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Supervisory Trial Attorney (Assistant Branch Director)

The Consumer Protection Branch is seeking an Assistant Branch Director (ABD) who will lead attorneys in the defense of federal agencies. The ABD will manage all district court litigation throughout the country on behalf of the Food & Drug Administration and other consumer protection agencies. The work will include the nation's most high-profile drug- and device-approval cases. The ABD also will lead civil affirmative litigation to protect consumers and will advise on policy matters.

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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 Consumer Protection Branch (CPB) is seeking a Supervisory Trial Attorney serving as an Assistant Branch Director to defend federal consumer protection cases throughout the United States. CPB defends against suits in district court challenging federal regulatory actions concerning food, drugs, medical devices, tobacco, and consumer products. CPB also brings both criminal prosecutions and civil enforcement actions in matters of national importance related to complex consumer fraud schemes, prescription drug diversion, adulterated and misbranded food and drugs, deceptive trade practices, and hazardous products. The Branch's litigation regularly involves issues that attract congressional and media interest. CPB works closely with U.S. Attorneys' Offices, the Criminal Division, and federal law enforcement agencies, including the Postal Inspection Service, FBI, DEA, and Defense Criminal Investigative Service. CPB also works extensively with the Food and Drug Administration, Federal Trade Commission, and Consumer Product Safety Commission.


Our office places a high value on diversity of experiences and perspectives and encourages applications from all qualified individuals from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBT individuals, and persons with disabilities.
Position: Supervisory Trial Attorney (Assistant Branch Director)
Organization: U.S. Department of Justice
Location: Washington,  DC 
United States
Salary: $142,701 to $170,800 per year
Posting Start Date: 3/27/2020
Date Posted: 3/30/2020

The Assistant Branch Director leads work representing the United States in civil defensive litigation. Advancing the Branch's mission to safeguard Americans' health, safety, economic security, and identity integrity, the Assistant Branch Director will oversee attorneys defending the Food and Drug Administration, Federal Trade Commission, and Consumer Product Safety Commission in district courts throughout the country. This work will include cases raising challenges to the constitutionality of federal statutes and actions, attacks on significant programs, and contests to policies and determinations. The Assistant Branch Director will engage in, and direct attorneys and staff regarding, all phases of discovery and litigation, representing the United States in court and in negotiations with opposing counsel. He or she further will coordinate closely with senior leadership of the agencies the Branch represents in litigation. And the Assistant Branch Director personally will handle some of the Branch's most complex and high-profile defensive matters.

The Assistant Branch Director also will supervise the appellate and post-conviction defense of criminal convictions secured by the Branch, as well as collaborate with the Civil Appellate Staff on appeals of the Branch's civil matters.

In addition, the Assistant Branch Director hired under this announcement will lead attorneys and staff in advancing certain affirmative civil litigation matters referred by the Food and Drug Administration, Federal Trade Commission, and Consumer Product Safety Commission. This work will include preparing expert witnesses, overseeing civil discovery, motions practice, and trial litigation. It also will require working closely with U.S. Attorneys' Offices and other federal partners.

The Assistant Branch Director will be expected to review and opine on policy matters and legislative proposals related to public health and safety, and to advise U.S. Attorneys' Offices on considered actions under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and other federal laws. He or she also will direct teams reviewing evidence for privilege and handling associated litigation.

As a supervisory attorney and member of the Branch's management team, the Assistant Branch Director will help guide the Branch's initiatives and participate in developing Branch policies. The Assistant Branch Director will be responsible for managing administrative and personnel responsibilities, leading trainings, and engaging with Department leadership.


Applicants must have a J.D. degree earned through a full course of study in a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Applicants must have at least four years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-15 level.

You must also be a U.S. citizen.

Applicants must have excellent writing and advocacy skills, as well as superior negotiation and interpersonal skills. Successful applicants will be highly motivated, exhibit sound judgment and creativity, and have several years of active litigation experience. Judicial clerkship experience and at least seven years of post-J.D. experience is strongly preferred.

$142,701 to $170,800 per year
This position requires occassional travel.
Application Process: 
  • Cover Letter, highlighting interest and unique qualifications
  • Resume showing relevant experience.
  • Writing Sample (not more than 10 pages in length, and written in the past 3 years)
  • DD-214 and/or veteran documentation, (if applicable).


To apply for this position, you must submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (not more than 10 pages in length). If you are claiming veterans preference, you must also submit your DD-214 and/or other documentation that you may have.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials by email to: Consumer.Protection@usdoj.gov.

On the subject line, please put "CPB - Assistant Director Application."

Applicants may also send their materials by commercial courier service (FedEx or UPS) to:
Mr. Vincent Shuler
U.S. Department of Justice
Consumer Protection Branch
450 5th St., NW, Ste. 6400
Washington, D.C. 20530

No telephone calls, please.

Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, March 27, 2020
Relocation Expenses: 
Not authorized.
Number of Positions: 
Status: This listing expires on: 8/27/2020
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Organization Information
U.S. Department of Justice
Consumer Protection Branch
450 5th St., NW, Ste. 6400
Washington,  DC 20530
United States
Mr. Vincent Shuler