Job Description Summary
Litigation attorney with moderate civil litigation experience in property and casualty insurance defense or subrogation. Maintains a high caseload comprised of a mix of cases with typically low to moderate complexity and severity, occasionally involving specialized concentrations. Represents both commercial and personal clients as lead counsel with moderate to low guidance and oversight. Has ability to handle more complex and severe matters, occasionally involving specialized concentration areas. Maintains positive relationships with colleagues, clients, and claims partners.Job Description
Reporting Relationships: Managing Trial Attorney
Core Duties and Responsibilities:
- Directly represent, provide legal advice, and/or subject matter expertise, independently as lead counsel, or as part of a team, in accordance with applicable Rules of Professional Conduct and Nationwide Trial Division (NTD) best practices on all matters assigned.
- Possesses and consistently demonstrates the requisite trial advocacy skills, productivity, proactive case management, work ethic, and work product quality to properly and effectively handle all matters assigned in accordance with the applicable Rules of Professional Conduct, NTD best practice guidelines, as well as claims and client expectations.
- Requires low to moderate managerial oversight and guidance from the Managing Trial Attorney (MTA) and NTD Leadership in all aspects of core duties and job responsibilities. Adept at effectively utilizing technology and collaboratively working with support staff to ensure efficient case management and productivity.
- Commitment to being consistently aware of changes to the law, technology, local rules and other procedural requirements, or other aspects of the legal and insurance industries likely to impact liability and recovery litigation strategies in the jurisdictions in which he/she practices.
- Possesses and consistently performs with the subject matter expertise and trial advocacy skills generally required for property and casualty insurance defense or subrogation trial practice. Possess the ability and willingness to develop and gain the requisite experience and subject matter expertise to eventually hold one or more specialized NTD concentrations required to serve as lead counsel on more complex and higher severity cases.
- Consistently provides factually, legally, and analytically sound opinions on case valuations that are promptly updated and timely communicated to the client and claims.
- Recognizes and takes advantage of opportunities to establish and foster professional relationships within OCLO and Claims at the Claims Manager level and below, as well as with colleagues within the legal and insurance industries within those jurisdictions and communities in which he/she practices.
- Recognizes and takes advantage of opportunities to use established relationships to reinforce NTD’s reputation within the Enterprise and local communities.
- Professional and effective communicator in all formats and situations (e.g. verbal, written, client meetings, claims file conferences, etc.). With only minimal supervision or coaching, can identify, understand, and meet client, claims, and internal NTD communication expectations, as well as those commonly expected within the jurisdictions and communities in which he/she practices.
- Demonstrates consistent commitment to development as a litigation attorney and NTD team member by readily seeking and accepting coaching and feedback. Has a solid understanding and recognition of the importance of engagement, productivity, attitude, and collaboration to the overall success of the NTD team.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
Typical Skills and Experiences:
Education: JD Degree from an accredited law school. Maintains an active license in the state in which the position is located.
Designations: Currently licensed as an attorney in an appropriate U.S. jurisdiction.
Experience: Typically, more than 3 years of relevant civil litigation experience in property and casualty insurance defense or subrogation.
Knowledge: Has moderate litigation experience in property and casualty insurance defense or subrogation. Engages in moderately complex legal practices and procedures.
Skills/Competencies: Effective and professional written and verbal communication skills. Highly collaborative, capable to work with staff and other attorneys on-site and remotely. Possesses strong negotiation skills. Ability to process information efficiently and effectively. Excellent analytical and legal skills. Resourceful, creative thinker. Computer savvy with a working knowledge of basic software and use of same. Capable of adapting to changes in the law and changes to technology in the law and court systems (e.g. electronic filings, etc.) Strong time management and organization skills. Recognizes and takes advantage of opportunities to establish and foster professional relationships within OCLO and Claims at least at the Claims Manager level and below, as well as with colleagues within the legal and insurance industries within those jurisdictions and communities in which he/she practices. Decision making ability to set work priorities and make recommendations. Strong legal research techniques.
Values: Regularly and consistently demonstrates the Nationwide Values and Guiding Behaviors.
Staffing Exceptions to the above minimum job requirements must be approved by the: Legal Executive and Human Resources.