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Office of General Counsel

The Office of General Counsel represents the Department of Public Safety in all legal matters. We are committed to excellence. We work collaboratively to render advice in an atmosphere of trust and respect.

The Office of General Counsel is responsible for serving the legal needs of the Public Safety Commission and its Department divisions. Phillip Adkins, General Counsel, supervises and directs the activities of an in-house staff of attorneys and support staff.

The Office of General Counsel cannot provide legal advice or representation to employees or the public about legal issues of a personal nature, such as divorce, wills and landlord tenant issues. In addition, the OGC does not provide advice in matters unrelated to Department business or to individuals whose interests are or may be adverse to the Department. If you need personal legal advice or representation, you may be able to obtain information and assistance from the resource listed below:

The State Bar of Texas maintains a Lawyer Referral Information Service, which is described on the State Bar web site. In addition, many county bar associations offer lawyer referral services.

Division: Director's Staff
General Counsel: D. Phillip Adkins
Deputy General Counsel: Kathleen Murphy

Legal information provided by the Office of General Counsel is intended ONLY as general legal information to the Department of Public Safety, their Public Safety Commission, public safety officers, and employees. The information contained in this site, and related links, is not a substitute for professional legal counsel. Any discrepancy between information in this site and Department of Public Safety policy is not intended to alter or amend official Department of Public Safety policy. Inclusion of any link or reference to any entity, public or private, is not intended to be a warranty or endorsement of the completeness or quality of information contained therein, or of any sponsor of such information.