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Senior Litigation Attorney - Coverage
Refer job# DZPE137328
 
Senior Litigation Attorney - Coverage Duties: Apply deep industry, coverage and litigation knowledge and expertise to support claim professionals and others by analyzing and providing tactical and strategic business and legal advice in connection with a broad range of complex coverage issues and representing the Company in litigation when the coverage issue has not been resolved at the pre-litigation phase. Coverage issues will involve environmental and mass tort claims and may include other commercial and specialty claims. Work with embedded strategic coverage groups to provide analytical and strategic coverage assistance as well as communicate, litigate, negotiate or mediate, as needed, with/for claim professionals in order to effectively manage or resolve coverage disputes. Directly handle matters that proceed to coverage litigation on behalf of the Company. Effectively develop case/trial strategies and resolution plans, working with the strategic coverage groups, the Claims team, local counsel and others, as needed. Execute on strategies/plans. Approach every assignment with the goal of achieving the best possible total claim outcome. Help to ensure that coverage issues are handled consistently across Provide timely and actionable intelligence to our partners in Claim, Underwriting, Actuary and Product Development regarding customers, lines of business, market and competitor trends, and notable legal and other jurisdictional developments. Strive always to balance the needs of our customers, the Company, the issues unique to each claim, and the effect of relevant law in determining the best approach for handling coverage issues that arise, all with an eye toward serving our customers, protecting the interests of the Company, achieving the best total claim outcome, and limiting our need to incur the time and expense of litigating coverage issue. Handles highly complex or specialized insurance coverage matters from pleadings through trial driving for superior results. Manages preparation litigation preparation. Develops the litigation strategy, and prepares/directs the preparation of all necessary materials i.e., briefs, motions, discovery, depositions, experts, etc. Advises whether a case should be tried or settled and actively drives case to resolution with an appropriate sense of urgency. Handles high complexity or exposure bench and jury trials as first chair in both state and federal court as necessary. Tries all aspects of cases including court appearances, trial preparation, motions, discovery and negotiations. May provide trial coaching/oversight/ assistance to other attorneys. Communicates regularly and concisely with clients, claim professionals, leadership and others to ensure appropriate level of understanding and documentation exists for effective case management. Conducts legal research and analysis of facts and information to provide counsel and guidance on legal questions or issues. Prepares opinions or position papers on various legal issues and interpretation of legal issues/provisions. Counsels client/management/claim professionals to avoid legally unsound decisions or plans and when changes in the law occur. May supervise, train, or mentor other attorneys and paralegals. Trains department staff on appropriate procedures (e.g., claims, etc). Collaboratively works with clients, claim professionals, underwriting, risk control and other 3rd parties while resolving legal issues. Works independently in resolving legal cases with minimal supervision. Responds to government regulatory agencies as needed. May perform additional duties as assigned.

Qualifications: Bachelor degree with JD, and admission to the Bars of New York and New Jersey. Typically requires a 10+ years of experience in claims and/or law firm with a progressively increasing level of responsibility. Requires trial and/or litigation experience. Requires a proven track record of results. May require specific technical/functional area legal experience. Senior level advanced knowledge of the law as well as legal theories, principles, practices and procedures of litigation management within an insurance organization. Ability to work collaboratively with others to achieve desired results. Excellent verbal and written communication, negotiation and presentation skills. Strong negotiation, consultative and facilitation skills with the ability to effectively interact with all internal and external business partners, Ability to exercise independent judgment, and to work with and maintain confidential and sensitive information. Excellent analytical and problem solving skills, and senior level skill in managing ambiguous situations and issues. Proven ability to take a proactive long-term view of business goals and objectives in order to achieve strategic business results. Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and other business-related software ie Adobe, West Law, TeamConnect or other case management software. Value driven to provide superior solutions to internal and/or external clients. Acts with a sense of urgency to advance priorities of the client/organization. Helps self and others to excel through collaboration and building strong relationships. Thinks creatively and uses diverse ideas to solve problems. Raises expectations of self and others by continuously learning and broadening industry and technical skills.
 
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