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Assistant Claims Counsel

Company name

Preferred Mutual Insurance Company

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Job Type


Date Last Verified

Sep 12,2019

Valid Through

Dec 26,2019

Posted on

Aug 07,2019

Years of Experience

Min 5 yrs required


Latham, NY, United States

Employment Type



Practice Area
Insurance Coverage >> Insurance Coverage
Litigation >> Litigation - Insurance
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Assistant Claims Counsel
Duties: Assist with providing legal advice to claim managers and staff on litigated and coverage matters and in instances where applicable law, statutes, regulations and court decisions are unclear or conflicting. Conduct examinations under oath in connection with first-party coverages; represent the Company in arbitrations or other ADR and prepare legal documents, correspondence and memoranda to identify and protect legal interests of the Company and/or its insureds as appropriate. Develop and implement cost-effective legal strategies on complex claims, engaging and managing outside counsel, as required. Provide coverage review and analysis, including review and/or drafting of coverage opinions, letters, reservation of rights and disclaimers. Assist with, and may independently provide, training/informational initiatives for staff on emerging legal/coverage issues affecting the claims department. May attend trials, hearings, arbitrations, mediations on behalf of the Company to monitor when necessary. In partnership with Claims Counsel, play a key role managing productivity goals for panel counsel that address handling driven leakage through effective investigation, timely determination of liability, accurate exposure assessment and prompt resolution. Maintains awareness of judicial climate, current case law, skillful defense techniques and professional expertise through the review of legal publications, seminar/conference attendance, etc. and performing legal research. Is required to travel up to 40% of the time.

Qualification and Experience

QUALIFICATIONS: JD degree and 5 or more years of property/casualty experience, including prior experience handling or litigating coverage issues, in particular first-party claims. Experience in conducting examinations under oath is preferred. Must have experience in the lines of business underwritten by the Company. Admitted to practice law in at least one of the 4 states in which the Company operates (NY, NJ, MA and NH). Possesses working knowledge of coverages written by the Company, in particular first-party coverages. Knowledge of legal precedents, legislative and industry-related issues, and judicial trends. Must have the ability to effectively and efficiently research laws and regulations in various jurisdictions. Must have strong negotiation, listening, and interpersonal skills to effectively develop and maintain productive internal and external relationships.

Additional info

Requisition ID : 1284

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Preferred Mutual Insurance Company
1 Preferred Way
New Berlin, NY 13411

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