Job Overview


OUR MISSION: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enforces a variety of Federal antitrust and consumer protection laws. The FTC seeks to ensure that the nation's markets function competitively and are vigorous, efficient, and free of undue restrictions. The FTC also works to enhance the smooth operation of the marketplace by eliminating marketing acts or practices that are unfair or deceptive. The FTC conducts economic analyses to support its law enforcement efforts and to contribute to the policy deliberations of the Agency, the Congress, the Executive Branch, and other organizations.

The Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition enforces the nation's antitrust laws, which form the foundation of our free market economy. The antitrust laws promote the interests of consumers; they support unfettered markets and result in lower prices and more choices. The Bureau of Competition is comprised of six Litigation Divisions, three Regional Offices, the Premerger Notification Office, the Compliance Division, and the Office of Policy and Coordination.  The Bureau of Competition works to stop or prevent anticompetitive mergers and business practices that harm consumers and undermine the competitive process. The Bureau is seeking attorneys for positions within the litigation divisions. Candidates should have excellent legal research and writing abilities, strong organizational and analytical skills in presenting written argument and excellent oral communications skills. Candidates also should be able to work effectively with other people, exercise sound judgment, and exhibit a strong interest in the work of the agency. Litigation and antitrust experience is highly desired. This position is not included in the bargaining unit.


As an attorney in the Bureau of Competition, you will perform a variety of legal duties relative to cases or legal issues of extreme difficulty. Often the work of the staff includes advisory functions related to antitrust enforcement policy under the various statutes enforced by the Commission. A successful staff member has interest in and the ability to deal with both legal analysis and economic and practical business issues arising from the matters under investigation. More specifically, you will;

  • Prepare for trial and litigate or negotiate settlements in antitrust matters. Make initial determinations as to whether cases should be investigated; identify legal theories and plans for preliminary investigations; obtain evidence from a variety of sources.
  • Confer with government agencies, public authorities, attorneys, businesspersons and other members of the public in order to obtain information relevant to Commission investigations and to provide them with information on matters of law, Commission procedures and policy.
  • Prepare antitrust cases for trial by securing and preparing evidence, conferring with witnesses, participating in pretrial conferences, examining and cross-examining witnesses, and drafting legal documents needed during the various stages of litigation.
  • Assist higher-grade attorneys in preparing and prosecuting the most complex cases.
  • Prepare internal documents for review by the Commission and perform special assignments as directed.