Trial Attorney

Consumer Protection Branch
Washington, DC 20530
United States
About the Office: 

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:


Our office places a high value on diversity of experiences and perspectives and encourages applications from all qualified men and women from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBT individuals, and persons with disabilities.
Job Description: 

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. 

The salary for the position is at the GS-14/15 level ($114,590 to $164,200 per year).
This position requires travel.
Application Process: 

Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (not more than 10 pages in length) by email to:

On the subject line, please put “CPB – Trial Attorney Application.”  No telephone calls, please. 


Application Deadline: 
Friday, March 22, 2019
Relocation Expenses: 
Not authorized.
Number of Positions: 
Updated March 1, 2019

*         *         *

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 color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit 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.

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, 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).


*         *         *


This and other vacancy announcements can be found under Attorney Vacancies and Volunteer Legal Internships. The Department of Justice cannot control further dissemination and/or posting of information contained in this vacancy announcement. Such posting and/or dissemination is not an endorsement by the Department of the organization or group disseminating and/or posting the information.