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The Marketability of Insurance Attorneys

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Question
As an insurance attorney, what kind of job market is available to me?

Answer

We are frequently contacted by attorneys whose practices focus on insurance law. The relative marketability of these attorneys depends on the specific nature of their practice. Insurance coverage attorneys are highly marketable, and can transition to challenging new positions with top law firms with relative ease. On the other hand, those who practice insurance defense find it more difficult to make an upwardly-mobile move, notwithstanding their often excellent litigation skills.

What then, is the difference between insurance coverage and insurance defense, and why do attorneys in the former area have an easier time making a lateral move? While a detailed explanation of all of the nuances of insurance law is beyond the scope of this article, the following is an explanation of the basic differences between the two types of practices. Also included is a discussion of how insurance defense attorneys can best position themselves to make a lateral move to a top law firm.

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