Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
February 12, 2020
Washington, Washington DC
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The practice of law at the FDIC reflects the broad nature of the FDIC's work as well as its unique statutory powers. For example, because the FDIC has independent litigating authority, our attorneys practice before virtually all courts. FDIC attorneys develop case strategy, write the briefs and appear in court for arguments.

Additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement to fill identical vacancies that occur subsequent to this announcement.

Internship is for Summer 2020.

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Interns assigned to the Legal Division will assist attorneys in the following duties:

  • Performing supervised legal research and writing;
  • Preparing legal memoranda covering a wide range of topics relating to, among other things, litigation, bank supervision, and enforcement;
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

Areas of operation include bank regulatory and consumer compliance matters, litigation and bank receivership matters, management of complex financial institutions, and corporate practice, each of which is detailed below:

Bank Regulatory and Consumer Compliance Matters:

  • Developing, drafting and providing legal opinions on legislation, regulations and policy statements relating to insured depository institutions.
  • Providing advice on deposit insurance coverage, assessments of insured depository institutions, Federal securities laws, and consumer laws.
  • Working closely with bank and review examiners to ensure bank compliance with banking and consumer protection laws and regulations and the continued safety and soundness of insured depository institutions.
  • Preparing and litigating enforcement cases before administrative law judges and in federal courts.


  • Litigating professional liability actions; including claims against directors and officers, attorneys and accountants when arising out of failed banks.
  • Handling complex commercial litigation matters.
  • Defending the FDIC against challenges to its statutory authority and appeals from its administrative determinations.
  • Managing some of the largest civil commercial litigation cases brought by the federal government.
  • Providing legal advice relating to the investigation and pursuit of criminal matters involving financial institution.

Complex Financial Institutions and Receivership Matters:

  • Fraud, including collecting restitution and forfeiture orders benefiting the FDIC as Receiver for failed banks.
  • Providing legal advice on the FDIC?s responsibilities under the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) involving complex financial institutions.
  • Supporting the FDIC?s execution of policies and program initiatives concerning the development of resolution strategies and resolution planning for complex financial institutions.
  • Reviewing and assessing resolution plans developed by complex financial institutions under the Dodd-Frank Act.
  • Participating in the FDIC?s international outreach and coordination efforts with regard to the resolution of complex financial institutions.
  • Developing resolution, receivership and marketing strategies for failed banks involving hundreds of millions of dollars in deposits and loans.

Corporate Practice:

  • Providing legal opinions on a wide range of topics including statutory powers of the FDIC, the role of the FDIC as a federal agency, and corporate governance.
  • Handling labor and employment issues including administrative hearings on employee-related matters and negotiations with the bargaining unit representative.
  • Handling FDIC contracting, including contracting for the services of outside counsel.
  • Managing Legal Division information technology.
  • Corporate secretary duties for the Board of Directors.
  • Managing the FDIC ethics and alternative dispute resolution programs.
  • Supporting FDIC corporate governance structure and maintaining official corporate records.

Travel Required

Not required

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