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The Civil Division, with more than 1,000 attorneys and 14 litigating components, represents the United States, its departments and agencies, Member of Congress, Cabinet officers and other Federal employees.

The incumbent serves as Director of the National Courts Section in the Commercial Litigation Branch, Civil Division.  The National Courts Section handles a wide variety of lawsuits filed by and against the government involving monetary claims worth billions of dollars as well as the review of critical government decision-making in areas of diverse as procurement, benefits for veterans and government retirees, whistle blowing and government personnel actions.  Attorneys handle trial and appellate stages of high stakes monetary actions, including government contacts and other commercial disputes, constitutional claims, military and civilian pay claims, and recovery of money secured fradulently from the United States.  Attorneys regularly file briefs and present oral arguments in appeals from the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the Merit Systems Protection Board, and the Board of Contract Appeals.  Others attorneys litigate claims by financial institutions and investors arising from financial crises and reforms.  Attorneys appear routinely in the United States Court of Federal Claims and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and other fora. 

The Director is accountable for the management and operations of the Section and also serves as an expert advisor and counselor to the Branch's Deputy Assistant Attorney General on all matters pertaining to the Section.  The incumbent also personally handles the most sensitive, precedent-setting litigative matters that are deemed to require the highest level of legal expertise. 


The Director provides oversight of the National Courts Section's wide array of litigation and provides critical supervision and guidance of over 100 attorneys and support staff.  In addition to managing National Courts' staff, the incumbent works closely with management and administrators at the highest levels of the Department, in the office's client agencies, and in the United States Attorneys' Offices.  The incumbent sets litigation and resource-allocation priorities for the office's enormous workload, and reviews proposed and pending legislation that may affect the office's areas of expertise.  The Director may also personally handle some of the office's high-stakes cases, participating in negotiation and settlement conferences with opposing parties in sensitive situations.  The incumbent also represents the Division's Assistant Attorney General and the Deputy Assistant Attorney General with the officials and judges of applicable courts in connection with matters arising within the Commercial Litigation Branch. 

In addition, the Director makes decisions involving the management of human resources, budget resources, and operational issues of concern to National Courts.  Human Resources management activities including the selection, development, assessment, and promotion of employees are performed with proper consideration given to the provisions of Merit Promotion and Equal Employment Opportunity. 

Travel Required

  • Not Required