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Office of the Vermont Attorney General

About the Attorney General’s Office

Joshua R. Diamond

Acting Vermont Attorney General

About the Deputy Attorney General

Joshua Diamond was appointed Deputy Attorney General by Attorney General T.J. Donovan in January 2017. Since his appointment, Deputy Attorney General Diamond has been responsible for the development and implementation of policies and priorities at the Attorney General’s Office, providing oversight of personnel and administration, supervising litigation and settlement negotiations, and providing general counsel to the Attorney General.

Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Deputy Attorney General Diamond was in private practice with the law firm of Diamond & Robinson, P.C. His practice focused on civil litigation and administrative matters involving public utilities, consumer protection, campaign finance, personal injury, employment, and labor law.

Deputy Attorney General Diamond is a graduate of the University of Vermont and George Washington University (J.D.). He was previously recognized by Super Lawyers as one of New England’s Rising Stars. He received the prestigious Jonathan Chase Award for Cooperating Attorney from the American Civil Liberties Union − Vermont Affiliate − and served as its President for three years. Deputy Attorney General Diamond also served on the National Advisory Board for the Electric Cooperative Bar Association from 2009 to 2017. He is currently a member of the Vermont Bar Association’s Board of Managers.

 

Office Overview

The Attorney General is the chief law enforcement officer in the state. They are charged with representing the state in all matters in which the state is a party or has an interest. The office of the Attorney General is dedicated to the protection of the health and safety of all Vermonters.

What We Do:

  • ENFORCE laws of the State of Vermont
  • DEFEND State of Vermont laws, policies, employees
  • PROTECT Vermont citizens

Our mission is to implement and enforce Vermont’s laws to improve the quality of life for all Vermonters. Whether this means enforcing our criminal laws to keep our cities, towns and homes safe, or vigorously pursuing those who would foul our air, land and water, it is the job of this office to bring the legal resources of the State to bear in a professional, cost-effective and thoughtful manner to protect our citizens.

First established by the Vermont Legislature in 1790, the Office of Attorney General has evolved from its one-person operation shortly after the turn of the 20th century to its current status as the State’s largest law firm. We act as legal counsel to all state agencies and to the Legislature. Our staff handles civil and criminal cases in all courts of the state on both the trial and appellate levels. We both defend the state when it is sued and file our own suits to enforce Vermont’s criminal, environmental, consumer protection, civil rights and countless other laws.

 

Major Duties

  • Uphold and defend the Constitution and laws of the State of Vermont;
  • Promote and support strong law enforcement;
  • Achieve a higher level of public safety and security by promoting vigorous prosecution of criminals;
  • Protect the public health and safety of Vermonters by supporting alternative criminal justice programs that address the causes of criminality, reduce recidivism and help those with mental health and drug abuse issues get access to treatment;
  • Provide skilled assistance to local prosecutors;
  • Prosecute consumer fraud and deceptive trade practices, and protect Vermonters from fraudulent business activities and scams by educating consumers;
  • Advise state officials and agencies on proper legal compliance;
  • Defend Vermonters’ civil rights;
  • Support local businesses through proactive outreach on how to comply with the law;
  • Provide professional legal representation in all civil proceedings on behalf of the State.