How to Address an Assistant Attorney General

How to Address an Assistant Attorney General?

Assistant attorney generals are addressed as ‘the Honorable (Full Name)’.

—-Official envelope:
—-—-The Honorable (Full Name)
—-—-Assistant Attorney General …

—-The salutation is simply:
—-Dear Mr./Ms./etc. (Surname):

Within the department in conversation and at meetings assistant attorneys general are often orally addressed and identified as ‘Assistant Attorney General (Surname)’  to emphasize who is who in the room/in the conversation.  But this is an oral practice – not a form used in formal written communication.

Oral forms of address do vary with the circumstance. If an assistant attorney general is acting as the government’s AG in a particular courtroom, they might well be addressed as ‘Mr./Madam Attorney General’ or just ‘Attorney General,’ by the judge because it is their role in this particular courtroom. But when everyone is back at the office, only the Attorney General is ‘Mr./Madam Attorney General’ or ‘Attorney General’.

– Robert Hickey    How to Address an Assistant Attorney General


Robert Hickey author of “Honor & Respect”

When Should You Use the Forms on this Page?

You can use these forms of address for any mode of communication: addressing a letter, invitation, card or Email. (If there are differences between the official and social forms of address, I will have mentioned the different forms.)  The form noted in the salutation is the same form you say when you say their name in conversation or when you greet them.
___What I don’t cover on this site are many things I do cover in my book: all the rules of forms of address, about names, international titles, precedence, complimentary closes, details on invitations, place cards, all sorts of introductions, etc. I hope you’ll get a copy of the book if you’d like the further detail.

Not Finding Your Answer?

—-#1)  At right on desktops, at the bottom of every page on tablets and phones, is a list of all the offices, officials & topics covered on the site.

—-#2)  If you don’t see the official you seek included or your question answered send me an e-mail. I am pretty fast at sending a reply: usually the next day or so (unless I am traveling.)  Note: I don’t have mailing or Email addresses for any of the officials and I don’t keep track of offices that exist only in history books.

—-#3)  If I think your question is of interest to others, Sometimes I post the question  – but always change all the specifics.

— Robert Hickey 


Robert Hickey author of “Honor & Respect”