State Attorneys General Practice

State Attorneys General (AGs) have the unique authority to investigate nearly any subject, in any industry, at any time. State AGs play a rapidly increasing role in the daily operations of companies and organizations, as their active enforcement of expanding regulations and state laws requires industry to be diligent about compliance to avoid costly investigations, lawsuits, and financial penalties. Businesses need skilled legal counsel with extensive experience litigating and negotiating with state AGs. Especially in burgeoning areas of consumer protection where AGs wield broad authority, like data privacy and cybersecurity, even organizations that are scrupulous about compliance may find themselves in the crosshairs of the AGs office.

Gentry Locke’s team counsels clients on all state AG matters. We help companies dissect the AG’s intentions, analyze their interests in the subject matter, and help you understand how these interests inform their enforcement and policy priorities. Our attorneys have defended clients in some of the most high-profile enforcement actions in the country, including massive multidistrict litigation brought by multistate coalitions of AGs. Gentry Locke actively engages in dialogue with the AG’s office and aggressively advocates on our clients’ behalf.

This practice often dovetails with several of Gentry Locke’s other award-winning practices, such as our Criminal & Government Investigations (CGI) practice, our Government Affairs practice, and our Gentry Locke Consulting team.

We closely follow all state AG activity, particularly in Virginia, and frequently share insights on state regulatory and enforcement issues through our news section, articles, events, etc. on Gentry Locke’s library page.

Representative Matters:

  • Defended international pharmaceutical company facing multistate litigation and individual suits brought by coalition of state AGs related to healthcare fraud under the Virginia Consumer Protection Act (VCPA).
  • Defended small business owner in procurement fraud investigation and whistleblower litigation under the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act (VFATA).
  • Represented client from indictment through jury trial for novel prosecution of the Endangered Species Act and Animal Welfare Act by state AG, securing the pretrial dismissal of several counts, striking of several counts midtrial, and a jury acquittal on several additional counts.
  • Represented client from indictment through jury trial in prosecution of the Virginia State & Local Conflicts of Interest Act.
  • Represented a key member of management of a major professional sports franchise during federal and state AG regulatory and criminal investigations.
  • Advised multiple clients on data privacy compliance, including compliance with the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (VCDPA), California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA), and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
  • Negotiated resolutions for client ticket resales businesses for complaints under VCPA.


Have questions? Contact us.