Job Overview

Summary

The Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice is seeking an experienced attorney to be the head of the Forfeiture Unit in the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section. The position falls under the general supervision of the Chief and the Principal Deputy Chief.

The Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section (AFMLS) leads the Department’s efforts to take the profit out of crime. The multi-dimensional responsibilities of AFMLS include anti-money laundering enforcement, forfeiture, law development, training, and technical assistance, all done in close cooperation with partners in the United States and abroad. AFMLS also provides oversight, management, and policy development for the DOJ Assets Forfeiture Fund, including returning money to victims and funding to federal, state, and local law enforcement.

The Forfeiture Unit initiates its own cases and closely partners with other litigating components of the Criminal Division to seek the forfeiture of the proceeds of criminal activity and property used to facilitate criminal activity. The unit is responsible for providing advice and support on the use of criminal forfeiture and for initiating civil in rem actions, rather than criminal prosecutions, to seek the forfeiture of assets. In particular, the unit targets the assets of serious criminal organizations, such as the Mexican drug cartels, to undercut their profit motive and disrupt the criminal organization, while also giving attention to other high priority criminal offenders who engage in criminal activity such as fraud, cybercrime, and the theft of intellectual property

Duties

The Deputy Chief of the Forfeiture Unit:

  • Supervises and manages the work of the Unit’s attorneys on cases involving civil and criminal forfeiture actions, and ancillary proceedings;
  • Advises line attorneys on strategic approaches to their forfeiture actions;
  • Ensures that unit attorneys are properly prepared and trained to litigate complex matters, trains line attorneys on discovery obligations and ethical considerations, and oversees the negotiation of settlement agreements and other resolutions, properly balancing a variety of relevant factors;
  • Reviews seizures warrants, lis pendens, restraining orders, complaints, criminal forfeiture allegations, dispositive pretrial motions, and other pleadings;
  • Provides litigation advice to other Criminal Division litigating components, U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, federal investigative agencies, and state and local prosecutors and agencies on asset forfeiture issues;
  • Develops and maintains working relationships with partners at the U.S. Attorneys’ Office, other litigating components and offices, and federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies;
  • Represents AFMLS in inter-departmental and inter-agency meetings and communicates on matters concerning asset forfeiture issues.