Nationwide Trial Attorney in Virginia

Job ID: 51142

The Trial Attorney position is open in Nationwide's Norfolk Trial Division Office.

Summary: Provides legal representation for clients in matters of moderate complexity and/or risk, with limited supervision. Reviews and evaluates assigned cases. Prepares and tries cases in all courts and agencies. Communicates with Claims and clients. Provides related legal advice and services.

Reporting Relationships: Reports to Managing Trial Attorney

Core Duties and Responsibilities:

  • With moderate supervision, works on legal matters that of basic or moderate complexity and/or risk, representing clients in trials or hearings before courts or agencies, including appeals and arbitrations.

  • Reviews and evaluates cases and lawsuits in accordance with established NTD Best Practices guidelines. Developing proficiency interpreting insurance contracts and coverage issues: knowledge of state and local practices and rules, state and local practices and rules.

  • Gathers relevant information, conducts research; evaluates reliability of case, witnesses and information. Works with client and claims to establish, communicate and implement Litigation Plan. Keeps client and claims professionals fully informed. Has contact with Claims management.

  • Prepares and tries cases of above average complexity and moderate exposure (including injuries) in all courts and agencies.

  • Recognizes, participates and promotes settlement opportunities. Negotiates as authorized within adjuster's authority.

  • Takes depositions of parties and experts; obtains meaningful discovery and participates in motions practice as warranted.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Typical Skills and Experiences:

Education: JD Degree from an accredited law school.

License/Certification/Designation: Currently licensed as an attorney in an appropriate U.S. jurisdiction. Maintains an active license in the state in which the position is located.

Experience: Typically three to eight years of relevant civil litigation experience.

Knowledge: Has experience in one or more areas of trial law. Knowledge of applicable legal practices and procedures. Substantive civil law, insurance contracts knowledge. Adherence to Private Practice of Law policy.

Skills/Competencies: Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to negotiate. Ability to process information efficiently and effectively. Excellent analytical and legal skills. Resourceful creative thinker. Computer savvy with a working knowledge of basic software and use of same. Good time management and organization skills for contacts with all levels of management and clients. Decision-making ability to set work priorities. Strong legal research techniques.

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: Exempt (Not Eligible)

Working Conditions: Normal office environment. Frequent travel. Occasional overnight travel. Extended hours are often necessary to meet the demands of the profession.

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 requires as part of the selection process.


Job Family/Function: LEG / TAT

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