Washington Criminal Sections
450 5th Street NW
Washington, DC 20530
United States
About the Office: 

The United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, is seeking an experienced attorney with a specialized focus on discovery, handling, and analysis of electronic evidence to serve as a Trial Attorney in its Washington Criminal Sections. These Washington, DC-based offices investigate and prosecute criminal violations of the federal antitrust and related laws, including those involving corporations and individual executives.  The offices handle criminal matters of regional, national, and international scope.  Recent matters of significance handled by the offices include investigations and prosecutions involving the financial services, electronic components, defense and other public procurements, pharmaceutical, and real estate foreclosure, among others.

The Division’s criminal enforcement program investigates and prosecutes bid rigging, price fixing, bribery and other fraudulent schemes designed to undermine competition.  These investigations often are document- and data-heavy, and frequently involve an array of electronic materials from native sources as well as processed files.  The successful applicant will be given significant responsibility and have immediate involvement with a wide range of matters of national importance.  The attorney hired can expect a collegial and stimulating environment working with experienced attorneys and support staff on cutting-edge matters, as well as the satisfaction of serving the public interest. 

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: 

As an e-discovery-focused Trial Attorney in the Washington Criminal Sections, responsibilities will include working closely with the sections’ case teams, FBI and other law enforcement agents, as well as the Antitrust Division’s IT litigation support team, in the investigation and prosecution of bid rigging, price fixing, bribery and other fraudulent schemes designed to undermine competition.  In furthering the work of the Division, the e-discovery-focused Trial Attorney will be an integral part of the sections’ case teams in obtaining and reviewing electronic evidence and ensuring that evidence collected by the Antitrust Division and law enforcement agents can be promptly, fully, and effectively reviewed, analyzed, and used in investigations and prosecutions, while ensuring compliance with all relevant legal requirements and policies.


Applicants must:

  1. Be a citizen of the United States;
  2. Possess a J.D. or equivalent degree, be an active member of the bar in good standing (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least one year of post J.D. legal experience to qualify at the GS-12, one and a half years of post J.D. legal experience to qualify at the GS-13, two and a half years of post J.D. legal experience to qualify at the GS-14 level and four years of post J.D. legal experience to qualify at the GS-15 level; and
  3. Have experience managing e-discovery in large, complex matters, preferably including potential federal civil or criminal antitrust and/or white collar criminal violations and litigation of such violations.
Candidates are being solicited at the GS-12 to GS-15 levels, ranging in pay from $83,398 – $166,500 per annum, commensurate with current salary and experience.
Domestic and International travel may be required.
Application Process: 

Applications will be accepted until May 17, 2019.  For consideration, please reference announcement number E19-06-O05, and submit a resume, a description of significant e-discovery projects managed, a description of any advanced e-discovery training, and a writing sample/brief (no more than 15 pages).

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

Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, May 17, 2019
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
Updated May 3, 2019

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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 color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, pregnancy, status as a parent, or any other nonmerit-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, 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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