Assistant General Counsel (Litigation and Competition)

Washington, D.C
May 14, 2022
May 20, 2022
Full Time

The Assistant General Counsel (Litigation and Competition) will supervise, develop, and direct the Commission's legal practices in two principle areas: litigation on matters before the Commission, administrative agencies, and the courts, related to the discharge of the Commission's statutory and regulatory responsibilities, and; the application of competition/antitrust law principles to all Commission matters. The successful applicant is someone who can provide expert legal and policy advice necessary to help maintain a competitive and reliable international ocean transportation supply system and to protect the public from unlawful, unfair, and deceptive ocean transportation practices. The general duties include:
  • Supervise, develop, and mentor four attorneys at the GS-13/14/15 level
  • Represent the Commission in matters before federal courts and other administrative agencies. This includes matters related to the Commission's statutory and antitrust responsibilities, as well as matters relating to the routine functions of a federal agency.
  • Provide expert legal and policy advice on competition law matters facing the Commission, including the application of competition law principles to agreements filed with the Commission and recommendations on appropriate legal actions against anti-competitive agreements.
  • Provide expert legal advice and recommendations to the Commission on legal and policy matters related to the Commission's responsibilities, including:
    • Legal advice and documents related to adjudications and litigation, including analyses and orders, for Commission approval and issuance.
    • Review staff recommendations for Commission action to ensure materials consider the legal and policy precedents established by the Commission.
    • Provide technical and policy assistance to other government agencies with similar antitrust responsibilities.


Conditions of Employment

The FMC will request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

Due to COVID-19, the agency is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement within the time allotted. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days per pay period depending upon the terms of the agency's telework policy.
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You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:

1. At least three years of professional experience as a practicing attorney with at least one full year of professional legal experience as a practicing attorney equivalent to the GS-14 level in the Federal service. The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector, or Volunteer Service. A year of experience refers to full­ time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.

2. Minimum educational requirements include a professional law degree (LLB or J.D.) from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school. NOTE: Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the U.S. An ABA-approved law school may allow students to receive credit for law study or activities at a foreign institution and grant credit for the J.D. degree if those studies or activities are approved in accordance with the Rules of Procedure and Criteria adopted by the ABA's Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.

3. Current active membership in a bar of any State, territory, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or the District of Columbia. Employees must maintain active bar membership in good standing while employed as an attorney with the FMC.

4. Applicants must possess excellent research, oral and written communication skills, and show proficiency/experience in the following areas:
a. Providing advice on and executing a litigation strategy.
b. Application of competition standards to litigation and agency policy
c. Practice before federal courts and administrative agencies, including writing and reviewing briefs, memos, and orders.
d. Proven leadership skills that result in high quality work product and legal analysis

The ideal candidate will:
  • Be familiar with the statutes and regulations administered by the Commission
  • Have experience within the maritime industry such as for an ocean common carrier, non-vessel-operating common carrier, ocean freight forwarder, marine terminal, public port authority, or another federal agency with a maritime nexus


Please refer to the "Qualifications" and "Required Documents" sections for education information.

Additional information

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a background investigation.
  • Federal employees are required to adhere to the 14 Principles of Ethical Conduct .
  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
  • We may fill like positions within 12 months of the close of the announcement.
  • This is a non-bargaining unit position.
  • A relocation incentive may be offered to eligible selectees.
  • A recruitment incentive may be offered to eligible selectees.
  • A 2-year supervisory or managerial probationary period is required.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a background investigation.
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
  • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
  • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 . Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
  • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
  • May be required to file a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on.