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County Attorney

Christopher J. Clayton

County Attorney

John J. Burke

Chief Deputy County Attorney

Kenneth M. Seidell

Deputy County Attorney

Phyllis Seidman

Deputy County Attorney

Susan A. Flynn

Deputy County Attorney

 H. Lee Dennison Building
100 Veterans Memorial Highway
Hauppauge, New York 11788


 Cohalan Court Complex
400 Carlton Avenue
PO Box 9082
Central Islip, New York 11722

 (631) 853-4049
Fax: (631) 853-5169

 (631) 853-5761
Fax: (631) 853-5974

Our Mission

The County Attorney is charged with handling primarily all civil legal business of the Suffolk County government and its agencies.

The County Attorney provides legal representation and advice on matters related to the actions and deliberations of all personnel and organizations within Suffolk County government. The County Attorney is responsible for prosecuting and defending all civil actions and proceedings brought by or against the County, the County Legislature, and any officer whose compensation is paid for from County funds for an official act.


Bureaus Phone Numbers Personnel
Administration  (631) 853-4049

Christopher J. Clayton, County Attorney

John J. Burke, Chief Deputy County Attorney

Litigation  (631) 853-4851

Elaine Barraga, Bureau Chief

Municipal Law  (631) 853-5130

Afreen Wright, Bureau Chief

Social Services/Family Court  (631) 853-5761

Faith Lovell, Bureau Chief


 Can the County Attorney or the Suffolk County Department of Law represent or give advice to residents of the County in legal matters or disputes?

No, by law the County Attorney is the legal advisor to the County. While it is the job of the County Executive and Legislature to serve the residents of Suffolk County, the County Attorney's job is to give legal advice to all elected county officials, as well as County Departments, agencies, and commissions on governmental matters. The County Attorney cannot offer you personal legal counsel.

 How can I find a lawyer to represent me?

The New York State Unified Court System offers a directory of lawyers in your area. You can contact the Suffolk County Bar Association Lawyer Referral & Information Service at (631) 234-5577.

FAQs that the County Attorney's Office is ethically PROHIBITED from answering:

 How do I file a claim against Suffolk County?

 Where and how do I serve court papers on Suffolk County?

 Can you give me legal advice?

  Can you recommend an attorney?

Suffolk County Government

H. Lee Dennison Bldg

100 Veterans Memorial Hwy
P.O. Box 6100
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Riverhead County Center

County Road 51
Riverhead, NY 11901