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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, Members of Congress, Cabinet and other Federal employees.
The Environmental Torts Section, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice defends the United States in complex, high stakes civil litigation in federal courts nationwide. Its attorneys handle all aspects of wrongful death, personal injury, and property damage cases that often involve hundreds of plaintiffs. The cases typically stem from alleged exposure to environmental contaminants, such as biological agents, chemicals, and other substances. They also involve complex issues of causation, novel issues of federal and state law, and numerous expert witnesses. Given its unique expertise, the section has primary litigation responsibility for all suits brought against the United States under the Federal Tort Claims Act where the alleged injuries/damages are attributed to some form of environmental contaminant. Many of the section's cases are litigated as mass torts or multidistrict litigation. Recent cases litigated by the section have related to: the Flint water crisis; releases of mustard-colored wastewater from Gold King Mine; incidents of limited Hantavirus exposure at Yosemite National Park; Legionella bacteria at a government hospital facility; groundwater contamination at large military bases; alleged formaldehyde exposure in FEMA trailers in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita; the September 11th World Trade Center attacks; the anthrax attacks of Autumn 2001; herbicide application over a stretch of government rangeland; alleged heavy metal exposure from computer recycling at a federal correctional institution; and buried World War I-era chemical weapons beneath a major metropolitan area. Complex jurisdictional questions, a need for creative case-management solutions, and overlapping issues of history, law, and science are often the norm. At capacity, the section is comprised of approximately twenty attorneys and ten members of support staff.
As a Trial Attorney - Environmental Torts Section GS-0905-14/15 , your typical work assignments may include the following:
Handling large, complex cases on behalf of the United States. Conducting factual and legal research, brief writing, interviewing witnesses, drafting pleadings, negotiating, working with expert witnesses, taking/defending depositions, handling mediations, preparing cases for trial, and presenting oral arguments.
25% or less - This position requires occasional to frequent travel.
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This job is open to…United States Citizens
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