Back to Job Board

Civil Litigation Attorney – Arlington, VA (ID# 15538)

Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs (CNSP) is a versatile, tribally owned 8(a), SDB providing solutions throughout the U.S. and overseas. CNSP has expertise in a wide range of technical disciplines, including global vulnerability assessment, information assurance, intelligence operations, program management and professional services with partners in Information Technology. CNSP is owned by Cherokee Nation Businesses, the economic engine of Cherokee Nation, the largest Native American tribe in the U.S. One-hundred percent of the company’s profits support future business investments and the well-being of the tribe’s citizens through health care, education and job creation, ensuring better lives for Cherokees today and tomorrow.

For more company information, visit our site at

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Office of Chief Counsel Civil Litigation Section (CCL) requires contract Attorney(s) to meet the needs of high volume, complex litigation that must be addressed by the Section. Such litigation includes, but is not limited to, the class action litigation titled Garcia v. Sessions, EEOC No. 100-2003-08442X.

CNSP (Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs) is seeking a Civil Litigation Attorney to assist the DEA in their mission. Below are the details and responsibilities:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist Chief Council Civil Litigation (CCL)CCL attorneys with every phase of litigation to include issue spotting, research, document collection, discovery, hearings, and appeals
  • Conduct claims intake and assemble agency documents underlying claims
  • Research the validity of claims through review of agency records and other documents
  • Conduct legal research, as well as fact and expert interviews
  • Prepare correspondence, discovery requests and responses, and written analyses of claims
  • Assess claims for settlement potential
  • Assist with drafting dispositive briefing
  • Help CCL attorneys prepare witnesses and documents for hearing
  • Handle a diverse and heavy work load and work cooperatively and efficiently with CCL staff members
  • Provide other legal support as necessary and as assigned by the Associate Chief Counsel of DEAs Office of Chief Counsel Civil Litigation Section (CCL)CCL

Supervisory/Management Authority:

  • This position will not have supervisory or management authority

Education and/or Experience:

  • A degree from a U.S. accredited law school and
  • An active bar membership.
  • Ranking in the top 20 percent of law school class and at least three years of litigation experience; or
  • Completion of a federal judicial clerkship; or
  • A minimum of five years of professional legal experience that includes litigation experience; or
  • Previous acceptance into and/or completion of the Department of Justice Honors Programs.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated skills and/or experience as an attorney, specifically in civil litigation
  • Excellent communications skills, both oral and written
  • Ability to obtain a Public Trust Clearance
  • Ability to successfully pass a drug screening test and federal background check
  • U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident status required

Work Environment:

  • This position is performed in a secured federal office setting

With $400 million in annual revenue, 20% growth per year, approximately 950+ active contracts serving 60+ government agencies in 25 countries, 47 states, 2 territories and 2000+ employees, Cherokee Nation Businesses’ (CNB) group of Federal Contracting Section 8(a) companies is well positioned to deliver expertise needed to solve complex technical issues. Federal Solutions provides an array of services for 12 of the 15 cabinet-level departments and agencies – from applications and data services to cybersecurity and national defense.

Why consider Cherokee Nation and our Federal Solutions business? Here are some great resources highlighting what we do and compelling reasons for joining our team!



Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, gender identity and sexual orientation. If you’d like more information about your EEO rights as an applicant under the law, please copy and paste the links to the following two sites: EEO Statement | EEO Poster

If you are an individual with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application process, or are limited in the ability or unable to access or use this online application process and need an alternative method for applying, you may email “” for assistance. This email address is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the application process or status.

For Pay Transparency Non Discrimination provision, please copy and paste the following link: Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision

We maintain an Affirmative Action Plan for the purpose of proactively seeking employment and advancement for qualified protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Upon request, we will schedule time to make our Affirmative Action Plan accessible. If you are interested, please submit a written request with the email subject line: 2018 Request to View Affirmative Action Plan to the Compliance Administrator at “” This email box is not for resumes or follow up on job applications.