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US-FL-Tampa

Posted: 11/7/2017
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CATEGORY: Claims LOCATION: US-FL-Tampa
POSTING ID: 1976/1931/16129 EMPLOYEE TYPE: Full-Time
EXPERIENCE: Not Specified
Job Description

Primary Purpose:

The person in this position directly handles a large volume of assigned tort litigation from inception through trial. Must have the ability to meet all internal case handling and reporting requirements consistent with NGIC’s Litigation Philosophy and Litigation Management Guidelines.  The position requires the highest level of legal representation for National General Insurance and/or its insureds. For all duties and responsibilities, incumbent will take ownership of any issue, problem or error that could impact the company, policyholder and/or loss participant.  

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Following is a summary of the essential functions for this job. Other duties may be performed, both major and minor, which are not mentioned below. Specific activities may change from time to time.

  • Answer summonses and complaints
  • Initiate and respond to written discovery
  • Prepare and respond to motions before the court
  • Prepare for and attend all court appearances as necessary
  • Prepare for [including written submissions] and attend arbitrations where appropriate
  • Prepare for, schedule and conduct depositions and examinations under oath as necessary
  • Prepare for and attend trials as necessary
  • Maintains reporting procedures, (i.e. file reviews, diary control).
  • Researches and analyzes legal questions and issues
  • Writes confidential legal memoranda.
  • Drafts confidential opinions.
  • Research and prepare post-trial motions and appeals 
  • Maintains current knowledge of changes in Florida Insurance law.  

 

Minimum Skills and Competencies:

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Attorney with 5-7 years of insurance defense experience defending automobile liability and homeowner/premises cases as well as uninsured/underinsured claims on behalf of an insurance carrier. This experience must include all phases of litigation up to and including trials to verdict involving complex, high risk and/or high exposure cases.
  • Knowledge of the laws and rules governing civil practice in the State of Florida
  • Knowledge of trial and hearing procedures.
  • Prior knowledge and experience handling defense litigation involving automobile and homeowner/premises cases. 
  • Ability to write motions and legal prose with clear and cogent arguments.
  • Ability to analyze legal issues and identify relevant case opinions and facts.
  • Ability to interpret laws, rules and regulations.
  • Ability to communicate orally in a clear succinct manner.
  • Ability to handle sensitive matters on a confidential basis.
  • Graduation from an accredited law school and admission to the Florida State Bar    

 

Desired Skills:

  • This position requires a high degree of initiative, mature judgment, and discretion.  The ability to resolve conflicts and empathize with insured’s is critical. 
  • Negotiation skills are critical for resolving litigation.
  • Demonstrates professional oral and written communication skills.  Organization and time management skills are critical for this position.
  • Demonstrates a solid understanding of insurance law.  Demonstrates the ability to find answers to more complex issues with insurance law.         
  • Demonstrates a solid understanding of the insurance industry and organizational relationships of the   company, as well as a solid understanding of the functions of other departments, such as Claims.
  • Strong client relationship skills are required for this position.      
Job Requirements

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About National General Holdings:

National General Holdings Corp. is headquartered in New York City. National General traces its roots to 1939, has a financial strength rating of A– (excellent) from A.M. Best, and provides personal and commercial automobile, homeowners, umbrella, recreational vehicle, motorcycle, supplemental health, and other niche insurance products. We are a specialty personal lines insurance holding company. Through our subsidiaries, we provide a variety of insurance products, including personal and commercial automobile, homeowners, umbrella, recreational vehicle, supplemental health, lender-placed and other niche insurance products.

National General is a fast paced, dynamic, and entrepreneurial organization. Our team members live by and exemplify what we call the 4Es. At National General, we are Energized, Engaged, Empowered, and we Execute every day in order to provide an exceptional experience for our customers! We are passionate about our organization and the value that we add every day. A successful candidate with National General will embody the 4Es. Our team is poised to outperform the competition. We are National General Insurance and with us you can be extraordinary! Come join our team!

Companies and Partners

Direct General Auto & Life, Personal Express Insurance, Century-National Insurance, ABC Insurance Agencies, NatGen Preferred, NatGen Premier, Seattle Specialty, National General Lender Services, ARS, RAC Insurance Partners, Mountain Valley Indemnity, New Jersey Skylands, Adirondack Insurance Exchange, VelaPoint, Quotit, HealthCompare, AHCP, NHIC, Healthcare Solutions Team, North Star Marketing, Euro Accident.

In addition to a phenomenal career opportunity, National General Insurance offers an excellent benefits package including:

• Paid Training
• Medical, Dental, Vision benefits
• Wellness Programs
• Life and Short/Long Term Disability Insurance
• 401k w/ Company Match
• Company Paid Holidays & Generous Time-off policy
• Employee Discount Program
• Career Advancement and Development Opportunities
• On-site Healthcare Clinic (Winston-Salem and Cleveland offices)
• On-site Fitness Center (Cleveland and Dallas offices)
• Subsidized parking (Cleveland office)

National General Holdings Corp. is an Equal Opportunity (EO) employer – Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of any characteristic protected by law. Candidates must possess authorization to work in the United States, as it is not our practice to sponsor individuals for work visas.

In the event you need assistance or accommodation in completing your online application, please contact NGIC main office by phone at (336) 435-2000.

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