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Liability Trial Attorney

Company: Zurich Insurance Company Ltd.
Location: Irvine
Posted on: August 5, 2022

Job Description:

We are looking to add an experienced Trial Attorney to our Staff Legal office in Irvine, California.

This litigator will be responsible for representing the commercial insureds of a prestigious and financially stable commercial insurance carrier, by preparing and trying moderate to high exposure Auto and General Liability cases from a challenging and varied caseload.

If you are ready for a career move, consider working for a company with a global footprint that offers an excellent work/life balance, terrific benefits including an incentive plan, 401K match and a second 401K company contribution, flexible work options, summer hours and a great culture.

This is an exciting opportunity to work for a well-respected Company and represent its insureds in all phases of litigation, while being part of a high-performing law office. The ideal candidate will be able to engage in the practice of law, at all times in compliance with the ethical standards as established by the national/local area of practice.

The selected candidate will perform duties encompassing all aspects of insurance defense, including initial investigation and legal analysis and advice, preparing and filing legal pleadings and documents, performing legal research, preparing for and conducting pre-trial discovery, preparing for and aggressively handling hearings and trials, and conducting post-trial activities where appropriate. We are looking for demonstrated case analysis ability, a track record of proven trial settlement skills and the ability to work independently without substantial supervision.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctor and 7 or more years of experience in the Litigation area
  • Member of the California State Bar in good standing
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and Adobe
  • Experience working with Lexis or Westlaw
  • Knowledge of the insurance industry, claims and the insurance defense litigation legal environment Preferred Qualifications:
    • Experience with insurance industry claims and general commercial litigation, including but not limited to wrongful death, commercial motor vehicle torts, products and premises liability, personal injury and employment liability
    • Must be well organized with good analytical skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, proactive approach to file handling and caseloads, and able to work independently as well as within a team environment
    • Recent first chair jury trial experience
    • Demonstrates effective negotiating skills
    • Ability to budget costs and calculate exposure for clients
    • Efficient work habits, knowledge of billables and diary review with substantive and procedural legal knowledge
    • Understands the staff counsel function and role in overall business
    • A functional and extensive knowledge of the law and procedure
    • Prior experience in an insurance defense environment
    • Strong negotiation skills
    • Effective problem solving skills
    • Experience working in a team-based environment
    • Strong collaboration skills
    • PC literate


      Collaborate Together
      Develop & Grow
      Puts Customers First
      Fuel Innovation
      Motivational fit
      Provide Clear Direction
      Make it Happen
      Building Trust

      As a condition of employment at Zurich, employees must adhere to our COVID-related health and safety protocols ( ), including, without limitation, a requirement that employees attest as to their vaccination status with a YES/NO, and upload proof of vaccination status, or negative COVID test results when allowable, to a third-party vendor. These are continuously re-evaluated and the requirements may change at any time.

      A future with Zurich

      Now is the time to move forward and make a difference. At Zurich, we want you to share your unique perspectives, experiences and ideas so we can grow and drive sustainable change together. As part of a leading global organization, Zurich North America has over 148 years of experience managing risk and supporting resilience. Today, Zurich North America is a leading provider of commercial property-casualty insurance solutions and a wide range of risk management products and services for businesses and individuals. We serve more than 25 industries, from agriculture to technology, and we insure 90% of the Fortune 500 . Our growth strategy is not limited to our business. As an employer, we strive to provide ongoing career development opportunities, and we foster an environment where voices are diverse, behaviors are inclusive, actions drive equity, and our people feel a sense of belonging. Be a part of the next evolution of the insurance industry. Join us in building a brighter future for our colleagues, our customers and the communities we serve. Zurich maintains a comprehensive employee benefits package for employees as well as eligible dependents and competitive compensation. Please click here to learn more.

      As a global company, Zurich recognizes the diversity of our workforce as an asset. We recruit talented people from a variety of backgrounds with unique perspectives that are truly welcome here. Taken together, diversity and inclusion bring us closer to our common goal: exceeding our customers expectations. Zurich does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status. EOE disability/vet

      Zurich does not accept unsolicited resumes from search firms or employment agencies. Any unsolicited resume will become the property of Zurich American Insurance. If you are a preferred vendor, please use our Recruiting Agency Portal for resume submission.

      Location(s): AM - Irvine

      Remote Working: No

      Schedule: Full Time

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Keywords: Zurich Insurance Company Ltd., Irvine , Liability Trial Attorney, Legal , Irvine, California

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