Trial Attorney, Civil Litigation Division (#2021-17; Closing: 04/21/2021) AMENDED

Legal Washington, District Of Columbia



POSITION TITLE:  Trial Attorney


Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia

Civil Litigation Division

Litigation Section II

400 Sixth Street, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20001


WORK STATUS: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic emergency, this position is on maximum situational telework status and employees are not permitted to work on-site at OAG unless authorized.



This vacancy announcement is being reposted. Candidates who have already applied need not re-apply. All applications will be considered.


OPENING DATE:  April 7, 2021

CLOSING DATE:  April 21, 2021


SALARY:   $139,189 $171,651

This range is within the Legal Service salary schedule from Grade 15 Step 1 to Grade 15 Step 8. The maximum annual salary for this position is budgeted to $171,651. Salary in this range will be based on a multitude of factors including applicable rules, regulations and guidelines. 




TYPE OF APPOINTMENT:  Legal Service – Permanent


COLLECTIVE BARGAINING UNIT:  This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by AFGE Local 1403. If you opt to join the union, and consent, a service fee will be paid through direct payroll deduction.


AREA OF CONSIDERATION:   Open to the Public





DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:  The Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia seeks a trial attorney for Section II of its Civil Litigation Division. The Civil Litigation Division defends the District of Columbia in civil lawsuits filed in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in which plaintiffs seek monetary damages or injunctive relief.  The incumbent will handle a variety of matters, including personal injury cases, employment discrimination claims, and federal constitutional civil rights litigation.  The incumbent may also have the opportunity to handle special proceedings, including habeas matters.   


The successful candidate will have an individual caseload of approximately 25 active civil cases and may work on various litigation teams.  The incumbent will file pleadings, conduct and respond to written discovery, conduct and defend depositions, file and respond to procedural and dispositive motions, negotiate settlements, conduct trials and contested hearings, and litigate disputes regarding attorney’s fees.  There is substantial contact with client agencies and individual clients.  The position requires civil litigation experience. 

QUALIFICATIONS:  A minimum of 10 years of civil litigation experience is required.  Prior civil litigation experience may include trials or evidentiary hearings, motions and discovery practice, taking and defending depositions, and a thorough knowledge of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. 


Experience in one or more substantive areas where the Division practices is highly desirable. The successful candidate should be a self-starter and have excellent research and writing skills and be able to handle multiple deadlines in a fast-paced environment.


ELIGIBILITY:  The successful candidate must have a law degree and be an active member in good standing of the bar of any jurisdiction.  If not a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the candidate must be sworn into the District of Columbia Bar within 360 days of his/her initial appointment with the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia.


The selected candidate will be subject to a general background investigation, including reference checks.


HOW TO APPLY:  Interested candidates must apply online by 11:59pm of the closing date. All applications must include the completed questionnaire, along with a cover letter, resume, a list of three professional references including supervisors, and a writing sample. Please ensure that all required documents are included prior to submitting the application.





EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS:  Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation) and sick leave and will be covered under the District of Columbia government’s retirement plan. However, if selectee was previously employed in the District of Columbia’s government under an appointment for which he/she was eligible for Civil Service Retirement (CSR), contributions to CSR will resume upon re-employment.


VETERANS’ PREFERENCE:  Applicants claiming veterans’ preference must submit official proof at the time of application.


DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE:  Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1998, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of or a plea of guilty to a violation of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace. 


EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER:   All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, genetic information or political affiliation.


NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 et. seq., (Act) the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, disability, genetic information, source of income, or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action. 









Important: Your COMPLETE application is important to OAG hiring process. Please ensure that you have read through the requisition in its entirety. Any REQUIRED document/s i.e. Resume, Cover Letter, DC2000RP, and/or KSAs as applicable, are included BEFORE you SUBMIT the application. You will NOT be able to re-submit. Thank you.