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, 11 (subchapter 5), 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.
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;
- A demonstrated record of litigating complex matters including experience taking depositions, examining witnesses under oath, and propounding formal written discovery;
- 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;
- Experience in bankruptcy, especially complex chapter 11 proceedings; and,
- A commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards.
Position is on the GS pay scale, full-time and permanent, FPL of GS-15, and possible current annual salary range is: GS-14 ($111,521 – $170,532); or, GS-15 ($151,227 - $176,300). Years and type of experience will determine the appropriate grade level.
Periodic travel is required throughout the district, the region, and the country, depending on work assignments and for training