United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) for the Western District of Washington

About the Office: 

United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) for the Western District of Washington is responsible for representing the federal government in virtually all litigation in the Western District of Washington (WDWA) that involves the United States in some way.  A large portion of the work involves criminal prosecutions for violations of federal law.  The office also handles civil lawsuits by or against a Department or agency of the United States, and actions to collect judgments and restitution on behalf of victims and taxpayers.  The USAO is divided into two litigating Divisions (Criminal and Civil).  The main office is located in Seattle, Washington and a branch office is located in Tacoma, Washington.  The office has an authorized strength of approximately 74 Assistant United States Attorneys.

Our office places a high value on diversity of experiences and perspectives and encourages applications from all qualified men and women from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBT individuals, and persons with disabilities.


Job Description: 

The Assistant United States Attorneys in the Criminal Division pursue prosecutions for violations of federal law that occur within the District. Criminal Division Assistant United States Attorneys advise federal law enforcement agents on criminal investigations, present criminal cases to the grand jury, try criminal cases before the United States District Court, and at times represent the United States in criminal appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The attorney hired for this position will be assigned a variety of criminal matters involving various areas of federal law but with a particular focus on violent crime.  This position will be located in Tacoma Office.  The successful applicant for this positions should anticipate spending the first several months in the position working at the Seattle office for training, and will be required to come to Seattle periodically as needed for casework and additional training.



The applicant must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least three years post-J.D. experience. Ideal qualifications include at least five years of post-J.D. litigation experience.  Any applicant with experience with addressing violent crime issues either as a prosecutor or defense lawyer should provide information about that experience in the cover letter.

Applicants must demonstrate a quick analytical ability and an ability to synthesize a wide range of data, help direct an investigation and have the ability to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a case. Applicants must demonstrate superior oral and writing skills, strong research and interpersonal skills, and good judgment.  Applicants must possess excellent communication and courtroom skills, and exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff and client agencies. Applicants must have a demonstrated capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment and in the highest ethical manner.

Applicants will be expected to do their own legal research and writing, and will be substantially self-sufficient in preparing day-to-day correspondence and pleadings.  Applicants also must demonstrate excellent computer literacy skills to include experience with automated research on the Internet, electronic court filing, and electronic e-mail and word processing systems.


Salary: Assistant United States Attorneys' pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience. The range of pay with locality is $67,816 to $166,400.


Travel: Occasional travel within and outside the District will be required.


Application Process: 

Interested persons must email the following items in pdf format to

  • A cover letter referencing Vacancy Announcement: 19-WDWA-AUSA-01 (Criminal-Tacoma)
  • A detailed resume that includes the month/year start and end dates for each position held
  • A law school transcript for any applicant with less than five years of experience as an attorney; and
  • A writing sample meeting the criteria set forth below


Writing Sample: Include a sample of your legal writing, such as a portion or all of an appellate brief, memorandum of points and authorities, or opinion letter. The writing sample should be a recent example of your work and demonstrate your ability to analyze legal issues and present that analysis in written form.

The sample should be predominantly your own work. If the document was edited by others, include a cover memo that briefly describes the level of editing that occurred.


Application Deadline: Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Relocation Expenses:  Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Number of Positions: 1+