Trial Attorney, CT-905-14

Washington, D.C
Aug 14, 2019
Aug 22, 2019
Full Time


Apply now to join the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's Division of Enforcement (DOE) to investigate suspected violations of and enforce the Commodity Exchange Act.
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As a Trial Attorney you will be responsible for conducting investigations and handling enforcement duties pursuant to the provisions of the Commodity Exchange Act, as amended by the Dodd-Frank Act, and the rules and regulations adopted by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

This will include the following:
• Investigating suspected violations of the Act by taking investigative testimony and acquiring and analyzing information relevant to suspected violations.
• Litigating all phases of CFTC enforcement actions against defendants in United States District Courts and in administrative proceedings. Responsibilities include preparing complaints and motions for statutory restraining orders, conducting discovery, and representing the CFTC at hearings and trials.
• Participating in cooperative enforcement matters including with the United States Department of Justice and other federal and state law enforcement authorities.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Background/Security Investigation
  • Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Required to serve a 2-year trial period

Bar Membership: Currently an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Applicants are responsible for citing minimum qualifications such as JD and Bar membership information (institution name, state for bar, and dates) on their respective resumes. Failure to supply details will result in an incomplete application.

You must answer each qualification question for the grade or grades you wish to be considered for employment.


You must have a J.D. Degree, bar membership and 4 successful years of legal practice experience, acquired after being admitted to the bar, commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of a legal position. Relevant experience is defined as an attorney, law clerk, or other legal experience which was obtained subsequent to graduation from law school. At least one year of this experience must have been at a level of responsibility and difficulty equivalent to at least the GS/CT-13 level in the Federal Service.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience in and/or knowledge relating to white collar law enforcement.
  • Experience in and/or knowledge relating to litigating and investigating complex financial cases, including understanding of complex corporate structures and trading activity in derivatives and related commodities markets as well as swap products.
  • Experience with and/or knowledge of litigation practices and principles such as the rules of evidence, trial practices, and investigative techniques used in complex financial cases.


Education: Successful completion of a full course of study (JD) in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).

Additional information

Relocation. Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Trial Period. You will be subject to a two year trial period, if applicable.

EEO Policy Statement. The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, genetic information, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation. Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Veterans' Preference: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must indicate their preference in response to the appropriate question in their assessment questionnaire (it is also recommended that information is included in their cover letter or resume) and they must submit supporting documentation (e.g., DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) which verifies their eligibility for preference. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service-connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

The law prohibits public officials from appointing, promoting, or recommending their relatives. The law prohibits requesting, making, transmitting, accepting, or considering political recommendations for employment or other personnel actions for non-political positions. This includes recommendations from Members of Congress, Congressional employees, elected state or local officials, and political party officials and any recommendation based on party affiliation.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

This job is being filled under a Schedule A hiring authority 5 CFR 213.3102and is excepted from the competitive civil service. You will be evaluated and deemed either eligible or ineligible based on the relevance and quality of your experience and education, bar membership, and on the desired qualifications described above. All eligible applicants will be further evaluated by subject-matter experts.
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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

  • Resume citing relevant experience
  • JD and Bar membership details
  • Writing sample, illustrating relevant experience
  • Cover Letter (optional)

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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