investigates and prosecutes crimes committed against vulnerable adults in nursing homes and other facilities, as well as fraud perpetrated by providers against the Wisconsin Medicaid program.
The Public Protection Unit enforces the laws that protect consumers and our natural resources.
The Special Litigation & Appeals Unit provides legal advice to the State and its agencies and handles litigation in a wide variety of substantive areas, frequently on issues relating to constitutional law and governmental authority.
Wisconsin law does not authorize the Attorney General and employees of the Department of Justice to provide legal advice to private individuals. If you need legal advice or representation you may want to contact a private attorney. The State Bar of Wisconsin Lawyer Referral and Information Service can help you determine if you need a lawyer, and how to proceed if you do.
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Charlotte Gibson has been an Assistant Attorney General at the Department of Justice since 2001 and the director of the special litigation and appeals unit since 2011. Gibson graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, magna cum laude, in 1999 and received her bachelor's degree from Princeton University, summa cum laude, in 1990. She clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit for Judge Patrick Higginbotham.