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Big Insurance Defense to Civil AUSA?

Hello all - Has anyone seen a lawyer go from insurance de t3success06/23/16
Fed Gov doesn't farm this stuff out to private firms like st karlfarbman06/23/16
I would guess more civil litigators from state AGs offices a downwardslope06/23/16
I worked with someone who worked as a civil AUSA. ... Sh municipald106/23/16
Great, so there goes that idea. t3success06/24/16
AUSA's are pretty competitive spots, and have been for quite municipald106/24/16
I've had the US as a codefendant on a few cases over the yea notiers06/25/16
I've always found this amusing because civil AUSA is basical dimsum08/08/17
I interned during law school for the Civil AUSA (SDNY) - nea associatex08/09/17
t3success (Jun 23, 2016 - 1:27 pm)

Hello all -

Has anyone seen a lawyer go from insurance defense to a civil AUSA job? I see some of these postings and it essentially looks like an ID job but defending the Fed Gov (premises liability, med mal, etc.)

Do these jobs go to Biglaw burnouts always or is there hope for someone leaving a firm like Wilson Elser to get hired as a Civil AUSA.

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karlfarbman (Jun 23, 2016 - 3:33 pm)

Fed Gov doesn't farm this stuff out to private firms like state gov does? These positions are doing the actual lit or basically the equivalent of in-house counsel or insurance adjuster for fed gov, supervising the litigation to an extent and signing off on plans of attack/defense?

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downwardslope (Jun 23, 2016 - 9:41 pm)

I would guess more civil litigators from state AGs offices and other state agencies that may already work with the AUSAs or the biglaw attorneys typically hired by state agencies for federal lawsuits.

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municipald1 (Jun 23, 2016 - 9:47 pm)

I worked with someone who worked as a civil AUSA.

... She went to Stanford and started her career at Orrick...

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t3success (Jun 24, 2016 - 11:21 am)

Great, so there goes that idea.

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municipald1 (Jun 24, 2016 - 2:18 pm)

AUSA's are pretty competitive spots, and have been for quite a while.

A guy I went to high school with who went to Harvard Law "fell back" into an AUSA spot after 8 years at Sidley & Austin.

However, my two examples are in Chicago and San Francisco. Your results may vary in different locations.

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notiers (Jun 25, 2016 - 12:35 am)

I've had the US as a codefendant on a few cases over the years. The Civil AUSAs I dealt with were all highly credentialed big law types.

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dimsum (Aug 8, 2017 - 10:00 am)

I've always found this amusing because civil AUSA is basically poop law in substance. The important civil cases are handled by the DOJ Civil Division, not an AUSA.

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associatex (Aug 9, 2017 - 10:22 am)

I interned during law school for the Civil AUSA (SDNY) - nearly 90% of them were exBigLaw attorneys or attorneys from other high profile jobs w/ stellar creds (Ivy BA/JDs). One of the Civil AUSA's I was working for is now a Fed court judge.

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