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Job #: R-00080383
Location: Washington, DC
Category: SCA Paralegal
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: No
Shift: Day
Clearance: Public Trust
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Civil

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Job Description:

Leidos is looking for a highly-motivated, first-class Financial Senior Paralegal to join us in supporting the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.  The location is 1275 1st Street NE, Washington, DC.

Are you tired of your days being primarily filled with routine paperwork and anxious to spend more time using your critical thinking and analysis skills?  Do you have a JD degree or are a part-time, evening law school student who wants real-world government financial experience?  If so, this job is for you!  This position is in the post-judgment collections section of the Tax Division and focuses on critical thinking and analysis of financial record review. In this role, you will gain many intangible skills, such as time and task management, critical thinking and problem solving, the ability to communicate complicated problems in a concise manner with internal and external colleagues of all levels.

Primary Responsibilities include:

  • Work products are reviewed prior to submission; however, often develops these products with minimal direct supervision other than written guidelines. 

  • Performs moderately complex legal research; synopsizes transcripts of hearings and oral arguments for attorney use; reviews case related financial materials and, for example, identifies potentially conflicting statements or areas requiring further investigation; writes preliminary drafts of simple legal memoranda and correspondence. 

  • Review and analyze financial records such as tax returns and bank discovery documents.

  • Exercise a broad range of critical thinking and analysis skills.  Real-life examples of when critical thinking skills may be used:

    • Upon noticing or analyzing the financial ability of a taxpayer to pay towards judgment after reading collected documents, knowing the legal limitations or requirements for collecting etc., you might produce a plan of action and analyze possible collection methods before explaining to the attorney what you found and how you might proceed.  

    • Taking basic information and piecing together a larger financial or legal picture.

    • Ability to accurately draw conclusions from information, i.e., analyzing whether a judgment debtor can afford to have a certain amount collected, and produce a memo or spreadsheet with in-depth analysis and outlining inferences that can be logically drawn from the same set of information.

    • Ability to determine the truth values of submitted information by comparison to other information and craft follow up questions for the opposing party.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Requires paralegal certificate, or JD, or currently attending an ABA-accredited law school, having completed at least one year of study, or an equivalent level of legal training or experience; or an equivalent level of education may be substituted.

  • Additionally, at least two years of litigation paralegal experience or project experience (as related to the task order) is required. 

  • Experience in financial record analysis, such as tax returns, bank discovery disclosures, etc.

  • At least one year of experience in automated litigation support. 

  • Requires a broad range of critical thinking and analysis skills. 

  • Requires sound working knowledge of federal and state court systems, legal research procedures, and legal research resources. 

  • Requires excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Requires thorough knowledge of legal research tools such as LEXIS and Westlaw. 

  • Must have hands-on familiarity with a variety of computer applications, including word processing, databases (such as document review and file management systems), spreadsheets, imaging, and hardware systems.   

  • Requires proficiency with Excel.

  • Role also requires hands-on familiarity with ESI tools and knowledge of eDiscovery procedures and resources. 

  • Ability to consistently deliver highest quality work under extreme pressure will be very important. 

  • Must be able to obtain a favorably adjudicated Public Trust Clearance.

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A JD, or currently attending an ABA-accredited law school, having completed at least one year of study, highly preferred.

  • Post-judgment collections experience.

  • General understanding of business entities, financial systems, trusts and estates, and accounting methods and how to read a business’ books.

  • Possess an ability to not only find information but possess a depth of understanding on where to look for more obscure information.

  • Ability to use your expertise to craft case-specific subpoena questions.

  • Ability to identify critical pieces of information.

  • Some knowledge of forensic accounting, helpful.

  • Currently have a favorably adjudicated Public Trust Clearance, preferred.

This position is covered under the Service Contract Act and is subject to minimum wage requirements as well as the minimum Health and Welfare benefit. Leidos will ensure that all provisions are met through their wages and benefits. The pay for this position will be $26.47/hr.


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About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets. The company’s 47,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $14.4 billion for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2022.   For more information, visit

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