Trial Attorney

United States Trustee Program (USTP)Tampa, FloridaFull TimeOn Site


The Program is seeking an attorney experienced in litigation practice and bankruptcy law to oversee bankruptcy cases filed in the federal judicial districts covered by the Region and/or field office, litigate enforcement matters on behalf of the Program, oversee private trustees, handle appellate matters, and refer criminal conduct identified in connection with bankruptcy case oversight. The Program seeks to hire and cultivate talented trial attorneys and provides them with frequent and meaningful court experience on a variety of issues arising in bankruptcy cases.

As a Trial Attorney in a field office, the typical duties include the following:

  • Oversee the administration of bankruptcy cases filed in the judicial districts served by the Region and the field office;
  • Litigate issues arising in chapter 11 proceedings, including those involving corporate governance, and issues arising in employment applications, fee applications, disclosure statements, and plan confirmation matters;
  • Litigate civil enforcement matters arising in consumer bankruptcy cases, including discharge objections, dismissal proceedings involving debtors’ ability to repay creditors, attorney misconduct matters, and non-attorney document preparation servicer misconduct;
  • Assist with appellate matters arising in the Region and district;
  • Advise and partner with the Executive Office and the United States Trustee on policy questions and legal issues of national importance arising in cases to enhance the Program’s mission locally, and help develop and implement policies and strategies designed to faithfully execute a uniform application of bankruptcy law;
  • Supervise private trustees in the Region who administer bankruptcy cases filed under chapter 7, 13, and 12 of the Bankruptcy Code;
  • Work with a staff of bankruptcy auditors, paralegals, and support staff in the Region;
  • Work with the Program’s federal and state law enforcement partners to report criminal activity identified through bankruptcy case oversight;
  • Provide outreach to interested constituents, and those involved in the bankruptcy system, such as the bankruptcy court, the bar, and other federal and state agencies; and,
  • Work on other national projects and priorities, as assigned.

Due to COVID-19, if selected, you may be expected to telework for an undefined period under the Department’s evacuation authority, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Employees in this status may be notified of a requirement to report in person to the component workplace with an advance notice of not less than 30 days. Prior to a requirement to report to the workplace, employees may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period depending upon the terms of the component’s telework policy.

Qualifications:

Required Qualifications: Applicants must demonstrate excellent academic and professional credentials; superior oral and written communication skills; outstanding legal research, analytical, and legal reasoning skills; outstanding judgment; and, the ability to function with minimal guidance in a demanding legal environment. Further, an applicant must have a J.D. degree from an accredited law school; be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) in good standing; and, have at least four (4) years post-J.D. professional legal or other relevant experience advocating on behalf of clients, interpreting, or applying provisions of the United States Bankruptcy Code, the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, and related laws, rules, and regulations that arise in bankruptcy cases.

Preferred Qualifications: In addition to the required qualifications listed above, the ideal candidate will have:

  • A demonstrated record of analyzing complex legal problems, interpreting statutory, rule, and regulatory provisions developing litigation strategies, and superior trial practice skills;
  • Outstanding organizational skills and the ability to address a broad array of issues arising in a large volume of cases;
  • The ability to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a wide variety of cases and projects; The ability to set, manage, and balance diverse, evolving, and challenging projects and priorities;
  • Demonstrated initiative and creativity;
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills;
  • Strong information technology skills, including using data bases and IT systems to manage and track work;
  • Experience working with or for federal agencies; and,
  • A commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards
Salary:
Position is on the GS pay scale, full-time and permanent, FPL of GS-15, and possible current annual salary range is: GS-14 ($108,885–$141,548); or, GS-15 ($128,078– $166,502). Years and type of experience will determine the appropriate grade level.
Travel:
Periodic travel is required throughout the district, the region, and the country, depending on work assignments and for training.
Application Process:

This vacancy announcement is open to ALL U.S. CITIZENS

To apply, interested candidates must submit as one PDF document:

  • A cover letter that highlights the applicant’s interest in the position and addresses in detail how all qualifications are met;
  • A current resume that details months and years of education and employment, and states the month and year of earliest bar admission;
  • A short writing sample, or part of a longer writing sample (not to exceed ten pages), which should be exclusively or primarily the applicant’s work and should include legal analysis;
  • DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member 4 copy) (if applicable);
  • If you are a current or former Federal employee, most recent (non-award) SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action;
  • CTAP/ICTAP documentation (if applicable); and,
  • Schedule (A) documentation, (if applicable).

Email the document to: ustp.employment@usdoj.gov with the subject line Trial Attorney-Tampa-10-2021

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, November 26, 2021
Relocation Expenses:
Relocation expenses may be authorized to current USTP employees only, based on USTP policy.
Number of Positions:
1

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