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Zurich NA Contract - Legal Assistant in Toronto, Ontario

Contract - Legal Assistant

76075

Job Summary

Performs a broad range of administrative and secretarial support for one or more attorneys. Organizes and maintains all electronic and paper files relating to litigation and administrative matters. Applies knowledge of legal document formats to transcribe and/or type contracts, briefs, summonses, complaints, and motions.

Job Qualifications

Required:

• High School Diploma or Equivalent and 3 or more years of experience in the Legal Secretary area within the Insurance industry

OR

• Zurich Certified Insurance Apprentice including an Associate Degree and 1 or more years of experience in the Legal Secretary area within the Insurance industry

AND

• Experience drafting legal documents and correspondence

• Experience providing administrative support to one or more attorneys

Preferred:

• Associate Degree or Bachelors Degree

• Ability to effectively draft complex legal documents, correspondence, and/or pleadings

• Strong Microsoft Office skills

• Familiarity with litigation management software systems

• Organization and prioritization skills

Job Accountabilities

Key Accountabilities:

• Provides administrative support to one or more attorneys such as answering the phone, greeting visitors, scheduling and maintaining calendars, coordinating travel, submitting expense reports, etc.

• Responds to inquiries from and interacts with customers, clients, counsel, and witnesses.

• Drafts legal pleadings, correspondence, and other documents as directed.

• Maintains accurate office database for assigned attorneys' cases.

• Organizes and maintains case files and documentation.

• Contributes to the team effort by accomplishing related results and participating on projects as needed.

Add. Job Functions:

• May have customer, counsel, and/or witness contact requiring discretion and judgment.

Business Accountabilities

Corporate Legal – Regulatory, Governance and Company Secretariat

• Support the development by management of open and transparent relationships with insurance regulators consistent with the organization values and compliant with the spirit and the letter of the law.

• Contribute towards the guidance and advice to the organization on developing and maintaining an adequate and transparent corporate governance system of principles, policies, procedures, and clearly defined responsibilities and accountabilities to ensure they are in line with applicable laws and regulations and enable effective and timely decision making.

• Actively monitor and report on legal trends and laws allowing for timely anticipation of new requirements and their potential impact on the organization as well as the preparation of appropriate responses. Ensure alignment with Compliance to prevent activity overlaps.

Corporate Legal – Corporate Transactions

• Contribute towards the application of legal function strategy for structuring, negotiating and resolving local legal issues of corporate transactions to enable the transaction while protecting Zurich’s assets.

• In collaboration with the M&A legal team contribute towards the provision of legal advice to address and manage local legal issues and regulatory requirements in relation to a proposed corporate transaction.

Commercial Legal - Insurance

• Contribute towards the guidance of the business in relation to insurance laws and regulation along the business value chain, from licensing, product development through to re-insurance, hereby supporting the business to achieve its strategic and commercial goals- Support the development by management of open and transparent relationships with insurance regulators consistent with the organization values and compliant with the spirit and the letter of the law.

• Contribute towards the guidance and advice to the organization on developing and maintaining an adequate and transparent corporate governance system of principles, policies, procedures, and clearly defined responsibilities and accountabilities to ensure they are in line with applicable laws and regulations and enable effective and timely decision making.

• Actively monitor and report on legal trends and laws allowing for timely anticipation of new requirements and their potential impact on the organization as well as the preparation of appropriate responses. Ensure alignment with Compliance to prevent activity overlaps.

A future with Zurich

Now is the time to move forward and make a difference. At Zurich, we want you to share your unique perspectives, experiences and ideas so we can grow and drive sustainable change together. As part of a leading global organization, Zurich North America has over 148 years of experience managing risk and supporting resilience. We are a leading provider of commercial property-casualty insurance solutions and a wide range of risk management products and services for businesses and individuals. Today, we serve more than 25 industries, from agriculture to technology and insure 90% of the Fortune 500®. Our growth strategy is not limited to our business. As an employer, Zurich strives to provide ongoing career development opportunities and foster an environment where voices are diverse, behaviors are inclusive, actions drive equity, and our people feel a sense of belonging. Be a part of the next evolution of the insurance industry. Join us in building a brighter future for our people, our customers and the communities we serve.

As a global company, Zurich recognizes the diversity of our workforce as an asset. We recruit talented people from a variety of backgrounds with unique perspectives that are truly welcome here. Taken together, diversity and inclusion bring us closer to our common goal: exceeding our customers’ expectations. Zurich is committed to providing a diverse, inclusive and barrier-free environment resulting in an accessible organization for employees, customers, and other parties who interact with, or on behalf of, Zurich. We strive to achieve a workplace free of discrimination of all forms, including discrimination on the basis of physical or mental disability, or medical condition. If you are interested in a job opportunity, please advise if you require an accommodation, so we can work with you to provide a more accessible process.

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