Trial Attorney

Telecommunications & Media Enforcement Section
Liberty Square Building, 450 5th Street NW
Washington, DC 20530
United States
About the Office: 

Telecommunications and Media Enforcement Section of the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division is seeking several experienced Trial Attorneys.

The Antitrust Division works in the public interest to promote a competitive American economy, and in recent years has been particularly active in filing important cases and advocating for vibrant competition in the telecommunications sector. The Telecommunications and Media Enforcement Section is responsible for investigating and litigating violations of the antitrust laws in industries including broadband Internet, cable and satellite television, mobile wireless service, and telephony. In addition to investigating potentially anticompetitive mergers and litigating to prevent harmful transactions, the Section also actively pursues civil conduct violations in those industries, advocates for competitive markets both domestically and internationally, enforces compliance with consent decrees from prior cases, and frequently interacts with the Federal Communications Commission. Because telecommunications play such a central role in Americans' daily lives, the Section's cases and activities have a substantial impact on consumers and the economy.

Job Description: 

The Section's responsibilities include merger review, investigation, and litigation; civil investigation and litigation of anticompetitive conduct; and public advocacy for policies that ensure an innovative and competitive marketplace for telecommunications services. Due to the industries within the Section's purview, attorneys in the section frequently grapple with challenging cases involving high technical complexity, rapid technological change, high barriers to entry, and an evolving regulatory landscape. Successful applicants will have immediate involvement with matters of national importance. The attorneys hired can expect a collegial and stimulating environment working with highly experienced attorneys and economists on cutting-edge matters, as well as the satisfaction of serving the public interest.


Applicants must:

1) Be a citizen of the United States;

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

3) Have strong experience with telecommunications competition issues and/or civil antitrust experience.

Candidates are being solicited at the GS-14 ($107,325 - $139,523) and GS-15 levels ($126,245 - $158,700), commensurate with current salary and experience.
Domestic and International travel may be required.
Application Process: 

Applications will be accepted until May 19, 2015. For consideration, please reference announcement number E15-06-O05, and submit a resume, description of significant federal cases litigated (including your role in them), and a writing sample/brief (no more than 15 pages). Application packages MUST be submitted and received by the final closing date.

If you are a current or recent Federal employee, you must 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.

2. Once an account has been created, apply to the USAJOBS vacancy:

For additional information about positions with the Division, please contact LaToya Outlaw, of the Personnel Staff, at (202) 514-2469.

Internet Sites: Additional information on the Antitrust Division is located on the Internet at This and selected other legal position announcements can be found at

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will NOT be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
Updated April 7, 2016

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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, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit 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.

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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