Job Overview


The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is looking for the best and brightest to join our team. Our mission includes advocating for investors who seek to secure a future for their family, providing guidance and regulations for the nation’s securities industry in an increasingly global market, and taking action with an eye toward promoting the capital formation necessary to sustain economic growth.

A career with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) offers work that is exciting, challenging and rewarding. You can contribute to securities regulation and enforcement while making a positive difference for the American investing public. The SEC provides:

  • Careers that broaden and deepen your already accomplished knowledge, skills and abilities;
  • An environment that allows you to work and learn with the nation’s experts;
  • Benefits, compensation and career expansion opportunities; and
  • A balance between your professional and family life.

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The SEC offers a number of enhanced pay and benefits plus the standard Federal benefits:

  • Paid dental and vision insurance;
  • Subsidy for health insurance, which supplements your health benefits premiums by $25 for self-only coverage and by $50 for family coverage;
  • Domestic Partner Health Insurance Reimbursement Program;
  • Mass transportation subsidy;
  • "WorkSmart" - Opportunities for flexible work schedules and expanded telework

The Division of Enforcement is seeking applicants to fill the position of Trial Attorney.  The successful candidate will be assigned to the Trial Unit in the Chicago Regional Office.

The incumbent's primary responsibility will be to serve as a senior trial attorney responsible for litigating and trying complex and high profile cases in federal district courts and before administrative law judges, for advising investigative staff, and for furnishing support to the Department of Justice in criminal prosecutions.


The Division of Enforcement investigates possible violations of securities laws, recommends Commission action when appropriate, either in a federal court or before an administrative law judge, and negotiates settlements.

Typical Duties Include:
• Develops, litigates and conducts trials of court cases that present unique legal, evidentiary and policy challenges and present the opportunity to establish legal precedent, and monitors decisions that impact the SEC.

• Supervises the conduct of cases and makes decisions regarding tactics and strategy to be employed; represents the SEC throughout the course of the litigation, addressing highly complex legal and factual issues, and efficiently manages SEC cases.

• Provides expert litigation advice, including policy and regulatory recommendations by maintaining and exhibiting knowledge, insight, and understanding in order to respond to inquiries in pending or potential litigation.

• Fosters productive work relationships with federal and state regulators and criminal authorities, and engages in public outreach and representational opportunities to showcase the goals and strategic vision of the Commission.

• Provides agency representation in negotiations and discussion with senior officials  and/or lawyers and formulates proposed settlements that often have broad legal implications.

Travel Required

  • 25% or Greater
  • Extensive Travel is required.

Relocation Authorized

  • No