Job Overview


USDA provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.  Our vision is to expand economic opportunity through innovation, helping rural America to thrive; to promote agriculture production sustainability that better nourishes Americans while also helping feed others throughout the world; and to preserve and conserve our Nation's natural resources through restored forests, improved watersheds, and healthy private working lands.

The Office of the General Counsel provides legal advice and services to all agencies of the United States Department of Agriculture in administering USDA programs and activities within the defined geographic area.

The position is located in the Office of General Counsel, Associate General Counsel, Regulatory, Marketing and Food Safety Programs Division.


As a Trial Attorney (General), you will be responsible for the following:

  • Preparing legal memoranda and other written replies to substantive legal questions; drafting or reviewing for legal sufficiency proposed legislation and agency documents including: regulations, instructions, policy memoranda, reports and other documents having legal import; conducts thorough and complete legal research related to the above matters.
  • Reviewing investigative reports, preparing complaints and other pleadings in administrative proceedings; preparing exhibits and interviewing witnesses in the preparation for trial or hearing of such matters; participating in prehearing or pretrial conferences; examining and cross-examining witnesses; arguing motions in the course of such proceedings; preparing briefs in support of the Government’s case; preparing and participating in the oral arguments of such matters; preparing complaints and other pleadings in civil or criminal court actions, conferring with appropriate officials regarding case work.
  • Serving as an advisor and consultant to departmental and agency officials and attorneys in other divisions of the Office, attending and giving oral advice at conferences and meetings both internal and external to the Department; maintaining routine contact with administrative officials of the different client agencies; frequently contacting opposing counsel and respondents involved in administrative proceedings and DOJ attorneys; consulting with representatives of other Federal agencies, members of various industries, public interest groups and other members of the general public.