Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

What the Attorney General's Office DOES do:

Important Notice

State law prohibits the Attorney General, deputy attorneys general, and assistant attorneys general from engaging in the private practice of law.

This means that they cannot represent private citizens in court either to bring an action on behalf of an individual, or to defend an individual.

Any private citizen needing such representation should consult a private attorney.

If you do not know an attorney in your area, you may access the WSBA Lawyer Directory, and search by city.  Pro bono legal services for those who are low-income can also be found on WSBA's website.


What the Attorney General’s Office DOES NOT do:

  • The Attorney General’s Office is not authorized to provide advice to private citizens on personal legal matters. While the office may answer questions of a general nature, most private issues require a detailed analysis of the law, and such services are outside the scope of the office’s authority.
  • The Attorney General’s Office is not responsible for representing city, county, or other local units of government.
  • The Attorney General’s Office does not launch criminal investigations without a request from a county prosecutor or the Governor.