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Counsel, Claim Coverage Litigation The candidate will provide a broad range of cost-effective, high quality legal services while representing Travelers. Legal services may include: general legal counseling, drafting and negotiating settlement agreements, handling of litigation, resolution of disputes with the Company's insureds, and recognition, analysis and response to emerging issues and trends. Handles moderately complex to complex coverage matters, requiring a solid degree of knowledge and expertise. Involve the representation of Travelers in state and federal court in the litigation and resolution of Commercial and Personal lines insurance coverage disputes. Performs a variety of duties, including potentially complex duties within established policy guidelines; responsible for a defined set of assignments (e.g. assigned customers, claims or other specified set of responsibilities); is expected to set priorities and meet specific goals and objectives of the function or unit. (Typically pertains to advanced/operational, senior professional, unit supervisor). 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. Advises 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 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. Litigation Specific Job Duties/Responsibilities: Appears on behalf of the Company in both federal and state courts to argue motions and handle trials, status conferences, and other substantive and procedural matters in the litigation of insurance coverage disputes. Determines appropriate legal strategies and positions, as well as action on litigation; provide advice on possible outcomes, awards and settlements. Drafts motions, briefs, pleadings, written discovery, other legal documents, correspondence, and memoranda to identify and protect legal interests of the company. 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 local counsel and recommends adjustments. Has frequent, independent contact with clients, witnesses, experts and adversaries through counsel. Claim Specific Job Duties/Responsibilities: 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. Perform other duties as assigned.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have Juris Doctorate; graduate of an accredited law school, with 3+ years' experience as a practicing attorney. Must have 3+ years of prior experience in the litigation of complex insurance coverage disputes. Must have understanding and awareness of principles of Auto, General Liability and/or Property insurance coverage. Must have demonstrate strong lawyering skills, including effective oral and written advocacy. Knowledge of Law: Demonstrates expertise in legal specialty areas. Identifies issues; appreciates interaction between facts and the law; grasps legal complexities. Must be Admitted to the Bar in good standing in NY, NJ, MA and/or CT or willingness to gain admission the Bar in one of more of the foregoing states.
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