Trial Attorney


If you’re passionate about becoming a Nationwide associate and believe you have the potential to be something great, let’s talk.

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

The Trial Attorney is a work-from-home position that will manage a caseload of insurance defense cases (primarily bodily injury) for Nationwide customers in either Rhode Island or eastern MA. Admission to either RI Bar or MA Bar is required. Dual admission is a plus but not required.

About Us

Nationwide is a leader in the insurance and financial services industry. We are a Fortune 100 company with a mission to keep our members, their loved ones, and their belongings protected.

We commit to every employee and community we serve by emphasizing employee development and charity partnerships. That’s how we win Gallup’s Great Workplace Award year after year and why we’ve been named one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For.

In addition, we are proud recipients of top workplace awards in the following categories

• 50 Best Workplaces for Diversity – Fortune; Forbes; National Business Inclusion Consortium

• Top Company for Women: Catalyst Award; Fortune; Professional Women’s Magazine

• LGBTQ: Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Equality Index: HRC (14 years)

• Veterans: Pro Patria & Above and Beyond Awards: Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR)

• Fortune World’s Most Admired Company

• Fortune Top Companies for Millennials

Your Team

Nationwide Trial Division strives to provide superior legal services that exceed our client’s expectations of quality and value and to be considered the best insurance defense litigation firm in each community where we practice

Reporting Relationships: Reports to Managing Trial Attorney.

About You

So, you think you’ve got what it takes to make the cut? All Trial Attorneys should be:

● Provide high quality, high integrity legal representation in personal injury, defense litigation

● Able to prioritize tasks and take ownership of decisions

● Exercising independent professional judgement while empathizing with clients

● Tech Savviness to develop trial matters using technology in the courtroom

● Influential communication with ability to have effective critical conversations

● Excellent writing, analytical skills, an out-of-the-box, resourceful solution finder

● A go-getter who is committed to ensuring clients have a resource to lean on when they need it most

● Possesses a proven ability to develop substantive evaluation and analysis of factual / legal issues through risk assessment and impact reporting

● Committed to adherence with Nationwide Trial Division Best Practice and Processes

● Dedicated to creating effortless customer experiences

● Excited about working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment

● Enthusiastic about helping others, including team members

You should also have:

● Typically, 8-10 years or more of relevant defense litigation, trial experience, and / or agency hearing representation experience

● JD Degree from an accredited law school

● Licensed as an attorney in appropriate US jurisdiction

● Demonstrated ability to market skills to strengthen relations with clients and claims partners

● Deep expertise in complex matters of insurance defense law

● Adherence to Private Practice of Law policy

● Ability to prioritize tasks and take ownership of decisions

Job Summary

A typical day in the life of a Trial Attorney:

• Managing a case load of complex legal issues for Nationwide clients

• Proactive in case strategy and reports

• Initiate and maintain substantive, constant and professional communications with internal and external customers

• Contributes and provides subject matter expertise on significant, high-risk, and complex legal matters

• Represents members in trials or hearings before courts or agencies, including appeals and arbitrations

• Evaluates cases in accordance with Nationwide Trial Division best practices

• Collaborate, direct and oversee the activities of support staff to accomplish goals

• Recognize and promote settlement opportunities

• Shares relevant information with members and Nationwide Claims department to ensure they are fully informed

• Obtain meaningful discovery through deposition of parties and experts

• Participate in motions practice as warranted

• Completing other litigation and file handling tasks as needed

Compensation & Benefits

You receive a competitive starting salary with opportunities to increase salary based on performance. Other benefits include:

● A 401k match and company-funded pension plan

● Medical, dental, and vision insurance (part of our Wellness Program)

● Up to $5250 in tuition reimbursement per year after your first year

● Flexible scheduling and/or workspaces

● Excellent opportunities for growth and promotion

● Network of diverse employee resource groups

● Enjoying time with your family/pets/yourself (we understand) and offer paid time off and paid holidays

Credit Check

Due to the fiduciary accountabilities of this job, a valid credit check and / or background will be required as part of the selection process.

Job Conditions

Legal office environment. Frequent travel with occasional overnight travel. Extended hours are often necessary to meet the demands of the profession.

Equal Opportunity Statement

Nationwide embraces diversity and equal opportunity. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

Job Description

Reporting Relationships: Reports to Managing Trial Attorney

Core Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Independently leads or works directly on high risk, complex and/or difficult legal matters, representing clients in trials or hearings before courts or agencies, including appeals or arbitrations.

  • Reviews and evaluates cases and lawsuits in accordance with NTD Best Practices guidelines. Demonstrated proficiency interpreting Insurance contracts and coverage issues; strong knowledge of state and local practices and rules.

  • Works with client and claims to establish, communicates and implements Litigation plan. Keeps client and claims fully informed. Fosters and develops relationship with Claims; has contact with Claims management and uses initiative to help expand and retain business.

  • Prepares and tries cases of high complexity and 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 settlement value requires adjuster's second level manager approval.

  • Obtains meaningful discovery, takes depositions, and participates in motion practice as warranted. May mentor other attorneys with respect to deposition practices and techniques.

  • May train or mentor less experienced trial attorneys or paralegals on procedural or legal issues. May 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: Typically has eight to ten years of relevant civil litigation, trial experience and/or agency hearing representation experience. A skilled attorney in an area of law relevant to insurance practice.

Knowledge: Has significant expertise in one or more specialized areas of trial law. Engages in complex legal practices and procedures. Substantive civil law, insurance contracts knowledge. Adherence to Private Practice of Law policy.

Skills/Competencies: Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Significant negotiation skills. Ability to process information efficiently and effectively. Excellent analytical and legal skills. Resourceful, creative thinker. Computer savvy with a working knowledge of basic software and use of same. Good time management and organization skills. Comfortable contact with all levels of management. Decision-making ability to set work priorities and make recommendations. Ability to initiate, organize and coordinate complex projects and cases. Leadership skills, including motivating, influencing and problem solving.

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


Job ID: 53045


We are Nationwide, a company of great people doing great things. We care deeply about doing what’s right, and we work hard to make an impact for each other, our associates, our members, our partners and our communities.

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