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SOL FRONT OFFICE

The Solicitor of Labor, a Presidential appointee confirmed by the Senate, serves as legal advisor to the Secretary and other Department officials and its legislative program. The Solicitor, with offices headquartered in Washington, D.C., is assisted by three Deputy Solicitors. The Deputy Solicitor of Labor, a Secretarial appointee, serves as the principal Deputy and first in line of succession to the Solicitor and is the Solicitor's alter ego and principal advisor.

The Deputy Solicitor for National Operations oversees the legal activities performed in the national office by attorneys in nine program divisions, each headed by an Associate Solicitor. The divisions provide full legal services within designated legislative and program areas. The Deputy Solicitor for Regional Enforcement oversees the legal activities performed in seven regional and seven branch offices, which serve as lower court trial litigation and administrative hearing centers and are headed by a Regional Solicitor or, in the case of branch offices, an Associate Regional Solicitor. The Deputy Solicitor for National Operations and the Deputy Solicitor for Regional Enforcement share responsibility for oversight of the Management and Administrative Legal Services Division.

The Front Office coordinates with the Solicitor General's Office at the U.S. Department of Justice and provides centralized services within the Department, including drafting briefs provided to the Solicitor General, for all Supreme Court cases in which DOL is a party or amicus curiae or has an interest. It also acts as a resource on appellate matters and other legal issues for the Solicitor's Office, performs special assignments and legal analyses for the Solicitor, and comments on appeal and amicus recommendations generated by the divisions.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

    • Front Office
      U.S. Department of Labor
      Office of the Solicitor of Labor
      200 Constitution Ave, N.W.
      Washington, DC 20210
      • ACTING SOLICITOR OF LABOR Nicholas C. Geale
        • Supervisory Staff Assistant Terri Johnson
        • DEPUTY SOLICITOR OF LABOR Nicholas C. Geale
          • Staff Assistant Arion Jones
          • DEPUTY SOLICITOR FOR REGIONAL ENFORCEMENT Katherine E. Bissell
            • Staff Assistant Vianca Brimm-Velarde
          • DEPUTY SOLICITOR FOR NATIONAL OPERATIONS Susan Harthill
            • Staff Assistant Vianca Brimm-Velarde