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Office of Dispute Resolution

The mission of the Office of Dispute Resolution is to promote and facilitate the broad and effective use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes by the Department of Justice and throughout the Executive Branch of the federal government. The office is responsible for promoting and evaluating the use of ADR at the Department, representing the Department leadership with foreign governments and the private sector, and facilitating the effective use of ADR in litigation and other agency disputes. The office also represents the Attorney General in leadership of federal ADR through the Interagency ADR Working Group Steering Committee, an organization which was created by the President and convened by the Attorney General to promote the use of ADR throughout federal executive branch agencies.

Please note that the Office of Dispute Resolution represents, and is working on behalf of, the Department of Justice and the United States in matters being handled by the federal government. Unfortunately, the office is unable to assist private citizens with their personal dispute resolution matters. Persons seeking dispute resolution assistance can frequently obtain help or referrals from state, county, or local governments, the bar associations, and business organizations.

For Official Business with the Department of Justice write to:

U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001

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Acting Director
Joanna Jacobs

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