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Trial Attorney

Company name
Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company.

10 yrs required

Glendale, CA


The Trial Attorney position is open in the Glendale, CA Trial Division Office of Nationwide Insurance.  We are seeking an seasoned litigator with 10+ years’ experience managing a caseload of complex personal and commercial insurance defense cases.  First chair trial experience is required. The successful candidate must demonstrate considerable initiative and the ability to relate well with business clientele.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills, are also essential.   Must be able to draft own pleadings, discovery and reports.  The position includes a competitive base salary, bonus opportunity and benefits plan.


Summary:   Provides legal representation for clients in matters of moderate complexity and/or risk, with limited supervision. Reviews and evaluates assigned cases. Prepares and tries cases in all courts and agencies. Communicates with Claims and clients. Provides related legal advice and services.


Reporting Relationships:  Reports to Managing Trial Attorney


Core Duties and Responsibilities: 

  1. With moderate supervision, works on legal matters that of basic or moderate complexity and/or risk, representing clients in trials or hearings before courts or agencies, including appeals and arbitrations.
  2. Reviews and evaluates cases and lawsuits in accordance with established NTD Best Practices guidelines. Developing proficiency interpreting insurance contracts and coverage issues: knowledge of state and local practices and rules, state and local practices and rules.
  3. Gathers relevant information, conducts research; evaluates reliability of case, witnesses and information. Works with client and claims to establish, communicate and implement Litigation Plan. Keeps client and claims professionals fully informed. Has contact with Claims management.
  4. Prepares and tries cases of above average complexity and moderate exposure (including injuries) in all courts and agencies.
  5. Recognizes, participates and promotes settlement opportunities. Negotiates as authorized within adjuster's authority.
  6. Takes depositions of parties and experts; obtains meaningful discovery and participates in motions practice as warranted.
  7. Performs other duties as assigned.


Typical Skills and Experiences: 


Education:  JD Degree from an accredited law school.


License/Certification/Designation:  Currently licensed as an attorney in an appropriate U.S. jurisdiction. Maintains an active license in the state in which the position is located.


Experience:  Typically three to eight years of relevant civil litigation experience. 


Knowledge:  Has experience in one or more areas of trial law. Knowledge of applicable legal practices and procedures. Substantive civil law, insurance contracts knowledge. Adherence to Private Practice of Law policy.

Skills/Competencies:  Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to negotiate.  Ability to process information efficiently and effectively. Excellent analytical and legal skills.  Resourceful creative thinker. Computer savvy with a working knowledge of basic software and use of same. Good time management and organization skills for contacts with all levels of management and clients. Decision-making ability to set work priorities. Strong legal research techniques. 


Other criteria, including leadership skills, competencies and experiences may take precedence.


Staffing exceptions to the above must be approved by the hiring manager’s leader and HR Business Partner.


Values:  Regularly and consistently demonstrates the Nationwide Values and Guiding Behaviors.


Job Conditions: 


Overtime Eligibility:  Exempt (Not Eligible)


Working Conditions:  Normal office environment. Frequent travel. Occasional overnight travel.  Extended hours are often necessary to meet the demands of the profession.


ADA:  The above statements cover what are generally believed to be principal and essential functions of this job.  Specific circumstances may allow or require some people assigned to the job to perform a somewhat different combination of duties. 


Credit Check:  Due to the fiduciary accountabilities of this job, a valid credit check and/or background which will be requires as part of the selection process.

Company info

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company.
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Company Profile
Nationwide is a company of great people doing great things. We care deeply about doing what’s right, and we work hard to make an impact for everyone: our associates, our members, our partners and our communities. We’re in the business of protecting people and the things they care about most. We trustingly advise our members, offering comprehensive solutions like home, auto, life, pet and business insurance, as well as retirement savings tools and identity theft protection. And we know the work we do matters. How do we accomplish it all? By hiring and retaining people who are as driven and caring as you. From offering a competitive benefits package to raising our minimum wage to $15, our commitment to our associates is clear. When you work at Nationwide, you know that the difference is GREAT.

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