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 operations. 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 aviation trial attorney for its Aviation & Admiralty Section. The aviation trial attorney will defend the United States in actions brought under the Federal Tort Claims Act involving commercial air carrier crashes, smaller general aviation accidents, and injuries to passengers and crew on or in connection with the operation of various aircraft. Familiarity with the Federal Aviation Administration and NTSB procedures is helpful but not essential.
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 two to four years of post-JD 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.
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.
Applicants must submit a resume or current OF-612 (Optional Application for Federal Employment), a writing sample (15 pages maximum), and a cover letter (highlighting relevant background information) addressed to Steven A. Kirsch, Assistant Director of Aviation. The preferred application method is to email these materials to: Effie.Harper@usdoj.gov. Ms. Harper will ensure that all applications sent by email are compiled for the Assistant Director.
Applicants who choose to mail their materials should use the following address:
U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Division, Torts Branch (A&A)
P. O. Box 14271
Ben Franklin Station
Washington, D.C. 20044-4271
Attn: Steven A. Kirsch
No telephone calls please. Applications must be postmarked by no later than the closing date of this advertisement (applications submitted by e-mail must be received by midnight, Eastern Daylight Time on that date).