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Trial Attorney

Company name
Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company.

10 yrs required

Fresno, CA

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If you’re interested in working for a top insurance defense department within a Fortune 100 company and possess a strong reputation within the California legal community, Nationwide Insurance is the place for you. We seek candidates that value people, are customer focused, act with honesty and integrity, are accountable, have a bias for action and a passion for results.

The Trial Attorney position is open in the Fresno, CA Trial Division Office of Nationwide Insurance. Construction defect experience relating to multiple single family home litigation is necessary as the position is a mix of general liability cases and construction defect cases.

The position provides legal representation for clients on highly complex and/or high risk legal matters. Reviews and evaluates assigned cases. Prepares and tries cases in all courts and agencies. Works independently on all matters. Regularly communicates with clients and manages relationships with Claims. Provides legal advice and services and manages relationships with Claims and Clients. Mentors other trial attorneys.

  • Leads, directly represents or provides subject matter expertise on significant, high-risk or complex legal matters, representing clients in trials or hearings before courts or agencies, including appeals and arbitrations. May lead a team in a specialized practice area.
  • Reviews and evaluates cases and lawsuits in accordance with established NTD Best Practices Guidelines. Proficiently interprets and explains insurance contracts and coverage issues; strong knowledge of state and local practices and rules.
  • Works with client and claims to establish, communicate and implement Litigation Plan. Keeps client and claims fully informed. Fosters, develops and promotes relationships with Claims; has contact with Claims management and uses initiative to help develop, expand and retain business.
  • Prepares and tries cases regardless of complexity and unlimited exposure in all courts and agencies, including cases involving toxic substances, extensive injuries, permanent injuries and/or ongoing treatment. Cases may involve inflammatory factors (DUI, death of a child, egregious).
  • Recognizes, participates and promotes settlement opportunities. Negotiates as authorized.  Trains other attorneys on negotiation skills and tactics
  • Takes depositions of parties and experts; obtains meaningful discovery and participates in motions practice as warranted. May mentor other trial attorneys with respect to deposition practices and techniques.
  • May train or mentor less experienced trial attorneys or paralegals on procedural or legal issues. May create and conduct training for Claims.


Reporting Relationships:  Reports to Managing Trial Attorney


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:  Seasoned attorney in an area of law. Typically has ten or more years of civil litigation, trial experience and/or agency hearing representation experience, as well as substantial jury trial experience as lead counsel.


Knowledge:  Has deep or significant experience in one or more specific or highly specialized area of law. Considered the subject matter expert within his or her area of legal expertise and/or possesses strong leadership skills to manage an area of expertise. Complex legal practices and procedures.  Substantive civil law, Insurance contracts.


Skills/Competencies:  Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Significant negotiation skills, excellent analytical and legal skills. Resourceful, computer savvy with a working knowledge of basic software and use of the same. Strong time management and organization skills. Very comfortable with contact at all levels of management and clients. Decision-making ability to set work priorities.  Legal research techniques. Decision-making ability to set work priorities and make recommendations.  Ability to initiate, organize and coordinate complex projects and cases. Leadership skills used in direct and/or indirect influencing such as motivating, problem solving, business strengthening and development.


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
Why Nationwide? 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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