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Litigation Attorney
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Litigation Attorney Duties: Manages coverage cases with outside counsel as a collaborative, active partner in all aspects of litigation, arbitrations or other alternative dispute resolution proceedings. This includes review, revision and approval of all pleadings, motions, appeals, litigation plans and budgets. Assesses and models coverage issues and potential exposure in complex insurance coverage matters by analyzing insurance policy provisions, applicable case law and potential underlying claim exposure. Prepares discovery responses, company witnesses and trial strategy with outside counsel, including the design of mock jury exercises and work with jury consultants to test case themes and approach to trial. Provide legal counsel and support for Company associates and management in making informed and timely decisions regarding claims, in particular by: assessing Company insurers rights and obligations; evaluating material risks and options facing Company insurers; identifying realistic options available to Company insurers; and reviewing proposed settlement agreements and other contracts. Prepares cogent, high quality narrative reports for senior management setting forth application of underlying facts to the legal issues and contract provisions, the potential risks involved in a given matter, recommended strategy and the potential value. Prepares reports as necessary for reinsurers and E&O insurers. Assesses and recommends affirmative lawsuits or arbitrations. Develops and manages case budgets and case plans. Provides on-going training and support to in-house paralegals and training to associates in the company on various legal issues applicable to the business. Tracks relevant case law developments and insures appropriate associates are aware of those impacting their matters. Ensures development and implementation of consistent company positions on key issues. Assesses competencies and workloads of outside counsel to optimize litigation assignments. Formulates negotiation strategy through collaboration with in-house legal team and outside counsel, actively negotiating matters involving a wide range of exposures. Travels to and personally appear at court conferences, mediations, arbitrations, strategy sessions, witness interviews, site visits or as otherwise necessary, primarily in the United States, but with some international travel possible. Provides testimony when called upon for information that is not privileged, confidential or protected from disclosure. Assists with review of potential acquisitions. Models exposures and formulates resolution strategy. Maintains the highest degree of confidentiality and ethics.

Qualifications: Leadership that inspires results, calculated risk taking and continual improvement. High caliber professional judgment. Outstanding written and oral communication skills. Advanced expertise on insurance and/or reinsurance coverage law. Knowledge of the insurance business. Familiarity with lean management principles. Disciplined, structured and logical approach to problem solving. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects successfully. Proven record of delivery against deadlines. Tendency to challenge the status quo and push for constant improvement. Demonstrated skills in litigation management. Experience with insurance coverage issues with respect to underlying claims involving pollution, toxic tort and construction defects. Customer service oriented with the ability for developing long lasting relationships with internal and external business partners. Customer service oriented with the ability for developing long lasting relationships with internal and external business partners. Minimum of 5 years of complex insurance litigation experience, whether as outside counsel or through employment in the insurance industry. Completion of law school with a Juris Doctorate and admission to a state bar. Six Sigma training desirable. Financial training desirable. CPCU courses desirable.
 
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