Washington Navy Yard, D.C
Nov 24, 2021
Nov 27, 2021
Full Time

  • You will represent the DON in cases before administrative forums to include the Merit Systems Protection Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Federal Labor Relations Authority, and the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals.
  • You will represent the DON before arbitrators in labor and employment disputes.
  • You will represent the DON in state, Federal district or appellate courts working with and supporting the Department of Justice on DON litigation matters as required.
  • You will prepare pleadings, written discovery, motions and legal memoranda; you will conduct witness interviews and take and defend depositions.
  • You will work with Navy experts, first/second chair hearings, issue and manage litigation hold notices, document collection, and work with Naval Litigation Office (NLO) litigation support contractor to manage electronic document databases.
  • You will assist the Department of Justice in matters filed against the Department of the Navy in the Court of Federal Claims or other federal courts and may be assigned to other matters as the needs of the office require.
  • You will perform administrative functions as related to the practice of law and participate in organization-wide or command level initiatives.
  • If selected at the GS-15 level, you may be responsible for directing, coordinating and reviewing the work of the ad hoc team and for assisting less experienced attorneys serving as co-counsel on assigned cases.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a US Citizen.
  • Must be determined suitable for federal employment.
  • Must participate in the direct deposit pay program.
  • New employees to the Department of the Navy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit
  • Within the Department of Defense (DoD), the appointment of retired military members within 180 days immediately following retirement date to a civilian position is subject to the provisions of 5 United States Code 3326.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Per E.O. 14043, selectee(s) must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by 11/22/2021 or date of employment (which ever comes later) except in limited circumstances where an exception is approved due to a disability or sincerely held religious beliefs.
  • You will be required to obtain and maintain an interim and/or final Secret security clearance prior to entrance on duty. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a job offer or removal.
  • You will be required to complete training, obtain, and maintain a government credit card for travel and travel-related purchases.
  • Travel is required and will be determined by the needs of each case.


The positions will be filled under the General Schedule (GS) pay system at the GS-13, GS-14 or GS-15 grade level, depending on the qualifications of the successful applicant(s).

Sr. Trial Attorney: To be selected at the GS-15 grade level, the successful applicant must have a minimum of five-and-a-half years of recent and relevant professional legal experience.

Trial Attorney: To be selected at the GS-14 grade level, the successful applicant must have a minimum of three-and-one-half years of recent and relevant professional legal experience.

Trial Attorney: To be selected at the GS-13 grade level, the successful applicant must have in excess of two years of recent and relevant professional legal experience.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.


Law Degree and Bar Membership : Incumbent must have graduated from a law school that is accredited by the American Bar Association, must be an active member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia, and be admitted to practice before a state or federal court, of good character; and in full compliance with continuing legal education requirements of an appropriate bar. The incumbent must maintain this professional qualification at all times as a condition of employment.

Additional information

One or more vacancies may be filled.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Vacancies filled from this announcement may be filled at any grade level listed.

If selected below the full performance level, you may be noncompetitively promoted to the next higher grade level after meeting all regulatory requirements, and upon the recommendation of management. Promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.

This position is eligible for regular, reoccuring and/or ad-hoc telework, at the discretion of management.

ICTAP does not apply to Excepted Service positions.

A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments.

Federal annuitant information: The selection of an annuitant is subject to the Department of Defense and Department of the Navy policy on the employment of annuitants. Policy information may be found at: .

Veteran's preference does not apply when selecting individuals under this specific hiring authority. However, if you claim veteran's preference, you will be required to submit supporting documentation with your application as described in the Required Documents section below.

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