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Allstate's Staff & Retained Counsel team represents policyholders in claims-related litigation/disputes through staff counsel offices at approximately 78 locations in 33 states and, when appropriate, through the retention of outside law firms around the country. It also represents the Company in a variety of litigation as well. This unit is responsible for leading, coordinating and advancing Allstate’s large nationwide staff counsel organization and the strategic management of the Claims panel of retained outside counsel. This team works closely with our Claim Department as well as the Company’s regions to regularly assess both short and long-term strategic needs, direction and trends.
Represent insured’s of Allstate and the Company in the defense of low to moderate to exposure bodily injury and Property damage lawsuits. Assess liability and damages and develop defenses to allegations and/or pursuit of Subrogation for a successful resolution of cases.
Effectively negotiate settlements including all aspects of liability and damages
Attend hearings and conduct trials
Argue motions; take effective depositions of lay and expert witnesses
Consult with clients, opposing counsel and the judiciary
Coordinate the case handling with claims personnel
Complete necessary system documentation
Assist other attorneys in resolving calendar conflicts
Qualifications and Physical Requirements
Juris Doctorate degree and member in good standing of New York State Bar
Up to five years Insurance Defense, Subrogation and/or Personal Injury litigation experience
Trial and/or Arbitration experience is preferred, with flexibility to work across several disciplines that may include SIU, PIP, UM and Subrogation.
No Fault and/or SIU experience is a plus.
Computer skills required; experience with Microsoft Office, Lexis, and the internet
Ability to work well with others on a team of attorneys, paralegals, administrative assistants, supervised by an attorney Lead Counsel
Must be able to handle a large caseload
Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills are key to working with a variety of internal and external contacts as well as for preparing reports, pleadings, and correspondence, collaborating with others, etc.
Will work independently as well as part of a cohesive team.
Ability to travel. Driving at least 40-50 miles daily depending on the activities being covered, court, doctors’ depositions, discovery depositions, and case evaluations, etc.
Periodically lifting in excess of 20 pounds throughout the day, depending on court matters being handled.
Attorneys are required to cover court matters for each other; attorneys have laptops.
Bending to pick up the computer bag which sometimes is more than 20 pounds, entering and exiting a vehicle, maneuvering files and computer at security checkpoints
Turning and twisting at work
Sitting for prolonged periods of time en route to court, in court or at court proceedings, depositions, etc.
Walking and rolling briefcase with files from vehicle to the legal proceeding and/or deposition and facilitations, etc.
Trial preparation could require lifting in excess 20 lbs. because of exhibits, materials, records from plaintiff, etc. These materials are printed for some proceedings.
The candidate(s) offered this position will be required to submit to a background investigation, which includes a drug screen.
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