Description:

Role Overview:
The world isn't standing still, and neither is An American Insurance Company. We're moving quickly, looking across our businesses and brands and taking bold steps to better serve customers' evolving needs. That's why now is an exciting time to join our team. You'll have opportunities to take risks, challenge the status quo and shape the future for the greater good.

You'll do all this in an environment of excellence and the highest ethical standards – a place where values such as integrity, inclusive diversity and accountability are paramount. We empower every employee to lead, drive change and give back where they work and live. Our people are our greatest strength, and we work as one team in service of our customers and communities.

Everything we do at An American Insurance Company is driven by a shared purpose: to protect people from life's uncertainties so they can realize their hopes and dreams. For more than 89 years we've thrived by staying a step ahead of whatever's coming next – to give customers peace of mind no matter what changes they face. We acted with conviction to advocate for seat belts, air bags and graduated driving laws. We help give survivors of domestic violence a voice through financial empowerment. We've been an industry leader in pricing sophistication, telematics, digital photo claims and, more recently, device and identity protection.

We are the Good Hands. We don't follow the trends. We set them.

Value of Working at Client Legal Services:
  • Provide great service to our clients and policy holders in their time of need to make a difference
  • Great place to learn to try cases and handle litigation
  • Ability to feel empowered to handle your own docket

Job Family Summary:
The Litigation Services Attorney job family is responsible for managing Insurance Defense and Tort Litigation / Disputes work and related issues/matters.

Job Summary:
Represents insured and the Company in the defense of bodily injury and property damage lawsuits, subrogation, and An American Insurance Company Financial cases. Prepares for and conducts hearings, trials, arbitrations, mediations, and depositions. Prepares and argues pre and post-trial motions. Assists colleagues in the resolution of calendar conflicts. Provides counsel to business clients on day to day issues. Provides project management, coordination, and collaboration between legal teams. Monitors and reviews new laws, regulations, and case law; identifies and summarizes relevant issues; collaborates with other areas of Law and Regulation (L&R) department; proactively provides advice and counsel to business unit on the impact of new laws on business; monitors counsel.

Key Responsibilities:
Job Family Specific Responsibilities:
  • Review new file assignments and approve initial pleadings, propound discovery, and/or develop strategy
  • Contacts clients to discuss their case and answer any questions.Maintains contact at a minimum of 90 days
  • Contact claims (initial litigation plan, recurring minimum 90 day contact, strategy conferences, etc.)
  • Review all documentary evidence
  • Prepares witnesses and clients for depositions, arbitrations, mediations and trials including expert witnesses
  • Conducts depositions and examinations under oath and prepares summary documents
  • Prepares and conducts court appearances (matter management conferences, hearings, status conferences, etc.)
  • Conducts settlement/dispositive proceedings (e.g. mediations, arbitrations, etc.)
  • Try and/or arbitrate cases and prepares motions in liminie and summary documents
  • Draft post-trial motions
  • Prepare for and participate in appeals
  • Provide legal opinions to claims clients
  • Investigate and pursue subrogation litigation as appropriate
  • Manages projects

Supervisory Responsibilities:
This job does not have supervisory duties.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
Juris doctorate and a license to practice law in Virginia

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities/Experience:
  • Ability to work remotely and travel within the Virginia (VA) territory
  • Two plus years of experience
  • Juris Doctorate degree and member in good standing of VA State Bar
  • Insurance Defense, Subrogation and/or Personal Injury litigation experience preferred
  • Trial and/or Arbitration experience is preferred, with flexibility to work across several disciplines that may include SIU, PIP, UM and Subrogation.
  • Computer skills required; experience with Microsoft Office, Lexis, and the internet
  • Ability to work well with others on a team of attorneys, paralegals, administrative assistants, supervised by an attorney Lead Counsel
  • Must be able to handle a moderate to complex case inventory
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills are key to working with a variety of internal and external contacts as well as for preparing reports, pleadings, and correspondence, collaborating with others, etc. Will work independently as well as part of a cohesive team.
  • Periodically lifting in excess of 20 pounds throughout the day, depending on court matters being handled. Attorneys are required to cover court matters for each other; attorneys have laptops.
  • Bending to pick up the computer bag which sometimes is more than 20 pounds, entering and exiting a vehicle, maneuvering files and computer at security checkpoints
  • Turning and twisting at work
  • May drive at least 40-50 miles daily depending on the activities being covered, court, doctors' depositions, discovery depositions, and case evaluations, etc.
  • Sitting for pro-longed periods of time en route to court, in court or at court proceedings, depositions, etc.
  • Walking and rolling brief case with files from vehicle to the legal proceeding and/or deposition and facilitations, etc.
  • Trial preparation could require lifting in excess 20 lbs. because of exhibits, materials, records from plaintiff, etc. These materials are printed for some proceedings.

Notes:
  • The preceding description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities. May be required to perform other related duties as assigned. Regular, predictable attendance is an essential function of this job.
  • Compensation offered for this role is $82,000.00-$145,000.00 per year and is based on experience and qualifications.