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The Department of the Navy Office of the General Counsel (DON OGC) is a world-class legal organization, composed of talented, trained, and dedicated professionals, working together to aid our clients in achieving the DON's mission.  We are see​king attorneys and support staff with diverse experiences and backgrounds, with strong legal skills, that share in our dedication to public service to support the Department of the Navy's mission.
DON OGC is committed to equal employment opportunity in our hiring process. We actively seek qualified applications among women and minority law students and attorneys, and make offers to comparably qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, political affiliation, or marital status.
 

 

 

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DON OGC hires attorneys at all levels of experience from recent law school graduates to individuals with many years of experience.  Our attorneys can be licensed in any state, territory, or the District of Columbia.  We have attorneys from 175 law schools currently represented in our ranks.  DON OGC has an extremely diverse practice including: Government ContractsEmployment/LaborComplex LitigationIntellectual PropertyGovernment EthicsReal EstateFiscal, as well as other more specialized areas. 

Minimum Qualifications:  DON OGC seeks attorneys with diverse backgrounds, who like a challenge, and welcome immediate responsibility. Our job announcements provide information regarding specific qualifications, but we generally seek the following: 

 
  • A strong academic record or proven employment record
  • Good research and writing skills
  • Talent for building client relationships
  • An interest in serving our nation as a civilian attorney

 

Salary Information:  Attorneys are hired at the GS-11 pay grade (or equivalency) through GS-15 grade (or equivalency). The pay offered will be based upon the successful applicant's qualifications and funding availability.  To be eligible for selection at the GS-11 level, the applicant must have one year of relevant experience in the OGC practice area cited in the announcement. To be eligible for selection at the GS-12 level, the applicant must have two years of experience in an OGC practice or one year of experience plus an LLM. To be eligible for selection at the GS-13 level, the applicant must have in excess of two years of experience in an OGC practice area.  To be eligible for selection at the GS-14 level, the applicant must have a minimum of three and one-half years of experience in an OGC practice area.  To be eligible for selection at the GS-15 level, the applicant must have a minimum of five and a half years of experience in an OGC practice area.​

 

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144-19 3/5/2020Norfolk, VirginiaGS-13/14
Assistant Counsel
A vacancy is anticipated for an attorney to serve as an Assistant Counsel in the Office of Counsel, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic (NAVFAC Atlantic) in Norfolk, Virginia. The Office of Counsel, NAVFAC Atlantic, is a part of the NAVFAC Office of Counsel, which is headquartered in Washington, DC. NAVFAC Atlantic is an Echelon III command responsible for all real property management, planning, installation restoration, environmental compliance, engineering/architectural services, military construction, and facilities maintenance for Navy and Marine Corps shore installations in the NAVFAC Atlantic area of responsibility. NAVFAC Atlantic oversees four subordinate Echelon IV facilities engineering commands and is responsible for oversight of NAVFAC products and services throughout the Eastern United States, Southern Europe, Africa, and Southwest Asia.

The principal duties of the attorney selected for this position will be to provide legal support in the area of environmental law.  Real estate will be a secondary focus of the position.  However, the selectee may also be assigned duties in the other practice areas noted above as the needs of the office may require. Periodic travel may be required.

This position has a full performance level of GS-14 and will be filled at the GS-13 or GS-14 level, depending on the qualifications of the successful applicant. 

Applicants should submit a cover letter explaining their interest in the position; a resume; two legal writing samples (less than 10 pages each; the sample may be a part of a longer document); and the names and telephone numbers of their current supervisor and at least three references (other than current supervisor) who may be contacted.  Applicants should clearly indicate if they do not want their current supervisor to be contacted.  Current Federal employees should also indicate their present GS and step level or equivalent grade and salary.

Interested attorneys may contact Mr. Theodore Hoffmann, Counsel, NAVFAC Atlantic, at (757) 322-8016 or Ms. Sandra Simmons, Supervisory Assistant Counsel, at (757) 322-4774 for additional information. 

Electronic applications should be submitted by e-mail to theodore.hoffmann@navy.mil

This Personnel Notice will close at 11:59:59 PM, EST, March 5, 2020 and applications must be received by this time and date to be considered.
23-20 Supervisory Senior Associate Counsel2/18/2020Naples, ItalyGS-15
Supervisory Senior Associate Counsel
There is an anticipated vacancy for the position of Senior Associate Counsel in Naples, Italy, at Commander Navy Region Europe, Africa, Central (CNREURAFCENT, formerly CNREURAFSWA), one of ten regions that reports to Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC). CNREURAFCENT covers thirty four operational platforms over three continents ranging from installations, contingency support locations and National Support Elements.  More on CNREURAFCENT can be found at https://www.cnic.navy.mil/Europe/index.htm.

The CNREURAFCENT Office of Counsel consists of six attorneys and an administrative assistant in Naples, two attorneys in Rota, Spain, and one attorney in Bahrain. One of the attorneys in Naples is the Counsel for Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, Africa, and spends significant periods TDY to that location. In addition to general management duties, the Senior Associate Counsel is expected to oversee the Region’s civilian personnel legal practice. The Senior Associate Counsel reports to the Region Counsel, who ultimately reports to Counsel, CNIC.  This position performs the duties of the Deputy Region Counsel and reports to the CNRSW Region Counsel.

The CNREURAFCENT legal office has a varied workload covering the full range of business and personnel law practice areas relative to installation management. These include federal acquisition law, civilian personnel and labor law, including foreign national employees, environmental and land use law, litigation, fiscal law, military community welfare and recreation support, and the unique issues within these areas that arise from the application of international law and agreements in the many countries within the AOR.  The practice is unique, fast-paced, and requires attorneys to assist clients in managing uncertainty.

This is a senior supervisory position within CNREURAFCENT and the DON OGC requiring the exercise of significant responsibility, and will be filled at the full-performance GS-15 level. The applicant must have a minimum of 5-1/2 years of legal experience within the OGC practice areas noted above. Precise pay will be set commensurate with the successful candidate's qualifications, funding availability, and GS pay guidelines.
Applicants should submit a resume, two brief legal writing samples (no more than 10 pages each) that demonstrate analytical and/or advocacy abilities (e.g., excerpts of emails, presentations, or formal pieces may be submitted), the two most recent performance appraisals with rating official narrative, if available, and the names and phone numbers of at least three references who may be contacted. Current federal employees must also provide a copy of their most recent SF-50 form. Please redact social security numbers from any submitted documents.

For more information about the position, interested attorneys may contact Mr. Michael Monahan, Region Counsel, CNREURAFCENT, at michael.monahan@eu.navy.mil or DSN 314-626-3623 or commercial 011-39-081-568-3623; or Ms. Traci Guariniello, CNIC Deputy Counsel, at traci.guariniello@navy.mil or (202) 433-4303 (Note: currently, Naples is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time).

Applications should be sent electronically to CNICOGCJOBS@navy.mil. If necessary, applications may be sent via Fed Ex or other similar means.  Deliveries via U.S. Postal Service are often delayed and may cause the application to be untimely.

Send to:
Linda Melendy
Commander, Navy Installations Command (OGC)
716 Sicard Street, SE, Suite 1000
Washington Navy Yard, D.C. 20374-5140

This announcement closes on February 18, 2020 at 11:59:59 PM EST.  Applications must be received by this date and time to be considered.
24-20 Associate Counsel (Supervisory)2/24/2020Washington Navy YardGS-15
Associate Counsel (Supervisory)
There is an anticipated vacancy for an attorney to serve as Associate Counsel (Acquisition Integrity) in the Office of the Assistant General Counsel (Acquisition Integrity) (AGC (AI)), located at the Washington Navy Yard, Washington DC. As the head of the Department of the Navy Acquisition Integrity Office (DON AIO), the AGC (AI) is responsible for advising the General Counsel and the Secretary of the Navy on all significant acquisition fraud issues and manages, directs, and coordinates all acquisition integrity related matters to assure that the DON deters, detects, and eliminates procurement fraud, takes action against those who commit procurement fraud, protects the DON from future procurement fraud, and recovers amounts due the DON because of procurement fraud. The AGC (AI) leads an immediate office of thirteen attorneys and one support staff.

The DON AIO develops and oversees procurement fraud policies, practices, and training. In addition, AIO works closely with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition), the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management and Comptroller), the Naval Inspector General, the Director of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), the Auditor General, the Department of Justice (DOJ), as well as other federal offices and agencies as appropriate. Due to the nature of DON AIO's work, this is an office of high interest and visibility to both SECNAV and the GC, and one that affords direct exposure to both the GC and Navy Secretariat.

The incumbent of the position will serve as the head of the Coordination of Remedies Division and will supervise attorneys and one support staff. The incumbent will be responsible for assigning cases to the attorneys in his/her division, for monitoring those matters, referring entities to the AGC (AI) for the consideration of suspension and/or debarment, aggressively pursuing monetary recoveries associated with acquisition fraud matters, and for quality control and evaluations of the work performed by the attorneys/staff under his/her supervision.

The opening will be filled under the General Schedule (GS) at the GS-15 pay grade and precise pay will be set commensurate with the successful applicant's qualifications, funding availability, and GS pay guidelines. To be eligible for selection, applicants must have at least five and one-half years' experience practicing law.

Interested attorneys are encouraged to contact Mr. Philip Hadji, at (202) 685-7264. Applicants should submit a resume, two legal writing samples (no more than 10 pages each, if possible), their two most recent performance appraisals, if available, and the names and telephone numbers of at least three references (other than current supervisors) who may be contacted. Electronic applications are preferred and should be e-mailed to AIOJobs@navy.mil. Submission by mail should be via Federal Express or similar means due to problems with regular USPS mail deliveries or possible security delays in normal mail delivery. Mailed applications should be addressed to:

Ms. Katherine M. Aldrich
Deputy Assistant General Counsel (Acquisition Integrity)
Bldg 36, Room 214
720 Kennon Street SE
Washington, DC 20374-5013

This Personnel Notice will close February 24, 2020 at 11:59:59 EST, and applications must be received by this date and time to be considered.
26-20 Assistant/Associate Counsel2/21/2020NAVSEA - NSWC, DahlgrenGS-11/12/13/14/15
Assistant/Associate Counsel
There is a vacancy for the position of Assistant/Associate Counsel, in the Office of Counsel at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division, Dahlgren, Virginia (NSWC Dahlgren). NSWC Dahlgren is one of ten Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Warfare Center divisions. NSWC Dahlgren is a premier research and development center that serves as a specialty site for weapon system integration. It provides research, development, test and evaluation, analysis, systems engineering, integration and certification of complex naval warfare systems related to surface warfare, strategic systems, combat and weapons systems associated with surface warfare

The NSWC Dahlgren Office of Counsel employs seven attorneys and two paralegal assistants. This office has a varied workload covering the full range of OGC practice, with emphasis on federal acquisition law, civilian personnel law, government ethics, labor law, and intellectual property law.

The successful candidate will be expected to concentrate primarily on civilian personnel law, but will also be called upon to provide legal services in Freedom of Information and Privacy Act, fiscal law, ethics and standards of conduct, and other command administrative matters. For civilian personnel law matters, the successful candidate is expected to provide legal advice, assistance, and representation on civilian personnel and labor law, including litigation at the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, federal district court, union grievance arbitrations, the Office of Special Counsel for whistleblower issues, and state unemployment hearings.

The position is expected to be filled at the NT-IV/V level (comparable to the GS-11/12/13/14) pay band within the NAVSEA Warfare Center Personnel Demonstration Project and has promotion potential to the NT-VI level (comparable to GS-15). The grade level offered will be based upon the successful applicant’s qualifications and funding availability.

Applicants should submit a resume, two brief legal writing samples (no longer than 20 pages total) that demonstrate analytical and/or advocacy abilities, two recent performance appraisals (if available), and names and telephone numbers of at least three references who may be contacted. Attorneys who have graduated from law school less than five years prior to the announcement closing date must provide a copy of their law school transcripts including class rank. Current federal employees must also provide a copy of their most recent SF-50 form. Please redact social security numbers from any submitted documents. Performance appraisals should include the rating official's narrative. The application should indicate the lowest grade level that the applicant will consider.

Interested attorneys are encouraged to contact Mr. Matt Hawkins at (540) 653-7082, or by e-mail at matthew.hawkins1@navy.mil, for more information.

Electronic applications are preferred and should be sent to nssc_navsea_ogc_vaca@navy.mil. The subject line of the message should state the Personnel Notice Number. Although less desirable, applicants may send applications by FedEx to:

Ms. Effie Lewis-Robinson
NAVSEA 00L4
Naval Sea Systems Command
1333 Isaac Hull Avenue SE Stop 1150
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20376-1150

This personnel notice will close on February 17, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST, and applications must be received by this date to be considered.
27-20 Deputy Counsel to PEO (EIS) (Supervisory)3/3/2020Arlington, VA or Washington Navy Yard, DCGS-15
Deputy Counsel to PEO (EIS) (Supervisory)
There will be an opening for an acquisition attorney within the Office of Counsel, Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) to serve as Deputy Counsel to the Program Executive Officer for Enterprise Information Services (PEO (EIS)). The position is located either in Arlington, VA or at Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC. PEO (EIS) is responsible for the delivery of Enterprise Services and Business information technology (IT) solutions aimed at improving DON efficiency and effectiveness and optimizing the use of existing IT assets and capabilities

The Deputy Counsel is a supervisory position that will assist in the management and support of PEO (EIS) in all areas of OGC practice, with an emphasis on Federal Government acquisition law. The responsibilities of this position include supervising five acquisition attorneys, overseeing the legal work product of the office, and acting as the secondary legal advisor to the PEO – a member of the Senior Executive Service.

In addition, the incumbent will advise clients on a variety of acquisition-related matters, including: source selections, including acquisition strategy and planning documents, solicitations, evaluation documents and bid protests; contract administration; contractual interpretation; drafting and reviewing contractual modifications; contract disputes, contract claims; statutory and regulatory interpretation; DoD 5000 program requirements and documentation; and responses to Congressional, GAO, Inspectors General, and Naval Audit Service inquiries/audits. The selected applicant will also facilitate advice to the PEO in other areas of OGC practice, including ethics/standards of conduct, fiscal law, and personnel law.

This vacancy will be filled under the NAVWAR Alternative Personnel System (APS), a pay for performance system using pay bands with salary ranges. The vacancy will be filled within the DP-4 pay band at a level equivalent to GS-15 pay with a current salary range of $109,366-$142,180 plus Local Market Supplement.  To be considered in the DP-4 pay band (comparable to GS-15 pay), successful applicants must have at least 5 ½ years of experience in the practice of Federal acquisition law.

Applicants should submit a resume; two legal writing samples focused on federal acquisition topics such as bid protests or competitive source selections (not to exceed 10 pages each); the two most recent performance appraisals, if available; and the names and telephone numbers of at least three references (other than current supervisors) who may be contacted. Applications should include current federal grade (if applicable) and projected availability.

Electronic submissions are preferred, and should be submitted to Ms. Christina Narvaez at Christina.narvaez@navy.mil.
 
If mailing your application, please send to:
Naval Information Warfare Systems Command
Office of Counsel, Code 3.0
4301 Pacific Highway
San Diego, CA 92110
Attn: Ms. Christina Narvaez

Interested attorneys may contact Ms. Libbi Finelsen, Counsel, PEO (EIS), at (703) 604-6921 or Mr. John Davis, Deputy Counsel, NAVWAR, at (619) 524-7055.for more information.

This personnel notice will close on March 3, 2020 at 11:59:59 PM EST, and applications must be received by this date and time to be considered.
30-20 Assistant Counsel (IP)3/6/2020Bay St. Louis, MississippiGS-13/14/15
Assistant Counsel (IP)
There is an opening for a patent attorney to serve as an Assistant Counsel within the Intellectual Property (IP) law branch of the Office of Counsel, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) within the Office of Counsel, Office of Naval Research. The position is located at NASA’s Stennis Space Center (SSC) near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

NRL is a premier research facility with cutting–edge research programs in basic sciences and advanced technology development. NRL is the corporate research laboratory for the Navy and Marine Corps and conducts a broad program of scientific research and development of advanced technologies. NRL’s Office of Counsel supports these efforts by providing the full range of legal services related to the protection of government developed technologies, technology transfer, and contracting related to technology development.

The incumbent will provide NRL clients a full range of IP services, including drafting and prosecuting patent applications, reviewing research publications for potentially patentable material, and counseling on contract and technology transfer IP matters such as rights in inventions, patents, technical data rights, and computer software.

NRL compensation falls under a Personnel Management Demonstration Program. This position is at the NO-IV/V career level in the NRL Demonstration Program. Career level and pay will be set based on the qualifications of the successful candidate.  A recruitment bonus may be available for this position.

Applicants should submit a cover letter explaining their interest in the position; a resume; a listing of state bars of which the applicant is an active member; and the applicant’s registration number to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office; two recent and relevant legal writing samples (up to fifteen pages each, and excerpts, to avoid exceeding the fifteen page limit, are acceptable); two recent performance appraisals (if available); and the names and telephone numbers of at least three references, including the applicant’s current supervisor, who may be contacted as part of the application process (though we will let applicants know before current supervisors would be contacted). Attorneys who graduated from law school after 2014 must submit a law school transcript.

Electronic applications are preferred and may be uploaded and submitted as a single document at the Box website at https://tinyurl.com/s3hu33q.

Hard copy applications may be sent to the following address:

Mr. Kerry Broome
Code 1008.2
Naval Research Laboratory
4555 Overlook Avenue S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20375–5320
Email: kerry.broome@nrl.navy.mil

If you wish to apply via hard copy, NRL recommends sending applications by commercial overnight delivery service (such as Federal Express) as NRL US Postal Service mail currently encounters delays due to screening and handling. Facsimiles will not be accepted.

This personnel notice will close on March 6, 2020 at 11:59:59 PM (EST), and applications must be received by this date and time to be considered.

Interested attorneys may contact NRL’s Associate Counsel for Intellectual Property, Mr. Kerry Broome at 202-404-1553 or kerry.broome@nrl.navy.mil or NRL’s Counsel, Mr. James McCutcheon at 202-767-2244 or james.mccutcheon@nrl.navy.mil.
31-20 Assistant Counsel (Term)3/2/2020Jacksonville, FLGS-11/12/13/14
Assistant Counsel (Term)
There is a current vacancy for an Assistant Counsel within the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast (NAVFAC Southeast) located in Jacksonville, FL. This is a TERM position not to exceed four years. Conversion to a permanent appointment during this time is possible but not guaranteed. NAVFAC Southeast is an Echelon IV command, within the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, that is responsible for providing public works, construction, environmental, planning and design, and real estate services to Naval and other Department of Defense activities in the Southeast region. 

The NAVFAC Southeast Office of Counsel is a field activity of the NAVFAC Atlantic, Office of Counsel, Norfolk, VA, and is a part of the NAVFAC Office of Counsel, which is headquartered in Washington, DC, and comprised of approximately 100 attorneys around the world. The NAVFAC Southeast Office of Counsel is currently comprised of 12 attorneys. Legal advice is provided on the full range of issues encountered by the client, with a concentration in procurement of construction, facilities maintenance, architecture/engineering and base operations services, and in the areas of real estate, environmental and civilian personnel law. Other practice areas include fiscal law, the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act, and ethics.

The successful applicant’s duties will be primarily in the area of government contract law. However, he/she may also be assigned duties in the other practice areas noted above, if the need arises. Limited domestic travel may be required.

To apply, applicants must submit a resume, OF-612 or SF-171, and a cover letter that addresses the evaluation criteria for this position and the applicant’s projected availability. The cover letter should also provide the names and telephone numbers of at least three references (other than current supervisors) who may be contacted. Applicants should clearly indicate if they do not want us to contact their current supervisor. Current federal government employees should indicate their present GS and step level or equivalent grade and salary. Applicants who have graduated from law school less than five years prior to the announcement closing date must provide a copy of their law school transcripts including class rank. Applicants selected for interviews may be requested to provide two legal writing samples (not exceeding 10 pages each; the sample may be part of a longer document) and two most recent performance appraisals, if available.

Electronic applications are preferred and may be e-mailed to lisa.p.jones@navy.mil or lisa.j.parker-jones@navy.mil.  Hard copy applications may be sent to the following address:

Ms. Lisa Parker Jones
Office of Counsel
NAVFAC Southeast
Box 30, BLDG 903, Naval Air Station
Jacksonville, FL 32212-0030
  
For hard copy applications, delivery by overnight commercial delivery service (such as FedEx) is highly recommended. Facsimiles will not be accepted.

Interested attorneys should direct questions to Ms. Catherine Horan at (904) 542-6647.

This personnel notice will close on March 2, 2020 at 11:59:59 PM (EST) and applications must be received by this date and time to be considered.
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Law Students


2006 Summer Law Students​​
The DON OGC Summer Law Clerk Program is an exciting way to spend your summer.  Our program benefits include: a paid summer clerkship; an assigned mentor and co-mentor; assignments in multiple legal practice areas; experience drafting legal writing samples; annual and sick leave; transportation subsidy benefits; scheduled events at the U.S. Capitol, U.S. Supreme Court, Naval Academy, and Naval Ships and Aircraft; potential for an Advance Commitment to work for OGC after law school; and exposure to DON OGC senior leadership, including members of the Senior Executive Service.  The DON OGC Summer Law Clerk Program is a civilian program seeking highly qualified law school candidates with diverse experiences and backgrounds. Students interested in participating in the DON OGC Summer Law Clerk Program should apply through their Career Development Office, or various job fairs throughout the United States.  Application materials include a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and transcript.
 

Minimum Requirements

  • Completed Two Years of Legal Studies
  • Currently Ranked in Top Third of Class or Membership in Law
  • Review/Law Journal or Moot Court
  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Strong Interview Skills
  • Strong Interest in Supporting our Nation's Sailors and Marines
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Support Staff


 
 
2015 Support Staff Workshop USS Truman  

​​​​DON OGC also has over 200 Support Staff, including paralegals, law clerks, management analysts, and administrative support personnel.  Support Staff are located in virtually all DON OGC offices around the world.

Our Support Staff regularly meet to share best practices, lessons learned, and to gain substantive knowledge (e.g. Freedom of Information Act, Ethics, Financial Disclosure Management, Budget Process, Executive Correspondence, etc.).  The 2015 DON OGC Support Staff Workshop was held in Norfolk, Virginia, where they toured the USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75).

  
  
  
  
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