Trial Attorney-Labor Law


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Number 54 on the Fortune Magazine 100 Best Places to Work.

Nationwide is Number 54 on the Fortune Magazine 100 Best Places to Work. We provide a comprehensive benefits package that includes Pension Plan and 401k, Medical/Dental/Eye, Educational Reimbursement, paid time-off and up to 10 holidays a year.

The position, based in our Garden City, New York Trial Division office is devoted exclusively to the defense of New York Labor Law cases. The qualified candidate will possess the requisite skill, experience and competence to handle all phases of a labor law case from pleadings through trial/appeal.

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.

Job Description

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.

Job Conditions:

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.

Evaluation Activity:

Additional Job Description

If you’re passionate about working for a top insurance defense department within a Fortune 100 company and possess a strong reputation within the New York legal community, Nationwide Insurance is the place for you. We seek candidates that value people, are customer focused, act with honesty and integrity, are accountable, have a bias for action, a passion for results and most importantly, want to enjoy what they do!

Nationwide is Number 54 on the Fortune Magazine 100 Best Places to Work. We provide a comprehensive benefits package that includes Pension Plan and 401k, Medical/Dental/Eye, Educational Reimbursement, Time-off and up to 10 holidays a year.

The position, based out of Garden City, New York, is devoted exclusivelyto the defense ofNew York Labor Law cases. The qualified candidate will possess the requisite skill, experience and competence to handle all phases of a labor law case from pleadings through trial/appeal.

Job ID: 52526

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