The U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division is hiring a Litigation Unit Trial Attorney in the Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section. 

About the Office

The Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section (NDDS) supervises and has a responsibility for enforcing federal statutes pertaining to narcotic drugs and other controlled substances. The section has direct litigation responsibilities in significant drug and narco-terrorism investigations and prosecutions targeting national and international narcotics trafficking and money laundering organizations.

About the Opportunity

NDDS seeks individuals capable of working closely with both U.S. and other international law enforcement authorities to investigate and charge these traffickers, and who possesses the experience and confidence to try them in the U.S. Federal Courts. The incumbent independently directs complex investigations, drafts requests for foreign obtained evidence, provisional arrests and extraditions, and prepares and conducts trials, including all pre and post-trial litigation. This position is located in the Litigation Unit and requires a three year commitment to NDDS.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice is seeking qualified, experienced trial attorneys in the Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section (NDDS), Litigation Unit, located in Washington, D.C.

As a Trial Attorney, the incumbent:

  • Manages complex narcotics investigations and money laundering prosecutions brought in the federal courts in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States.
  • Utilizes a myriad of sophisticated techniques to pursue often cutting edge investigations against multifaceted transnational criminal organizations.
  • Obtains and incorporates evidence acquired overseas by U.S. and foreign law enforcement.
  • Makes charging decisions and proposes dispositions with regard to assigned cases.
  • Researches and drafts all legal pleadings and is prepared to try cases in federal court.
  • Investigates and pursues asset forfeiture related to illicit narcotics, narco-terrorism, and money laundering.
  • Advises federal agents and Assistant U.S. Attorneys on complicated questions of law and Departmental policy.
  • Oversees and helps to coordinate the preparation and litigation assignments of paralegals and clerical personnel.
  • Participates in outreach and training conducted by NDDS trial attorneys throughout the United States and abroad.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Interested applicants must possess a J.D., or equivalent, degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and be an active member of the bar in good standing.
  • Experience in supporting, litigating, and supervising criminal cases in federal or state courts;
  • Experience with complex investigations and the use of legal process (such as subpoenas and wiretap orders), especially in gathering electronic evidence;
  • Jury trial experience is highly desirable;
  • Ability to communicate clearly through well-organized and accurately written documents;
  • Ability to perform cogent and correct legal analysis on a variety of contentious and complex substantive issues;
  • Ability to provide legal advice to others;
  • Spanish language proficiency is desirable;
  • Experience with CIPA litigation; and
  • Experience with international investigations or prosecutions.


The salary range for this position is $132,368 – $183,500 per annum, which includes locality pay. 

How to Apply?

Interested candidates can apply through the link provided at the end of this post.

Application Deadline

April 7, 2023


Washington DC, United States

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