Meet a DOJ Veteran

AndrewEmployee Name:  Andrew

Current Title/position: Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, Chicago Office

How long have you been with DOJ?  Seventeen years  

Prior experience before joining DOJ after you left and military:  Law school (three years); judicial law clerk (one year); private practice (18 months).

Branch of Service: U.S. Navy           

Years of service: Seven active; twenty-six reserve.           

Education: B.A . from University of Washington in Seattle; J.D. from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

How did you find your current job?  Job posting on the Internet.

How did your military service fit into your current career (assuming it did)?  Very well.  DOJ has been very supportive of my routine reserve service, as well as the two mobilizations I went through while with the DOJ.

How did you get your job – what background/education/experience is helpful?  My J.D. was obviously a prerequisite.  However, both my judicial clerkship and my prior experience working antitrust issues with a private firm helped get me a job at DOJ.

How was your transition from military life to your civilian career?  Very easy.  I had three years of law school between military employment and my legal career.

Do you continue to serve in the reserves, and if so, how has that worked in blending the military and civilian life?  I do continue to serve in the reserves.  DOJ has been extremely supportive of my routine reserve commitments.  Moreover, both times I was mobilized, everyone at DOJ, but particularly the personnel staff, went out of their way to make the transition smooth.  I was very grateful for this, especially since mobilization is stressful enough without having to worry about administrative and pay issues.

What made you decide to go into this field?  I enjoyed the antitrust work in my law firm and jumped at the opportunity to do the same work for the government. Ultimately, I ended up on the criminal prosecution side after seven years doing merger work.  Both sides of the Antitrust Division’s work have been extremely satisfying.

Any advice for veterans who may want to choose your career field?  Talk to someone in the Department of Justice about what we do.  I would be happy to talk to any veteran considering a career with DOJ in general, or the Antitrust Division in particular.

What advice do you have for veterans who want to work for the Department of Justice? Talk to someone in the Antitrust Division about what we do.  I would be happy to talk to any veteran considering a career with DOJ in general, or the Antitrust Division in particular.

What are your best three transition tips for other veterans?  (a) Have a plan for what you want to do after the military; (b) thoroughly research your options, including talking to people in the fields you are considering; (c) stay in the reserves if it is an option.

Updated June 1, 2016