Trial Attorney (Senior Trial Attorney)

Washington, D.C
Aug 24, 2019
Aug 31, 2019
Full Time


This position is located in the Office of General Counsel, Procurement Law Division.

Learn more about this agency


As a Senior Trial Attorney, you will:
  • Be responsible for drafting, preparing and reviewing legal opinions, regulations and issuances concerning procurement law.
  • Serve as a principal legal representative for the Department and the U.S. Government in administrative proceedings and court litigation before the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, the United States Court of Federal claims, and bid protest at the Government Accountability Office in cases arising from the Department's award and administration of Federal contracts.
  • Advise and assist attorneys in the Department of Justice in the prosecution of contract litigation before the Court of Federal Claims and other Federal Courts.
  • Provide advice and counsel to senior officials of the Department (including the General Counsel, Deputy General Counsel and the Assistant Secretaries) and attends high-level meetings as required. Written and completed work demonstrates good judgment, is legally sound and is generally accepted with minimal change by supervisor(s).

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals

This position is located in the Office of General Counsel (OCG), Procurement Law Division (PLD). OGC is the chief legal officer of the Department, the principal legal advisor to the Secretary and staff of HUD. OGC provides legal opinions, advice, and services with respect to all Departmental programs and activities, and assists in the development of HUD programs and policies. OGC also provides functional legal counsel on defensive and affirmative litigation and the development of legislation and regulations. PLD provides legal advice to the HUD Chief Procurement Officer and is legal counsel for HUD's procurement litigation.


You must meet the following requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

Basic Requirements: Applicants must (1) be a graduate of an accredited law school with an LL.B. or J.D.; (2) be a current member of a bar with a valid license to practice law in a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; and (3) meet all specialized experience requirements as described in the vacancy announcement.


Specialized Experience: for the GS-15 level is defined as:

- Leading attorneys in connection with procurement law as exemplified by responsibility for: the preparation of legal opinions, briefs, pleadings, memoranda; the performance of legal research projects; the advice given to clients; and the handling of litigation assignments; AND
- Representing private clients or government agency in Federal government contract forums or courts such as the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA) and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and handling related activities such as: drafting and responding to legal pleadings, motions and discovery; conducting depositions and other forms of oral advocacy; AND
- Reviewing Federal government contract documents such as solicitations, technical evaluations reports, price analysis, determinations and preparing comments intended to identify legal issues.

For the GS-15, you must:

Have a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.), plus five (5) years of professional legal experience, at least one of which must be specialized experience at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-14 level in the Federal service.


Have a second professional law degree (LL.M.) plus four (4) years of professional legal experience, at least one of which must be specialized experience at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-14 level in the Federal service.


Have a first professional law degree (LL.B., or J.D.), plus superior law student work (academic standing in upper 1/3 of the law school graduating class, high-level honors for academic excellence in law school, winning of a moot court competition with other law schools, significant work or achievement on the school's official law review, significant summer clerkship or other evidence of clearly superior achievement) plus four (4) years of professional legal experience, at least one of which must be specialized experience at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-14 level in the Federal service.


Additional information

- We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
- Relocation expenses may be paid.
- This is a bargaining unit position.
- This position is exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
- HUD offers alternative and flexible work schedules.

- A 2-year trial period is required. (unless already completed)
- Must successfully complete a background investigation.
- Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency
- If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
- Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
- Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.

HUD employees are subject to a number of government-wide and HUD specific ethics laws and regulations, including restrictions on outside employment. To review applicable ethics rules, please visit

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application includes your résumé, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your résumé includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your résumé may result in a "not qualified" determination.

1. Minimum Requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You will be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we will rate you as ineligible.
2. Referral: Since this is an Excepted Service position, a non-rated method of evaluation will be used. We will evaluate your application by comparing your description of your work experience, level of responsibility, and accomplishments with the requirements of the position to determine whether you meet all the qualification requirements. Although competitive examining rules for rating and ranking and veterans' preference do not apply, veteran's preference will be considered as a positive factor. Candidates who meet all the qualification and other eligibility requirements will be referred to the selecting official for consideration and possible interview.
To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

A complete application includes 1. A résumé, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

All applicants are required to submit a résumé either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional.) To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/date/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your résumé. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your résumé to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view résumé tips .
VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION: If you are claiming veterans preference, please see applicant guide for required documentation In order to be considered for veterans preference, you must submit all required documentation as outlined in the applicant guide .

ACTIVE BAR MEMBERSHIP You must submit evidence of an Active Bar Membership as described in the Qualifications Section of this announcement.

EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION: For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected.

A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page .

If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions .

Recommended Documents:
In addition, we recommend that you submit copies of the following:

- A legal writing sample of between 5 - 10 pages containing legal analysis.
- A copy of all pages of your most recent completed annual performance appraisal, dated within the last 12 months, that includes the final rating.

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.

Similar jobs