Senior Associate Attorney-Downtown/Detroit Legal Job in Detroit, MI | Auto Club Group



The Auto Club Group (ACG) provides membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to approximately 9 million members and customers across 11 states and 2 U.S. territories through the AAA, Meemic and Fremont brands. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation and is the second largest AAA club in North America.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Under minimal supervision use specialized knowledge to handle complex litigation and appeals of Circuit Court cases of unlimited exposure in which the insured or the Company is a defendant. Develops and applies skills to control all aspects of litigation, including trial preparation, discovery, negotiation, presentation and appeals from District to Circuit Court.

Reviews and analyzes files, insurance policies, all allegations and pertinent medical and technical data. Consults with medical and accident reconstruction specialists regarding injuries and disabilities. Prepares responses to civil complaints, files and answers any appropriate motions when questions of law or liability are in dispute. Determines feasibility of including third-party defendants in pending suits. Selects legal investigators and arranges for service of subpoenas and summonses. Files additional motions as facts of case and proper timing warrant. Conducts discovery depositions; formulates interrogatories. Under minimal supervision of a Practice Leader, conducts examinations under oath. Analyzes information obtained through discovery and determines whether settlement is appropriate within his/her authority according to the Company guidelines.
Prepares case for trial, examining facts and developing trial strategy for construction of a strong defense. Participates in jury selection. Prepares and submits pre-trial statements; attends pre-trial hearings before judge. Conducts defense of case, including delivery of opening statement, examination and cross-examination of witnesses, makes and argues motions, confers with judges and attorneys, delivers closing argument; prepares trial brief which includes insured's defense, applicable law, and jury instructions, when appropriate. Prepares mediation summaries and appears before Mediation Tribunal to advocate defendant's case. Evaluates award and makes decision as to whether to accept or go to trial within his/her authority.

Prepares uninsured motorist cases for arbitration hearings. Researches all pertinent documents and data; presents cases before arbitration tribunals.
Keeps client advised of status of case in accordance with office guidelines and client satisfaction goals and consults with third-party clients regarding litigation against them, particularly as to its effect on their personal assets. Advises insured and refers to independent counsel to protect insured's assets in event of an "over-limits" judgment as required. Coordinates trial or settlement activity with co-counsel, as necessary, to protect interest of insured. Applies cost/benefit considerations to all litigation activity in conjunction with evaluation with supervisor. Negotiates reasonable and equitable pre-trial settlements on behalf of Company and insured, when and where possible.
Recommends to Appeals Committee whether judgments should be appealed based upon facts of cases and chances of recovery. Prepares memorandums and presents cases to Appeals Committee or Executive Committee. Consults with Senior Trial Attorneys, as necessary. Advises lower-level Attorneys on complex cases and possible appeals.

Participates in Claims Legal Council Program on a regular basis. Renders legal advice and opinions as requested by branch claim personnel regarding coverage, liability and damages. Advises payment of claims as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications:

Knowledge of:

  • The Auto Club Group claims procedures and branch organizations


Work Environment:

Work in a temperature-controlled office environment. Willingness to work irregular or extended hours to meet professional responsibilities and deadlines

Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

Education:
  • Juris Doctor Degree or graduate of accredited law school
  • Member of the State Bar of Michigan

Experience:
  • Trial experience at District and/or Circuit Court level to include five personal injury and/or insurance related cases tried to verdict, two of which must be jury trials and two as first-chair attorney.
  • Personal injury legal experience of two years or more


Knowledge and Skills:

Knowledge of:

• Civil law, judicial procedures and rules of evidence

• Principles, methods, materials and practices of legal research

• Discovery methods and techniques

• Mediation rules, procedures and summaries

• Michigan No Fault law, including current, significant case law

• Tort liability law, including applicable theories of recovery and the appropriate defenses to those theories

• Insurance Law, including familiarity with Uniform Trade Practices Law & Principles of bad faith actions

• Principles of insurance contract construction and interpretation

• Michigan Court Rules and motion practice

• Standard Jury instructions and drafting non-standard jury instructions where appropriate

• Professional ethics relating to relationship of house counsel to insured

Ability to:

• Communicate effectively with other attorneys, court officers, the general public and others in a work environment

• Analyze, organize, and present facts, evidence and related materials effectively in both written and oral forms

• Utilize office computer software including claims litigation management systems

The Auto Club Group offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including a base salary with performance based incentives; medical/dental/vision insurance, 401(k), generous time off, a complimentary AAA Membership and much more!

Important Note: The above statements describe the principal and essential functions, but not all functions that may be inherent in the job. This job requires the ability to perform duties contained in the job description for this position, including, but not limited to, the above requirements. Reasonable accommodations will be made for otherwise qualified applicants, as needed, to enable them to fulfill these requirements.

The Auto Club Group, and all of its affiliated companies, is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.


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