This position is located in the Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor. The NY Regional Office of the Solicitor litigates cases pursuant to the various laws administered by the DOL in NY, NJ, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, including the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the Employment Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.

This position is outside the bargaining unit.

Additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement.

Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service.

If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

Trial attorneys at the New York Office of the Solicitor are 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 complexity of the work and the degree of independence expected of a trial attorney increases from the GS-12 to the GS-14 level.

The trial attorney 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 trial attorney 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 trial attorney researches more complex and significant matters, using specialized research tools. The trial attorney writes original legal documents, conveying in writing relevant facts, law, and policy in complex and significant matters.

The trial attorney proactively 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 trial attorney may direct all phases of the Departments case during trial before federal district courts and administrative tribunals, 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 trial attorney 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.


To qualify for an attorney position, applicants must possess a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.); be a member in good standing of the bar of a court of general jurisdiction of a state, territory or possession of the U.S.; and have acquired the amount of experience indicated below for each grade level.

GS-12, one (1) year of progressively responsible legal experience of a professional nature which demonstrates the ability to perform the work at this level.

GS-13, two (2) years of progressively responsible legal experience of a professional nature which demonstrates the ability to perform the work at this level.

GS-14, three (3) years of progressively responsible legal experience of a professional nature which demonstrates the ability to perform the work at this level. At least one year of qualifying experience, at this level, must be specialized experience as defined below.

Specialized experience is defined as experience conducting federal, state, or administrative litigation (involving federal laws), which includes developing case strategy; drafting initial pleadings and motions; conducting written discovery and deposition practice; preparing for trial; and trial.

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