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Senior Counsel The candidate will acts as the primary legal resource in the Travelers Claim Center. Provides comprehensive, coordinated, high-quality, and timely legal advice and counsel to the Claim Center. Will coordinate and collaborate effectively with all areas within Claim Legal and Claim. Provide comprehensive legal advice and support to the Travelers Claim Center on a variety of legal issues. These include insurance coverage issues, as well as claim initiatives, compliance, regulatory inquiries, claim handling practices, contracts and emerging trends. The areas of legal work include: preparing written legal coverage opinions and other coverage advice; providing general legal advice, managing litigation brought by or against Travelers; providing counsel and coordination on regulatory inquiries, including market conduct examinations; providing counsel on compliance issues; serving on Claim Center committees such as suit committees; developing and delivering training to the claim staff; and performing research. In addition, the GC will collaborate with Underwriting and other business units within Travelers on these issues where appropriate. Provides high quality, cost effective legal advice and recommendations for action to business clients regarding moderately complex to complex matters which have or may have a dollar impact on business activities and operations. Researches legal principles and precedents within area of specialization or expertise. Identifies unique issues in assigned matters and recommends appropriate responses to those issues. Proactively identifies and communicates risk to internal and/or external customers and provides recommendations on how to mitigate that risk. Responsible for managing outside counsel and advising senior business clients on financially significant and complex matters. Drafts, negotiates and executes legal documents. Maintains awareness of judicial climate and legal developments through the review of legal publications, on-line documentation and attendance at seminars and conferences. Builds and maintains strong internal and external client relationships. May act as mentor and coach to less senior attorneys, paralegal/staff; explains issues, ideas and concepts that are incorporated into work assignments. Makes effective use of technology and automation in the practice of law. Ensures timely submission of work product as required. Reviews and approves invoices for retained counsel to ensure appropriate expenses incurred and compliance with corporate retention agreement. Litigation Specific Job Duties/Responsibilities: Determine appropriate action on litigation; provide advice on possible outcomes, awards and settlements. Prepare and/or review defense positions and legal strategies, engaging and managing counsel as required. Prepare and/or review motions, briefs, pleadings, legal documents, correspondence, and memoranda to identify and protect legal interests of the company and/or its insureds. Proposes, prepares and responds to and evaluates oral and written discovery. Prepares and/or reviews annual legal fees budget for assigned cases. Reviews invoices from outside counsel and recommends adjustments. Has frequent, independent contact with clients, clients employees, witnesses, experts and adversaries through counsel. Provides recommendations and case analysis to all business partners on appropriate file handling strategy. Completes all required administrative tasks including time reporting, closed cases reports and other materials appropriate to performance of job duties. Adheres to all standards of excellence in file management. Other duties as assigned. Must have JD degree; graduate of an accredited law school. Should have 6+ years of prior legal experience. Must be admitted to the Tennessee State Bar in good standing.
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