Staff Counsel

Heritage Insurance
Published
May 2, 2021
Location
Jacksonville, FL
Category
Job Type

Description

THIS ROLE IS TO WORK REMOTE IN THE JACKSONVILLE AREA

Position Summary:

  • A Staff Counsel in the Heritage Legal Department is responsible for all phases of litigation from initial assignment through trial.
  • A Staff Counsel will be assigned and personally responsible for between 100 - 150 cases depending on experience level and types of cases.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for developing a Litigation Plan in conjunction and consultation with the assigned Litigation Examiner.
  • Responsible for the implementation of the Litigation Plan, and the modification of the Litigation Plan as deemed necessary throughout every phase of litigation.
  • Responsible for complying with the Heritage Litigation Handbook and Guidelines.
  • Responsible for ensuring compliance with all Orders entered in each assigned case.
  • Responsible for complying with all Administrative Orders in effect within the specific jurisdiction that the attorney works within.
  • Responsible for ensuring complete compliance with the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure and the Florida Evidence Code in every assigned matter.

Key Competencies

  • A thorough understanding of the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure. ..TrainingCivil-Procedure-Rules-Updated-4-6-20.pdf
  • A thorough understanding of the Florida Evidence Code. https://www.flsenate.gov/Laws/Statutes/2018/Chapter90
  • A thorough understanding of the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration. ..TrainingFlorida-Rules-of-Judicial-Administration.pdf
  • A thorough understanding of all Administrative Orders in effect within each jurisdiction that the attorney handles.
  • A thorough understanding of Florida Insurance Code, specifically Chapter 624 and Chapter 627.
  • A thorough understanding of the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar, specifically the Rules of Professional Conduct. ..TrainingRules Regulating the Florida Bar.pdf. ..TrainingRules of Professional Conduct.pdf.
  • A thorough understanding of the Florida Administrative Code https://www.flrules.org/, specifically
    • Chapter 69O - Insurance Regulation,
    • Chapter 69B-153 Deceptive Insurance Practices,
    • Chapter 69B-166 Property and Casualty Insurer Practices, Chapter 69B-220 Adjusters.
    • For sinkhole losses, Chapter 69B-251 Neutral Evaluators.
  • Extensive knowledge of case law governing Florida insurance claims.

Other Required Qualifications

  • Highly organized with the ability to handle and maintain daily tasks for his/her assigned case load.
  • Strong communication skills
  • Articulate presentation skills using technology
  • Strong and persuasive legal writing skills and oral advocacy skills
  • Ability to clearly and succinctly articulate position
  • Independent ability to analyze legal issues with minimal supervision
  • Appreciation for and commitment to delivery of high-quality legal work
  • Works collaboratively with team members and others
  • Demonstrates desire to acquire effective trial skills with increased litigation complexity
  • Demonstrates superior legal acumen
  • Demonstrates personal commitment to professional development
  • Continued development of technical skills with a goal of handling the highest complexity cases
  • Personal integrity and adherence to a high degree of professionalism and ethical competency
  • Strong research skills
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Multi-tasking tolerance and success
  • Decision making and problem-solving abilities
  • Sense of urgency/responsiveness

Minimum Education and Licensure Requirements

  • D. degree from ABA-approved program
  • Licensed by the Florida Bar and a member in good standing

Minimum Experience Requirements

  • Associate Staff Counsel
    • 1 year of experience practicing in Florida.
    • 6 months specializing in insurance law.
  • Staff Counsel
    • 5 years of experience practicing in Florida
    • 2 years of experience specializing in insurance law.
    • 1 year of experience specializing in first-party property
  • Senior Staff Counsel
    • 15 years of experience practicing in Florida.
    • 10 years of experience practicing in insurance law.
    • 5 years of experience specializing in first-party property.

Management/Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Associate Staff Counsel
  • Responsible for supervising assigned Legal Assistant and Litigation Paralegal
  • Staff Counsel
  • Responsible for supervising assigned Legal Assistant and Litigation Paralegal
  • Responsible for supervising assigned Associate Staff Counsel
  • Senior Staff Counsel
  • Responsible for supervising assigned Legal Assistant and Litigation Paralegal
  • Responsible for supervising assigned Staff Counsel

Any unsolicited resumes or other candidate data submitted to Heritage regardless of the means of transmission (email, fax, etc.) shall be considered Heritage's property.

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