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Civil Trial Attorney (Open Continuous)

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Mar 27, 2023

The sections in Washington, DC, are responsible for civil antitrust investigations, enforcement, and litigation; review of merger filings; competition advocacy; and competition policy in multiple sectors of the economy, as described below:
  • Civil Conduct Task Force: investigating and prosecuting civil nonmerger matters across a broad range of industries.
  • Defense, Industrials & Aerospace Section: defense, avionics and aeronautics, industrial equipment, road and highway construction, and metals and mining and waste industries.
  • Financial Services, Fintech & Banking Section: financial services and technology, credit and debit cards, residential real estate services, book and ebook publishing, printing, concert ticketing, promotions, and venues.
  • Healthcare & Consumer Products Section: health insurance, healthcare, healthcare technology, wood products (including pulp, paper, and timber), grocery products (including dairy, bread, and beer), appliances, and retail products (including cosmetics and vitamins/supplements).
  • Media, Entertainment & Communications Section: broadcast media; newspapers; television and film production; audio and video streaming services; sports and recreation; gambling; and communications services, including internet, mobile wireless, commercial satellites, and telecommunications infrastructure and equipment.
  • Technology & Digital Platforms Section: computer hardware and software, high technology component manufacturing, internet-related businesses, and gig economy platforms.
  • Transportation, Energy, & Agriculture Section: aviation, railroads, trucking, ocean shipping, hotels, restaurants, travel services, electricity, oil field services, crops, seeds, fish, and livestock.
Responsibilities as a Trial Attorney in one of the Division's civil sections include merger review, civil investigations and litigation of anticompetitive conduct as well as public advocacy for policies that ensure an innovative and competitive marketplace. Attorneys in these sections frequently grapple with challenging cases involving technical complexity, technological change, barriers to entry and evolving competitive and regulatory landscapes. Attorneys in the Civil Conduct Task Force work almost exclusively on civil conduct matters, and generally do not work on merger review. Attorneys in the other civil litigating sections in DC work mostly on merger review, though will also have opportunities to work on civil conduct matters.


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.
  • In order to be considered you must submit a complete application package.
  • 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 in the excepted service, 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. or equivalent degree, be an active member of the bar in good standing (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least one year of post J.D. legal experience to qualify at the GS-12 level, one and one-half years of post J.D. legal experience to qualify at the GS-13 level, two and one-half years of post J.D. legal experience to qualify at the GS-14 level, and/or at least four years of post J.D. legal experience to qualify at the GS-15 level;
  • Have experience in the investigation of potential civil antitrust violations, or general federal litigation experience, including civil cases; 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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    The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete the online application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, you must contact us by noon Eastern Standard Time on the announcement's closing date. If you are unable to apply online, you must request an alternative application which is available from the Personnel Section. Please contact the Personnel Section at or 202-514-2469 to obtain an alternative application.

    If you require a reasonable accommodation for disability during any part of the application and hiring process, please contact Karen Jung by phone at 202-514-8885 or by email at . The Antitrust Division provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. You must contact us by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the announcement's closing date to request accommodation. Federal Relay Service (TTY) for callers with hearing or speech impairment is also available at .

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