Closing Date: 30th April, 2023
The USAO-DNJ is seeking an experienced attorney to serve as an Assistant U.S. Attorney handling affirmative civil health care fraud cases. These cases vary in scope and complexity, but characteristically involve difficult and complex factual and legal issues giving rise to civil claims by the government against individual and corporate health care providers for committing fraud and abuse in health care, including under the False Claims Act. The selected AUSA will handle all aspects of the investigation and litigation of civil health care fraud matters, including analyzing the law and relevant facts to develop and implement effective strategies for all proceedings.
Although the AUSA will exclusively handle affirmative civil health care fraud cases, the AUSA will be a member of the USAO-DNJ's Criminal Division. The USAO-DNJ's Criminal Division handles both civil and criminal investigations and prosecutions involving health care fraud and abuse. Many of these investigations are conducted in parallel - civil and criminal - requiring AUSA's to work well together, as well as with supervisors, support staff, and other participants in investigations and litigation, including law enforcement agents and witnesses, as well as Department of Justice colleagues from the Commercial Litigation Branch, Civil Frauds, and the Consumer Protection Branch. Many of the affirmative civil health care fraud cases are brought through qui tams, requiring AUSAs to work with relators and their counsel.
Civil health care fraud AUSAs must serve as effective and dedicated advocates for the government's interests, timely and efficiently pursue the just resolution of their assigned cases, and make sound and legally supportable decisions toward those ends. They must possess the foresight and organizational and legal skills needed to manage a large and diverse caseload that involves lengthy and difficult investigations and litigation. They must have strong legal research skills, be able to produce high quality written work even under short deadlines, and be persuasive oral advocates both in court and in settlement discussions. They must be comfortable with data analysis and research. A newly-hired civil health care fraud AUSA is expected to quickly develop subject matter expertise in health care fraud and the False Claims Act, to the extent he or she does not already have this experience.
Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least three (3) years post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience. United States citizenship is required.
The following qualifications for this position are desirable but not essential: a strong background in health care fraud investigations and/or litigation.
Assistant United States Attorneys' pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience. The range of basic pay for these positions will be $59,319 to $155,155, plus locality pay.
There will be occasional travel within and outside the District.