Trial Attorney-The Department of Labor

Job Details

The Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor (“SOL”) is currently recruiting experienced attorneys to fill Trial Attorney positions in the Chicago Regional Office. We are pleased to share the job announcement and would greatly appreciate if you circulated this exciting opportunity and helped us advertise it to a broad and diverse applicant pool.

Details about the Department of Labor, the job announcement, and the application process are below.

About the Department of Labor

The Department of Labor’s mission is to promote the welfare of wage earners, job seekers, and retirees, to improve working conditions, to advance opportunities for profitable employment, and to ensure work-related benefits and rights.

About the Position

The Chicago Regional Office is accepting applications for experienced trial attorneys to join our team. This is an opportunity to do meaningful work protecting workers’ rights, take on significant responsibility, and have wonderful colleagues.

Trial Attorneys provide litigation and legal advisory services in the following practice areas:

• Labor Standards Statutes, such as the Fair Labor Standards Act, Davis Bacon Act, and Service Contract Act

• Mine safety and health

• Occupational safety and health

• Fiduciary provisions of ERISA

• Civil rights and whistleblower

• Other Department of Labor programs

These positions are permanent, excepted service attorney positions.

Applicants must have at least one year of litigation experience. Applicants must be a member in good standing of the bar of a court of general jurisdiction of a state, territory or possession of the U.S. The duty location of this position is the Chicago Regional Office, Region V of the Office of the Solicitor.

HOW TO APPLY: For more details and/or to apply for this job, please go to: and search the following announcement number EX-22-PHIL-SOL-0014. Alternatively, you may go directly to the job announcement page at:

Applications are being accepted until 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, September 9, 2022.

We encourage anyone interested in the position to apply.

Informational Session: To learn more about the Department of Labor and exciting litigation opportunities in the Office of the Solicitor, applicants can join attorneys from the Chicago Regional Office for an informational webinar on Monday, August 29, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. CST via Microsoft Teams. Participants are required to register to attend. To register for the event, please click here. A link to join the event will be sent once registration is complete. The informational session will display live closed captions.

Veteran’s Documents: Attorney appointments within the Department of Labor are positions in the excepted service, not the competitive service. There is no formal rating system for applying veterans’ preference in attorney appointments; however, the Department of Labor considers veterans’ preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. In order to receive positive consideration, you must indicate your eligibility, in response to the appropriate item on the vacancy questionnaire. Additionally, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD214) showing the type of discharge and dates of active duty and, if applicable, a VA letter verifying the present existence of the service-connected disability which indicates the percentage of your disability. Without this documentation, you will not receive veterans’ consideration.

Military Spouses: If you are a military spouse, you may be eligible to apply using a noncompetitive process designed to help you get a job in the federal government. Federal agencies can use the military spouse non-competitive hiring process to fill positions on either a temporary or permanent basis. Your eligibility does not entitle you to a job within the Federal Government. You must still apply and meet qualification standards and additional requirements, such as a background investigation.

You’re eligible if you are:

• A spouse of an active duty member of the armed forces

• A spouse of a service member who is 100% disabled due to a service-connected injury

• A spouse of a service member killed while on active duty. You are no longer eligible if you remarry


The Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor, is an equal opportunity employer. The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

Job Status: Open

Job Type: Trial

Regions: Chicago, IL

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