AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.

  • Managing Attorney- Workers' Compensation

    Job Locations US-NY-Melville | US-NY-New York
    Requisition ID
    2018-6460
    Category
    Legal
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    AmTrust is seeking an experienced Workers' Compensation Managing Attorney in Melville, NY.   Responsible for the day-to-day operations of the in-house defense law firm, which represents policyholders and on behalf of the AmTrust-affiliated insurance companies and managed by AmTrust North America.  The job entails the complete oversight of all attorneys in the law firm, the cases on which they are working, the support staff and law firm facilities, as well as the supervision of the daily physical operation of the law firm and the monitoring of all firm functions and procedures.

    Responsibilities

     

     Management:

     

    1. Oversee the litigation calendar process. Ensure that MC is following guidelines and procedures and that the TimeMatters (“TM”) calendar/database is properly maintained.
    2. Oversee the secretarial staff, including workload issues.
    3. Provide technical assistance to the law firm and claims staff regarding investigation, compensability, damages assessment, legal issues, negotiations, settlements, pleadings, discovery and court strategy.
    4. Review and editing of substantive documents drafted by Attorneys, as well as constant conferencing of litigated matters.
    5. Participate in committee meetings and conferences with the claims staff..
    6. Develop department procedural guidelines and prepare and update the law firm, managing clerk and secretarial guidelines.
    7. Review files using diary reports submitted by legal staff.
    8. Review reports by Attorneys - initial case evaluations, initial discovery disclosure, depositions and (pre-) trial reports.
    9. Mentor and provide training to Attorneys.
    10. Upkeep of library (Law Journal, Jury Verdict Reporters, etc.), expert databases and research files.
    11. Upkeep of shared legal drive as to all forms (pleadings, discovery, motions, etc.).
    12. Interview applicants for all law firm positions.
    13. Ensure attorney compliance with diary and reporting procedures.
    14. Must monitor weekly attorney and firm pending caseloads to ensure that levels are within accepted parameters for caseloads and advise on need for additional counsel or staff.
    15. Upon assigning matters to handling attorneys, ensure that conflict of interest searches are undertaken through the calendaring program.
    16. Ensure that all attorneys are Licensed and in good standing to practice law in the state where employed and current with CLE requirements.

     Litigation Handling:

     

    1. Review and assign cases to in-house attorneys based upon guidelines for assignment and provided specific guidance, where necessary.
    2. Conduct all phases of the litigation of assigned cases, including:
    3. preparation of pleadings;
    4. all phases of discovery, including depositions;
    5. attendance at all court appearances, conferences, depositions, and alternative dispute resolution;
    6. research and motion practice; and,
    7. trial preparation and active trial participation.
    8. Evaluate files to determine compensability and extent of damages alleged;
    9. Hire and prepare the necessary experts to assist in investigation and provide testimony at time of trial.
    10. Engage in procedural and substantive motion practice on a timely basis to protect the interests of the insured;
    11. Responsible for reporting all relevant events to the assigned adjuster, and depending upon the issue, to the adjuster’s supervisor, manager, and claims executives. Ensure that the assigned adjuster is provided with copies of all appropriate litigation documents.
    12. Conference with Attorneys on all higher severity and/or complexity cases on a regular basis. Conference trial-ready cases and meet with (if applicable, multiple times) and review in detail trial notebook and strategy of any in-house attorney trying a case in advance of trial.

      

    Reporting:

     

    1. Managing attorney reports directly to the Vice President, Claims and Litigation Management
    2. Required to report on pendings, law firm metrics and upcoming significant trials.
    3. Required to report results for all cases which proceed to trial, all SJ motions and appeals.
    4. Required to report all complaints, motions for sanctions, default judgments and any punitive relief granted against us, e.g., striking of answer, etc.

     

    Qualifications

    Education

     

    Bachelor’s Degree required

    New York Juris Doctor required

    Licensed and in good standing to practice law in the state where employed

    Current with CLE requirements

     

    Experience

     

    10+ years experience in the Workers’ Compensation insurance defense environment

    Prior field and/or corporate claim management experience with emphasis on line of business expertise a plus

    Business skills in risk assessment, planning, problem solving, overall insurance law firm operations

    Trial experience

     

     

    Skills

     

    Planning skills to meet both short term and long term departmental objectives

    Knowledge of law firm management and the role of Staff Counsel in the claims department

    Ability to interact with the Claims and other departments to meet overall corporate objectives

    Ability to negotiate a contract

    Ability to develop and lead a law firm of active litigators

    Overall knowledge of industry environment

    Knowledge of TM and other computer-based systems

    Effective leadership skill to promote focus on exceeding business goals, superior performance, and employee development

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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