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*This is a hybrid position reporting to the Detroit office 2 days a week
Associate Attorney II - The Auto Club Group
What you will do:
Reports to: Supervising Practice Leader or Executive Attorney
Under moderate supervision, handle litigation and cases of intermediate-level exposure and complexity in which the insured or the Company is a defendant. Able to transition from courts of limited exposure to courts of unlimited exposure. Develops and applies skills to control all aspects of litigation, including trial preparation, discovery, negotiation, presentation and appeals from District to Circuit Court.
Reviews and analyzes files, insurance policies, all allegations and pertinent medical and technical data. Consults with medical and accident reconstruction specialists regarding injuries and disabilities. Prepares responses to civil complaints, files and answers any appropriate motions when questions of law or liability are in dispute. Determines feasibility of including third-party defendants in pending suits. Selects legal investigators and arranges for service of subpoenas and summonses. Files additional motions as facts of case and proper timing warrant. Conducts discovery depositions; formulates interrogatories. Under moderate supervision of a Practice Leader, conducts examinations under oath. Analyzes information obtained through discovery and determines whether settlement is appropriate within his/her authority according to the Company guidelines.
Prepares case for trial, examining facts and developing trial strategy for construction of a strong defense. Participates in jury selection. Prepares and submits pre-trial statements; attends pre-trial hearings before judge. Conducts defense of case, including delivery of opening statement, examination and cross-examination of witnesses, makes and argues motions, confers with judges and attorneys, delivers closing argument; prepares trial brief which includes insured's defense, applicable law, and jury instructions, when appropriate. Prepares mediation summaries and appears before Mediation Tribunal to advocate defendant's case. Evaluates award and makes decision as to whether to accept or go to trial within his/her authority.
Prepares uninsured motorist cases for arbitration hearings. Researches all pertinent documents and data; presents cases before arbitration tribunals.
Keeps client advised of status of case in accordance with office guidelines and client satisfaction goals and consults with third-party clients regarding litigation against them, particularly as to its effect on their personal assets. Advises insured and refers to independent counsel to protect insured's assets in event of an "over-limits" judgment as required. Coordinates trial or settlement activity with co-counsel, as necessary, to protect interest of insured. Applies cost/benefit considerations to all litigation activity in conjunction with evaluation with supervisor. Negotiates reasonable and equitable pre-trial settlements on behalf of Company and insured, when and where possible.
Consults with senior-level Attorneys on more complex cases when necessary. Recommends to Appeals Committee whether judgments should be appealed based upon facts of cases and chances of recovery. Prepares memorandums and presents cases to Appeals Committee or Executive Committee.
Participates in Claims Legal Council Program on a regular basis. With approval from Practice Leader, renders legal advice and opinions to branch claim personnel as requested. My provide guidance to lower level Attorneys.
How you will benefit:
Our Associate Attorney II will earn a competitive salary of $90,00 to $123,00 annually with annual bonus potential based on performance.
Excellent and comprehensive benefits packages are just another reason to work for the Auto Club Group. Benefits include:
We're looking for candidates who:
II. Required Qualifications (these are the minimum requirements to qualify)
Education (include minimum education and any licensing/certifications):
Juris Doctor Degree or graduate of accredited law school
Member of the State Bar of Michigan
Trial experience at District and/or Circuit Court level to include two personal injury and/or insurance related cases tried to verdict, one as first-chair attorney, and personal injury legal experience of 18 months or more
Two years of experience as an Associate Attorney I at ACG Staff Counsel with overall yearly performance reviews of Fully Met or higher
Civil law, judicial procedures and rules of evidence
Principles, methods, materials and practices of legal research
Discovery methods and techniques
Mediation rules, procedures and summaries
Michigan No Fault law, including current, significant case law
Tort liability law, including... For full info follow application link.
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