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Staff Counsel Duties: Reviews, evaluates and makes recommendations on behalf of the company on claims and lawsuits filed against the company, including extra-contractual matters. Handles complex legal case management. Directly manages claim lawsuits to achieve appropriate outcomes in the defense of the company. Researches, analyzes and reports on legislation, case law and industry trends impacting claims handling and the avoidance of extra-contractual claims. Attends mediations, trials and other proceedings as needed on assigned matters to ensure the companyâ€™s interests are being advanced. Reviews, analyzes and advises on claims initiatives and written materials to ensure consistency with best practices for avoidance of litigation and bad faith allegations. Creates and solicits feedback on the companyâ€™s Litigation Management strategy. Prepares status and other reports to upper management as needed in connection with assigned inventory of litigation matters. Participates in training and mentoring of claims staff, including formal and informal training sessions and roundtables.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: JD Degree from an ABA-accredited law school required. Must be a licensed member in good standing of the Florida Bar. 3+ yearsâ€™ experience in first party property insurance litigation. Ability to â€œfirst chairâ€ trials and perform all functions of litigation, including EUOs, depositions, motions and hearings, mediations, trials and appeals. Demonstrated skill at complex litigation strategies and procedures, complex coverage issues and appeals. Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Professional and demonstrates high integrity. Shifts focus or course of action when necessary; flexible. Resilient, maintaining high levels of performance under stress. Excellent leadership and visionary skills. Excellent organization and planning skills. Strong interpersonal skills. Superior verbal and written communication skills. Superior presentation skills. Thorough knowledge of Florida personal residential insurance legal issues and landscape.
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