The Consumer Protection Branch leads Department of Justice efforts to enforce federal consumer protection laws throughout the United States. The Branch brings both criminal prosecutions and civil enforcement actions in matters of national importance related to complex consumer fraud schemes, prescription drug diversion, adulterated and misbranded food and drugs, deceptive trade practices, and hazardous products. The Branch also defends federal agencies against trial and appellate lawsuits challenging their regulatory actions. The Branch’s litigation regularly involves policy issues that attract congressional and media interest. Branch attorneys work closely with U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and numerous law enforcement agencies. For more information, visit the Branch’s website at: https://www.justice.gov/civil/consumer-protection-branch.
The Consumer Protection Branch is seeking Trial Attorneys to represent the United States in a broad range of criminal and civil litigation. Charged with safeguarding Americans’ health, safety, economic security, and identity integrity, Trial Attorneys will develop investigations and pursue significant actions across the country. In advancing the Branch’s mission, Trial Attorneys will work closely with U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and federal law enforcement partners, including the FDA, FBI, DEA, Postal Inspection Service, Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Product Safety Commission, and Defense Criminal Investigative Service. Trial Attorneys will engage in all phases of discovery and litigation, including using the grand jury and civil investigative tools, advising law enforcement partners, preparing appropriate pleadings, and litigating motions and trials before U.S. District Courts. Trial Attorneys also will have responsibility for coordinating multi-component and international investigations, cases, and initiatives. In addition, Trial Attorneys will represent the United States in direct negotiations and discussions with opposing counsel, often related to complex corporate investigations and litigation matters. Areas of enforcement emphasis for the Branch include: the prescription opioid crisis, fraud schemes affecting older Americans and U.S. service members; adulterated and misbranded food, drugs, and medical devices; deceptive trade practices and telemarketing violations; tobacco products; and hazardous consumer products.
Trial Attorneys also will have the opportunity to handle all phases of defensive litigation in civil actions filed against the FDA and Consumer Product Safety Commission. This work includes the nation’s most high-profile drug- and device-approval litigation. Trial Attorneys may litigate defensive actions in both federal trial and appellate courts. In addition, Trial Attorneys will be expected to review and opine on policy matters and legislative proposals related to public health and safety, and to advise U.S. Attorneys’ Offices on considered prosecutions under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and other federal laws. Trial Attorneys further will have the ability to engage with Department leadership and to participate in training offerings and events.
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least 3 years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-14 level, and at least 4 years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-15 level. Applicants must have excellent writing and advocacy skills as well as superior negotiation and interpersonal skills. Successful applicants will be highly motivated, exhibit sound judgment and creativity, and have several years of active litigation experience. Judicial clerkship experience, at least five years of post J.D. experience, and familiarity with the federal statutes enforced by the Consumer Protection Branch is strongly preferred.
Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (not more than 10 pages in length) by email to: email@example.com
On the subject line, please put “CPB – Trial Attorney Application.” No telephone calls, please.