Trial Attorney

Washington, D.C
Nov 17, 2020
Nov 24, 2020
Full Time


The United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, is seeking highly qualified attorneys to serve as Trial Attorneys in the Office of Decree Enforcement and Compliance.
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The Office of Decree Enforcement and Compliance has primary responsibility for enforcing civil judgments and oversight regarding the selection and supervision of monitors, provides counsel to the Assistant Attorney General on matters relating to judgment enforcement and the selection of monitors, and also evaluates and promotes effective corporate compliance programs.

As a Trial Attorney in the Office of Decree Enforcement and Compliance in the Antitrust Division, responsibilities will include investigation and prosecution of decree violations. Trial Attorneys have primary responsibility for overseeing enforcement of judgments designed to remedy civil antitrust violations. Trial Attorneys will develop and execute investigative strategies; liaise with monitoring and divestiture trustees on enforcement priorities; make enforcement recommendations; conduct compliance inspections through written and oral discovery; represent the United States in prosecuting noncompliance with judgments; implement best practices in decree drafting and enforcement; evaluate and make recommendations regarding effective antitrust corporate compliance programs; participate in competition advocacy, outreach, and training throughout the United States and abroad.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


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.
You must submit a complete application package by closing.
You must meet all time-in-grade and qualification requirements by closing.
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 one-year trial period in accordance with 5 CFR 316.304.
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 one year of post J.D. legal experience to qualify at the GS-11 level, at least one or more years of post J.D. legal experience to qualify at the GS-12 level or at least one and one-half years of post J.D. legal experience to qualify at the GS-13 level;
  • Have experience in the investigation of potential federal civil or criminal antitrust violations and/or experience with general corporate investigations and compliance; and
  • Have litigation experience, including motions practice in criminal and/or civil cases.

  • Education

    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    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.

    Applicants must submit a cover letter (highlighting relevant experience and a description of significant federal cases litigated, and your role in them), a resume, and a writing sample/brief (not to exceed 15 pages). If you are a current or recent Federal employee, you must submit a performance appraisal issued within the last 12 months, or if none exists, a statement to that effect, and a copy of your latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.

    If you are unable to apply online, you must request an alternative application which is available from the Human Resources Office. Please contact Karen Jung at or (202) 514-8885 to obtain an alternative application.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    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.

    There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veteran's preference are encouraged to include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214 or other substantiating documents) to their submissions.

    Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application package which includes:
  • Cover Letter (highlighting relevant experience and a description of significant federal cases litigated, to include your role in them).
  • Your Résumé - applicants will be evaluated based on a comparison of the position requirements against the quality and extent of experience or related education as reflected in their resume. Applicants are encouraged to ensure work experiences clearly show the possession of knowledge of the subject matter pertinent to the position and the technical skills to successfully perform the duties of the position.
  • Writing Sample/Brief (not to exceed 15 pages).
  • Veterans Preference Documentation (if applicable):
    • If you are a discharged, non-disabled veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character of discharge (Member 4 copy), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions. If you don't have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives at
    • If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge, you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, and 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.
    • If you are a disabled veteran, Purple Heart recipient, or mother or spouse of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a completed SF-15 and all additional proof required by the SF-15, as applicable. If you don't have your Department of Veterans Affairs letter establishing proof of disability, you may request it at or call 1-800-827-1000.
  • Documentation of eligibility for special hiring authorities (if applicable) to prove appointment eligibility. Examples include: Peace Corps volunteer letter, military spouse hiring authority documentation, etc.
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