Washington, DC 20530
United States
About the Office: 

The Antitrust Division’s Appellate Section is seeking one or more highly qualified attorneys to join an active office that deals routinely with complex issues on the cutting edge of civil and criminal enforcement of the antitrust laws and related statutes.  The section represents the United States in the courts of appeals in all Division enforcement proceedings and as amicus curiae in select private antitrust actions.  In conjunction with the Office of the Solicitor General, the section also represents the United States before the U.S. Supreme Court in antitrust and select other cases.  The section also provides legal analysis on the most difficult issues in antitrust law and policy in support of the Antitrust Division’s enforcement mission.

Please Note: Additional selections may be made from this announcement. Also, applications mailed using
government postage and/or internal Federal Government mail systems will not be accepted.

Job Description: 

Section attorneys write briefs and present oral argument on behalf of the United States in the courts of appeals in Division criminal and civil enforcement actions and prepare recommendations to the Solicitor General regarding whether to seek further review of decisions adverse to the government. 

Section attorneys prepare recommendations regarding the United States’ participation as amicus curiae in private antitrust cases and represent the United States in such cases in the courts of appeals, including writing briefs and presenting oral argument.

In conjunction with the Office of the Solicitor General, section attorneys draft briefs on behalf of the United States in antitrust cases in the Supreme Court.  Section attorneys also prepare recommendations to the Office of the Solicitor General regarding cases in the Supreme Court in which the Division’s competition policy interests are implicated, including intellectual property cases.

Section attorneys represent the United States in petitions for review of certain administrative agency decisions, including the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Maritime Commission.

Section attorneys provide analysis and advice to the Division’s senior leadership and regularly consult with its trial sections on complex legal and policy issues, in support of the Division’s enforcement program.


Applicants must be a citizen of the United States, possess a J.D. degree from an accredited law school, be an active member of the bar in good standing (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 2 years of post-J.D. experience to qualify for a GS-13, and four years of post-J.D. experience at the GS-14/15.

Applicants should have outstanding academic and professional qualifications, excellent written and oral communication skills, and superior analytical ability.

Experience with antitrust law, economics, criminal law (especially white collar), intellectual property law or administrative law is highly desirable.

$92,145.00 to $160,300.00 / Per Year
Occasional domestic and international travel may be required
Application Process: 

Applications under this announcement will be accepted until November 7, 2016.  To receive consideration under this announcement, please reference announcement E16-06-O05.  All application packages MUST be submitted and received by the final closing date.  


Applicants must submit a cover letter (highlighting relevant experience and section preference), a resume with description of significant matters and 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 past 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 (

  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.


  1. Once an account has been created, apply to the USAJOBS vacancy:


For additional information about positions with the Division, please contact the Personnel Staff at (202) 514-2469.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, November 7, 2016
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
Updated October 14, 2016

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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 his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).


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