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. These include the Federal Aviation Administration, Air Force, 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 airplane crashes and collisions, ship collisions and groundings, and Coast Guard Search and Rescue activities. The Admiralty staff also pursues affirmative claims for oil spill clean-up costs and shipboard cargo loss claims, as well as working with the Environmental and Natural Resource Division on natural resource damages claims in coastal waters.
The Civil Division, Torts Branch, is seeking an experienced aviation trial attorney for its Aviation & Admiralty Section. In this context the Section litigates on behalf of a select group of federal agencies involved in aviation activities. These include the Federal Aviation Administration, Navy, Coast Guard, and Air Force. The section defends these agencies against claims of negligence in their various activities; examples of claims involve common carrier air crashes involving allegations of air traffic controller negligence, smaller general aviation crashes, and injuries to passengers and crew on or in connection with the operation of various aircraft. Familiarity with aviation and aircraft piloting and FAA procedures are highly desirable.
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. Ten years or more of significant litigation experience is preferred, but not required. Applicants should have excellent writing, negotiation, and interpersonal skills, exhibit good judgment, and have an interest in aviation and trial and appellate work.
Current salary and years of experience will determine the appropriate salary level. The salary range is GS-13 to GS-15. Applicants must have at least two years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-13 level; three years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-14 level; and four years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-15 level.
Relocation expenses are not authorized.
Those who applied to announcement #2015-Civil-Torts/A&A-2 need not reapply to this announcement. Your application will be considered under this posting.
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 14271
Ben Franklin Station
Washington, D.C. 20044-4660
Attn: Peter F. Frost
Or e-mail materials to Barry.Benson@usdoj.gov
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 midnight Eastern Standard Time on that date).
Your application will be evaluated by a reviewing panel.