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Staff Attorney

Rocklin, CA
Full Time
01-20-2021
Practice Areas: Bodily Injury, Property Damage Litigation Job #: STAFF01032 Exp.: 7+ Years
Description:
UFG is looking for a Staff Attorney who is responsible for providing high quality and cost-effective legal representation to work in either our Sacramento or LA office. Demonstrates superior knowledge and expertise in the litigation process, is well versed in Property & Bodily Injury litigation and provides excellent client service as part of a legal team. Responsible for independent, aggressive case handling with a resolution management focus.

Responsibilities:
  • Independently conduct trials, depositions, pre-trial discovery, mediations, arbitrations or any other legal activity required to resolve cases. in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Work directly with insureds, claimants, counsel mediators and courts in negotiating settlements.
  • Review and discuss settlement values, defensive tactics and strategies with claims professionals Provide regular written status reports to claims professionals to keep them advised.
  • Work with clients, claims professionals, underwriting, risk control and other third parties to resolve legal issues presented.
  • Keep apprised of changes in law and court procedures. Comply with CLE requirements.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:
Experience:
  • A minimum of 7 years’ experience practicing law that must include some civil jury trial experience in bodily injury and some property damage litigation in California courts
  • Trial experience is required.
  • Prior in-house Property & Casualty Insurance experience preferred.
  • Experience in paperless file environment and Westlaw research preferred

Education Requirements:
  • Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school.
  • Active license to practice law in California
  • Active license to practice law in other states is a plus.

Knowledge, skills & abilities:
  • Able to effectively influence others through master negotiation techniques.
  • Demonstrate superior use of trial skills and techniques.
  • Demonstrate strong analytical, decision-making, problem-solving, and planning skills.
  • Strong and persuasive legal writing skills and oral advocacy skills.
  • Demonstrate strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint), legal document management software, Westlaw/Lexis.
  • Ability and desire to collaborate with trial attorneys, paralegals and support staff.
  • Ability and desire to communicate with UFG about improving processes for the representation of insureds.
  • Decision making ability to set work priorities and make recommendations
  • Ability to initiate, organize and coordinate complex projects and cases.
  • Sense of urgency and responsiveness.
  • Appreciation for and commitment to delivery of high-quality legal work
  • Personal integrity and adherence to a high degree of professionalism and ethical competency
  • Willingness to travel at 50%+ frequency





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