Purpose of JobIMPORTANT: Applicants – When filling out your name and other personal information below, DO NOT use any special characters or ALL CAPS. Use only standard letters in the English alphabet. Including special characters or all uppercase letters will cause errors in your application. We are seeking a senior trial lawyer for our New York City Staff Counsel office, to litigate moderate to complex insurance defense cases. The candidate must have the ability to handle the defense of personal injury and property damage claims from inception to settlement, mediation, arbitration or trial.
Job RequirementsProvide legal advice and strategy on assigned cases, with extensive contact the with Claims personnel assigned. May also be called upon to provide advice on pre-litigation matters.Prepare legal pleadings, motions, memoranda and other documents on assigned cases. Provides legal advice and representation to clients, and appear for in Court for depositions, motions, conferences, and trials, as required.Prepare reports and memos for Claims including Initial Case analysis, discovery and deposition reports, and Pre-trial reports and strategy.Evaluate case specific legal issues and directs appropriate resources and responses. Conduct direct settlement negotiations with plaintiff’s attorneys.Provide in-house training for claims personnel regarding changes in litigation and/or appropriate processes and procedures.Provide guidance to team members and serve as a mentor to other team members.Minimum RequirementsJD from an accredited Law School.Licensed to practice law in the jurisdictions served.8+ years handling personal injury/property damage cases.Familiarity with the Court Systems in the geographic area being served.Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Westlaw.PreferredHeavy trial experience, including verdicts, in the Courts of New York City, and its suburbs.Excellent writing and communications skills.Defense Counsel backgroundLeadership SkillsThe above description reflects the details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job and should not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be performed in the job.At USAA our employees enjoy one of the best benefits packages in the business, including a flexible business casual or casual dress environment, comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans, along with wellness and wealth building programs. Additionally, our career path planning and continuing education will assist you with your professional goals.Relocation assistance is not available for this position.