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Senior Associate Attorney

Company name

The Auto Club Group.

Organization Type

In-House

Job Type

Non-practicing Attorney

Valid Through

Nov 23,2019

Posted on

Aug 10,2019

Years of Experience

Min 2 yrs required

Location

Detroit, MI, United States

Employment Type

Full-time

Industry

Legal
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Senior Associate Attorney
The candidate under minimal supervision use specialized knowledge to handle complex litigation and appeals of Circuit Court cases of unlimited exposure in which the insured or the Company is a defendant. Develops and applies skills to control all aspects of litigation, including trial preparation, discovery, negotiation, presentation and appeals from District to Circuit Court. Reviews and analyzes files, insurance policies, all allegations and pertinent medical and technical data. Consults with medical and accident reconstruction specialists regarding injuries and disabilities. Prepares responses to civil complaints, files and answers any appropriate motions when questions of law or liability are in dispute. Determines feasibility of including third-party defendants in pending suits. Selects legal investigators and arranges for service of subpoenas and summonses. Files additional motions as facts of case and proper timing warrant. Conducts discovery depositions; formulates interrogatories. Under minimal supervision of a Practice Leader, conducts examinations under oath. Analyzes information obtained through discovery and determines whether settlement is appropriate within his/her authority according to the Company guidelines. Prepares case for trial, examining facts and developing trial strategy for construction of a strong defense. Participates in jury selection. Prepares and submits pre-trial statements; attends pre-trial hearings before judge. Conducts defense of case, including delivery of opening statement, examination and cross-examination of witnesses, makes and argues motions, confers with judges and attorneys, delivers closing argument; prepares trial brief which includes insured’s defense, applicable law, and jury instructions, when appropriate. Prepares mediation summaries and appears before Mediation Tribunal to advocate defendant’s case. Evaluates award and makes decision as to whether to accept or go to trial within his/her authority. Prepares uninsured motorist cases for arbitration hearings. Researches all pertinent documents and data; presents cases before arbitration tribunals. Keeps client advised of status of case in accordance with office guidelines and client satisfaction goals and consults with third-party clients regarding litigation against them, particularly as to its effect on their personal assets. Advises insured and refers to independent counsel to protect insured’s assets in event of an “over-limits” judgment as required. Coordinates trial or settlement activity with co-counsel, as necessary, to protect interest of insured. Applies cost/benefit considerations to all litigation activity in conjunction with evaluation with supervisor. Negotiates reasonable and equitable pre-trial settlements on behalf of Company and insured, when and where possible. Recommends to Appeals Committee whether judgments should be appealed based upon facts of cases and chances of recovery. Prepares memorandums and presents cases to Appeals Committee or Executive Committee. Consults with Senior Trial Attorneys, as necessary. Advises lower-level Attorneys on complex cases and possible appeals. Participates in Claims Legal Council Program on a regular basis. Renders legal advice and opinions as requested by branch claim personnel regarding coverage, liability and damages. Advises payment of claims as appropriate.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate should have Juris Doctor Degree or graduate of accredited law school. Must be member of the State Bar of Michigan. Trial experience at District and/or Circuit Court level to include five personal injury and/or insurance related cases tried to verdict, two of which must be jury trials and two as first-chair attorney is required. Personal injury legal experience of 2 years or more is needed.
Knowledge of: Civil law, judicial procedures and rules of evidence. Principles, methods, materials and practices of legal research. Discovery methods and techniques. Mediation rules, procedures and summaries. Michigan No Fault law, including current, significant case law. Tort liability law, including applicable theories of recovery and the appropriate defenses to those theories. Insurance Law, including familiarity with Uniform Trade Practices Law & Principles of bad faith actions. Principles of insurance contract construction and interpretation. Michigan Court Rules and motion practice. Standard Jury instructions and drafting non-standard jury instructions where appropriate. Professional ethics relating to relationship of house counsel to insured.
Ability to: Communicate effectively with other attorneys, court officers, the general public and others in a work environment. Analyze, organize, and present facts, evidence and related materials effectively in both written and oral forms.Utilize office computer software including claims litigation management systems.

Additional info

Ref 190000CL

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
The Auto Club Group.
150 W. Jefferson
Suite 1500
Detroit, MI 48226

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