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 maritime trial attorney for its Aviation & Admiralty Section. In this context the Section litigates on behalf of a select group of federal agencies involved in maritime activities. These include the Navy, Coast Guard, NOAA, and the Army Corps of Engineers. The section defends these agencies against claims of negligence in their various activities, and brings a variety of affirmative claims. Examples of cases include ship collisions and groundings, personal injury to crewmembers and guests on U.S. vessels, damage to federally owned lock and dam facilities, and affirmative claims under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990.
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 must have at least four years of post-JD litigation and trial experience. Applicants should have excellent writing, negotiation, and interpersonal skills, exhibit good judgment, and have an interest in admiralty and trial and appellate work.
Current salary and years of experience will determine the appropriate salary level. The salary range is GS-15. Relocation expenses are not authorized.
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: Effie Harper
PREFERRED METHOD: E-mail materials to Effie.Harper@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).