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Lead Counsel, Litigation Services

Glendale, CA

The world isn’t standing still, and neither is Allstate. We’re moving quickly, looking across our businesses and brands and taking bold steps to better serve customers’ evolving needs. That’s why now is an exciting time to join our team. You’ll have opportunities to take risks, challenge the status quo and shape the future for the greater good.

 

You’ll do all this in an environment of excellence and the highest ethical standards – a place where values such as integrity, inclusive diversity and accountability are paramount. We empower every employee to lead, drive change and give back where they work and live. Our people are our greatest strength, and we work as one team in service of our customers and communities.

 

Everything we do at Allstate is driven by a shared purpose: to protect people from life’s uncertainties so they can realize their hopes and dreams. For more than 89 years we’ve thrived by staying a step ahead of whatever’s coming next – to give customers peace of mind no matter what changes they face.


We acted with conviction to advocate for seat belts, air bags and graduated driving laws. We help give survivors of domestic violence a voice through financial empowerment. We’ve been an industry leader in pricing sophistication, telematics, digital photo claims and, more recently, device and identity protection.

 

We are the Good Hands. We don’t follow the trends. We set them.


The Litigation Services Attorney job family is responsible for managing Insurance Defense and Tort Litigation / Disputes work and related issues/matters


Key Responsibilities:

  • Supervise direct reports, attorneys, paralegals and administrative assistants
  • Write and conduct performance reviews of team members, including checkpoints and Peromance Development Summary
  • Provide coaching and support to team members
  • Perform quality file reviews
  • Work as part of management team with Managing Attorney.
  • Review new file assignments and approve initial pleadings, propound discovery, and/or develop strategy
  • Contact clients to discuss their case and answer any questions
  • Contact claims (initial litigation plan, recurring minimum 90 day contact, strategy conferences, etc.)
  • Review all documentary evidence
  • Prepare witnesses and clients for depositions, arbitrations, mediations and trials including expert witnesses
  • Conduct depositions and examinations under oath and prepares summary documents
  • Prepare and conduct court appearances (matter management conferences, hearings, status conferences, etc.)
  • Conduct settlement/dispositive proceedings (e.g. mediations, arbitrations, etc.)
  • Try and/or arbitrate cases and prepares motions in liminie and summary documents
  • Draft post-trial motions
  • Prepare for and participate in appeals
  • Provide legal opinions to claims clients
  • Investigate and pursue subrogation litigation as appropriate  
  • Second chair cases with Trial Attorneys and Senior Trial Attorneys as needed.                                                                                
  • Participate in business process reviews with claims clients
  • Monitor allocated legal expenses, track factors that drive variations, and collaborate with claims clients regarding status of contributing factors


Additional Key Responsibilities:

  • Business Knowledge and Acumen
  • Gather facts from client to understand goals and objectives client intends to achieve from intended action
  • Play a lead role in working with senior management to develop and implement change
  • Rely on employees’ own business knowledge to influence strategy/practices
  • Determine if/how business processes / practices need to be modified and work with client implement change
  • Determine extent of other AOR involvement; work with other areas of responsibility that may be impacted to manage change
  • Collaborate and align regarding strategy determination, action planning, and communication with client, business units, and other areas of L&R, as appropriate
  • Displays advanced knowledge of specific legal discipline to connect work back to business results; develop employees’ discipline specific knowledge
  • Project Management
  • Provide portfolio management of employees’ projects; nurture coordination and collaboration between legal teams within L&R and with business clients, as appropriate; search for and implement cooperation between teams
  • Management of Outside Counsel
  • Perform bill/file reviews and perform budget oversight
  • Evaluate and recommend if outside counsel should be retained
  • Retain, supervise, manage, and coordinate work with Outside Counsel, if applicable
  • Interpersonal/Communication/Management
  • Attend board and committee meetings, as appropriate
  • Participate and prepare for meetings with external parties
  • Participate in meetings with senior management team
  • Participate in relevant external industry groups
  • Develop employees through complex “stretch” projects/assignments


Key Responsibilities Continued: 

  • Supervisory/People Management
  • Creates a productive and supportive work environment of highly engaged employees
  • Ensures understanding of business objectives, results, processes, etc. with direct reports
  • Manages staff and effectively uses performance management to improve and/or reward employee performance
  • Effectively coaches and provides development/career guidance for direct reports 
  • Administers company Human Resources policies
  • Legal Advice and Counseling
  • Accountable for due diligence; delegates due diligence responsibilities to Law Clerks, Paralegals and/or other Attorneys
  • Research (and lead employees who research) and determine applicable and pertinent laws, statutes, regulations, rules, and other legal authority; conducts risk analyses on key issues; relies on employees to identify and prioritize new issues
  • Leverage extensive knowledge to monitor and review new laws, regulations, and case law; identify and summarize relevant issues; Collaborate with other areas of L&R department; Proactively provide advice, and work through employees to provide advice, and counsel to business unit on the impact of new laws on business
  • Empower employees to provide advice and/or legal approval related to company documents, policy, practices, and procedures independently
  • Provide advice and counsel clients on emerging legal issues and risk
  • Counsel clients and employees on strategic initiatives and serve on project teams as needed to provide legal advice
  • Drafting and Negotiation
  • Develop best practices for employees to review and revise business cases and supporting documentation
  • Accountable for draft, review and / or negotiations of complex matters and agreements; delegate negotiation responsibilities to direct reports
  • Draft and / or review non-routine correspondence and communications


Education and Licensing:

  • Possesses a juris doctorate and a license to practice law in California 


Other Requisites: 

  • 10+ years related experience typical
  • Insurance Defense experience 
  • Proficient skills/abilities/experiences in the following areas: legal knowledge, business knowledge, issue management, analytical skills, influencing others, coaching and development, self development, and productivity
  • Advanced knowledge of professional standards, methods and concepts and the ability to direct functional strategy
  • Computer skills, including MS Office suite, used in or related to the tasks performed
  • Exercises discretion and maintains confidentiality of sensitive information
  • Demonstrates ethics and integrity
  • Has relevant experience within a reputable law firm or an in-house legal department for a mid- to large-sized organization
  • Insurance-industry experience preferred
  • Knowledge of legal holds and discovery processes
  • Able to manage a team and work through others to complete complex projects
  • Works with employees on professional development and business acumen
  • Management & Supervisory Skills
  • Budget management skills
  • Project management skills and law firm/vendor management experience
  • Able to interact with all levels of personnel and supervise/oversee the work of more junior resources
  • Able to manage a team and work through others to complete complex projects
  • Works with employees on professional development and business acumen
  • Ability to work in a remote work office environment, with ability to travel to the Glendale, CA 

 

Notes:

The preceding description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities. May be required to perform other related duties as assigned. Regular, predictable attendance is an essential function of this job.


Compensation offered for this role is $122,000.00-$185,000.00 and is based on experience and qualifications.

 

Good Work. Good Life. Good Hands®. 

 

As a Fortune 100 company and industry leader, we provide a competitive salary – but that’s just the beginning. Our Total Rewards package also offers benefits like tuition assistance, medical and dental insurance, as well as a robust pension and 401(k). Plus, you’ll have access to a wide variety of programs to help you balance your work and personal life — including a generous paid time off policy. 

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