If selected, you will serve as the Miami Regional Office’s Regional Trial Counsel and will be responsible for leading a well-respected team of trial attorneys; for overseeing the litigation of civil and administrative proceedings brought by the SEC under federal laws; and for advocating and speaking on behalf of the SEC on a variety of legal matters and dealings with private sector entities and government officials from federal and state organizations.


  • Plans, organizes, and conducts or supervises trials of the most difficult, complex and highly sensitive cases, which typically result in the establishment of innovative trial techniques and/or major legal precedents. Cases generate exceptional interest on the part of the government, the defendant/respondent, and/or the public; often have far reaching legal consequences; and may involve high-level officials and counsel of the largest corporations in the United States.
  • Advises SEC executive management with regard to legal strategy for particularly important and sensitive cases. Provides guidance and consultation to agency staff on issues and questions relating to litigation and trial conduct.
  • Provides effective leadership in the preparation, review, and revision of all case related legal papers, briefs, and memorandum in assigned litigation cases. Prepares witnesses and experts for deposition and trial testimony and deals with opposing counsel. Synthesizes divergent views and facts into a uniform and consistent form for the conduct of litigation.
  • Exercises the full range of supervisory and personnel management responsibilities pertinent to work performed by professional staff. Assures the fulfillment of requirements for a quality legal product and the continued development of staff to meet changing legal requirements and contingencies in support of the SEC’s mission.

Conditions of Employment

  • CITIZENSHIP: This position is open to US Citizens.
  • You must possess a J.D. or LL.B Degree
  • You must be an active member of the bar in good standing
  • 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.
  • Supplementary vacancies may be filled in addition to the number stated in this announcement.
  • This position has promotion potential to the SK-17.
  • TRIAL PERIOD: This appointment may require completion of a two-year trial period.
  • 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.
  • DRUG TESTING: This position may be subjected to drug testing requirements.
  • PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION (PCS): Moving/Relocation expenses are not authorized.
  • DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
  • This position is not in the collective bargaining unit.
  • Due to COVID-19, the SEC is currently in a mandatory telework posture. This position is eligible to request telework in accordance with the SEC ‘s telework policy.


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. 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. experience identifying legal issues, providing legal analyses, providing legal solutions/recommendations, and preparing legal documents, such as contracts, dispositions, pleadings, and motions, which also includes at least three years:
(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.

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