districtofcolumbia | Trial Attorney, Consumer Protection Branch in Washington, DC

Trial Attorney, Consumer Protection Branch

  • Offices, Boards and Divisions
  • $189,560.00 - 189,560.00 / Year *
  • Washington, DC 20044
  • Full-Time
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* Duties

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## Duties

### Summary

The Consumer Protection Branch is seeking qualified attorneys to direct investigations and litigate cases. The Branch pursues both criminal and civil enforcement actions in matters of national importance related to complex consumer fraud schemes, prescription drug diversion, adulterated and misbranded food and drugs, and hazardous products. The Branch also represents the Food and Drug Administration and other agencies in civil defensive litigation at the trial and appellate level.

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### Responsibilities

Up to 15 Trial Attorneys may be hired under this vacancy announcement.

The Consumer Protection Branch is seeking Trial Attorneys to represent the United States in a broad range of criminal and civil litigation. Charged with safeguarding Americans' health, safety, economic security, and identity integrity, Trial Attorneys will develop investigations and pursue significant actions across the country. In advancing the Branch's mission, Trial Attorneys will work closely with U.S. Attorneys' Offices and federal law enforcement partners, including the FDA, FBI, DEA, Postal Inspection Service, Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Product Safety Commission, and Defense Criminal Investigative Service. Trial Attorneys will engage in all phases of discovery and litigation, including using the grand jury and civil investigative tools, advising law enforcement partners, preparing appropriate pleadings, and litigating motions and trials before U.S. District Courts. Trial Attorneys also will have responsibility for coordinating multi-component and international investigations, cases, and initiatives. In addition, Trial Attorneys will represent the United States in direct negotiations and discussions with opposing counsel, often related to complex corporate investigations and litigation matters. Areas of enforcement emphasis for the Branch include: the prescription opioid crisis, fraud schemes affecting older Americans and U.S. service members; adulterated and misbranded food, drugs, and medical devices; deceptive trade practices and telemarketing violations; tobacco products; and hazardous consumer products.

Trial Attorneys also will have the opportunity to handle all phases of defensive litigation in civil actions filed against the FDA and Consumer Product Safety Commission. This work includes the nation's most high-profile drug- and device-approval litigation. Trial Attorneys may litigate defensive actions in both federal trial and appellate courts.

In addition, Trial Attorneys will be expected to review and opine on policy matters and legislative proposals related to public health and safety, and to advise U.S. Attorneys' Offices on considered prosecutions under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and other federal laws. Trial Attorneys further will have the ability to engage with Department leadership and to participate in training offerings and events. For more information visit:

### Travel Required

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

##### Supervisory status

No

##### Promotion Potential

15

* #### Job family (Series)

0905 Attorney

* Requirements

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## Requirements

### Conditions of Employment

* Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
* Must complete a Background Investigation to include drug testing
* Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable
* May require completion of one year probationary period
* Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance with eligibility for Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) access depending on organizational assignment / duty location.

### Qualifications

Applicants must have a J.D. degree earned through graduation from a full course of study in a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Applicants must have at least three years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-14 level; and four years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-15 level. You must also be a U.S. citizen.

Applicants must have excellent writing and advocacy skills, as well as superior negotiation and interpersonal skills. Successful applicants will be highly motivated, exhibit sound judgment and creativity, and have several years of active litigation experience. Judicial clerkship experience, and at least five years of post J.D. experience is strongly preferred.

**Time-in-Grade:** Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements for consideration.

### Education

All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see www.ed.gov.

OR

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to timely provide such evidence by submitting proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency with your application materials. More information may be found at

All documentation must be in English or include an English translation.

### Additional information

**Veteran Preference:** If you are entitled to or claim veteran preference (VP), you should indicate the type of veteran preference (5 or 10 points) you are claiming on your resume. In order to determine your eligibility, you can find additional information at:

**NOTE:** To verify your veteran preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214(Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions. (1) If you are claiming 10-point preference, you must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 in addition to the supporting documentation required and identified on the reserves side of the SF-15, Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference. (2) If you are claiming 10-point DERIVED PREFERENCE as a relative you must submit Member Copy of the veteran's DD-214, and an SF-15, Application for 10-point veteran preference\" in addition to the supporting documentation required and identified on the reverse side of this form. If you fail to do so, you will receive consideration as a non-veteran.

**DOJ EEO Statement/Policy:**

**Reasonable Accommodation Statement:** 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.

**Schedule A:** DOJ welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities and 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. DOJ also encourages eligible Schedule A applicants to submit their resumes to ...@benderconsult.com, and reference \"Federal Career Opportunities\" in the subject line. Additional information is found at: www.benderconsult.com.

**Selective Service:** If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Additional information is found at: www.sss.gov.

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### How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application will be evaluated by a reviewing panel.

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### Background checks and security clearance

##### Security clearance

Sensitive Compartmented Information

##### Drug test required

Yes

* Required Documents

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## Required Documents

* Cover Letter, highlighting interest and unique qualifications
* Resume showing relevant experience.
* Writing Sample (not more than 10 pages in length, and written in the past 3 years)
* DD-214 and/or veteran documentation, (if applicable).

#### 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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## Benefits

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

* How to Apply

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## How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (not more than 10 pages in length). If you are claiming veterans preference, you must also submit your DD-214, and/or other documentation that you may have.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials by email to: ...@usdoj.gov.

Applicants may also send their materials by commercial courier service, (FedEx or UPS) to:
U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Division
Human Resources
1100 L Street, NW, Room 2108
Washington, DC 20530

No telephone calls, please.

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### Agency contact information

### Crystal Roy

##### Phone

(202) ###-####

##### Email

...@usdoj.gov

##### Address

Civil Division
1100 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20530
US

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### Next steps

Once the application package is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. All qualified applications will be sent to the hiring official for review. You will be contacted directly if an interview is desired.

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* Fair & Transparent

## Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

* Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

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### Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

* An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
* An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
* An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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#### Legal and regulatory guidance

* Financial suitability
* Social security number request
* Privacy Act
* Signature and false statements
* Selective Service
* New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/525957900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.



*Open & closing dates:* 03/01/2019 to 03/22/2019


*Service:* Excepted


*Pay scale & grade:* GS 14 - 15


*Salary:* $114,590 to $164,200 per year


*Appointment type:* Permanent


*Work schedule:* Full-Time
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* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.