About the Office: The United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) for the Western District of Washington is responsible for representing the federal government in nearly all litigation involving the United States in the Western District of Washington (WDWA). This includes civil lawsuits by or against a Department or agency of the United States government (both affirmative and defensive litigation), representation of government officials under certain circumstances, and actions to collect judgments and restitution on behalf of victims and taxpayers. The USAO has an office size of approximately 74 Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) and is divided into two litigating Divisions (Criminal and Civil) as well as an Appellate Division. The USAO’s main office is in Seattle, Washington, with a branch office located in Tacoma, Washington.
Our office places a high value on diversity of experiences and perspectives and encourages applications from qualified people from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBTQ individuals, and persons with disabilities.
Job Description: This position will be located in the Civil Division of the WDWA. AUSAs in the Civil Division are responsible for representing the United States government and its Departments, agencies and employees in civil litigation filed in the District. Principle areas of the Division’s defensive practice include cases bought under Title VII alleging discrimination in hiring and employment practices by agencies and Departments of the United States; matters brought pursuant to the Federal Tort Claims Act, covering a wide range of personal injury claims including medical malpractice arising from treatment received at various federal medical facilities; and immigration litigation. Other areas of practice include judicial review of administrative findings, injunctive proceedings, and defending federal employees accused of constitutional violations.
The AUSAs in the Civil Division participate in litigation at both the trial and occasionally at the appellate levels. They take and defend depositions, propound and answer written discovery, negotiate for settlement, engage in motions practice, try cases in the United States District Court and, at times, write appellate briefs and argue before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The attorney hired for this position will be assigned a variety of defensive civil matters involving various areas of federal law, with a focus on employment litigation. Applicants with prior experience handling one or both of the following types of matters should describe that work in their cover letter: