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Our Business
Selective is a midsized U.S. domestic property and casualty insurance company with a history of strong financial performance for over 95 years. Focused on exceptional employee and customer experience, we are frequently recognized for awards and honors, including being named to Forbes’ 2021 Best Workplaces in Financial Services and Insurance list.

Our Culture
We genuinely care about each other, our customers, and the communities in which we operate. Our leaders actively champion career development and invite us to voice unique ideas and diverse perspectives. If that sounds appealing, we think you would feel inspired on our team to achieve and be rewarded for extraordinary results.

Selective Insurance is seeking an experienced Sr./Trial Attorney to handle insurance defense cases for our Richmond, VA Staff Counsel office. The attorney, with the assistance of a talented support staff, will be responsible for the defense of the case from start to resolution. The position requires exceptional client communication skills, documented trial skills as well as the ability to report and respond to the carrier with insight and timeliness. In return, the position offers a competitive salary, benefits and the opportunity to use your litigation skills.

Job Responsibilities
  • Prepares pleadings, motions, briefs, letters, memoranda, reports, appeals, articles, etc. using our legal case management software.
  • Directs and undertakes discovery practice including depositions, expert selection and all other pre-trial preparations.
  • Communicates with, meets and regularly updates the client and claims personnel regarding the status of pending matters. Communicates with opposing counsel, the courts and others as needed.
  • Researches and briefs issues using Lexis and other computer/web based data sources, law reporters and other law library materials.
  • Develops litigation strategy for all assigned cases.
  • Provides analysis to claims in the form of legal opinions, recommendations and digests of recent developments in decisional and statutory law.
  • Controls and directs clerical activity, in accordance with office protocol, necessary to support function of position.
  • Reports to managing attorney concerning status of matters and provides other information as requested.
  • Tries cases to conclusion before judges, juries and other triers of fact including ADR.
  • Travels to depositions, court appearances, claims and client meetings, and other events as necessary. Travel represents approximately 20% of employee’s time.
  • Engages in other activity as directed by the managing attorney including limited management responsibilities if appropriate.

Job Qualifications
  • A minimum of 5 years legal experience in the jurisdiction required.
  • Juris Doctor from ABA accredited law school required. Member in good standing of the Bar of the jurisdiction required.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, or similar required. Typing skill required. Legal case management software experience preferred.
  • Excellent customer service, writing and oral communication skills required.

The salary range for this position is: Trial Attorney $90,600 - $149,600 / Sr. Trial Attorney $101,400 - 167,600. The actual base salary is based on geographic location, and the range is representative of salaries for this role throughout Selective's footprint. Additional considerations include the candidate's qualifications and experience.

Job Grade or Level will be based on experience.

Selective is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. That means we respect and value every individual’s unique opinions, beliefs, abilities, and perspectives. We are committed to promoting a welcoming culture that celebrates diverse talent, individual identity, different points of view and experiences – and empowers employees to contribute new ideas that support our continued and growing success. Building a highly engaged team is one of our core strategic imperatives, which we believe is enhanced by diversity, equity, and inclusion. We expect and encourage all employees and all of our business partners to embrace, practice, and monitor the attitudes, values, and goals of acceptance; address biases; and foster diversity of viewpoints and opinions.

Selective maintains a drug-free workplace.