Provides legal representation to insured’s and the Company before courts, arbitration panels, or administrative bodies relating to the defense of high exposure personal injury lawsuits with values up to $500,000.00. This position also requires the supervision and management of the local office including file handling and administrative functions.
Supervision of office includes but is not limited to coaching, mentoring, and supervising attorneys within the local office. The Supervising Attorney [SA] is also the lead attorney in the local office charged with the responsibility of reviewing and assigning new files as well as administrative functions. Coaching, mentoring and training includes but is not limited to:
Review of new file assignments and assignment of files within office;
One 45 minute education and training session per month;
Auditing of 4 files for each attorney per month;
Review of one plaintiff deposition for each attorney per month;
Monthly 1:1 meetings with each attorney discussing monthly audit, cases of concern, case evaluations, upcoming trials, and follow up on recent education and training;
Pre-trial meeting 120 days before trial;
Detailed review of all pre-trial reports;
Roundtable with claims 60 days before trial;
Maintaining an active diary of cases of concern.
Complete comprehensive review of new file assignment concerning complex claims of liability and damages with initial evaluation letter to claims and service of initial discovery within 30 days receipt of assignment.
Taking and defending significant case depositions including parties and expert witnesses and completion of deposition summary within 15 days of receipt.
Law and Motion: Legal research; preparation of motions, oppositions and replies to motions; court appearance at law and motion.
Trial preparation, trial and post trial motions: This includes but is not limited to preparation of pre-trial documents, motions in limine and oppositions thereto; all facets of a jury trial, trial motions and post trial motions. Length of trials range from 1-5 weeks.
Education: Requires a law degree and admission to the Bar in the state(s) where practicing.
Experience: Preferred 15 plus years of insurance defense experience; Preferred 5-10 years of experience as primary attorney defending Attorney III cases [cases involving surgery, significant fractures, punitive damages with serious injury and/or excess exposure]; Preferred 20 insurance defense personal injury jury trials 5 of which involve an Attorney III file; Previous supervision of attorneys and staff a plus; Annual review exceeding expectations during previous 2 years