Attorney III

State of NebraskaLincoln, NebraskaFull TimeOn Site

Location: 1526 K Street, Suite 200, Lincoln, NE 68508

Schedule: 40 hours weekly/flex-time

Examples of Work

Are you a licensed attorney in the State of Nebraska looking for a change? Is work-life balance and flexibility important to you? Are you ready to join a successful legal team committed to the protection of Nebraska consumers through common-sense regulation of the insurance industry? If so, the Nebraska Department of Insurance has an exciting opportunity for you to join our legal division supporting the mission and goals of the agency.

The Nebraska Department of Insurance protects Nebraskans through financial and market-based regulatory oversight of the insurance industry in the state. Our attorneys manage enforcement case files, independently prosecute cases, serve as hearing officers, conduct legal research on complex matters of insurance law, and provide general legal support to the rest of the Department. The specific duties assigned to this position will be based, in part, on the experiences and strengths of the successful applicant.

1. This attorney will research issues, render opinions, and enforce and administer the law under the General Counsel’s supervision concerning all areas of insurance law.
2. This attorney will coordinate with case investigators to ensure information is gathered for successful case preparation and to facilitate the administration and enforcement of agency statutory authority.
3. This attorney will respond to inquiries from other divisions within the Department of Insurance, insurers, insurance producers, and the public, and will draft letters and memoranda on issues as requested by the General Counsel or Director.
4. This attorney will draft correspondence, motions, pleadings, findings of fact, conclusions of law, rules, orders, and other legal documents to provide legal assistance to teammates or to agency management.
5. This attorney will prosecute violations of law against licensed individuals and entities at administrative hearings. Such prosecution includes conducting and preparing direct and cross-examinations, opening and closing statements, and settlement negotiations, as well as conferring with other Divisions at the Department of Insurance, witnesses, other attorneys, and other government officials.
6. This attorney will serve as hearing officer on behalf of the Director for the Department.
7. This attorney will occasionally provide public presentations to consumer, agent, and industry groups.
8. This attorney will participate in the adoption and amendment of insurance laws and Department regulations and may, subject to approval by the Director and General Counsel, be assigned to participate in various task force, committee, and sub-committee meetings with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC).
9. This attorney will assist the Deputy Director/General Counsel and other Department personnel as needed.

Qualifications / Requirements
REQUIREMENTS: Three years of experience as an attorney practicing law and providing legal services such as preparing and trying cases, advising clients, and/or interpreting laws or administrative policies. In accordance with Section 7-101, Nebraska Revised, Reissued Statutes of l943, incumbents in this class must be admitted to the Nebraska Bar. Please submit a writing sample and three references along with the application.

PREFERRED: Preference will be given to candidates that possess a combination of the following preferred experience/qualifications:
  • Experience working in or regulating the insurance industry
  • Litigation or other demonstrated experience in in interpreting insurance laws
  • Familiarity with the Nebraska Administrative Procedures Act
  • Experience serving as an administrative hearing officer

OTHER: Candidates who have obtained a Juris Doctor degree but are not licensed to practice law in Nebraska may be considered for provisional employment for up to six months. Any such provisional employment must occur within or coincide with a probationary period in accordance with Title 273, Nebraska Administrative Code, Chapter 6. Licensure to practice law in the state of Nebraska must be obtained within the probationary period for continued employment. Such candidates may not perform those job duties that require a license to practice law until such proper licensure is obtained.

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