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James DePriest is a Deputy Attorney General in the Public Protection Department of the Office of the Attorney General. He has worked for the Office of the Attorney General since1992. The Public Protection Department includes the Consumer Protection Division, the Consumer Utility Rate Advocacy Division, the Environmental Division, the Anti-Trust Division, and the Tobacco Division. The Consumer Utility Rate Advocacy Division represents the interests of Arkansas utility customers in proceedings before the Arkansas Public Service Commission and other administrative agencies and courts. The Environmental Division has the authority to enforce Arkansas and some federal environmental laws. The Anti-Trust Division has the authority to enforce Arkansas and federal Anti-Trust laws. The Tobacco Division represents the state with respect to the Tobacco MSA (Master Settlement Agreement) and other tobacco-related issues.
Mr. DePriest is a graduate of the University of Connecticut (B.A. History, 1977) and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law (J.D., 1980). He has practiced law in Arkansas since 1980.