Description:

An Insurance Company legal department is expanding and seeks a skilled Litigation Counsel to join our team and assist with the defense of property, casualty, and insurance coverage litigation in California. To be successful in this position, you will be a self-starter, highly organized, focused, detail-oriented, and willing to travel for single-day trips and occasionally overnight. This role requires technical proficiency and experience defending bodily injury, personal injury, first-party property damage, wrongful death, insurance coverage, employment practices, coverage litigation, and subrogation. This is a full-time position with no billable hour obligations.

Responsibilities:
  • This position will defend litigation in a designated area of California and some travel, with occasional overnight stays, as needed for case appearances and an annual team meeting.
  • The primary function of GuideOne Litigation Counsel is to handle all assigned litigation and other legal matters for GuideOne and its policyholders.
  • Litigation work includes but is not limited to case analysis, preparation of motions, pleadings, discovery, conducting depositions, hearings, trials, appeals and communicating with the claims department.
  • The candidate must be able to competently present a controversy from inception through trial or appeal while maintaining the independent professional judgment required of a lawyer.
  • Litigation Counsel handles a mix of commercial property, coverage disputes, and personal injury (including catastrophic injury and wrongful death) cases representing individuals as well as corporate and nonprofit entities.
  • Other duties as assigned, including but not limited to meetings, training, legislative updates, writing articles and publications, EUOs, SIU investigation, and other corporate legal functions.
  • Qualified candidates will be eligible to work remotely from home.

The Litigation Counsel must possess the requisite experience, skill, and judgment required to represent the interests of GuideOne and its policyholders with little or no direct supervision. The individual will demonstrate expertise with a variety of legal concepts, practices, and procedures while relying upon his or her experience and judgment to plan and accomplish job responsibilities and goals.

Requirements:
  • Licensed to practice law in California.
  • A J.D. from an accredited law school.
  • Five or more years of insurance defense litigation experience required.
  • Trial experience preferred.
  • Admitted to or eligible for admission to federal court.
  • Able to efficiently handle high-value case load with little to no direct supervision.
  • Frequent travel required, with some overnight stays, including a weeklong team meeting.
  • Prior in-house experience a plus.
  • CPCU or insurance-related designation a plus.