Collections Paralegal III supporting Financial Litigation Unit at USAO
Sacramento, CA 
Posted 15 days ago
Job Description
FSA, a rapidly growing professional services company delivering highly qualified personnel in support of the government's mission, has an immediate vacancy for a Paralegal IV.

This position supports the Financial Litigation Unit (FLU) at the USAO. The FLU litigates debt collection issues and enforces collection of criminal and civil debts owed to the United States or to victims of federal crime. Civil recoveries are generally from delinquent student loans and small business loans, environmental penalties, bankruptcy judgments, and civil fraud prosecutions and penalties. Criminal recoveries are for special assessments, restitution which is returned to crime victims, fines and penalties.

A Paralegal III is responsible for performing a variety of paralegal and technical work requiring specialized knowledge of processes, procedures and practices to support legal activities within the Financial Litigation Unit and the Civil Divison, to include:

  • Works with Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs), investigators, federal agents and support staffs to recommend the most effective strategy to meet litigation needs. Develops alternative methods and encourages the use of automated support for trial preparation and presentation
  • Assists attorneys and legal support staff in organizing voluminous case information for efficient retrieval through automated means such as scanning, indexing, processing, and loading documents into a database. Ensures documents are organized for efficient automated storage and retrieval by preparing appropriate indices, defining data file search criteria and indexing/coding fields. Monitors the progress of computer data entry effort. Prepares computerized trial presentation programs.
  • Legal work and research related to the collection of civil debts and criminal fines, restitution, and bonds
  • Conduct and complete case reviews and accurately and clearly state relevant facts, assist with monitoring the progress of debts requiring enforcement, and initiate actions by drafting rouiine, with the supervision of a lawyer, legal pleadings, liens, writs of execution, garnishments, correspondence, and other documents
  • Perform asset searches using all appropriate methods, including electronic searches
  • Analyze and evaluate facts and legal issues of cases, research legal opinions, and recommend and execute a course of action for collection of high-dollar cases
  • lnitiate and prepare, with the supervision of a lawyer, civil discovery, including arranging and assisting with debtor examinations, setting up depositions, and developing discovery documents
  • Assist assigned attorney in preparation for hearings by developing, scheduling, summarizing and organizing discovery: interviewing debtors and witnesses: and researching case law
  • Contact debtors and attorneys while demonstrating a clear knowledge of the facts of the case, and conducting himself/herself in a professional, ethical and appropriate fashion
A Paralegal III must meet the following qualifications:
  • Paralegal Certificate
  • At least three years of paralegal experience required. Some trial related experience preferred
  • Sound working knowledge of legal system, legal research procedures, and sources of information
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, analytic ability, and thorough knowledge of legal research tools
  • Hands-on familiarity with a variety of computer applications, including word processing, database, spreadsheet, and telecommunications
  • Ability to consistently deliver highest quality work under extreme pressure
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Public Trust Security Access
This position requires U.S. Citizenship and a 7 (or 10) year minimum background investigation.
Agency Overview
The Financial Litigation Unit of the US Attorney's Office (USAO) litigates debt collection issues and enforces collection of criminal and civil debts owed to the United States or to victims of federal crime.

FSA is proud to be an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote qualified persons in all job titles without regard to age, ancestry, color, gender, HIV status, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation (including gender expression and identity) veteran status, family leave status, and any protected group status as defined by applicable law. FSA is proud to maintain a drug-free workplace. Satisfactory completion of a post-offer drug screening is a condition of employment. As a supplier of services to federal government agencies, such as DEA, FBI, USCIS, USPIS, etc., we also adhere to agency standards with respect to prior drug usage. COVID Policy: As a Federal Government Contractor, FSA falls under the guidelines of Executive Order 14042 and the Safer Federal Workforce Taskforce. Prospective and/or new employees will be required to adhere with FSA's COVID -19 Policy and be fully vaccinated before the start of employment. If applicable, during the offer process, prospective or new employees may seek a reasonable accommodation due to a disability (which would include medical conditions) or because of a sincerely held religious belief, practice or observance. While at a Federal workplace, employees must also comply with any additional agency workplace safety requirements for that workplace.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Experience
3+ years
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