The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey ("USAO-DNJ") is comprised of more than 150 attorneys located in three offices: Newark, Trenton and Camden. The USAO-DNJ has jurisdiction and responsibility over a broad range of subject matter areas, all of which involve advancing the multi-varied criminal and civil legal interests of the Federal government. The office values diversity and seeks to provide an inclusive rewarding work environment for employees of all backgrounds.
As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.
The USAO-DNJ is seeking an experienced attorney to serve as an Assistant U.S. Attorney handling affirmative civil health care fraud cases. These cases vary in scope and complexity, but characteristically involve difficult and complex factual and legal issues giving rise to civil claims by the government against individual and corporate health care providers for committing fraud and abuse in health care, including under the False Claims Act. The selected AUSA will handle all aspects of the investigation and litigation of civil health care fraud matters, including analyzing the law and relevant facts to develop and implement effective strategies for all proceedings.
Although the AUSA will exclusively handle affirmative civil health care fraud cases, the AUSA will be a member of the USAO-DNJ's Criminal Division. The USAO-DNJ's Criminal Division handles both civil and criminal investigations and prosecutions involving health care fraud and abuse. Many of these investigations are conducted in parallel - civil and criminal - requiring AUSA's to work well together, as well as with supervisors, support staff, and other participants in investigations and litigation, including law enforcement agents and witnesses, as well as Department of Justice colleagues from the Commercial Litigation Branch, Civil Frauds, and the Consumer Protection Branch. Many of the affirmative civil health care fraud cases are brought through qui tams, requiring AUSAs to work with relators and their counsel.
Civil health care fraud AUSAs must serve as effective and dedicated advocates for the government's interests, timely and efficiently pursue the just resolution of their assigned cases, and make sound and legally supportable decisions toward those ends. They must possess the foresight and organizational and legal skills needed to manage a large and diverse caseload that involves lengthy and difficult investigations and litigation. They must have strong legal research skills, be able to produce high quality written work even under short deadlines, and be persuasive oral advocates both in court and in settlement discussions. They must be comfortable with data analysis and research. A newly-hired civil health care fraud AUSA is expected to quickly develop subject matter expertise in health care fraud and the False Claims Act, to the extent he or she does not already have this experience.
Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least three (3) years post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience. United States citizenship is required.
The following qualifications for this position are desirable but not essential: a strong background in health care fraud investigations and/or litigation.
Applications will be accepted for this vacancy through April 30, 2023. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of such factors as academic performance, trial experience, research and writing ability, oral communication skills, and other legal and community service and experience. An application package for a position with this Office should include a letter of application, resume, and legal writing sample. The writing sample selected for submission should be the applicant's exclusive work product. If the writing sample was edited, or if there were other contributors, applicants are expected to identify those portions of the writing sample not exclusively their own work product and the extent of editing done by others.
Individuals interested in applying for this Assistant U.S. Attorney position should email their resume and other documents to USANJ.HRApplications@usdoj.gov.
PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT THE FOLLOWING IS INDICATED ON THE SUBJECT LINE OF YOUR EMAIL - "LAST NAME, FIRST NAME, ANNOUNCEMENT # NJ-23-AUSACIVILHCF-01.
Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.