The United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, is soliciting applications for the position of Director of Litigation in its Office of the Assistant Attorney General (OAAG). The Director of Litigation is responsible for overseeing important aspects of the Division's civil and criminal litigation programs, as described below. The Director of Litigation advises the Assistant Attorney General and Deputy Assistant Attorneys General with respect to ongoing litigation and investigations that may lead to litigation.
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.
As to civil matters, the Director of Litigation is responsible for ensuring that the Division effectively represents the United States in complex and high-profile antitrust cases. This requires working closely with Division trial lawyers and the Directors of Civil Enforcement and Economics on investigations and litigation. The Director of Litigation is also charged with developing internal procedures and standards for document discovery, teaching deposition and trial skills, promoting effective teamwork among Division attorneys and economists, and preparing and reviewing court filings. The Director of Litigation must also be capable of undertaking specific and important litigation tasks, which may include brief writing and editing, taking depositions, selecting and preparing expert witnesses, arguing motions, and participating in hearings and trials.
As to criminal matters, the Director of Litigation is expected to assist the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Criminal Enforcement and the Director of Criminal Enforcement on an as-needed basis in developing trial strategies, training prosecutors, and keeping Division attorneys current on a wide range of best practices.
As to both civil and criminal matters, the Division requires that its attorneys adhere to the highest professional and ethical standards and the Director of Litigation must work to ensure compliance with that requirement.
1. Be a citizen of the United States;
2. Possess a J.D. or equivalent degree, be an active member of the bar in good standing (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least four years of post-J.D. experience; and
3. Have significant, wide-ranging, investigation, litigation and enforcement experience and expertise, including:
· A significant background in antitrust law.
· Excellent communication skills.
· A minimum of seven years of civil litigation experience; candidates with ten or more years of experience are preferred.
· While not required, some experience in criminal law matters is preferred.
· First or second chair responsibility in a minimum of three trials or substantial evidentiary hearings and experience managing large litigation teams.
· Significant experience taking and defending fact and expert witness depositions.
· The ability to work effectively and collaboratively as part of a senior management team responsible for the Division's overall civil and criminal enforcement efforts.
· Strong legal editing, writing and analytical skills.
· Significant experience working with economists or other expert witnesses.
· Organizational and management skills that will assist in the development and implementation of procedures and guidelines to facilitate the effective oversight of Division investigations and cases.
· Significant experience with coaching, training, and mentoring of legal staff.
Applications under this announcement will be accepted until May 7, 2015. To receive consideration under this announcement, please reference E15-05-O05. All application packages MUST be submitted and received by the final closing date.
Applicants must submit a cover letter (highlighting relevant experience), a resume, description of significant federal cases litigated, including your role in them, and a writing sample/brief (not to exceed 15 pages). If you are a current or recent Federal employee, you must submit a performance appraisal issued within the last 12 months, or if none exists, a statement to that effect and a copy of your latest Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50).
Please submit your application through USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov).
1. If you do not already have a USAJOBS account, please create one before applying via the “Create an Account” link. You will be able to complete your profile and upload your resume and supporting documents prior to applying.
2. Once an account has been created, apply to the USAJOBS vacancy: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/400539500.
For additional information about positions with the Division, please contact LaToya Outlaw of the Personnel Staff at (202) 514-2469.
Internet Sites: Additional information on the Antitrust Division is located on the Internet at http://www.usdoj.gov/atr/. This and selected other legal position announcements can be found at http://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/vacancies.
Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.