Trial Attorney (Employment Law) (Labor)

District of Columbia, D.C
Sep 17, 2020
Sep 25, 2020
Full Time


Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)! The Department of Labor's Office of the Solicitor is looking for a talented and motivated attorney to join the Employment Law Counsel Area in the Division of Management and Administrative Legal Services (MALS). We are seeking an attorney to litigate cases and advise on matters involving federal employment law.

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This position is located in the Division of Management and Administrative Legal Services Division (MALS) in the Office of the Solicitor. The Division is responsible for providing legal advice and guidance to the Department as a whole under various governmental administrative mandates and statutes.
  • The trial attorney for federal employment law handles sophisticated and complex litigation before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Merit Systems Protection Board, Federal Labor Relations Authority, federal trial and appellate courts, as well as before impartial arbitrators under the Department's negotiated and administrative grievance procedures.
  • The trial attorney manages through preparation and presentation of cases, including conduct of pre-trial discovery, direct and cross examination of expert and other witnesses, deals with all written case matters and filings, and appears at trial on behalf of the agency.. Attorney provides case status updates, written filings for review, and other routine information to the relevant Counsel or other supervisor on a regular basis.
  • The trial attorney is regularly assigned difficult, complex and novel cases in federal employment law, such as class action cases, sensitive matters involving agency staff and programs, and cases of important precedential value to the Department.
  • The attorney routinely provides advice to client agencies regarding employment relations, labor-management relations, and other records management issues.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Some travel may be required for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
14 - There is no obligation to provide future promotions if you are selected. Promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, meet all the performance requirements, and supervisor's recommendation to the next grade.


Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Applicants must possess a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.). Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.


To qualify for an attorney position, applicants must possess a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.); be a member in good standing of the bar of a court of general jurisdiction of a state, territory or possession of the U.S.; and have acquired the amount of experience indicated below for each grade level.

GS-13, two (2) years of progressively responsible legal experience of a professional nature which demonstrates the ability to perform the work at this level. At least one year of qualifying experience, at this level, must be specialized experience as defined below.

Specialized experience for GS-13: practicing attorney and of a professional nature that demonstrates the ability to perform in trial level litigation of federal employment law cases as described in the position duties.

GS-14, three (3) years of progressively responsible legal experience of a professional nature which demonstrates the ability to perform the work at this level. At least one year of qualifying experience, at this level, must be specialized experience as defined below.

Specialized experience must include experience as a practicing attorney at, or equivalent to, the GS-13 grade level, in trial level litigation of federal employment law cases as described in the position duties.

Note: An LL.M may be substituted for a maximum of one year experience.


Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service.

If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

Additional information

DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.


How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements for this position will be further evaluated against the following evaluation factors.

Current and/or past supervisors may be contacted unless specified otherwise. A panel and/or the selecting official or his/her designee may interview applicants.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to supply sufficient information to provide a basis for rating each of these evaluation factors.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and conduct litigation in federal courts and administrative forums, present evidence, and examine witnesses.
  • Ability to perform thorough legal research and analysis.
  • Ability to draft well-written, organized, and persuasive legal documents including motions, briefs, pleadings, legal research memoranda and correspondence.
  • Ability to conduct discovery in a federal court or administrative forum.
  • Ability to make effective oral presentations in a clear and concise manner, including arguing motions and conducting settlement negotiations.
  • Ability to advise clients and establish and maintain effective working relationships with high level departmental officials, regional program officials, supervisors, agency staff and the general public.
  • Ability to multi-task in a complex and fast-paced inter-disciplinary legal environment, entailing use of problem solving analysis, such as timely collection of facts, identification and resolution of issues, enumeration of options, and formulation of recommendations.

  • Individuals who meet eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility/Core Questions #24 and 27 to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP/CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation. The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview).

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you.

    - Resume - FOR EACH EMPLOYMENT PERIOD, include: start/end month & year and note full-time or part-time (if part-time, include # of hours worked per week); otherwise, your application may be considered incomplete. IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Assumptions will not be made based on job titles alone.

    - Bar Certification: Should you be selected for this position, you will be required to submit documentation verifying that you are an active member of the Bar in Good Standing of any State, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or any Territorial Court under the U.S. Constitution. This letter and/or certificate should be dated within the last six months of the closing date of this job announcement.

    - Transcripts: Should you be selected for this position, you will be required to submit documentation verifying that you have completed your first professional law degree. Applicants who claim substitution of education for experience with an LL.M must submit a copy of their transcripts for verification.

    - Veterans Documents (if applicable): Attorney appointments within the Department of Labor are positions in the excepted service, not the competitive service. There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference in attorney appointments; however, the Department of Labor considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. In order to receive positive consideration, you must indicate your eligibility, in response to the appropriate item on the vacancy questionnaire. Additionally, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD214 showing the type of discharge and dates of active duty and, if applicable, a VA letter certifying the present existence of the service-connected disability which indicates the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting to be honorably discharged or released within 120 days, click Active Duty ) Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's consideration. Additional information is available in the Vet's Guide .

    You may also find more information on positive consideration for attorney hiring .

    - Displaced Employee Placement Documents: These documents are only required if you are requesting priority consideration under ICTAP/CTAP Eligibility. Applicants with disabilities (SCHEDULE A) applying under the area of consideration must submit proof of certification by counselors, State vocational rehabilitation agencies or the Veterans Administration.

    - Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted.

    Applicants selected for employment that are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship, or non-citizenship as allowable in Excepted Service hiring through P.L. 112-10, and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.

    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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