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The Basics of The Department of Labor: What You Need To Know For Your DBA Claim

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The Basics

Our job is to make the process of building your Defense Base Act case and filing your DBA claim as smooth and clear as possible. So we want to give you the basics of the Department of Labor, who is who you will be filing your DBA claims with. Knowing the basics; like who is in charge, where your local district office is, and contact info is going to be extremely helpful to you especially when you're just getting started with a DBA claim. 

The following info is correct as of November, 2017. For more current info please check the Department of Labor official site.

The Big Guys

The National Office

Director: Douglas C. Fitzgerald

Branch Chief of Financial Management, Isurance and Assessment: Tirzah Leiman-Carbia

Acting Branch Chief of Policy, Regulations and Procedures: Kristina Hall


Contacting the National Office


U.S. Department of Labor OWCP/DLHWC

Frances Perkins Building, Room C-4319

200 Constitution Ave NW

Washington DC 20210

Phone: (202) 354-9630

Fax: (202) 693-1380

Email: [email protected]

*If you are emailing the national office you WILL NOT to get a specific answer about your specific Defense Base Act claim. This emails provides general information about the administration of the Longshore Act and all of it's extensions, which includes the DBA. If you have specifc questions about your claim you will have to contact your District Office.


District Offices

This is where you will be filing your DBA claims. The districts offices are split up into 7 regions that are responsible for a different certain area of the world. Remember, even if you are not living in the U.S. or from the U.S. you can still file a DBA claim. Now these are not labeled as numbers 1-7, so don't get confused. 

IMPORTANT: You have one year after your injury to file your DBA claim with the Department of Labor. These deadlines do matter. So try your best to stick to them.


Region I:

Assigned States: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

DBA Jurisdiction: East of the 75th degree West Longitude, Newfoundland, and Greenland.

District Director: David B. Groeneveld

Regional Director: Zev Sapir


Longshote District Office #1, Boston

U.S. Department of Labor


JFK Federal Building, Room E-260

Boston, MA

Phone: (617) 624-6750

Fax: (617) 624-6603


Region II

Assigned States: New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands

DBA Jurisdiction: Mexico, Central and South America (including coastal islands); areas East of the continents of North and South America up to the 60th degree East Longitude, (including Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran) and any other locations not covered by any other district office. 

District Director: David Abeijon

Regional Director: Zev Sapir


Longshore District Office #2 New York

U.S. Department of Labor


201 Varick St. Room 740

Post Office Box 249

New York, NY 10014-0249

Phone: (646) 264-3010

Fax: (646) 264-3002


Region III (Norfolk Longshore District Office):

Assigned States: Virginia, West Virginia Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, and Pennyslvania

District Director: Theresea Magya

Regional Director: Kellianne Conaway


Longshore District Office 5, Norfolk

U.S. Department of LAbor


Federal Building, Room 212

200 Granby Mall

Norfolk, VA 23510

Phone: (757) 441-3071

Fax: (757)441-6909


Region IV:

Assigned States: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee

District Director: Kristina Hall

Regional Director: Magalena Fernandez

Central Mail Receipt Site (Address):

Longshore District Office 6, Jacksonville

U.S. Department of Labor


Charles E. Bennet Federal Building

400 West Bay Street, Room 63A, Box 28

Jacksonville, FL 32202

Phone: (904) 357-4788

Fax: (904) 357-4787


Region VI (Offices in Dallas and New Orleans)

Dallas Office Assigned States: Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Missouri, Nebraska, and Kansas

New Orleans Office Assigned States: Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi

DBA Jurisdiction: Canada, West of the 75th degree and East of the 110th degree West Longitude

Dallas District Director: David Widener

Dallas/ New Orleans Regional Director: Dean W. Woodward

New Orleans Distric Director: David A. Duhon


Dallas Address:

Lonshore District Office 8, Houston

U.S. Department of Labor


Mickey Leland Federal Building

1919 Smith Street, Suite 870

Houston, TX 77002

Phone: (713) 65-4650

Fax: (713) 65-4651


New Orleans Address: 

Longshore District 7, New Orleans

U.S. Department of Labor


600 S. Maestri Pl.

Suit 617

New Orleans, LA 70130

Phone: (504) 589-2671

Fax: (504) 589-3969


Region IX (Offices in San Francisco, Honolulu and Long Beach)

San Francisco Office Sates Assigned: California (North of the Northern boundries of the counties of San Luis Obispo, Kern and San Bernardino), Arizona and Nevada

Honolulu Office States Assigned: Hawaii

Honolulu Office DBA Jurisdiction: All areas West of the continents of North and South America (excluding coastal islands) to the 60 degree longitude (excluding Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan)

Long Beach Office States Assigned: California (South of the Northern boundries of the counties of San Luis Obispo, Kern and San Bernardino)

San Francisco/ Honolulu District Director: R. Todd Bruininks

San Francisco/ Honolulu/ Long Beach Regional Director: Christy Long

Long Beach District Director: Marco Adame


San Francisco Address: 

Longshore District Office 13, San Francisco

U.S. Department of Labor


90 7th St. Suite 15100

San Francisco, CA 94103-6716

Phone: (808) 541-1983

Fax: (808) 541-1758


Hononlulu Address:

Longshore District Office 15, Honolulu

U.S. Department of Labor


300 Ala Moana Blvd. Room 5-135

Honolulu, HI 96850

Phone: (808) 541-1983

Fax: (808) 541-1758


Long Beach Address: 

Longshore District Office 18, Long Beach

U.S. Department of Labor


501 W. Ocean Blvd. Suite 6230

Long Beach, CA 90802

Phone: (562) 980-3577

Fax: (562) 980-3587


Region X

States Assigned: Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, 

DBA Jurisdiction: Canada, West of the 110th degree West Longitude and all areas in the Pacific Ocean North of the 45th degree North Latitude

District Director: R. Todd Bruininks

Regional Director: Christy Long


Longshore District Office 14, Seattle

U.S. Department of Labor


300 5th Ave, Suite 1050L

Seattle, WA 98104

Phone: (206) 504-5287

Fax: (206) 467-1074


It is important to be prepared for all aspects of you DBA case including dealing with the Department of Labor. I would recommend you order my book, "Win Your Defense Base Act Case", here for FREE. It is the easiest guide book on all things related to the DBA legal system and will give you the info you need to succeed in court. 

There is also the Turley and Mara website, which is a great resouce for all things DBA. Here you will find out everything from how to deal with insurance company adjusters to what evidence you are going to need to win your case.


If you have any questions about the Department of Labor contact us first. You'll find more straight forward answers and exact instructions for your Defense Base Act claim.

Call us today at 619-234-2833


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