Offices, Boards and Divisions Trial Attorney in Washington, District Of Columbia

Offices, Boards and Divisions
Few vacancies in the following location:
  • Washington DC, DC
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Tuesday 10/11/2016 (12 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 11/1/2016 (9 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

The Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section (AFMLS) leads the Department's asset forfeiture and anti money laundering enforcement efforts. AFMLS provides leadership by: (1) prosecuting and coordinating complex, sensitive, multidistrict, and international money laundering and asset forfeiture investigations and cases; (2) providing legal and policy assistance and training to federal, state, and local prosecutors and law enforcement personnel, as well as to foreign governments; (3) assisting Departmental and interagency policymakers by developing and reviewing legislative, regulatory, and policy initiatives; and (4) managing the Department's Asset Forfeiture Program, including distributing forfeited funds and properties to appropriate domestic and foreign law enforcement agencies, as well as adjudicating petitions for remission or mitigation of forfeited assets.

This position is assigned to the Bank Integrity Unit (BIU) within AFMLS. BIU investigates and prosecutes complex, multidistrict and international criminal cases involving the financial institutions and individuals who violate the Bank Secrecy Act, the money laundering statutes, U.S. sanctions regimes (such as the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and the Trading with the Enemy Act (TWEA), and other related statutes. BIU's investigations and prosecutions generally focus on financial institutions and their officers, managers, and employees, especially when their actions threaten the integrity of the individual institution or the wider financial system. BIU's focus encompasses the full range of financial institutions as defined by the Bank Secrecy Act, including casinos, money service businesses, and others.


The Criminal Division, Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section, U.S. Department of Justice seeks experienced, motivated attorneys for the Bank Integrity Unit that will focus on investigating and prosecuting financial institutions and individuals for Bank Secrecy Act and money laundering criminal violations.

As a Trial Attorney, the incumbent:

  • Investigates and pursues criminal violations by financial institutions and their officers, managers, and employees, especially when the violations include the Bank Secrecy Act, the Money Laundering Control Act, and willful violations of U.S. sanctions regimes (such as IEEPA and TWEA);
  • Leads and undertakes the most complex investigations and prosecutions within the federal courts throughout the United States; makes charging decisions and proposes dispositions with regard to assigned cases, issues lacking precedent, and other challenges in compliance with Department, Division, and Section policies and practices;
  • Contributes to the development and maintenance of BIU's mission by maintaining positive and effective relationships with our numerous law enforcement partners;
  • Coordinates and partners with U.S. Attorneys, attorneys in other federal law enforcement agencies, FinCEN, and other regulators in the development and management of MLBIU prosecutions;
  • Advises and instructs federal agents and U.S. Attorneys on complicated questions of law and Departmental policy; and
  • Advises and consults with the BIU Deputy Chief, the AFMLS Section Chief, the Deputy Assistant Attorney General, the Assistant Attorney General, and others on the status of all cases and matters.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Bank Integrity Unit attorneys regularly travel in the United States, to other countries, or both.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to qualify for this position.
  • You must undergo a pre-employment security investigation.
  • You may be required to take a drug test.

Required Qualifications:

Interested applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and have at least 4 years post J.D. experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: independently performing legal analysis; composing pleadings, briefs and other court documents involving unique and/or difficult legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; conducting highly complex civil or criminal litigation; and leading paralegals and support staff. Applicants must be an active member of the bar in good standing.

Preferred Qualifications: Your qualifications will be further evaluated based upon the following competencies:

  • Ability to plan and carry out complex cases involving violations of federal statutes.
  • Superior oral advocacy preparation and experience.
  • Superior written and analytical skills.


A J.D. Degree.

Other Requirements:

  • You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.
  • All male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service (see If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.
  • DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

We will notify you of your status as a candidate after each step of the recruitment process (receipt of application, determination of basic qualifications, notice of forward to selecting official, and final selection). After extending a tentative job offer and receiving acceptance by the selectee, we will conduct an employment suitability/security background investigation to confirm that the selectee meets all requirements to fill the position. We expect to make a final job offer once all such reviews have been completed.


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Other Information

The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any non merit factor. The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment. Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States AttorneysÂ’ Offices. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. Citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. Citizens are extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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Salary Range: $128,082.00 to $160,300.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0905-15/15

Promotion Potential: 15

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452759800

Job Announcement Number: 17-CRM-AFMLS-002