Trial Attorney (Digital Currency)

Wallops Island, Virginia
Feb 08, 2023
Feb 11, 2023
Full Time

As an Trial Attorney, and in partnership with other members of the Digital Currency Initiative, the incumbent:
  • Serves as a subject matter expert on digital currency and blockchain technologies for the Criminal Division
  • Identifies unexploited opportunities to target for criminal prosecution the professional money launderers, money transmitters, gatekeepers and financial institutions that utilize digital currency and works with investigators and MLARS' litigating units to pursue these opportunities.
  • On a strategic basis, prosecutes criminal and civil matters of national significance involving offenders who utilize digital currency.
  • Coordinates national and international money laundering and forfeiture actions related to digital currency with and through law enforcement agencies and other Department of Justice components.
  • Works closely with U.S. Attorney's Offices, Department components, and investigative agencies involved in digital currency investigations to develop a comprehensive, nationwide strategy in which information and evidence is exchanged, investigative actions are coordinated, and the indictments, arrests, forfeiture actions, and prosecutions are planned and coordinated.
  • Provides advice and expertise to MLARS' Policy Unit on legislative and regulatory matters and works with the Policy and Program Management Units to propose and develop guidance and policy relating to digital currency prosecutions and forfeitures, as needed.
  • Advises and instructs federal agents and prosecutors on complex questions of law related to digital currency to inform litigation decisions and prosecutorial strategies and to maximize asset recovery, including but not limited to reviewing search and seizure warrants, restraining orders, criminal forfeiture allegations, indictments, and other pleadings.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with partners at the U.S. Attorney's Offices, other litigating components and offices, and federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies that investigate and prosecute digital currency cases, as well as with partners at regulatory agencies, the intelligence community, and private industry.
  • Develops and executes training and educational materials relating to digital currency for the Department and law enforcement agencies.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to qualify for this position.
  • You must undergo a pre-employment security investigation.
  • All male applicants born after 12/31/1959 must have registered for the selective service. If selected, 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.
  • You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


Required Qualifications : Interested applicants must possess a J.D., or equivalent, degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and be an active member of the bar in good standing. To qualify at the GS-15 grade level, applicants must have at least five(5) yearspost J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include working as an attorney on money laundering, asset forfeiture, or complicated white collar cases involving virtual currencies.

Preferred Qualifications :
  • Extensive knowledge pertaining to digital currencies and blockchain technology.
  • Knowledge of money laundering and asset forfeiture law.
  • At least five (5) years' trial experience as a prosecutor or trial attorney handling criminal matters.
  • Experience investigating criminal matters involving complex or sensitive law enforcement techniques.


A J.D., or equivalent, degree.

Applicants who possess an equivalent degree rather than a J.D. may be subject to additional review by the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management.

Additional information

Additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement to fill vacancies that occur subsequent to this announcement.

An in-person interview in Washington, D.C. may be required for this position prior to final selection. The cost of travel to the interview site will be the responsibility of the applicant unless otherwise stated. Reasonable accommodation requests will be considered on an individual basis as requested by a person with a disability. Declining an invitation to interview may remove you from further consideration.

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The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any non merit factor. 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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