Job Overview


The Commerce General Counsel is seeking attorneys with exceptional analytical, verbal, and leadership skills to join our multidisciplinary team of professionals at the Department of Commerce.  The attorneys will work for the Assistant General Counsel for Finance and Litigation in the General Litigation Division (GLD).  Major components supported include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Census Bureau and a host of other organizations within the Department of Commerce.  

The General Litigation Division (GLD) is seeking attorneys at the GS-12, 13, or 14 grade levels to provide support to the Department of Commerce and its components on a wide variety of matters involved in federal litigation, including, among other things, tort litigation, constitutional claims, representation of individual agency employees, administrative law, and evidentiary and testimonial procedures.  The General Litigation Division provides oral advice and written legal opinions to Department of Commerce (DOC) officials on legal and policy issues related to all aspects of federal litigation, as well as provides support to the Department of Justice in cases involving the DOC in federal district courts, courts of appeal, and the Supreme Court.  General Litigation Division attorneys play a prominent role in non-programmatic litigation and pre-litigation administrative processes, particularly with regard to liability issues arising under the Federal Tort Claims Act.  The General Litigation Division also administers the Department’s Touhy regulations, which govern the production of documents and the testimony of DOC employees in litigation not involving the DOC.


General Litigation Division attorneys are responsible for advising Department of Commerce (DOC) officials on legal and policy issues related to all aspects of federal litigation.  The selected applicants will investigate and process tort claims and assist the Department of Justice in the defense of tort litigation involving the DOC. The selectees will coordinate with components within the DOC and the Department of Justice regarding issuance of Litigation Hold Notices and administration of E-Discovery responsibilities, and counsel, when appropriate, DOC components regarding qui tam cases on which the Department of Justice requests DOC intervention recommendations.  The Division also supports the DOC’s institutional interests and statutory missions in federal appellate and Supreme Court litigation.