Trial Attorney

Washington D.C.
Jul 11, 2017
Jul 27, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

The Fraud Section, comprising over 160 federal prosecutors, investigates and prosecutes complex, multi-district and international white-collar criminal cases throughout the country and implements and coordinates the Department's fraud enforcement policy. Fraud Section cases include corporate, securities and investment fraud; mass marketing fraud; mortgage fraud; procurement and government program fraud; foreign bribery (the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act); health care fraud; and other complex white-collar criminal schemes. The Fraud Section is composed of four subject matter units: Health Care Fraud; Securities & Financial Fraud; Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; and Strategy, Policy & Training. Open positions are located in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Unit and the Securities & Financial Fraud Unit.

  • Occasional Travel
  • Domestic and International travel is required.

  • No

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to qualify for this position.
  • You must undergo a pre-employment security investigation.
  • You may be required to take a drug test.
  • Required Qualifications:Interested parties must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least four years post-J.D. experience, one which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: independently performing legal analysis; composing pleadings, briefs and other court documents involving unique and/or difficult legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; conducting highly complex civil or criminal litigation; and leading paralegals and support staff.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Experience in supporting, litigating, and supervising federal criminal cases.
    • Experience handling complex white-collar and corporate criminal cases, including bribery and corruption, securities and financial fraud, and/or international criminal matters.
    • Experience conducting investigations of organizations and entities, including corporations, as well as individuals.
    • Trial experience.
    • Experience in U.S. District Court


    A J.D. Degree.

    Other Requirements:

    • You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.
    • 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.



    The Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, is seeking qualified, experienced attorneys fortwo-year renewable term positions in the Fraud Section located in Washington, DC. If selected for a term position, appointment may be extended for additional terms. The incumbent will serve as a Trial Attorney in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Unit or the Securities & Financial Fraud Unit (SFF) and, as such, will independently direct, conduct, and monitor investigations, prepare for and conduct trials, and advise on pleadings and other court filings. Upon accepting an offer of employment, applicants must make a two-year commitment to the Fraud Section.

    Generally, as a Trial Attorney in the FCPA Unit or the SFF Unit, the incumbent:

    • In collaboration with unit managers, carries out and fosters effective investigations and prosecutions, including advising on strategy and legal complexities, and developing litigation priorities, policy, and legislative recommendations. Recommends charging decisions and proposes dispositions with regard to assigned cases.
    • Partners with and leads Assistant U.S. Attorneys and attorneys in other federal law enforcement agencies in the development, management and trial of complex white collar and corporate investigations and prosecutions. Engages in all phases of investigation and litigation, including, but not limited to, using the grand jury, advising federal law enforcement agents, utilizing international evidence collection tools, preparing appropriate pleadings, and litigating motions and trials before U.S. District Courts across the country.
    • Collaborates with foreign prosecutors and foreign law enforcement officers on international investigations.
    • Evaluates reports of potential violations of the FCPA/securities and financial fraud laws from both internal and outside sources to determine whether investigation is warranted.
    • Advises and instructs Assistant U.S. Attorneys on complicated questions of law and Departmental policy with respect to the FCPA/securities and financial fraud laws.
    • Represents the United States in direct negotiations and discussions with corporate counsel and high-level officials. Participates in discussions with opposing counsel for defendants and in the formulation of settlements often having far-reaching legal consequences.
    • Advises and consults with the Assistant Attorney General, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Section Chief, et al., reporting on the status of all cases and matters related to civil/criminal remedies.
    • Serves as an expert, providing advice and policy determinations in matters involving the planning, discussion and coordination of the activities related to the investigation and litigation of FCPA cases. Oversees the preparation and litigation assignments of lower graded attorneys, paralegals and clerical personnel.

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