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Avp Managing Counsel Coverage

Company name

CNA.

Organization Type

In-House

Job Type

Attorney

Date Last Verified

Jul 09,2019

Valid Through

Oct 22,2019

Posted on

Jun 20,2019

Years of Experience

Min 10 yrs required

Location

Atlanta, GA, United States

Employment Type

Full-time

Industry

Legal
Practice Area
Insurance Coverage >> Insurance Coverage
Litigation >> Litigation - Insurance
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AVP Managing Counsel Coverage
The candidate will manage a team of attorneys that accept referrals of complex coverage matters and other claim-related legal issues from firm's Commercial Claim organization, primarily from the Environmental and Mass Tort Claim/Asbestos, Life Sciences, and Construction Defect disciplines; and directly handle an inventory of the most complex/high profile referrals in these disciplines. Will also provide assistance from time to time in other lines of business. Have responsibility for both directly providing and ensuring team's provision of industry leading legal research and analysis of complex coverage issues, strategic guidance, recommendations, and periodic support for training initiatives and other special projects. Leads and directs a team of Commercial Coverage Counsel engaged in providing support to claim professionals and others by providing advice and counsel in connection with a broad range of complex coverage and other claim related legal issues. Oversees workloads of other attorneys and contributes to team by managing own workload. Focuses on objectives to set direction and drive superior results. Has an understanding of the financial/insurance industry sectors in which firm's operates and stays informed on relevant insurance industry trends. Uses metrics, information analysis, and technology resources to drive desired behaviors and results. Leads and directs the work activities and has full management responsibility for the performance of assigned staff attorneys. Exercises full management authority, including performance reviews, pay decisions, recruitment, discipline, termination and other personnel actions. Assigns work to commercial counsel, legal analyst, and support staff, monitors work, and coordinates with others as needed. Optimizes talent in accordance with firm's needs and expectations, driving desired behavior and superior results. Manages, oversees, and/or directs coverage litigation. Provides strategic counsel and advice to Claim and Underwriting professionals with respect to the impact of coverage and other claim related legal issues on overall claim exposure. Identifies and assesses risks, collaborating with/across Claim professionals, strategic coverage teams, and the coverage litigation firm. Maintains enterprise perspective and identifies critical strategies and priorities. Drives effective research and analysis of coverage and other legal issues for Claim and Underwriting professionals in non-litigated matters. Assures that timely advice is provided in appropriate form under the circumstances. Creates a culture that embraces effective early resolution of disputes by assessing and addressing each side's needs to obtain a reasonable level of satisfaction with the outcome under the given circumstances. Coaches and mentors individual team members to anticipate, recognize, and deal effectively with existing or potential conflicts at the individual, group, or situation level. Consistently models "can do" attitude and commitment to provide first-class service to customers and best-in-class legal support to our internal clients and colleagues. Directs ongoing formal and informal individual and group business-line-specific coaching/ training to Claim leaders, Claim professionals, underwriting, and/or brokers/agents. Educates key stakeholders (customers, claimants, other insurers, mediators, etc.) about coverage and other claim related legal issues. Partners with Claim, Underwriting, and Product Development teams to develop, supplement, and revise policy language and participates in customer and claimant meetings, as needed, in partnership with Claim professionals and/or business partners. Makes informed strategic and operational decisions by identifying and analyzing trends and improvement opportunities through the effective use of resources, tools, and metrics. Responsible for the ongoing management of staff by attracting talent, setting clear direction, providing appropriate guidance, managing performance, recognizing contributions, and developing capabilities. Ensures quality by assuring compliance with best practices, and developing and delivering training as needed. Requires strong communication and diplomatic skills to guide, influence, and persuade others, particularly colleagues in other areas and/or external customers. Communicates regularly with leadership and staff regarding operational effectiveness, continuous improvement opportunities and results. Stays up to date on legal trends and developments as well as insurance industry issues, increasing overall insurance business acumen. May perform additional duties as assigned.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate should have Bachelor's degree with JD degree, plenary admission to the Bar of at least one State, and ability to satisfy any applicable in-house counsel licensure requirements. Must have 10 years of related work experience in claims and/or law firm with a progressively increasing level of responsibility, including 5 years of demonstrated (direct/indirect) management/leadership experience and experience participating in/leading complex negotiations, mediations, or other alternate dispute resolution processes. Should have 8-10 years of experience, either in a substantial in-house position providing legal support for claims of the highest severity, or in a law firm providing legal advice and litigating third-party insurance claims of the highest severity and complexity. Should preferably also have prior experience as a third-party coverage attorney, substantial experience providing in-house legal support and strategic counsel to claims staff and senior management in connection with third-party lines of business (principally Environmental and Mass Tort/Asbestos, Life Sciences, and Construction Defect), and top-tier legal research, management, and communication skills and coverage acumen. Expert level of insurance coverage and policy interpretation knowledge is needed.

Additional info

Ref. #: CLA000296

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
CNA.
2435 Commerce Avenue
Building 2200, Satellite Place
Atlanta, GA 30096

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