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House Counsel

  • Location: Orange County and San Jose
  • Sector: Legal
  • Employment type: Permanent
  • Date posted: Mar 1, 2017
  • Closes: Mar 29, 2017

BASIC FUNCTION

Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies, one of the largest insurers of California Workers' Compensation, is expanding in San Diego. BHHC is looking for experienced Workers' Compensation attorney in San Diego area. Our House Counsel attorney is responsible for handling a caseload of pending workers' compensation cases as well as making special appearances at depositions, trials and hearings before the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board. Must be able to handle all aspects of litigation. Very reasonable caseload with compensation commensurate with experience. Must be able to do all aspects of the job listed in the job description.
 
LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES
May direct and lead the work of others, requiring the ability to guide others and provide direction.  Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Performs a variety of tasks with limited supervision. A certain degree of creativity and latitude is required.  Must demonstrate strong communication skills and the ability to effectively train other associates and clerks. Proficiently performs tasks, works autonomously and may act as a back up to the supervisor.
 
ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES
Denotes "essential functions" in accordance with the guidelines of The Americans with Disabilities Act.  The essential functions of this position include, but are not necessarily limited to, those specifically identified in this description.  The position and its essential functions may change over time and these changes may not necessarily be reflected in the position description.  The Company may, at its sole discretion, add to, change, or expand the essential or marginal functions of the position. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories as required by local ordinance.
  • Review files and provide analysis of legal issues to claims;
  • By applying extensive legal knowledge, skill and ability,  zealously handle all phases of litigation and ethically represent the best interests of the client;
  • Direct cases to resolution/disposition;
  • Prepare, attend, and report on hearings and depositions;
  • Provide educational seminars and roundtables to the claims department as needed;
  • Draft pleadings, petitions, correspondence and documents;
  • Analyze and recommend litigation strategy on a case by case basis;
  • Perform legal research;
  • Communicate with company employees, the general public and court personnel.

COMPETENCIES

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
  • Analytical – Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data; Designs work flows and procedures.
  • Problem Solving - Gathers and analyzes information skillfully and provide solutions in complex situations.  Identifies items requiring additional information or action. 
  • Technical Skills - Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.
  • Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings.
  • Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.
  • Ethics – Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.
  • Judgment – Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; makes timely decisions.
  • Motivation – Sets and achieves challenging goals; Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; Measures self against standard of excellence; Takes calculated risks to accomplish goals.
 
QUALIFICATIONS:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability generally required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
 
  • EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:  JD or LLB from an accredited law school with five (5) years experience and admitted to The State Bar.
  • LANGUAGE ABILITY: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical manuals, or governmental regulations.  Ability to negotiate, write and interpret business correspondence, reports and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
  • MATH ABILITY:  Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume.  Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra.
  • REASONING ABILITY: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Reliance on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.
  • TECHNICAL SKILLS:  Knowledge of office operations, workflow analysis, and current technologies in telecommunications, data entry and file management.
  • COMPUTER SKILLS:  Knowledge of Microsoft word processing software; Microsoft spreadsheet software; and proficiency on applicable databases, systems and vendor software programs.
  • CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES: Valid driver’s license and membership in good standing with The California State Bar.
To apply for the Orange County opportunity click here.

To apply for the San Jose opportunity click here.

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