Lead Counsel - Minneapolis

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Apr 10, 2018
Jun 09, 2018
Job Type
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Career Level
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Job Description

Job Family Summary
The Litigation Services Attorney job family is responsible for managing Insurance Defense and Tort Litigation / Disputes work and related issues/matters

Job Summary
Represents insureds and the Company in the defense of bodily injury and property damage lawsuits, subrogation, and Allstate Financial cases. Oversees the activities of a team including attorneys, paralegals and support staff. Prepares for and conducts hearings, trials, arbitrations, mediations, and depositions. Prepares and argues pre and post-trial motions. Assists colleagues in the resolution of calendar conflicts. Provides project management, coordination, and collaboration between legal teams within L&R and with business clients. Conducts research, substantive drafting, reviewing, advising, and negotiating for more complex matters. Provides budget oversight

Key Responsibilities

Supervise direct reports, attorneys, paralegals and administrative assistants
Write and conduct performance reviews of team members, including checkpoints and Performance Development Summary
Provide coaching and support to team members
Perform quality file reviews
Work as part of management team with Managing Attorney.
Review new file assignments and approve initial pleadings, propound discovery, and/or develop strategy
Contact clients to discuss their case and answer any questions
Contact claims (initial litigation plan, recurring minimum 90 day contact, strategy conferences, etc.)
Review all documentary evidence
Prepare witnesses and clients for depositions, arbitrations, mediations and trials including expert witnesses
Conduct depositions and examinations under oath and prepares summary documents
Prepare and conduct court appearances (matter management conferences, hearings, status conferences, etc.)
Conduct settlement/dispositive proceedings (e.g. mediations, arbitrations, etc.)
Try and/or arbitrate cases and prepares motions in liminie and summary documents
Draft post-trial motions
Prepare for and participate in appeals
Investigate and pursue subrogation litigation as appropriate
Second chair cases with Trial Attorneys and Senior Trial Attorneys as needed.
Monitor allocated legal expenses, track factors that drive variations, and collaborate with claims clients regarding status of contributing factors
o Administers company Human Resources policies
Legal Advice and Counseling
o Accountable for due diligence; delegates due diligence responsibilities to Admins, Paralegals and/or other Attorneys
o Research (and lead employees who research) and determine applicable and pertinent laws, statutes, regulations, rules, and other legal authority; conducts risk analyses on key issues; relies on employees to identify and prioritize new issues
o Leverage extensive knowledge to monitor and review new laws, regulations, and case law; identify and summarize relevant issues; Collaborate with other areas of L&R department.

Job Qualifications

Proficient skills/abilities/experiences in the following areas: legal knowledge, business knowledge, issue management, analytical skills, influencing others, coaching and development, self development, and productivity
o Advanced knowledge of professional standards, methods and concepts and the ability to direct functional strategy
Other Requisites
o Possesses a juris doctorate; must have Minnesota license
o 10+ years related experience typical
o Computer skills, including MS Office suite, used in or related to the tasks performed
o Exercises discretion and maintains confidentiality of sensitive information
o Demonstrates ethics and integrity
o Has relevant experience within a reputable law firm or an in-house legal department for a mid- to large-sized organization
o Insurance-industry experience preferred
o Knowledge of legal holds and discovery processes
o Able to manage a team and work through others to complete complex projects
o Works with employees on professional development and business acumen
Management & Supervisory Skills
o Budget management skills
o Project management skills and law firm/vendor management experience
o Able to interact with all levels of personnel and supervise/oversee the work of more junior resources
o Able to manage a team and work through others to complete complex projects
o Works with employees on professional development and business acumen

The candidate(s) offered this position will be required to submit to a background investigation, which includes a drug screen.

Good Work. Good Life. Good Hands.

As a Fortune 100 company and industry leader, we provide a competitive salary but thats just the beginning. Our Total Rewards package also offers benefits like tuition assistance, medical and dental insurance, as well as a robust pension and 401(k). Plus, youll have access to a wide variety of programs to help you balance your work and personal life -- including a generous paid time off policy.

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