The defense area of the Attorney General's Office includes three divisions whose primary responsibilities include defending state agencies in a variety of lawsuits and tort claims.
The Civil Litigation and State Services Division represents the state's various educational agencies and institutions and deals with state purchasing and personnel matters. It represents the state in employment and construction litigation along with reviewing state contracts.
The Civil Rights and Claims Division defends the State and its employees in federal civil rights actions and tort claims brought in all federal courts, state courts, and the Tennessee Claims Commission.
The Special Litigation division handles special litigation and assists other divisions in litigation matters.