Assistant United States Attorneys prosecute all criminal and civil cases brought by the Federal government and defend the United States in civil cases. AUSAs in this district strive to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents by prosecuting terrorism, violent crime, narcotics trafficking, fraud, political corruption, and other crimes; by enforcing the federal civil rights laws; and by safeguarding federal programs such as Medicare and Medicaid through civil actions.
The position of an Assistant U.S. Attorney provides one with the responsibility and the authority to effect positive changes in the lives of Americans who live in Massachusetts and across the United States. The positions being advertised are the following:
- Assistant U.S. Attorneys in the Affirmative Civil Enforcement Unit, which is responsible for the recovery of federal funds obtained by fraud. The vast majority of the Unit’s cases are False Claims Act cases, and most of them are actions brought by whistleblowers, who are generally entitled to a percentage of the recovery in such actions. The unit also proactively generates its own cases through referrals, data analytics, and other sources. A significant number of the unit’s cases involve fraud against Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal health insurance programs; and
- An Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Asset Forfeiture Unit of the Civil Division, which is responsible for investigating and prosecuting both civil and criminal cases that involve the possible forfeiture of real property, currency, vehicles, and other items of value. The Asset Forfeiture Unit AUSAs handle forfeiture matters alone, or in conjunction with an AUSA from a Criminal Division unit. The Unit works to identify, locate, seize, forfeit and return ill-gotten gains to crime victims and also works to enhance cooperation among federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies through the equitable sharing of asset recovered through forfeiture.
Required qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar in good standing (in any jurisdiction), and have at least two years post-J.D. legal experience as an attorney.
Preferred qualifications: Five years of experience handling complex litigation matters, superior academic credentials, and some familiarity with health care fraud or asset forfeiture, consistent with the particular position sought.
All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14 month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation.
United States citizenship is required.
In practice, Assistant U.S. Attorneys in the Office are paid based on their years of experience and year of graduation from law school, starting around $110,000 for lawyers who graduated in 2011.
To apply, please complete the AUSA Job Application found at: https://www.justice.gov/usao-ma/page/file/897256/download and forward it with a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to: USAMA.AUSA.Application@usdoj.gov