Counsel Trial Attorney - Garden City, NY

Date Opened: Dec 4, 2021

Location: Garden City, NY, US

Company: Allstate Insurance Company

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. Plus, Allstate is changing how, when, and where we work-to lead us boldly into our future. We're empowering our employees to create better ways of working through more intentional use of communication and collaboration practices, processes and tools.

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.

Job Summary

Represents insureds and the Company in the defense of bodily injury and property damage lawsuits, subrogation, and Allstate Financial cases. Prepares for and conducts hearings, trials, arbitrations, mediations, and depositions. Prepares and argues pre and post-trial motions. Assists colleagues in the resolution of calendar conflicts. Provides project management, coordination, and collaboration between legal teams within L&R and with business clients.  Conducts research, substantive drafting, reviewing, advising, and negotiating for more complex matters.  Provides budget oversight.

Job Family Specific Responsibilities

Review new file assignments and approve initial pleadings, propound discovery, and/or develop strategy
Contacts clients to discuss their case and answer any questions. Maintains contact at a minimum of 90 days
Contact claims (initial litigation plan, recurring minimum 90-day contact, strategy conferences, etc.)
Review all documentary evidence
Prepares witnesses and clients for depositions, arbitrations, mediations and trials including expert witnesses
Conducts depositions and examinations under oath and prepares summary documents
Prepares and conducts court appearances (matter management conferences, hearings, status conferences, etc.)
Conducts settlement/dispositive proceedings (e.g. mediations, arbitrations, etc.)
Try and/or arbitrate cases and prepares motions in limine 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                                                                                   
Conduct First Chair Trials and Second chair cases with Trial Attorneys and Senior Trial Attorneys as needed.                                                                                 
Review and determine strategy for legal issues sent to home office
Participate in business process reviews with claims clients

 

Knowledge/Skills/Ability/Experience

Core Competencies

Advanced skills/abilities/experiences in the following areas:  legal knowledge, business knowledge, issue management, analytical skills, influencing others, coaching and development, self-development, and productivity

Other Requisites
Possesses a juris doctorate and a license to practice law in New York
Have experience in selecting juries, trying heavy cases and cross-examining witnesses.
10+ years related experience typical
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
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
Utilizes subject matter expertise to coach and guide less experienced team members
The position will be remote with occasional visits to a physical office in Garden City, NY. In-person court or other job-related appearances as necessary.
Candidate must be well versed in NY civil procedure rules, evidence rules, discovery rules, trial procedure, and must be proficient in motion practice, mediations, arbitrations, and jury and bench trials.
Prior jury trial experience is required

 

The candidate(s) offered this position will be required to submit to a background investigation, which includes a drug screen.

 

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. For a full description of Allstate’s benefits, visit allstate.jobs/benefits

 

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Nearest Major Market: Long Island
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City