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Experienced Trust and Settlement Attorney

Hiring Organization
Civil Division (CIV)
Hiring Office
Torts-Federal Tort Claims Act Section
Job ID
DE-11324153-22-CM
Location:
175 N Street NE
Washington, DC 20044 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The Torts Branch’s Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) Section handles a wide variety of complex suits filed under the FTCA, including suits arising from the provision of medical care at federal facilities or community health centers.  These are often birth injury cases with complex medical causation issues in which high damages awards are sought.  Many of these medical malpractice cases, as well as other catastrophic injury cases, are resolved with structured settlements that include a reversionary medical care trust component.  The FTCA Section frequently provides guidance to United States Attorney’s Offices (USAOs) and federal agencies regarding the use of reversionary medical care trusts in settlements.  Moreover, the FTCA Section is responsible for overseeing reversionary medical care trusts entered into as part of settlements of FTCA suits from the time the trusts are funded, until termination of the trust and exhaustion of any reversion.  This oversight involves a wide range of tasks, including fielding inquiries from trustees, trust administrators, annuity companies, beneficiaries and their counsel, USAOs, and agency counsel related to the trusts.

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

This vacancy presents an opportunity for an experienced attorney to work on matters related to structured settlements, including those with reversionary medical care trusts.  The attorney selected for this position will be tasked with working on all aspects of these settlements, including providing guidance on settlements proposed by federal agencies and USAOs, reviewing and maintaining trust and related settlement documents, and addressing a wide-range of issues related to existing settlement trusts overseen by the FTCA Section. 

Qualifications

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any state, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and be an active member of the bar in good standing.  Applicants should have excellent writing, negotiation, and interpersonal skills, exhibit good judgment, and have an interest in litigation. 

Ideal candidates will have:

  • Excellent research and writing skills. 
  • Substantial firsthand experience handling settlement trusts, preferably reversionary medical trusts.
  • Substantial firsthand experience handling structured settlements.
  • Excellent analytical ability and the capacity to articulate critical issues in a wide variety of cases.
  • The ability to work well on individual projects and on team projects.
  • A demonstrated record of being able to balance a diverse and constantly changing workload and the ability to set priorities appropriately. 

 

Application Process

Applicants must submit a resume, a cover letter (highlighting relevant background), and a writing sample (no more than 15 pages in length).  Please submit applications via email to FTCA.Section@usdoj.gov.  On the subject line, please put “FTCA Section Trust Attorney Application.”  While email is the preferred method of submission, applications may also be submitted via USPS to:

U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Division, Torts Branch (FTCA Section)
P. O. Box 888
Benjamin Franklin Station
Washington, D.C. 20044
Attn:  James G. Touhey, Jr.                                                                              

Applications must be postmarked by no later than February 3, 2022 (applications submitted by email must be received by that date).  No telephone calls please.

Salary

Current salary and years of experience will determine the appropriate salary level. The salary range is GS-13 through GS-15 ($106,823.00 to $176,300.00 per annum).

Number of Positions
1
Travel
This position may require occasional travel.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses are not authorized.

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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, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). 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, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf 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.

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Updated February 3, 2022