Claims Staff Counsel in Irving, TX at Confie

Date Posted: 2/2/2018

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Full-Time
  • Location:
    Irving, TX
  • Job Type:
    Claims
  • Experience:
    Not Specified
  • Date Posted:
    2/2/2018

Job Description

Basic Function/Purpose:

Responsible for providing legal counseling on semi-complex and complex cases including representation in litigation to the company and/or company’s insured persons. This position has regular contact with Staff Counsel, Management, Litigation Specialists, Insured Persons, and Legal Community.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Handle complex files/cases as assigned including initial in-take of file, conducting initial client interview and reviewing existing information summations, reports, and statements.
  • Maintain updated records on insured persons, including contact information.
  • Review status of service upon confirmation of service preparer and file appearance, jury demand, and appropriate responsive pleading.
  • Review and proofread all documents including correspondence, pleadings, discovery and/or motions that go out in your name.
  • File all court documents with the clerk of that court.
  • Prepare and propound discovery on opposing party.
  • With the assistance of the insured persons, prepare written answers production request and interrogatories served on the insured persons by opposing counsel; also review answers to discovery on opposing party.
  • Take depositions: includes taking the sworn testimony of plaintiffs and other witnesses including expert/opinion witnesses. Defend the insured persons at depositions, interposing objections when appropriate.
  • Prepare and file appropriate motions during litigation including motions to compel and to bar (in limine).
  • Respond to Plaintiff’s motions regarding all aspects of the litigation suit.
  • Handle all court calls for the assigned cases including all status hearings, case management hearings, pre-trial conferences and trials.
  •  andle trials for assigned cases including open argument, examinations of witness, legal trial motions, jury instruction, and closing arguments.
  • Handle arbitration hearings including opening argument, direct and cross examinations of witnesses, legal technical motions, and closing arguments.
  • Respond to subpoenas issued on the company.
  • Perform miscellaneous research projects as assigned by the company.
  • Advise and train associates as needed.
  • Assist in audit and trial review of associates
  • Personally handles more complex and higher exposure cases.
  • Additional approved signor for firm checking account.

 

Job Requirements

Technical Competencies:

  • Juris Doctorate Degree required.
  • Valid law license in applicable states.
  • 3+ years’ litigation experience; civil insurance defense strongly preferred.

Additional Competencies:

  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, technical journals/procedures, and financial reports and data. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedures.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from management, employees, clients, customers, and the general public.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Working knowledge of Civil Procedure and Tort Law for state(s) licensed. 
  • Ability to maintain the highest level of discretion, diplomacy and confidentiality.
  • High energy level, comfortable performing multifaceted projects in conjunction with day-to-day activities.
  • Ability to work independently, think creatively and exercise strong, sound judgment.
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Ability to get along with diverse personalities, tactful, flexible. Strong orientation to customer service.
  • Ability to prioritize activities and projects. Skilled at time management and attention to administrative detail.
  • Strong technical aptitude in regards to software applications such as the Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to process high volumes of work, while meeting deadlines.  

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