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    This position is located in the Department of Labor, Region III, Arlington Associate Solicitor’s Office, a branch office of the Philadelphia Regional Solicitor’s Office. The Arlington Solicitor’s Office is primarily responsible for providing litigation and legal advisory services to DOL regional and field offices located in Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

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    The Arlington Solicitor’s Office has responsibility for the trial in U.S. District Courts and before administrative law judges of all civil litigation under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Mine Safety and Health Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act, Black Lung Benefits Act, Employment Retirement Income Security Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, Public Contracts Act, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, and over 180 diverse federal laws enforced by the Department of Labor's agencies. Legal advisory services are also furnished in connection with many of these statutes and Executive Orders. Legal advice and assistance is also given to the Office of the United States Attorney in regard to the criminal prosecution of cases and defensive actions under such statutes as the Fair Labor Standards Act, Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act, Mine Safety and Health Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act and other federal statutes and Executive Orders. This office is responsible for legal advice and litigation under various whistleblower statutes. This office also represents the various agencies within the Department in internal matters before the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, in the Federal District Courts and before Arbitrators.

    This position is outside the bargaining unit.
    Additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement.


    As a Trial Attorney (Labor), the incumbent is responsible for the analysis, preparation, and litigation of factually, technically, and legally complex cases brought in the Region by the Secretary of Labor under statutes and executive orders administered by the Department’s various enforcement agencies.

    The incumbent is responsible for cases assigned at all stages of litigation, including writing analyses to determine whether a matter should be pursued.  Based on knowledge of all assigned program areas as well as an understanding of relevant DOL programs, the incumbent analyzes cases and, with increasing independence, identifies, evaluates and resolves all factual, legal, and policy issues; considers and discusses options; draws sound conclusions; and makes appropriate recommendations.  The incumbent researches more complex and significant matters, using specialized research tools.  The incumbent writes original legal documents, conveying in writing relevant facts, law, and policy in complex and significant matters.

    The incumbent plans and handles all phases of trial preparation, including preparing complaints and answers to complaints (in defensive actions); as appropriate, participating in or coordinating client agencies’ investigations; preparing discovery requests and responses; representing the Department at depositions; preparing pleadings, legal memoranda, and briefs; and representing the Department at pre-trial hearings.

    The incumbent may direct all phases of the Department’s case during the trial, developing a pre-trial plan, entering into appropriate stipulations; examining and cross-examining fact and expert witnesses; using evidentiary and procedural rules at trial; and responding to judicial concerns. 

    The incumbent may also serve as a liaison with the United States Attorneys and other federal agencies where appropriate.  In certain cases, the incumbent may be sworn in as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, and conduct all or a portion of a criminal trial. 

    The incumbent independently identifies appropriate matters for settlement and negotiates settlement terms consistent with the facts and the law in the case and with DOL policies and guidelines.

    The duties describe above are at the full performance level (GS 14).  If selected at the lower level (GS 12 and GS 13), selectee will perform similar duties with varying levels of supervision. 

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Less than 20%

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential

    14 - There is no obligation to provide future promotions if you are selected. Promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, meet all the performance requirements, and supervisor’s recommendation to the next grade.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/546655500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.