Nationwide Trial Attorney II in New Jersey

The Trial Attorney II position is located in Nationwide's Woodbridge, NJ Trial Division Office. The selected candidate will manage a mix of bothcommercial and personal insurance defense cases for customers in the Central and Northern NJ area. .

JOB SUMMARY: Provides legal representation for clients in matters of moderate importance and risk. Reviews and evaluates assigned cases. Prepares and tries cases in all courts and agencies. Communicates with Claims and clients. Provides related legal advice and services.

Reporting Relationships: Reports to Managing Attorney or Associate Managing Attorney

Core Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Works on legal matters that are moderately important, risky or complicated, representing clients in trials or hearings before courts or agencies, including appeals and arbitrations.

  • Reviews and evaluates cases and lawsuits in accordance with established NTD Best Practices Guidelines.

  • Works with client and claims to establish, communicate and implement Litigation Plan.

  • Prepares and tries cases of above average complexity and moderate exposure in all courts and agencies.

  • Recognizes, participates and promotes settlement opportunities. Negotiates as authorized.

  • Keeps client and claims fully informed.

  • Takes depositions of parties and experts; obtains meaningful discovery and participates in motions practice as warranted.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Education: JD degree from an accredited law school.

License/Certification/Designation: Currently licensed as an attorney in an appropriate U.S. jurisdiction. Must have a valid drivers license with satisfactory driving record in accordance with the standards stated in the Company's Fleet Manual. A satisfactory driving record is required due to the out of office travel.

Experience: Typically has in excess of three years of civil litigation, trial experience and/or agency hearing representation experience.

Knowledge: Has a moderate amount of experience in an area of legal expertise. Knowledge of applicable legal practices and procedures. Substantive civil law. Insurance contracts.

Skills/ Competencies: Excellent written communications skills. Excellent verbal communication skills and ability to negotiate. Ability to process information efficiently and effectively. Excellent analytical and legal skills. Resourceful, computer savvy with a working knowledge of basic software and use of same. Good time management and organization skills. for contacts with all levels of management and clients. Decision making ability to set work priorities. Legal research techniques. Has limited decision making ability.

Staffing Exceptions: Staffing exceptions to the above minimum job requirements must be approved by the: VP, Trial Division and HR Officer.


Overtime eligibility: Not Eligible (exempt)

Working Conditions: Professional law 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 associates assigned to the job to performs 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 required as part of the selection process.

Job Family/Function: LEG/TAT

Job Evaluation Activity: 5/2015 KG