Senior Workers' Compensation Litigation Attorney

91367, Woodland Hills

 

ICW Group has a rare and unique opportunity for an experienced Senior Workers' Compensation Litigation Attorney to be one of the founding members of its new In-house Litigation Counsel Firm. Our litigation team will develop a dynamic and creative firm designed to enhance ICW's mission "To create the Best Insurance Experience possible". This opportunity seeks to utilize the experience and talents of a workers compensation litigator to contribute to the company's growth and continued success.

In this role you will handle all aspects of workers' compensation cases with varying degrees of complexity and to provide other litigation and claim legal advice and services to all areas of the company. This role exists to provide high quality, proactive case handling utilizing legal expertise and litigation skills to independently handle a caseload of high exposure cases and complex litigation matters and deliver optimal results for ICW Group.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Provides litigation services and is responsible for all aspects of assigned Workers' Compensation matters.

  • Manages the entire legal process, from investigation and discovery though trial prep and court proceedings, depositions, site inspections, court hearings, trials, etc. and negotiating settlements as required.
  • Litigates workers' compensation cases in California before all state and federal courts, administrative boards, and other court proceedings.
  • Represents ICW Group, its related entities and insureds before administrative boards, state and federal courts, Court of Appeal, and the California Supreme Court.
  • Handles premium audit disputes before administrative boards or other court proceedings.
  • Assists in subpoenas and other third-party discovery.
  • Analyzes complex legal and factual issues; conducts extensive, well-reasoned legal research, as necessary; independently develop and present defense strategies on behalf of ICW Group.
  • Responsible for the prompt, efficient and effective disposition of assigned cases.

Provides accurate legal analysis and strategy recommendations to clients and claims personnel.

  • Assists in analyzing, reviewing, and distributing information on new legislation, regulations, court decisions and proceedings.
  • Provides strategic legal advice, recommendation, and implementation of clear, cost-effective, and efficient plans of action.
  • Delivers ongoing quality assessments of the law and facts and recommendations for timely resolution.
  • Analyzes all referrals from claims and determines need for outside investigation or other information from the insured or others.
  • Provides effective and timely communications, information, legal advice, and other services to clients and claims professionals on legal and factual issues.
  • Develops appropriate legal strategies for all stages of litigation and shares them with claims personnel and clients.

Provides leadership through mentoring other attorneys and legal support staff.

  • Directs paralegals and other legal department staff in their duties and responsibilities in handling cases.
  • Ensures timely filing of all pleadings and motions or other documents with the court or administrative broads.
  • Builds and fosters internal and external client relationships with a customer-centric focus.
  • Adheres to all ICW Group's policies and procedures and the California Rules of Professional Conduct.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

This role does not have direct supervisory responsibilities. Position will direct the work of support staff, which may include assistants and paralegals, in accordance with company policies and applicable laws, including the California Rules of Professional Conduct. These responsibilities include planning, assigning, and directing work; review, revise and approve legal documents; delegate tasks to the appropriate staff member; train, coach, and mentor, as appropriate, support staff to ensure the delivery of quality legal services.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university required. Juris Doctorate (JD) from an accredited law school required.
  • Minimum 7-10 years of workers' compensation litigation experience required.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS

  • Licensed and in good standing with the State Bar of California required, with no history of public or private reprisals.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

Expert knowledge in litigating California workers' compensation matters with trial experience and prior experience handling cases with varying degrees of complexity. Must have a deep understanding of workers' compensation administrative rules, procedures, laws, and statutes. Familiarity with business legal principles and practices is necessary, including knowledge of billing practices and procedures. Demonstrated experience in working independently under minimal supervision, maintaining a strong work ethic, and exercising initiative. Ability to communicate effectively with external and internal clients both verbally and in writing. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret technical documents, legal materials of all types, and medical records. Strong negotiation and communication skills.

Ability to respond to inquiries, issues, or questions from internal and external clients, businesses, and members of the State Bar or Judiciary, and regulatory agencies, including effectively responding to the most sensitive inquiries or concerns. Ability to effectively present information, verbally and in writing to clients, claims personnel, management, mediators, arbitrators, judges, juries, and members of the public. Proficient use of a personal computer and skills with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Adobe, and PowerPoint. Ability to learn various proprietary computer applications. Ability to work with mathematical concepts and apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and algebra and geometry to practical situations. Ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions and problem-solve. Ability to define legal issues, collect necessary data, establish facts, draw legal conclusions, and implement a strategic legal resolution. Expert at time management skills, appropriate delegation of activities and the ability to manage multiple legal matters at one time.

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