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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Trial Attorney in Washington, District Of Columbia


The Legal Division of the Office of Administrative Litigation (OAL) in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is seeking a full-time attorney in our dynamic energy trial practice.


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is an independent agency that regulates the interstate transmission of natural gas, oil and electricity. OAL’s lawyers conduct complex multi-party litigation in proceedings before the agency's administrative law judges, involving the rates, terms, and conditions under which oil and gas pipelines and electric utilities provide interstate energy services. Our cases involve extensive technical and legal analysis. OAL’s goal is to arrive at just and reasonable rates that are not unduly preferential or unduly discriminatory through advocacy in cases set for hearing by the Commission. As an OAL lawyer, you will work in multidisciplinary case teams, with in-house expert technical witnesses who testify and participate in settlement negotiations, regarding an array of ratemaking disciplines including accounting, engineering, and finance. You will engage in discovery, depositions, motions practice, and other pre-trial procedures to prepare cases for administrative hearings. At trial, you will prepare staff witnesses for examination, cross-examine witnesses, and respond to evidentiary objections. You will apply your case knowledge and legal skills when negotiating settlements. OAL places a premium on managing multiple assignments and quickly learning challenging technical concepts. In addition, to succeed in OAL, you must have strong analytic, oral, writing and team skills; familiarity with federal energy law or energy industry exposure is a plus. This full-time position holds the potential to advance already developed litigation skills.Position is included in the Bargaining Unit.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Administrative Litigation seeks an attorney with litigation and energy law experience. An attorney accepted for this position will assume responsibility for settling and litigating energy cases. OAL settles and litigates matters the Commission sets for hearing that often involve rates, terms and conditions of energy service. OAL’s goal is to help achieve just and reasonable rates that are not unduly preferential or unduly discriminatory. Applicants with questions may contact Mr. Ulsh at


Conditions of Employment

Must be a U.S. Citizen

Must be in good standing with a recognized state bar (if not a 3L)

A two-year trial period is required

Generally, male applicants must be registered with the Selective Service

A background investigation is required

You must be a graduate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.


Both the quality and the amount of experience determine the qualifications for the Trial Attorney hired responsive to this notice. The attorney hired must have a minimum requirement of completing a J.D. or LL.B. from an accredited college or university and must possess an active bar membership and specialized experience for this position. The attorney hired must be a graduate from a law school accredited with the American Bar Association. The attorney hired must be a member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar. The applicant must be a United States citizen. The applicant must provide adequate proof to meet the educational and accreditation requirements. Inadequate or illegible information could result in non-qualification and loss of consideration. All job offers are contingent upon successful completion and adjudication of a background investigation.


Additional Information

While this position offers potential promotion, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval. You must submit all required information by the closing date. The materials you send with your resume will not be returned. If you are selected at a grade lower than the highest shown in this listing, you will be placed under a career development plan and can be non-competitively promoted when you successfully complete the requirements for the higher grade. Before entering on duty, you may be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450. You will need to provide the information annually. Relocation expenses will not be paid.