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Job Title:  Trial Attorney
Agency:  Securities and Exchange Commission
Job Announcement Number:  13-EX-849893-NW

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$113,467.00 to $223,544.00 / Per Year
Thursday, June 06, 2013 to Thursday, August 29, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Atlanta, GA United StatesView Map
Philadelphia, PA United StatesView Map
Los Angeles, CA United StatesView Map
Boston, MA United StatesView Map
Chicago, IL United StatesView Map
More Locations  (7)
US Citizens and Non Citizens


Do you want to perform challenging work in a collegial environment, while enjoying quality of life and a competitive compensation package? Invest in your career at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)!

The SEC's mission is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation. The agency seeks high-caliber employees who share the same values of integrity, fairness, accountability, resourcefulness, teamwork, and commitment to excellence.


The SEC offers a number of enhanced pay and benefits plus the standard Federal benefits:  Student Loan Repayment program, up to $10,000/year (60K cap); paid dental and vision insurance; increased agency subsidy for health insurance that supplements premiums by $25 for self-only and $50 for family coverage; mass transportation subsidy up to $245/month; Telework Opportunities; and Domestic Partner Health Insurance Reimbursement program. To find out more, go to


These positions are in the Division of Enforcement, Trial Unit available in multiple locations (salary varies based on locality): 


Atlanta, GA ($117,443 - $195,920); Boston, MA ($131,810 - $219,887); Chicago, IL ($128,048 - $213,610); Denver, CO ($123,082 - $205,327); Fort Worth, TX ($119,370 - $199,135); Los Angeles, CA ($130,903 - $218,373); Miami, FL ($120,217 - $200,547); New York, NY ($133,309 - $222,387); Philadelphia, PA ($124,183 - $207,164); Salt Lake City, UT ($113,467 - $189,286); San Francisco, CA ($134,002 - $223,544); Washington, DC ($126,661 - $211,297).


**This posting has cut-off periods.  Qualified applicants will be forwarded to the hiring committee every three weeks, the first of which will occur on June 27, 2013.


  • This position is open to all U.S. citizens and persons lawfully admitted
  • for permanent residence and seeking citizenship as outlined in
  • 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)(B).


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The U.S. Securities Exchange Commission's mission is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation. The agency seeks high-caliber professionals who share the same values of integrity, fairness, accountability, resourcefulness, teamwork, and commitment to excellence.


The Division of Enforcement investigates possible violations of securities laws, recommends Commission action when appropriate, either in a federal court or before an administrative law judge, and negotiates settlements.


As a member of the Trial Unit, the Trial Attorney:


·         Litigates complex and high profile SEC enforcement actions or proceedings in Federal district courts and before administrative law judges; provides expert advice for the conduct of litigation of the most complex SEC cases; represents the SEC in cases involving specialized and complex legal issues of federal securities law and other law, which are often novel or not clearly established. These cases can involve a wide range of specialized legal proceedings, such as injunctive proceedings, sanctions and disgorgement relief, and bankruptcy.  Moreover, these actions are often brought against well-known entities and individuals, and often are vigorously contested.


·         Oversees or conducts all facets of litigating a civil case - legal research, interpretations of the statutes and rules governing the case, developing arguments addressing the often complex legal and factual issues, preparing witnesses and experts for deposition and trial testimony, preparing pleadings, conducting the hearings, fact-findings or trials, dealing with opposing counsel, and arguing or supervising others arguing the issues in the case; oversees the conduct of the enforcement actions in court and makes decisions regarding the tactics and strategy, and is the chief advocate for the SEC throughout the course of the litigation.


·         Represents the SEC in direct negotiations and discussion with counsel involved in the enforcement actions, which can include senior officials of states, counties, and cities throughout the country, and lawyers and high-level officials of some of the largest corporations in the United States; responsible for discussions with opposing counsel in the formulation of settlements that often have far-reaching legal consequences; communicates and supports parallel criminal investigations by the Department of Justice, including providing advice to U.S. Attorneys on matters of law, procedure, or policy in pending or potential litigation; oversees and works with court-appointed receivers or distribution agents, and other collection and distribution efforts in the SEC enforcement actions to bring relief to the defrauded investors. 


·         Communicates with SEC Commissioners and their respective counsel regarding prospective and pending litigation.


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All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors. Qualifying education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at


Basic Requirements: Applicant must possess a J.D. or LL.B. degree and be an active member of the bar in good standing in any state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the commonwealth of Puerto Rico.


Minimum Qualification Requirement: In addition to the Basic Requirements applicants must have at least four years of specialized experience as a practicing attorney, three years of which includes preparing pleadings, briefs and other court papers involving complex legal issues in complex civil litigation; and conducting complex civil litigation and familiarity with federal procedural law (including the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure), the Federal Rules of Evidence, and federal substantive law, including federal securities law.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Your qualifications will be further evaluated based upon the following KSAs.  You are required to complete narratives for each KSA in the occupational questionnaire portion of this announcement. Failure to respond to these narratives may result in your being deemed not highly qualified for the position.


·         Skill preparing pleadings, briefs and other court papers involving complex litigation

·         Skill conducting civil litigation and knowledge of federal substantive and procedural law

·         Ability to work effectively with others on a litigation team

·         Ability to deal and negotiate effectively with opposing counsel

·         Skill taking trial testimony, depositions and/or investigative testimony

Important Notes:


1. Application procedures are specific to this vacancy announcement. Please read all the instructions carefully.  Failure to follow the instructions may result in your not being considered for this position.

2. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service.  For more information, visit

3. Supplementary vacancies may be filled in addition to the number stated in this announcement.

4. The full performance level of this position is SK-16. 

5. This appointment may require completion of a trial period up to two years.

6. SECURITY CLEARANCE: Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security investigation. Favorable results on a Background Investigation may be a condition of employment or selection to another position.

7. PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION (PCS): Moving/Relocation expenses are not authorized.

8. DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

9. This position is in the bargaining unit.

Information for veterans:  You may be eligible to receive preference in appointment.  For more information please visit:


Surplus or Displaced Federal Employees:  For information on how to apply through the Interagency Career Transition Assistance program (ICTAP) see  To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must meet the Well Qualified criteria of the rating scale for this position. 


BASIS OF RATING: Once the announcement closes, your application will be automatically evaluated and rated by the system and a Human Resources Specialist. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your application and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.


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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at


The SEC provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities who request them for the application and hiring process. If you have a disability and would like to apply for non-competitive placement under Schedule and/or you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, see information and instructions on


TTY/ASCII users should use the toll free Federal Relay Service number: 1-800-877-8339 and provide the SEC number of the office or individual you are calling. For more information about using the Federal Relay Service see:


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To be considered for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package.


All materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST, Thursday, August 29, 2013 to be considered.


Please follow the instructions listed below for submitting the Occupational Questionnaire, Résumé, and Required Documents. Please read all instructions before you begin. You are solely responsible for the delivery of your materials. We cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, etc.


To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.


Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 849893.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and

2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire and

3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


For this job announcement the following documents are required: 


·         Résumé: Must contain a detailed description of your duties, the date you performed them (MM/YY), and your work schedule

·         Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire


Nicole R. Woodard
Phone: (202)551-7466
Fax: (202)777-1028
Agency Information:
Securities and Exchange Commission
100 F Street NE
Washington , DC
20549 Fax: (202)777-1028


After a review of your résumé, required documents and assessment questionnaire is complete, you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.

Additional Duty Location Info

1 vacancy in the following locations:
Atlanta, GA United StatesView Map
Philadelphia, PA United StatesView Map
Los Angeles, CA United StatesView Map
Boston, MA United StatesView Map
Chicago, IL United StatesView Map
Fort Worth, TX United StatesView Map
Denver, CO United StatesView Map
Miami, FL United StatesView Map
New York, NY United StatesView Map
Salt Lake City, UT United StatesView Map
San Francisco, CA United StatesView Map
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map

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