The primary purpose of the Civil Litigation Division is to provide professional legal representation to the State of Mississippi, its agencies, officials, and employees in matters related to civil litigation in state and federal courts. The Civil Litigation Division also defends local district attorneys and judges when those officials are sued. The civil actions include a wide range of constitutional issues, Title VII employment matters, voting rights, prisoner cases, contracts, 1983 actions for damages, suits for injunctions, audit demands, ethics issues, and many other matters which can arise from the various functions of State government.
Doug T. Miracle has worked in the Civil Litigation Division of the Attorney General’s Office since 2012 after spending eighteen years in the private sector where he practiced in the areas of medical malpractice defense and complex commercial litigation. Since joining the Civil Litigation Division, Doug has served as lead counsel on a broad range of litigation on behalf of the State of Mississippi, its agencies officials, and employees in both state and federal courts. Doug has successfully defended the Attorney General’s investigative authority under state law, and has specialized in constitutional challenges to state statutes, Section 1983 litigation, and general complex litigation. He has successfully argued multiple cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Doug has also advised State agencies on regulatory matters and successfully handled appeals from state administrative agencies before the Mississippi Court of Appeals and Mississippi Supreme Court.