Staff Counsel - S. Florida

Location: Palm Beach, FL

Department: Claims - Litigation

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

Job Title: Claims Senior Staff Counsel 

Department: Claims

Reports To: Litigation Director

Job Location: Palm Beach, FL,  North Broward County FL or Miami, FL

Job Summary: The Senior Staff Counsel will provide legal analysis, direction, and complete handling of lawsuits against the company arising out of the company’s handling of homeowner property claims in Florida.  The Senior Staff Counsel will manage all aspects of litigation, including depositions and EUOs, discovery, motion practice, and trials. In addition, the he or she will be responsible for providing pre-litigation legal analysis, coverage opinions, and other guidance to the claims team in an effort to avoid and/or mitigate against claims and lawsuits against the company.

Job Responsibilities/Functions

Reviews, evaluates and makes recommendations on behalf of the company on claims and lawsuits filed against the company, including extra-contractual matters.
Handles complex legal case management.
Directly manages claim lawsuits to achieve appropriate outcomes in the defense of the company.
Researches, analyzes and reports on legislation, case law and industry trends impacting claims handling and the avoidance of extra-contractual claims.
Attends mediations, trials and other proceedings as needed on assigned matters to ensure the company's interests are being advanced.
Reviews, analyzes and advises on claims initiatives and written materials to ensure consistency with best practices for avoidance of litigation and bad faith allegations.
Creates and solicits feedback on the company’s Litigation Management strategy.
Prepares status and other reports to upper management as needed in connection with assigned inventory of litigation matters.
Participates in training and mentoring of claims staff, including formal and informal training sessions and roundtables.

Job Requirements

Education: Juris Doctorate from an ABA-accredited law school required.  Must be a licensed member in good standing of the Florida bar.

Experience: Minimum of six years’ experience in first party property insurance litigation.

Skills & Knowledge:

  • Ability to “first chair” trials and perform all functions of litigation, including EUOs, depositions, motions and hearings, mediations, trials and appeals.
  • Demonstrated skill at complex litigation strategies and procedures, complex coverage issues and appeals.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Professional and demonstrates high integrity
  • Shifts focus or course of action when necessary; flexible
  • Resilient, maintaining high levels of performance under stress
  • Excellent leadership and visionary skills
  • Excellent organization and planning skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills
  • Superior presentation skills
  • Thorough knowledge of Florida personal residential insurance legal issues and landscape

Job Environment:

Working Conditions: Normal business office environment.  Must be able to remain in a stationary position for periods of time while constantly operating a computer and or other office productivity machinery such as a calculator or telephone.  The person in this position needs to occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery or communicate with coworkers. 

Travel: Frequent travel throughout the state as required.  Must have valid driver’s license.

ADA: The above statements cover what are generally believed to be the 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 job duties.  

American Integrity Insurance Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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