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UFG offers you an award-winning workplace and a trustworthy, financially stable company. While we’ve always known our commitment to employees and financial stewardship, it is good to have others recognize our dedicated efforts. We've been named a Top Workplace for four consecutive years, and included on Forbes’ “America’s Most Trustworthy Financial Companies” every year since 2014. Additionally, UFG is a super-regional property and casualty insurer rated “A” (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company.
The Senior Staff Attorney is responsible for providing high quality and cost-effective legal representation. Demonstrates superior knowledge and expertise in the litigation process, is well versed in construction defect litigation and provides excellent client service as part of a legal team. Responsible for independent, aggressive case handling with a resolution management focus.
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.
Develop attorneys through coaching, mentoring and providing feedback.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school.
Active license to practice law in the state(s) in which representation is required.
Active license to practice law in other states is a plus.
7+ years of Insurance Defense litigation experience, including substantial Construction Defect litigation experience required.
Experience in paperless file environment and Westlaw research preferred.
Knowledge, skills & abilities:
Superior legal acumen.
Able to effectively influence others through master negotiation techniques.
Demonstrate superior use of trial skills and techniques.
Strong analytical, decision-making, problem-solving, and planning skills.
Strong and persuasive legal writing skills and oral advocacy skills.
Strong organizational and time management skills.
Proficient with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint), legal document management software, Westlaw/Lexis.
Good time management and organization skills.
Ability and desire to collaborate with and train 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.
Strong leadership skills, including motivating, influencing and problem solving.
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.
Demonstrates motivation to acquire effective trial skills with increased litigation complexity.
Willingness to travel at 50%+ frequency.
About United Fire Group
UFG offers you an award-winning workplace and a trustworthy, financially stable company. While we’ve always known our commitment to employees and financial stewardship, it is good to have others recognize our dedicated efforts. We've been named an Iowa Top Workplace by the Des Moines Register for four consecutive years, and included on Forbes’ “America’s Most Trustworthy Financial Companies” every year since 2014. Additionally, UFG is a super-regional property and casualty insurer rated “A” (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company.
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