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Trial Attorney IV
Ref No.: 19-06197
Location: Newport Beach, California
JOB SUMMARY: Provides legal representation for clients in complex and/or high-risk matters. Reviews and evaluates assigned cases. Prepares and tries cases in all courts and agencies. Communicates with Claims and clients. Provides related legal advice and services Fosters and develops relationships with Claims. Assists in mentoring of other trial attorneys and paralegals.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Leads, works directly on or provides subject matter expertise on significant, high-risk and/or complex legal matters, representing clients in trials or hearings before all courts or agencies, including appeals and arbitrations.
2. May be specialized in one or more areas of law or lines of business. May handle cases at an appellate level or in Federal Court.
3. Reviews and evaluates cases and lawsuits. Maintains billable hour requirement.
4. Prepares and tries cases of high complexity and exposure in all courts and agencies. Cases may involve toxic substances, extensive injuries, extensive permanent injuries that may include future surgeries. Cases may involve inflammatory factors (DUI, death of a child).
5. Works with client and Claims to establish, communicates and implements Litigation Plan. Keeps client and Claims fully informed.
6. Obtains meaningful discovery, takes depositions, and participates in motions practice as warranted.
7. Recognizes, participates and promotes settlement opportunities. Negotiates as authorized, with settlement values requiring Director level or home office involvement.
8. Demonstrated proficiency interpreting Insurance contracts and coverage issues.
9. Assists with audits within Trial Division (national audit and/or KPI). Follows established NTD Best Practices Guidelines.
10. Provides leadership within the office. Conducts training for Claims and intra-office; mentors less experienced attorneys.
11. Fosters and develops relationship with Claims. Has significant contact with Claims management. Assists with business development and retention.
12. Performs other related duties as assigned.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:
  • Education: JD degree or equivalent. Designations: Currently licensed as an attorney in an appropriate U.S. jurisdiction.
  • Experience: Typically has in excess of ten years of relevant civil litigation, trial experience and/or agency hearing representation experience, as well as substantial jury trial experience as lead counsel. A skilled attorney in an area of law relevant to insurance practice.
  • Knowledge: Has significant expertise in a specialized area of law. Engages in complex legal practices and procedures. Considered a subject matter expert within his or her area of legal expertise. Possesses strong leadership skills. Engages in complex legal practices and procedures
  • Skills/ Competencies: Excellent written and verbal communications skills. Significant 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. Good time management and organization skills. Has significant contact with all levels of management. Ability to initiate, organize and coordinate complex projects and cases. Leadership skills used in direct and/or indirect influencing such as team building, motivating, influencing and problem solving.