The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Montana is considered a medium sized district and has offices located in Billings, Butte, Great Falls, Helena and Missoula. The Criminal Division prosecutes a wide range of federal cases involving organized crime, terrorism, complex securities and fraud cases, international narcotics, health care fraud and public corruption. The District also prosecutes in Federal Court violent crime cases which occur on Indian Reservations. These cases include assault, burglary, drugs, sexual assault and homicide. AUSA's assigned to the reservations act as a liaison between the reservation(s) and the U.S. Attorney. The Civil Division prosecutes every conceivable variety of affirmative and defensive cases filed in the District of Montana, at both the trial and appellate levels, involving matters such as health care, commercial, civil rights, environmental, false claims, immigration matters, all varieties of tort and discriminatory claims against the sovereign, the internet, telecommunications, energy policies, and First Amendment issues. AUSA's are assigned to a unit within either the criminal or civil divisions in one of the branch offices.
The District of Montana U.S. Attorney’s Office is offering a civil Assistant United States Attorney position in either its Missoula or Helena office. This AUSA will serve as the District’s second Affirmative Civil Enforcement (ACE) Attorney. An ACE Attorney litigates federal civil cases under the False Claims Act or other statutes that authorize the government to collect damages and penalties as a plaintiff on behalf of various federal agencies. In Montana, ACE attorneys handle federal affirmative civil litigation in all divisions within the state. The caseload includes mortgage fraud, drug diversion enforcement, procurement fraud, health care fraud, environmental enforcement, and tort actions to recover damages to federal property such as the destruction of federal forest land by fire. This particular ACE position will focus on drug diversion enforcement and supporting the District’s opioid epidemic response plan. The ACE Attorney will conduct all aspects of civil litigation to include coordinating investigations, managing task forces, filing complaints, drafting discovery and motions, and presenting cases at trial. The ACE Attorney may litigate the occasional criminal case, particularly in the areas of government program fraud, health care fraud and drug diversion.
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least one year post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience. United States citizenship is required.
Preferred Qualifications: Hiring for AUSA positions is highly competitive. The ideal candidate will have:
- Superior oral and writing skills as well as strong research and interpersonal skills, and good judgment;
- Excellent communication and courtroom skills;
- The ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorney's, support staff, and client agencies;
- A demonstrated capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment;
- Excellent computer literacy skills including experience with automated electronic court filing.
To apply, interested candidates should submit their resume and a cover letter that address in detail their educational and professional background as well as a listing of all bar memberships to:
Applicants without access to email may mail their application materials to the following address: United States Attorney's Office
Attn: Kora Connolly
2601 Second Avenue North, Box 3200
Billings, MT 59101
Applicants are responsible for ensuring their application materials are received in the USAO, District of Montana, before the deadline.
No phone calls please.