February 7, 2019
Job Title: Director of Litigation
Position Type: Full-time
Background: The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) is a national, nonprofit veterans service organization founded in 1981 and based in Washington, D.C. Our mission is to help ensure that the government delivers to our nation’s 22 million veterans and active duty personnel the benefits to which they are entitled, especially benefits for disabilities resulted from military service. To this end, NVLSP’s 28 staff attorneys and volunteers participating in our national pro bono program known as Lawyers Serving Warriors® provide free legal representation each year to more than 1,000 individuals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, other federal courts, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, VA regional offices, and military review boards. NVLSP often serves as an amicus or counsel in impact litigation throughout the United States. NVLSP’s impact litigation alone has resulted in payment of more than $5.2 billion in benefits to more than 100,000 veterans and their survivors. In addition, NVLSP annually trains hundreds of lawyer and non-lawyer advocates in veterans law and publishes advocacy materials to assist advocates in their representation, including the Veterans Benefits Manual, an annually-revised, 2,200-page veterans’ law treatise published by LexisNexis.
NVLSP’s Litigation Docket: NVLSP staff attorneys file approximately 600 individual appeals each year with the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, an Article I appellate court, which reviews decisions of the Board of Veterans’ Appeals denying a VA benefits claim. A small percentage of these cases are furthered appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Each year, NVLSP attorneys serve as co-counsel with pro bono attorneys from major private law firms in lawsuits filed in U.S. district courts or the U.S. Court of Federal Claims challenging the denial of military disability benefits.
NVLSP serves as lead or co-counsel in a number of class actions and law reform cases involving VA or military benefits issues. In addition, NVLSP regularly files amicus curiae briefs in federal court cases that will have a significant impact on veterans and their families.
Responsibilities: NVLSP seeks a full-time attorney experienced in appellate litigation to serve as Director of Litigation. The Director of Litigation will serve as NVLSP’s lead attorney in all class actions, law reform cases and individual U.S. district courts and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims cases. In addition, the Director of Litigation will assist NVLSP’s Director of CAVC Litigation in reviewing draft briefs to be filed in the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
Qualifications and Experience: Attorney in good standing and admitted to practice law in any state who has a minimum of 8 years of federal court appellate litigation experience, including experience in supervising other litigation attorneys. Excellent research, legal analysis, and writing skills. Experience in litigating class actions, law reform cases or appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims is very helpful, but not required. Experience with veterans law, disability law, and/or military service appreciated.
Salary and Benefits: The annual salary is from $150,000 to $180,000, depending on experience. NVLSP has a generous benefits program, with health and pension benefits provided at no cost to the employee.
Opening/Closing Date: Available immediately; closes when filled.
Applications: A resume, writing sample, and a list of three references should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line of Director of Litigation.
All applications will be reviewed in confidence.
NVLSP is an equal opportunity employer.