Trial Attorney

Washington, D.C
Aug 16, 2022
Aug 24, 2022
Full Time

Responsibilities as a trial attorney in the Appellate Section include:
  • Representing the United States in cases to which it is a party or is participating as amicus curiae in the courts of appeals, including the most complex cases. Analyzing all relevant legal, factual, and strategic issues presented.
  • Preparing briefs, motions, responses, and other necessary filings, ensuring compliance with all applicable rules.
  • Presenting oral arguments
  • Consulting as appropriate with trial counsel, Division supervisors, senior Division managers, representatives of other Division components, agency counsel, and counsel for other affected components.
  • Negotiating with opposing counsel, agency counsel, and court officials, as appropriate.
  • In conjunction with the Office of the Solicitor General, representing the United States in cases to which it is a party or participating as amicus curiae in the Supreme Court.
  • Making recommendations as to whether review should be sought in the courts of appeals or the Supreme Court in cases to which the United States is a party.
  • Making recommendations as to whether the United States should participate, and as to the position it should take, as amicus curiae in private cases, including cases involving highly complex issues of substantial precedential significance.
  • Preparing memoranda, in connection with potential trials and appeals, analyzing all relevant legal, factual, policy, and strategic issues; consulting with affected components of the Division, Department, and other Executive Branch components, as well as Division supervisors and agency counsel.
  • Researching and providing authoritative advice on all legal and policy issues of relevance to the Division's work.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US citizen to be considered for this position.
  • You must undergo a pre-employment security investigation.
  • You may be required to take and successfully clear a drug test.
  • You must submit a complete application package by the closing date of this announcement.
  • You must meet all time-in-grade and qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
  • SELECTIVE SERIVCE: All male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service (see ). If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.
  • DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing
  • This is a full time, permanent appointment, not eligible for inclusion in the bargaining unit.
  • This is a non-supervisory appointment, subject to a two-year trial period. Time served in a temporary, term or other not-to-exceed appointment is not counted toward completion of the required trial period.
  • The Antitrust Division participates in the E-Verify program.
  • When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.
  • Applications mailed using government postage and/or internal federal government mailing systems are in violation of agency and postal regulations and will not be accepted.
  • Please note: Additional selections may be made from this announcement. Also, a writing sample may be requested of individuals identified as best qualified, to be forwarded to the selecting official along with your application package, upon referral.


Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the position qualifications listed in this announcement. If you are minimally qualified for this position, your resume and supporting documentation will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. To qualify, an applicant must:
  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Possess a J.D. degree or equivalent, be an active member of the bar in good standing (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least four years of post-J.D. experience;
  • Have experience in the litigation or appeals of federal antitrust claims or other U.S. law; and
  • Demonstrate excellent writing, analytical, and interpersonal skills.

  • Education

    You must possess a J.D. or equivalent degree to qualify for consideration as a Trial Attorney for the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division.

    Additional information

    The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination based on color, race, religion, national origin, politics, marital status, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or personal favoritism. The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment. Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys' Offices. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. citizens are extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by- case basis.

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