Skip to main content

Legal Careers

Deputy General Counsel

Hiring Organization
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Hiring Office
Office of the General Counsel/Discovery Coordination and Policy Unit (DCPU)
Job ID
935 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20535 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The Deputy General Counsel (DGC) reports directly to the General Counsel and is responsible for management and direct oversight of the Litigation Branch, which is comprised of over 100 attorneys, paralegals, and other professional staff.

As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.

Job Description


The Litigation Branch coordinates the defense of all civil actions filed against the United States, the FBI and individual FBI employees on the basis of alleged actions of the FBI and its employees. In conjunction with the Department of Justice and United States Attorney’s Offices across the country, the Litigation Branch prepares FBIHQ’s responses to subpoenas and civil discovery requests, oversees the defense of civil litigation arising out of alleged violations of the Constitution, the Federal Tort Claims Act, the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act (FOIPA), and defends the FBI against Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complaints, whistleblower claims, and employee complaints brought before the Merit Systems Protection Board. The Litigation Branch also provides advice and guidance to FBI executive management, Field offices, Chief Division Counsels, and other FBI divisions regarding litigation risk, personnel issues, training, security and EEO matters. The DGC develops and maintains relationships with litigation partners at the Department of Justice and in the U.S. Intelligence Community and other government agencies.

The DGC of the Litigation Branch manages employees in eight units: Civil Litigation I & II, Employment Law I & II, FOIA Litigation, as well as the Discovery Management Section which consists of a Section Chief and three additional units, Discovery Processing I and II, and the Discovery Coordination and Policy Unit.




All candidates must have a J.D. degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (or have a LLM degree or other graduate law degree in addition to a J.D.) and be a member in good standing of a least one State Bar Association.

Candidates must possess at least 10 years of post-J.D. professional experience.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In addition to meeting the BASIC REQUIREMENTS above, applicants must meet the specialized experience as described below:

Specialized Experience:

· The successful candidate will have professional experience in the following: 1) Substantial civil litigation experience in the federal court system, and, 2) Strong supervisory and management experience.

Candidates for this position must possess strong leadership, organization, collaboration, interpersonal and problem solving skills.

Please make sure your specialized experience/requirement(s) can be identified in your résumé.

Applicants must meet the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Federal government employees who apply to this position must possess at least one year specialized experience at the GS -14 or above grade level.

Selectee will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-278, prior to entering on duty and annually thereafter.

Selectee may be required to testify in court as to the accuracy of translated material.

Positive Education Requirement: This position has a specific education requirement; all applicants must verify completion of this basic education requirement by submitting a copy of law school transcripts by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

Applicants must provide proof of current and active Bar Association Membership by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Candidates must submit a Competency Narrative (ECQs), résumé and supporting documents including proof of current and active Bar Association Membership and Law School transcripts by the closing date of this vacancy announcement. Failure to provide necessary and relevant information required by this vacancy announcement may disqualify you for consideration. Additional information will not be requested if your application is incomplete. Your application will be evaluated solely on the basis of the information you have submitted.

Please see the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy announcement for additional information.

Application Process

Go to WWW.USAJOBS.GOV for more information.


SERIES & GRADE: ES-0905-00

Number of Positions
Occasional Travel, some travel may be required.
Relocation Expenses
Yes, relocation expenses will be borne by the FBI.

*         *         *

Department Policies

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex - including gender identity, sexual orientation, or pregnancy status - or because of age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit based factor.  The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department 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 of Justice. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

Reasonable Accommodations:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:  The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. See list of DPOCs.   

Suitability and Citizenship:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis.

Veterans:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that their retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that they were transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

USAO Residency Requirement:  Assistant United States Attorneys must reside in the district to which appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district specific information.

*         *         *

This and other vacancy announcements can be found under Attorney Vacancies and Volunteer Legal Internships. The Department of Justice cannot control further dissemination and/or posting of information contained in this vacancy announcement. Such posting and/or dissemination is not an endorsement by the Department of the organization or group disseminating and/or posting the information.

Updated April 7, 2016