Trial Attorney

Job #: Trial Attorney-Manhattan-11-2019 Exp.: 4+ Years
Description:
About the Office:
The United States Trustee Program (Program) is seeking an attorney experienced in trial practice with knowledge of bankruptcy law to join the Program’s professional staff of attorneys. The Program is a litigating component of the U.S. Department of Justice responsible for overseeing nearly all bankruptcy cases filed in federal bankruptcy courts across the United States – including chapter 7 and 13 cases filed by consumer debtors, chapter 12 cases filed by family farmers or fishermen, and complex chapter 11 reorganization proceedings. The Program’s mission is to promote the integrity and efficiency of the nation’s bankruptcy system for the benefit of all stakeholders – debtors, creditors, and the American public. The Program was established by Congress more than 30 years ago to act as the “watchdog” of the bankruptcy system, with a headquarters in Washington, DC, led by a Director; 21 Regions managed by United States Trustees; and 90 field offices in 44 states each, managed by an Assistant United States Trustee.

The Program is the only participant in the bankruptcy process uniquely positioned to address multijurisdictional misconduct or other issues of national scope that give rise to systemic fraud and abuse, while also effectively combatting local matters affecting the integrity of the bankruptcy system. In FY 2018, the Program took more than 30,000 actions, in and out of court, for a potential monetary impact of $2.8 billion; participated in approximately 100 appeals; and, made more than 2,200 criminal referrals to our federal law enforcement partners. In addition, the Program appoints and supervises approximately 1,300 private trustees who distribute about $10 billion annually; approves credit counselors and financial education providers; determines whether consumer debtors qualify for chapter 7 relief under the means test; and, reviews chapter 11 operating reports.

For more information about the United States Trustee Program, visit the Program’s web site at https://www.justice.gov/ust. For more information about the Manhattan, NY, field office, visit the web site at https://www.justice.gov/ust-regions-r02/region-2-southern-district-new-york-manhattan-and-white-plains-divisions. Manhattan information can be found at https://www1.nyc.gov/.

Our office places a high value on diversity of experiences and perspectives and encourages applications from all qualified men and women from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBT individuals, and persons with disabilities.

Job Description:
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 nonattorney 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.

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 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 ($120,580-$156,758); or, GS-15 ($141-835-$166,500). 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.


Closing Date: 15th November, 2019
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