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Attorney General of Virginia

Executive Division

Executive level responsibility in the Office of the Attorney General is delegated by General Herring to his Chief Deputy Attorney General (“CDAG”) who is responsible for managing the delivery of quality, timely legal services to the Office’s state agency and state officer clients through supervision of the five legal divisions of the Office (headed by division Deputies), supervision of the Opinions Section, and supervision of the Transparency and Administrative Legal Compliance area. The CDAG also provides general oversight of the operational needs of the office (i.e., Information Technology, Human Resources, Finance, etc.) through supervision of the Director Administration. Additional executive responsibility is assigned to the Chief of Staff who, like the CDAG, reports directly to the Attorney General in the management of constituent outreach/relations, policy/legislative initiatives, and media relations. Together, the managers and directors of all of these areas constitute the Executive and Administration team of the Office of the Attorney General.





External & Legislative Affairs


General Counsel


Opinions Counsel


Programs & Community Outreach

Chief Deputy Attorney General

photo of Chief Deputy Attorney General - Erin B. Ashwell


Erin Ashwell is Chief Deputy Attorney General for the Office of the Attorney General. In that role, Erin supervises the work of the Office of the Attorney General and its provision of legal services.


Prior to her appointment, Erin was a partner at Woods Rogers in Roanoke, Virginia. There she focused on appellate work, litigating frequently before the Supreme Court of Virginia. She was also an active community volunteer, co-founding a non-profit focused on increasing access to books.


Erin is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. She is originally from Huddleston, Virginia.





Chief of Staff

Michael K. Kelly