Attorney General of Nevada

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The Nevada Attorney General is Nevada's chief legal counsel. The attorney general represents the people of Nevada in civil and criminal matters before trial, appellate and the supreme courts of Nevada and the United States. The attorney general also serves as legal counsel to state officers and, with few exceptions, to state agencies, boards and commissions.

The attorney general may also work with or help district attorneys, local law enforcement, and federal and international criminal justice agencies in the administration of justice. In addition, the attorney general establishes and operates projects and programs to protect Nevadans from fraud or illegal activities that target consumers or threaten public safety, and enforces laws that safeguard the environment and natural resources. Under the state Constitution, the attorney general is elected to a four-year term.

The current officeholder is Catherine Cortez Masto.


The office is divided into the following divisions:

  • Bureau of Consumer Protection:Enforces consumer protection statutes; consumer rights education; filing consumer complaints; advocating consumer voice in cases with privately held utility companies.
  • Civil: largest division of the attorney general, which is providing legal representation to over 200 state agencies, boards and commissions.
  • Criminal Justice:Criminal Justice Division is comprised of 4 prosecution units in 4 regional offices across the state. These units are: the Public Integrity Unit, Special Prosecutions Unit, Insurance Fraud Unit and Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit.
  • Gaming: A large portion of the division's litigation is comprised of disciplinary actions brought against gaming licensees for violations of gaming regulations and statutes, litigating disputes regarding the proper payment of taxes and fees, hearings on the surrender of gaming licenses for non-payment of taxes, and actions to add to the list of excluded persons (Black Book).
  • Health and Human Services: includes its Divisions of Health Care Finance and Policy (Medicaid), Welfare and Supportive Services, Health, Mental Health and Developmental Services, Aging Services and the Division of Child and Family Services.
  • Information Services
  • Investigations:investigate criminal offenses committed by state officers and employees
  • Litigation: It provides litigation assistance and advice to deputy attorney generals in other Divisions handling their own litigation.
  • Transportation and Public Safety
  • Specialized areas:
    • Domestic Violence Unit
    • Insurance Fraud Unit
    • Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
    • Nevada Missing Children's Clearinghouse
    • Nevada Technological Crime Board
    • Open Meeting Law Enforcement Unit
    • Private Investigator's Licensing Board
    • Public Integrity Unit
    • Senior Medicare Patrol
    • Tobacco Unit
    • Workers' Compensation Fraud Unit

Contact Information

Office of the Attorney General
100 North Carson Street
Carson City, Nevada 89701-4717

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Portions of this article were adapted from Wikipedia.