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 officers and other Federal employees.
The Aviation and Admiralty Section of the Torts Branch litigates on behalf of a select group of federal agencies involved in aviation related and maritime activities. The Torts Branch's San Francisco Field Office handles a wide array of affirmative and defensive admiralty tort and commercial litigation throughout the Ninth Circuit and Pacific Rim, including ship collisions and groundings, oil spills, and personal injury cases involving seamen and shore workers.
The Civil Division, Torts Branch, is seeking an experienced maritime trial attorney for its San Francisco Field Office of the Admiralty Section. In this context the San Francisco Field Office litigates on behalf of a select group of federal agencies involved in maritime activities. These include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Navy, Coast Guard, Maritime Administration, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Section defends these agencies against claims of negligence in their various activities; examples of claims involve ship collisions and groundings, Coast Guard Search and Rescue activities. The Section also handles cases seeking recovery on behalf of the United States in maritime contract and tort cases, including maritime oil spill litigation seeking recovery of response costs under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA).
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; and have at least two years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-13 level, at least three 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. You must also be a U.S. citizen.
Applicants should have litigation experience in federal courts. Applicants should have excellent writing, negotiation, and interpersonal skills, exhibit good judgment, and have an interest in trial and appellate work. Judicial clerkship experience is highly desirable.
Current salary and years of experience will determine the appropriate salary level. The beginning salary range is GS-13.
Applicants must submit a resume or current OF-612 (Optional Application for Federal Employment), a cover letter (highlighting relevant background), and a writing sample (15 pages maximum) to:
U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Division, Torts Branch (A&A)
P. O. Box 36028
450 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
ATTN: R. Michael Underhill
Or e-mail materials to Bonnie.firstname.lastname@example.org
No telephone calls please. Applications must be postmarked by no later than the closing date of the job announcement. Applications submitted by e-mail must be received by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time), on April 3, 2015.