The Chicago Office of the Regional Solicitor’s Office has responsibility for civil litigation in U.S. District Courts and before administrative law judges under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Mine Safety and Health Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act, Black Lung Benefits Act, Employment Retirement Income Security Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, Public Contracts Act, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, and over 180 diverse federal laws enforced by the Department of Labor's agencies. The Chicago Office also furnishes legal advisory services in connection with many of these statutes and Executive Orders. Legal advice and assistance is also given to the Office of the United States Attorney in regard to the criminal prosecution of cases and defensive actions under such statutes as the Fair Labor Standards Act, Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act, Mine Safety and Health Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act and other federal statutes and Executive Orders. This office is responsible for legal advice and litigation under various whistleblower statutes. This office also represents the various agencies within the Department in internal matters before the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, in the Federal District Courts and before Arbitrators.
As a Trial Attorney (Labor), the incumbent is responsible for the analysis, preparation and litigation of factually, technically and legally complex cases brought in the Region by the Secretary of Labor under statutes and executive orders administered by the Department’s various enforcement agencies. The incumbent also handles internal labor and employment-related litigation involving Department of Labor employees within the Region, including appeals of personnel actions to the Merit Systems Protection Board, claims of discrimination filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and cases arising under Executive Order 11491 dealing with federal union- management activities.
The incumbent is responsible for cases assigned at all stages of litigation. Based on knowledge of all assigned program areas, as well as an understanding of relevant DOL programs, the incumbent analyzes cases and, with increasing independence, identifies, evaluates and resolves all factual, legal, and policy issues; considers and discusses options; draws sound conclusions; and makes appropriate recommendations to the Regional Solicitor, Associate Regional Solicitor, Deputy Regional Solicitor, or program counsel. The incumbent researches more complex and significant matters, using specialized research tools. The incumbent writes original legal documents, conveying in writing relevant facts, law and policy in complex and significant matters.
The incumbent reviews assigned cases to determine whether to recommend litigation. The incumbent prepares legal analyses and litigation recommendations for the Deputy Regional Solicitor, Associate Regional Solicitor or other supervising attorneys, evaluating cases in terms of the factual evidence, the legal and procedural issues involved, and other considerations that bear on the propriety of litigation. If the Regional Solicitor authorizes litigation, the incumbent is expected to handle the case under the guidance, supervision and instruction of the Regional Solicitor, Associate Regional Solicitor, Deputy Regional Solicitor and/or Counsel for the assigned program area, or an attorney of higher grade.
The incumbent plans and handles all phases of trial preparation, including preparing complaints and answers to complaints (in defensive actions); as appropriate, participating in or coordinating client agencies’ investigations; preparing discovery requests and responses; representing the Department at depositions; preparing pleadings, legal memoranda, and briefs; and representing the Department at pre-trial hearings.
The incumbent may direct all phases of the Department’s case during the trial, developing a pre-trial plan, entering into appropriate stipulations; examining and cross-examining fact and expert witnesses; using evidentiary and procedural rules at trial; and responding to judicial concerns.
The incumbent may also serve as a liaison with the United States Attorneys and other federal agencies where appropriate. In certain cases, the incumbent may be sworn in as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, and conduct all or a portion of a criminal trial.