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Civil Branch

​​​​​The Civil Division protects the interests of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and its citizens by initiating and defending civil lawsuits on behalf of the Commonwealth. The Division enforces antitrust laws, regulates charitable institutions, and advocates for people and small businesses in utilities matters. Assistant Attorneys General in the Civil Division provide legal representation to most state agencies, boards, and commissions and represent the Commonwealth of Kentucky in state and federal court and administrative hearings. The Division provides opinions on legal issues presented by legislators, prosecutors and heads of state agencies.

The Civil Division is divided into two offices: the Office of Civil & Environmental Law and the Office of Rate Intervention. Assistant Attorneys General with the Office of Civil & Environmental Law have a wide-ranging practice of law which includes representing state agencies and boards, defending state statutes when there is a constitutional challenge, drafting formal Attorney General opinions, defending charitable trusts and pursuing and monitoring illegal disposition of any substance released in to the air, water or land. The Office of R​ate Intervention concentrates on utility matters and is responsible for representing the interests of Kentucky consumers before governmental rate-​making agencies and also responds to consumer complaints.

​​​Mitchel T. Denham heads the Civil Branch in the Office of the Attorney General. Denham is the former assistant deputy attorney general where he supervised the criminal divisions of the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office. In that role, he managed the Department of Criminal Investigations, the Office of Special Prosecutions, the Office of Criminal Appeals, the Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control, the Prosecutor’s Advisory Council and the Office of Victim’s Advocacy. He also advised the Attorney General on public policy matters, draft legislation, and handled complex civil and criminal litigation in both state and federal courts. Denham also served as the Attorney General’s designee on the KASPER Advisory Council and the Recovery Kentucky Task Force.

Denham previously served as the executive director of the Attorney General’s Office of Medicaid Fraud & Abuse Control where, in addition to his duties as director, he took an active role in the investigation and prosecution of fraud and elder abuse cases.

Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Denham was a deputy division chief and senior narcotics prosecutor at the Commonwealth’s Attorney in Jefferson County. Denham is a native of Maysville and a graduate of Centre College, where he received his B.S. in Economics. He graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2003. He also serves as a trustee on the Louisville Children’s Hospital Foundation.