$126,233 - $176,300 yearly
  • U.S. Trustee Program, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Aug 29, 2022
Full time Government Legal

Job Description

Job Description: 

The EOUST, OGC, is seeking an attorney experienced in complex civil appellate litigation or complex civil litigation to provide expert legal advice and litigate complex civil appeals before federal appellate courts across the nation. The incumbent will serve as a civil appellate expert and will use his or her expertise to help OGC litigate roughly 100 appellate matters annually. Periodically, the incumbent will brief constitutional issues before federal trial courts. The incumbent will also craft administrative decisions.


As a Trial Attorney (Appellate), GS-0905-15, duties and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Serving as a member of a cohesive and collegial team of experienced civil appellate attorneys based in OGC and reporting to the Associate General Counsel for Appellate Practice.
  • Litigating complex and important civil bankruptcy appeals across the nation. Litigating constitutional matters before trial and appellate courts. The public's interest in these matters may be substantial. Writing appellate briefs and making oral arguments.
  • Overseeing appeals that attorneys in USTP field offices litigate by acting as a resource, editing draft briefs and providing guidance.
  • Implementing legal strategies in complex civil appellate matters to advance the policies and goals of USTP and the Department.
  • Researching and drafting memoranda, which recommend whether to participate in appeals, including matters before the Supreme Court, based upon cases' importance, potential impact upon federal law, and other relevant considerations.
  • Devising solutions to complex and challenging legal questions involved in USTP civil litigation and presenting them to OGC supervisors and EOUST Senior Leadership.
  • Providing recommendations to other governmental components, including the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG), about significant or novel appeals that the USTP is not litigating directly.
  • Leading, organizing, and preparing material for training and conferences. Developing policy, programs and procedures to govern USTP activities.
  • Presenting USTP and Departmental positions to agencies, private sector organizations, congressional staff, and Departmental components. Addressing and resolving sensitive problems and helping develop policy.
  • Organizing and conducting moot courts in USTP appeals and participating in moot courts in appeals being argued by other Departmental components, including OSG.
  • Drafting administrative decisions to be issued by Senior Leadership.
  • Providing technical advice and assistance, which may include active participation in novel cases.
  • Drafting EOUST comments and recommendations on proposed changes to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure. Preparing congressional testimony. Tracking proposed rulemaking. Recommending action plans, policies, and procedures. Drafting responses to congressional inquiries.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

To qualify at the GS-15 level, you must have at least five (5) years post Juris Doctorate professional legal experience in complex civil appellate law and/or complex civil litigation. The successful applicant should have substantial expertise handling such matters. Strong writing skills are required. At least two years of the required professional legal experience must be at or equivalent to the GS-14 grade level or pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.

Preferred Qualifications

In addition to the required qualifications listed above, the ideal candidates will:

  1. possess significant experience providing a full spectrum of legal services concerning complex civil appellate litigation;
  2. be able to utilize their extensive knowledge in that area to provide thoughtful, nuanced, comprehensive and sophisticated legal advice to Senior Leadership;
  3. possess the flexibility to move seamlessly among matters as circumstances dictate;
  4. possess the willingness, whenever called upon, to help other USTP attorneys with their projects to ensure the USTP's work is expertly done and timely completed; and
  5. possess the ability and the expertise to assume front-line responsibility for handling and overseeing complex civil appeals.