The Civil Division, with more than 1,000 Attorneys and 14 litigating components, represents the United States, its departments and agencies, Members of Congress, Cabinet and other Federal employees.
The Torts Branch's Federal Torts Claims Act (FTCA) Section handles a wide variety of complex, and often controversial, suits filed under the FTCA. These suits arise most often from the provision of medical care at federal facilities or community health centers, regulatory activities, law enforcement, and management of federal lands. Recently, the FTCA Section successfully handled the Hurricane Katrina litigation which sought recovery of multi-billion dollar losses caused by the hurricane. The FTCA Section has also litigated sensitive law enforcement cases arising out of alleged FBI misconduct in handling informants in Boston, as well as suits brought by individuals who were detained on immigration charges following the 9-11 terrorist attacks. On a day-to-day basis, the FTCA Section provides guidance on a broad range of legal issues that arise under the FTCA, assists in the development of strategy, and participates in settlement negotiations in claims handled by other federal agencies or in cases handled by United States Attorneys' Offices (USAOs). The FTCA Section has particular expertise in the evaluation and settlement of catastrophic injury cases. In addition, the FTCA Section is responsible for making appeal recommendations on adverse FTCA judgments, including those cases handled by USAOs. The FTCA Section also provides comments on legislation that may have an impact on taxpayer liability. Often, when Congress is in session, numerous bills are reviewed on a weekly basis. In addition, the FTCA Section is responsible for the adjudication of administrative claims filed as a result of the conduct of employees of the Department of Justice (DOJ) nationwide.
The Civil Division, Torts Branch, is seeking experienced trial attorneys for its FTCA Section. Trial attorneys in this Section handle personal injury, wrongful death, and property damage suits arising from activities of federal employees acting within the scope of their federal employment. FTCA Section attorneys often handle large or complex cases of national significance. They also provide guidance and make recommendations on settlements proposed by federal agencies and United States Attorneys Offices and appeal recommendations on adverse judgments in FTCA cases.
This Section highly values diversity of background, experience, and cultural perspective and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including those from all racial and ethnic groups, both genders, LGBT individuals, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
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. Applicants should have excellent writing, negotiation, and interpersonal skills, exhibit good judgment, and have an interest in litigation.
Ideal candidates will have:
-At least four years of post-JD litigation experience in federal courts and substantial experience handling complex litigation.
-Demonstrated ability to handle all phases of discovery.
-Excellent analytical ability and the capacity to articulate critical issues in a wide variety of cases.
-The ability to work well on individual projects and on team projects.
-A demonstrated record of being able to balance a diverse and constantly changing workload and the ability to set priorities appropriately.
Applicants must submit a resume, a cover letter (highlighting relevant background), and a writing sample (no more than 20 pages in length). If you are claiming veterans preference, you must also submit your DD-214, and/or other documentation that you may have. Please submit applications via email to FTCA.Section@usdoj.gov. While email is the preferred method of submission, applications may also be submitted via USPS to:
U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Division, Torts Branch (FTCA Section)
P. O. Box 888
Benjamin Franklin Station
Washington, D.C. 20044
Attn: James G. Touhey, Jr.
Applications must be postmarked by no later than the closing date of this announcement (applications submitted by email must be received by midnight Eastern Standard time on the closing date of this announcement). No telephone calls please.