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Zurich NA Sr. Liability Trial Attorney in Chicago, Illinois

Sr. Liability Trial Attorney

Description

We are looking to add an experienced Trial Attorney to our Staff Legal Office in Chicago, IL. This litigator will be responsible for representing the commercial insureds of a prestigious and financially stable commercial insurance carrier, by preparing and trying high exposure and major case unit (MCU) Commercial Auto, Trucking, Premises and General Liability cases from a challenging and varied caseload.

This is an exciting opportunity to work for a well-respected Company and represent its insureds in all phases of litigation, while being part of a high-performing law office. The ideal candidate will be able to engage in the practice of law, at all times in compliance with the ethical standards as established by the national/local area of practice.

The selected candidate will perform duties encompassing all aspects of insurance defense, including initial investigation and legal analysis and advice, preparing and filing legal pleadings and documents, performing legal research, preparing for and conducting pre-trial discovery, preparing for and aggressively handling hearing and trials, and conducting post-trial activities where appropriate. Demonstrated case analysis ability and a track record of proven trial settlement skills, the ability to work independently and without substantial supervision.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctor and 7 or more years of experience in the Litigation areaAND

  • Member of the Illinois Bar in good standing

  • Experience with Microsoft Office and Adobe

  • Experience working with Lexis or Westlaw

  • Knowledge of the insurance industry, claims and the insurance defense litigation legal environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with insurance industry claims and general commercial litigation, including but not limited to wrongful death, commercial motor vehicle torts, products and premises liability, personal injury and employment liability

  • Must be well organized with good analytical skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, proactive approach to file handling and caseloads, and able to work independently as well as within a team environment.

  • Recent first chair jury trial experience

  • Demonstrates effective negotiating skills.

  • Ability to budget costs and calculate exposure for clients.

  • Efficient work habits, knowledge of billables and diary review with substantive and procedural legal knowledge.

  • Understands the staff counsel function and role in overall business.

  • A functional and extensive knowledge of the law and procedure

  • Prior experience in an insurance defense environment

  • Strong negotiation skills

  • Effective problem solving skills

  • Experience working in a team-based environment

  • Strong collaboration skills

  • PC literate

Imagine working for a company that truly cares about their employees, customers, stakeholders, and communities they serve.

Imagine working for a values-driven organization that has the ambition and desire to be the best global insurance provider in the world.

Zurich is that place where 55,000 employees across approximately 200 countries and territories are all focused on helping people and helping companies protect what is truly most important to them. We are a values-driven organization that takes pride in the work that we do every day and we have the ambition to be the best global insurer in the world.

EOE disability/vets

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Primary Location: United States-Illinois-Chicago

Schedule Full-time

Travel Yes, 15 % of the Time

Relocation Available No

Job Posting 07/11/19

Unposting Date Ongoing

Req ID: 190004KM

It is the Policy of Zurich in North America, as an equal opportunity employer, to attract and retain the best-qualified individuals available, without regard to race/ethnicity, color, religion, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability or protected veteran status.

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