Nationwide Managing Trial Attorney in Brea, California

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Manages and oversees assigned Nationwide Trial Division office. Accountable for the quality and delivery of legal services to clients and customers of the office. Works closely with senior leadership regarding strategies to increase and retain claims business and proactively develop attorney practice-specific competencies and skills. May try cases. Supervises Trial Attorneys, Paralegals and support staff; may manage a Managing Attorney (H-4). Typically has no fewer than 10 attorney and paralegal who are direct reports.

Job Description

Reports to: Regional AVP.

Key Responsibilities

  • Implements and manages all aspects of NTD best practices, processes and guidelines, providing training as needed.

  • Maintains and promotes good relationships with clients and claims management.Partners with senior leadership in recommending strategies to increase and retain claims business.Works with Claim leadership to assess needs for litigation defense strategies for new product lines and new theories of liability and then works with Trial Division Leadership team on training and development opportunities for associates.

  • Conducts open and closed file audits of direct reports; seeks feedback from claims partners and NTD senior leadership.Provides meaningful developmental coaching and feedback to attorneys and paralegals about feedback and file reviews, creating development plans to address growth opportunities.Ensures follow-up and action plans are implemented and any deficiencies in the office are resolved. Monitors ongoing compliance.

  • Manages attorney, paralegal, and support staff performance and productivity for assigned office.Assigns work, is responsible for development, coaching, training and mentoring individual associates.May supervise Managing Trial Attorney (H-4)

  • Manages expenses for assigned office.Provides recommendations to senior leaders regarding increasing efficiencies and decreasing costs.

  • Responsible for compliance with all applicable ethical requirements and for professional development, training of direct reports, including CLE, pursuant to Nationwide Trial Division protocols.

  • Reviews and assigns cases.May or may not maintain a case load of no more than 5 cases.Provides legal representation for clients including trying cases in all courts and agencies, and related legal advice and services.

  • Collaborates with Business Operations to ensure that administration services provided to the office are at an acceptable level.

  • Partners with Specialty AVPs on any performance related matters regarding specialty areas.Identifies and shares opportunities for increasing attorney proficiency in specialized and commercial practice areas.

  • Responsible for preparation of various business reports to manage office.Reviews and analyzes trends and recommendations to upper management regarding short-term and long term critical business decisions.Assists leadership team with monitoring industry and litigation trends and making recommendations on development and training opportunities for staff.

  • Manages and coordinates all administrative functions for the office.Reviews and monitors quality and productivity with respect to office performance in assigned territory.

  • Monitors and responds to office growth demands and reduction in force, including staffing, physical plan and technology needs.Plans and coordinates projects regarding systems and processes changes.Ensures compliance with technology expectations and associate capabilities with regard to technology managed in the office.

  • Responsible as the primary contact for identifying NTD Corporate Real-estate needs.Participates in site surveys/selections; partner with vendors in the relocation of Trial Division offices.

  • Provides business orientation and training to hires Participates in special business initiatives as assigned.

  • Position is suitable for leader of highly specialized and dedicated commercial practice such as NY Labor Law.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Team Composition: Direct reports include Trial Attorneys, Paralegals and Support Staff and may include a Managing Attorney

Typical Skills and Experiences

Education/Certification/Licenses: JD Degree from an accredited law school. Maintains an active license in the state in which the position is located.

Experience/Skills: Seasoned attorney in an area of law. Typically has 15 plus years of civil litigation, trial experience, as well as substantial jury trial experience as lead counsel. Significant management experience required.

Knowledge: Deep or significant experience in a specific or highly complex area of law. Considered the subject matter expert within his or her rea of legal expertise and/or possessing strong leadership skills to manage an area of expertise. Adherence to Private Practice of Law policy.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Significate negotiation skills. Excellent analytical and legal skills. Computer savvy with a working knowledge of basic software and use of the same. Good time management and organization skills. Contact with all levels of management and clients. Ability to train trial attorneys paralegals and support staff. Decision making ability to set work priorities and make recommendations. Ability to initiate, organize and coordinate complex projects and cases. Strong leadership skills used to direct and /or indirect influencing such as team building, motivating, influencing and problem solving.

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: Not Eligible (Exempt)

Working Conditions: Normal office environment. Some travel may be required.

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 required as part of the selection process.

Evaluation Activity: CAH 1/3/2018

Additional Job Description


Job ID: 54806