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

The United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, is seeking highly qualified attorneys to serve as Trial Attorneys in its six civil enforcement and litigation sections based in Washington DC. These sections are responsible for civil antitrust enforcement and litigation, competition advocacy, and competition policy in multiple sectors of the economy as described below:


  • Defense, Industrials & Aerospace Section – defense, avionics and aeronautics, banking, industrial equipment, road and highway construction, metals and mining, and waste industries;
  • Healthcare & Consumer Products Section – health care, insurance, pulp, paper, timber, food products, dairy, and beer;
  • Media, Entertainment & Professional Services Section – motion pictures, music publishing, concert and event promotion, publishing, radio, television, newspapers, advertising, sports and recreation, credit cards, and real estate;
  • Technology & Financial Services Section – computer hardware and software, high technology component manufacturing, internet-related businesses, financial services, and the securities industry;
  • Telecommunications & Broadband Section – broadband Internet, cable and satellite television, mobile wireless service, and telephony; and
  • Transportation, Energy, & Agriculture Section – aviation, railroads, trucking, ocean shipping, hotels, restaurants, travel services, electricity, oil field services, crops, seeds, fish, and livestock.


These sections investigate and litigate potentially anticompetitive mergers, pursue other civil antitrust violations, advocate for competitive markets both domestically and internationally, and frequently interact with federal and state agencies and with international competition authorities. Because these sections are responsible for industries that play a central role in Americans’ daily lives, their cases and activities have a substantial impact on consumers and the U.S. economy. Additional information about the Antitrust Division can be found 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: 

Each section’s responsibilities include merger review, other civil investigations, and litigation of anticompetitive conduct as well as public advocacy for policies that ensure an innovative and competitive marketplace. Attorneys in these sections frequently grapple with challenging cases involving technical complexity, technological change, barriers to entry, and evolving competitive and regulatory landscapes. Successful applicants can expect to be given significant responsibility and have immediate involvement with matters of national importance. The attorneys hired can also expect a collegial and stimulating work environment involving collaboration with highly experienced attorneys and economists on cutting-edge matters and to enjoy the satisfaction of serving the public interest.


To qualify, an applicant must:

1)         Be a citizen of the United States;

2)         Possess a J.D. degree, be an active member in good standing of a bar in any U.S. jurisdiction, and have at least one yeat of post J.D. legal experience to qualify at the GS-12 level, one and a half years of post-J.D. legal experience to qualify at the GS-13 level, two and a half years of post-J.D. legal experience to qualify at the GS-14 level, and/or four years of post-J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-15 level;

3)         Have strong antitrust and/or litigation experience; and

4)         Demonstrate excellent writing, analytical, and interpersonal skills.

Candidates are being solicited at the GS-12, GS-13, GS-14, and GS-15 levels, with salaries up to $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. To receive consideration, please reference announcement E19-04-O05, and submit a resume, description of significant antitrust experience and/or litigation experience (including your role on each matter or litigation), and a writing sample/brief (no more than 15 pages). If you are a current or recent Federal employee, you must also 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 Antitrust Division, please contact Karen Jung of the Personnel Staff at (202) 514-8885.

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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