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Senior Litigation Attorney

CNA Insurance
$87,000- $178,000/ year
Posted Jun 07
Full Time
RemoteCalifornia

You have a clear vision of where your career can go. And we have the leadership to help you get there. At CNA, we strive to create a culture in which people know they matter and are part of something important, ensuring the abilities of all employees are used to their fullest potential.

This Senior Litigation Attorney position covers the Northern California territory (San Francisco, Sacramento, Oakland, etc.), therefore the ideal candidate will reside in Northern California.

Provides full or specialized legal services to one or more areas supported often dealing with highly complex or specialized matters. Has ongoing relationship and accountability for assigned legal matters. Is a recognized legal expert in specialized areas. Work assignments consist of major legal tasks involving problems of the highest level of difficulty with complex facts that are in question for which considerable legal judgment, experience and independent reasoning are required. Handles cases with insured exposure in excess of $100,000 and may include extra contractual damages. This is a trial attorney.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

In California, the average base pay range for the Senior Litigation Attorney role is $160,500 to $200,500. Salary determinations are based on various factors, including but not limited to, relevant work experience, skills, certifications and location.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Performs a combination of duties in accordance with departmental guidelines:

  • Handles highly complex or specialized insurance defense from pleadings through trial driving for superior results. Develops the litigation strategy, and prepares/directs the preparation of all necessary materials i.e., briefs, motions, discovery, depositions, experts, etc. Advises whether a case should be tried or settled and actively drives case to resolution with an appropriate sense of urgency.
  • Handles high complexity or exposure bench and jury trials as first chair in both state and federal court as necessary. Handles all aspects of cases including court appearances, trial preparation, motions, discovery and negotiations. May provide trial coaching/oversight/ assistance to other attorneys.
  • Communicates regularly and concisely with clients, claim professionals, leadership and others to ensure appropriate level of understanding and documentation exists for effective case management.
  • Conducts legal research and analysis of facts and information to provide counsel and guidance on legal questions or issues.
  • Prepares opinions or position papers on various legal issues and interpretation of legal issues/provisions.
  • Counsels client/management/claim professionals to avoid legally unsound decisions or plans and when changes in the law occur.
  • May supervise, train, or mentor other attorneys and paralegals. Trains department staff on appropriate procedures (e.g., claims, etc).
  • Collaboratively works with clients, claim professionals, underwriting, risk control and other 3rd parties while resolving legal issues.
  • Works independently in resolving legal cases with minimal supervision.
  • Responds to government regulatory agencies as needed.

Reporting Relationship

Typically Director or above

Skills, Knowledge And Abilities

 

  • Senior level advanced knowledge of the law as well as legal theories, principles, practices and procedures of litigation management within an insurance organization.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others to achieve desired results.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, negotiation and presentation skills.
  • Strong negotiation, consultative and facilitation skills with the ability to effectively interact with all internal and external business partners,
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment, and to work with and maintain confidential and sensitive information.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills, and senior level skill in managing ambiguous situations and issues.
  • Proven ability to take a proactive long-term view of business goals and objectives in order to achieve strategic business results.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and other business-related software i.e. Adobe, West Law, TeamConnect or other case management software.
  • Value driven to provide superior solutions to internal and/or external clients.
  • Acts with a sense of urgency to advance priorities of the client/organization.
  • Helps self and others to excel through collaboration and building strong relationships.
  • Thinks creatively and uses diverse ideas to solve problems.
  • Raises expectations of self and others by continuously learning and broadening industry and technical skills.

Education And Experience

 

  • Bachelor's degree with JD, and admission to the CA bar.
  • Typically requires a minimum of nine years or more of experience in claims and/or law firm with a progressively increasing level of responsibility. Requires trial and litigation experience. Requires a proven track record of results.
  • May require specific technical/functional area legal experience.

I n certain jurisdictions, CNA is legally required to include a reasonable estimate of the compensation for this role. In District of Columbia, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, New York and Washington, the national base pay range for this job level is _$87,000 to $178,000 annually. Salary determinations are based on various factors, including but not limited to, relevant work experience, skills, certifications and location. CNA offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to help our employees – and their family members – achieve their physical, financial, emotional and social wellbeing goals. For a detailed look at CNA’s benefits, please visit cnabenefits.com.

_ CNA is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities in the recruitment process. To request an accommodation, please contact leaveadministration@cna.com.