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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Job Type:
Position type:
Full Time
Government/Public Administration
Experience level:
7 - 10 Years
Education level:
100 F Street NE
Washington D.C.

Supervisory Trial Attorney

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is looking for the best and brightest to join our team. Our mission includes advocating for investors who seek to secure a future for their family, providing guidance and regulations for the nation's securities industry in an increasingly global market, and taking action with an eye toward promoting the capital formation necessary to sustain economic growth.

A career with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) offers work that is exciting, challenging and rewarding. You can contribute to securities regulation and enforcement while making a positive difference for the American investing public. The SEC provides:

  • Careers that broaden and deepen your already accomplished knowledge, skills and abilities;
  • An environment that allows you to work and learn with the nation's experts;
  • Benefits, compensation and career expansion opportunities; and
  • A balance between your professional and family life.

The SEC offers a number of enhanced pay and benefits plus the standard Federal benefits:

  • Paid dental and vision insurance;
  • Subsidy for health insurance, which supplements your health benefits premiums by $28.66 for self-only coverage, $53.55 for self plus one, and $57.32 for family coverage;
  • Domestic Partner Health Insurance Reimbursement Program;
  • Mass transportation subsidy;
  • "WorkSmart" - Opportunities for flexible work schedules and expanded telework

The Division of Enforcement investigates possible violations of securities laws, recommends Commission action when appropriate, either in a federal court or before an administrative law judge, and negotiates settlements.

This position is located in Philadelphia, PA.

If selected, you will be responsible for investigating possible violations of securities laws, recommending and litigating Commission action when appropriate, either in a federal court or before an administrative law judge, and negotiating settlements.

Typical Duties Include:

  • Plans, organizes, and conducts or supervises trials of the most difficult and complex cases, which often require establishing efficient and innovative trial techniques while sometimes creating new legal precedent while understanding that cases are highly sensitive; generate exceptional interest on the part of the government, the defendant/respondent, and/or the public.
  • Provides effective leadership in the preparation, review, and revision of all case related legal papers, briefs, and memorandum in assigned litigation cases, including civil actions and administrative proceedings. Directs the preparation of and/or prepares and files required legal papers, such as briefs, motions, etc., in civil and administrative proceedings.
  • Argues or supervises the argument of motions in court and attends other court proceedings, conferences, and hearings in litigation as warranted.
  • Participates with investigative and Trial Unit staff to recommend enforcement actions and settlements thereof. Represents the SEC in dealings with state and federal regulatory and enforcement counterparts in connection with investigations, presentation of matters to a federal grand jury, criminal trials, and appeals.


Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • You may be expected to travel for this position.

Relocation Authorized

  • No

Key Requirements

  • You must possess a J.D. or LL.B Degree
  • You must be an active member of the bar in good standing


All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sector. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Additional qualifications information can be found here. Qualifying education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

BASIC REQUIREMENT: All applicants must possess the following

  • J.D. or LL.B. degree --AND--
  • Active membership of the bar in good standing in any state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the commonwealth of Puerto Rico. (Note: proof of bar membership will be required before entry on duty.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT: In addition to meeting the basic requirement, applicants must also meet the minimum qualification requirement.

  • SK-17: Applicant must have 4 year(s) of post J.D. work experience as a practicing attorney, 3 year(s) of which includes:(1) Litigating complex civil or criminal cases in Federal Court or Administrative Proceedings; and (2) Applying the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Federal Rules of Evidence.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html Important Notes:

  1. This position is open to all U.S. citizens and persons lawfully admitted for permanent residence and seeking citizenship as outlined in 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)(B)
  2. Application procedures are specific to this vacancy announcement. Please read all the instructions carefully. Failure to follow the instructions may result in you not being considered for this position.
  3. Supplementary vacancies may be filled in addition to the number stated in this announcement.
  4. This position has promotion potential to the SK-17.
  5. SUPERVISORY TRIAL PERIOD: This appointment may require completion of a two year supervisory trial period.
  6. SECURITY CLEARANCE: Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security investigation. Favorable results on a Background Investigation may be a condition of employment or selection to another position.
  7. DRUG TESTING: This position may be subjected to drug testing requirements.
  8. PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION (PCS): Moving/Relocation expenses are not authorized.
  9. DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
  10. This position is not in the collective bargaining unit.


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