Nationwide Trial Attorney in California
Job ID: 52230
The Trial Attorney position is open in theNewport Beach Trial Division Office of Nationwide Insurance. We are seeking an seasoned litigatorwith 10+ years’ experience managing a caseload of complex personal and commercial insurance defense cases. First chairtrial experience is required.The successful candidate must demonstrate considerable initiative and the ability to relate well with business clientele. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, are also essential. Must be able to draft own pleadings, discovery and reports. The position includes a competitive base salary, bonus opportunity and benefits plan.
Summary: Provides legal representation for clients on highly complex and/or high risk legal matters. Reviews and evaluates assigned cases. Prepares and tries cases in all courts and agencies. Works independently on all matters. Regularly communicates with clients and manages relationships with Claims. Provides legal advice and services and manages relationships with Claims and Clients. Mentors other trial attorneys.
Reporting Relationships: Reports to Managing Trial Attorney
Core Duties and Responsibilities:
Leads, directly represents or provides subject matter expertise on significant, high-risk or complex legal matters, representing clients in trials or hearings before courts or agencies, including appeals and arbitrations. May lead a team in a specialized practice area.
Reviews and evaluates cases and lawsuits in accordance with established NTD Best Practices Guidelines. Proficiently interprets and explains insurance contracts and coverage issues; strong knowledge of state and local practices and rules.
Works with client and claims to establish, communicate and implement Litigation Plan. Keeps client and claims fully informed. Fosters, develops and promotes relationships with Claims; has contact with Claims management and uses initiative to help develop, expand and retain business.
Prepares and tries cases regardless of complexity and unlimited exposure in all courts and agencies, including cases involving toxic substances, extensive injuries, permanent injuries and/or ongoing treatment. Cases may involve inflammatory factors (DUI, death of a child, egregious).
Recognizes, participates and promotes settlement opportunities. Negotiates as authorized. Trains other attorneys on negotiation skills and tactics
Takes depositions of parties and experts; obtains meaningful discovery and participates in motions practice as warranted. May mentor other trial attorneys with respect to deposition practices and techniques.
May train or mentor less experienced trial attorneys or paralegals on procedural or legal issues. May create and conduct training for Claims.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Typical Skills and Experiences:
Education: JD Degree from an accredited law school.
License/Certification/Designation: Currently licensed as an attorney in an appropriate U.S. jurisdiction. Maintains an active license in the state in which the position is located.
Experience: Seasoned attorney in an area of law. Typically has ten or more years of civil litigation, trial experience and/or agency hearing representation experience, as well as substantial jury trial experience as lead counsel.
Knowledge: Has deep or significant experience in one or more specific or highly specialized area of law. Considered the subject matter expert within his or her area of legal expertise and/or possesses strong leadership skills to manage an area of expertise. Complex legal practices and procedures. Substantive civil law, Insurance contracts.
Skills/Competencies: Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Significant negotiation skills, excellent analytical and legal skills. Resourceful, computer savvy with a working knowledge of basic software and use of the same. Strong time management and organization skills. Very comfortable with contact at all levels of management and clients. Decision-making ability to set work priorities. Legal research techniques. Decision-making ability to set work priorities and make recommendations. Ability to initiate, organize and coordinate complex projects and cases. Leadership skills used in direct and/or indirect influencing such as motivating, problem solving, business strengthening and development.
Other criteria, including leadership skills, competencies and experiences may take precedence.
Staffing exceptions to the above must be approved by the hiring manager’s leader and HR Business Partner.
Values: Regularly and consistently demonstrates the Nationwide Values and Guiding Behaviors.
Overtime Eligibility: Exempt (Not Eligible)
Working Conditions: Normal office environment. Frequent travel. Occasional overnight travel. Extended hours are often necessary to meet the demands of the profession.
ADA: The above statements cover what are generally believed to be principal and essential functions of this job. Specific circumstances may allow or require some people assigned to the job to perform a somewhat different combination of duties.
Credit Check: Due to the fiduciary accountabilities of this job, a valid credit check and/or background which will be requires as part of the selection process.
Job Family/Function: LEG / TAT