Trial Attorney

The Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section
washington, DC 20530
United States
About the Office: 

 The Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice is seeking an experienced attorney to fill positions in the International Unit of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section in Washington, D.C.

The International Unit of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section (hereinafter “IU”) litigates complex asset forfeiture cases involving transnational corruption and related crimes and provides support on international asset forfeiture to each of the 93 United States Attorneys’ offices and the component agencies. The IU also conducts case consultations with foreign law enforcement to provide assistance in enforcing foreign court orders and resolving problems in transnational forfeiture and money laundering cases, represents the United States in international forums to develop strong international standards for forfeiture and combating money laundering and terrorist financing, and provides technical assistance and legislative drafting to support effective implementation of such standards.

The current positions are primarily in furtherance of President Obama’s publicly identified anti-corruption initiatives against large-scale, foreign official corruption (also called Kleptocracy) and in fulfillment of the new Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative announced by AG Holder in July 2010 to make combating corruption a top priority and to focus on recovering proceeds from large-scale foreign official corruption where the assets are in the U.S. or used the U.S. financial system. Targeting and recovering kleptocracy proceeds is consistent with U.S. treaty obligations, including the UN Convention Against Corruption, the U.S. Department of Justice Strategic Plan, and the 2008-2012 national Asset Forfeiture Strategic Plan.

Job Description: 

These are litigating positions. The successful candidate’s responsibilities will include:

  • Conducting federal criminal investigations into money laundering and other crimes related to foreign official corruption, including complex embezzlement and bribery schemes and related financial investigations, typically involving international financial transactions using nominees and shell corporations.
  • Preparing indictments and handling criminal trials where permitted in light of immunity and extradition issues.     
  • Instituting complex, sensitive, and high profile civil forfeiture actions to target and recover proceeds of high level foreign corruption typically involving multifaceted financial transactions utilizing shell companies and nominees.
  • Utilizing legal authorities for executing foreign corruption related requests to enforce restraining or forfeiture orders under 28 U.S.C. § 2467. 
  • Utilizing mutual legal assistance treaties (MLATs) and conventions for legal assistance to obtaining evidence in the US for foreign authorities and to obtain foreign evidence for our own investigations and cases.
  • Collaborating regularly with foreign prosecutors and foreign law enforcement officers and working with federal law enforcement agencies, US Attorneys’ Offices and other Sections within the Criminal Division, including the Office of International Affairs, Fraud Section, and the International Organized Crime Intelligence and Operations Center (IOC2).
  • Developing and strengthening strategic international partnerships and treaty relationships with foreign authorities.
  • Handling the repatriation of funds to people of the countries harmed by the corruption utilizing a variety of tools, including international asset sharing laws and the Attorney General's authority to grant remission to victims, litigation settlements, and negotiating terms to ensure that recovered public funds are dedicated for their intended and proper use.
  • Developing protocols and best practice models for most efficiently pursuing foreign corruption proceeds that can be shared as guidance to international bodies.

Required Qualifications:  Interested 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 have at least 2.5 years post J.D. experience.  Applicants must be an active member of the bar in good standing.

  • To qualify at the GS-14 level, applicants must have at least two and a half (2.5) years of post-J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-13 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: independently performing legal analysis and formulating recommendations to senior managers; composing pleadings, briefs and other court documents involving legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; and conducting civil or criminal litigation. 
  • To qualify at the GS-15 level, applicants must have four (4) or more years of post-J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: independently performing legal analysis; composing pleadings, briefs and other court documents involving unique and/or difficult legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; conducting highly complex civil or criminal litigation; and leading paralegals and support staff.

Preferred Qualifications: Your qualifications will be further evaluated based upon the following competencies:

  • Ability to plan and carry out complex cases, including criminal and civil investigations and involving violations of federal statutes.
  • Superior oral advocacy preparation and experience.
  • Superior written and analytical skills.
108,887 to 160,300 per annum, which includes locality pay.
Domestic and international travel will be required.
Application Process: 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  A list of eligible candidates will be referred to the hiring managers every two weeks during the open period of the announcement.  The announcement may be closed at any time once all selections are made.  If you are interested in applying, it is recommended that you do so early.

Please submit your application through USAJOBS.  The list of required documents can be found in the USAJobs announcement.

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Application Deadline: 
Friday, February 10, 2017
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses are not authorized.
Number of Positions: 
Updated November 10, 2016

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