Trial Attorney

Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section
Attorney
Washington, DC 20530
United States
19-CRM-MLARS-037
About the Office: 

The Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section's (MLARS), Money Laundering and Forfeiture Unit, litigates civil and criminal forfeiture cases for the Division and, in appropriate cases, in partnership with United States Attorneys' Offices (USAO). The Unit also prosecutes professional money launderers with an emphasis on gatekeepers to the financial system such as attorneys and accountants. It provides support to the Division in cases involving complex criminal forfeiture allegations.

Job Description: 

The Trial Attorney is responsible for investigating and litigating asset forfeiture and money laundering cases. Each case requires knowledge of the federal rules of procedure, the federal rules of evidence, and federal criminal statutes relevant to these prosecutions and forfeiture cases. This position independently directs, conducts, and monitors investigations, prepares and conducts trials and related post-trial litigation, and advises on pleadings and other court filings. As a litigation Trial Attorney practicing in United States district courts, this position is directly responsible for results in the cases handled; recommendations and decisions can affect institutions and the public and, as a result, come with pressure to carry out the Department's mission at the highest level, under demanding time deadlines, and in significant volume.

  • Investigates and pursues professional money launderers for criminal prosecution under the money laundering and forfeiture statutes.
  • Investigates and litigates civil and criminal forfeiture actions.
  • Leads and undertakes complex investigations and prosecutions in the federal courts throughout the United States; makes charging decisions and proposes dispositions with regard to assigned cases; handles issues lacking precedent, and other challenges in compliance with Department, Division, and Section policies and practices.
  • Provides forfeiture support to other Sections of the Criminal Division, including but not limited to drafting and/or reviewing seizures warrants, restraining orders, criminal forfeiture allegations, indictments, and other pleadings.
  • Develops and maintains working relationships with partners at the U.S. Attorneys' Offices, other litigating components and offices, and federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.
  • Advises and instructs federal agents and prosecutors on complicated questions of law and Departmental policy related to the Money Laundering and Forfeiture Unit's mission.
  • Advises and consults with the Unit Chief, the MLARS Chief, the Deputy Assistant Attorney General, the Assistant Attorney General, and others on the status of all cases and matters.
  • Oversees and helps to coordinate the preparation and litigation assignments of paralegals and clerical personnel.
  • Provides asset forfeiture and money laundering training to other federal prosecutors, federal, state and local law enforcement, and international partners.
Qualifications: 

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 be an active member of the bar in good standing. To qualify at the GS-15 grade level, applicants must have at least four (4) years 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:

  • Experience as a criminal prosecutor.
  • Experience handling money laundering and financial crime investigations and prosecutions.
  • Forfeiture litigation experience, civil or criminal.
  • Experience litigating cases in U.S. district courts.
Salary: 
The salary range for this position is $137,849-$166,500 per annum, which includes locality pay. See OPM's web page at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/salary-tables/pdf/2019/DCB.pdf.
Travel: 
Occasional travel will be required.
Application Process: 

The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.

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

  1. If you do not already have an account, please create a USAjobs account before applying Create an Account. You will be able to upload your resume and supporting documents and complete your profile prior to applying.
  2. Once you have an account, apply to the USAjobs vacancy: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/535237300

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: 
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses are not authorized.
Number of Positions: 
1
Updated May 30, 2019

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