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Manages and directs the defense of lawsuits and claim litigation against Wawanesa General Insurance Co and/or company policyholders to ensure a satisfactory conclusion according to the terms of the policies issues and to achieve the best possible case position within the limits prescribed by law.
Monitors the company’s litigation activities and advise Claim Litigation Handlers as well as outside defense or coverage counsel: oversees legal process to ensure overall quality concerning case handling.
Promotes effective communication among and between Claims Litigation Handlers, Management and Staff Defense Counsel.
Develops and implements Wawanesa General Insurance Company’s policies and procedures for Best Practice Litigation handling.
Completes annual reviews of randomly selected case files.
Keeps apprised of changes in tort and contract law, as well as recent court decisions, that may impact the company’s business practices, and appraise staff of such changes and court decisions.
Recommends department plans and budgets, and conducts activities according to the approved company and departmental plans and budgets; consults in a manner to manage and control expenses.
Develops and implements short and long range objectives consistent with Wawanesa General Insurance Co’s goals, guideline, and programs.
Oversees and directs activities of Staff Defense Counsel and outside counsel, utilizing resources effectively to meet department goals and objectives.
Partners with Claims Management to interview and select outside defense counsel for litigation defense; develop a process to monitor defense counsel performance.
Manages Staff Defense Counsel and ensures execution against established objectives.
Responsible for the hiring, training and supervision of Staff Defense Counsel.
Expertise in insurance claims litigation; must be capable of managing any case to conclusion by jury trial.
Able to analyze problems and recommend viable solutions relating to the management of litigation and assignments of Staff Defense Counsel.
Ability to serve in an advisory role to branch claims staff.
Ability to understand and respond to potentially conflicting needs and demands of the company and its insureds.
Juris Doctorate (JD) degree required from an ABA approved school, and member in good standing with the State Bar of California.
Five to seven years of experience in litigation defense in a corporate or law firm environment.
Experience as a Managing Attorney.
Strong knowledge of insurance laws and regulations.
Strong attention to detail with the ability to develop standards for ensuring quality.
Excellent organizational skills with the ability to manage large document productions, establish priorities, and effectively work across multiple areas.
Strong analytical skills with the ability to make logical and reasoned decisions.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to work on teams and as an independent contributor with limited direction and oversight.
Strong knowledge of Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
Position requires the ability to lift up to 5 lbs on a daily basis.
Position requires low mobility throughout the branch buildings to meet internal customer demands.
Wawanesa U.S. Operation
Our U.S. Company is headquartered in San Diego, California. Marketing, underwriting, claims processing, and policyholder services are all conducted from the San Diego office. The company is currently licensed to write business in California and Oregon. The U.S. operation is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company of Canada, one of the leading insurance carriers in Canada.