We seek a qualified candidate to serve as a Supervising Attorney in our 8 attorney San Jose office located downtown, just minutes from the Santa Clara Superior Court. We seek highly motivated candidates who approach leadership as an impact player and self-starting achiever who is able to set the pace and bring energy and urgency to getting superior results. The position requires 1st chair jury trial track record, ability to handle matters with significant complexity and/or exposure levels, coupled with leadership skills. The ideal candidates possess at least 10 years of litigation practice. Background should include insurance or personal injury defense. Responsible for providing assistance to the Managing Attorney in the supervision of other attorneys in the office and in the performance of other delegated administrative duties. Must be a good and consistent communicator who can listen, coach, seek out and provide feedback and utilize straight-talk when appropriate. A JD and current good standing with the California State Bar required. Stratman, Pedersen & Lauderdale are staff counsel for Farmers Insurance Exchange & affiliates.
We offer highly competitive compensation and benefits including a 401k (with 6% company match), performance-based incentives, company car and freedom from a billable-hour compensation structure.
Essential Job Functions
Supervises assigned personnel. (See attached Supervisory Responsibilities job description.)
Makes all case assignments to attorneys supervised assuring exposure level and/or complexity of cases matches skill and expertise levels of attorneys.
Trains attorneys and others as needed to improve their level of expertise.
Performs managerial and administrative tasks, and special assignments, as assigned by Managing Attorney.
Informs managing attorney of any and all case activity problems encountered.
Supervises maintenance of computerized litigation support systems.
Prepares and submits reports as required by the managing attorney.
Consults with and renders opinions to the Claims Department regarding insurance policy questions and questions concerning the legal aspects of the handling of personal injury claims.
Supervises cases as assigned and handles those of greatest complexity and/or exposure, including preparation of pleadings, motions, discovery, and briefs, attendance at hearings, conferences, interviews, and trials or arbitrations, and performance of any other tasks or duties necessary for the proper representation of clients.
Functionally supervises attorneys who have been requested to assist Supervising Attorney in the handling of particular cases.
Performs other functions as assigned.
Besides sedentary work, job duties require some or all of the following physical activities: Carrying and lifting up to 25 pounds, hearing, seeing, standing and walking (including up and down stairs and steps).
Required job duties are normally performed in a climate-controlled office environment, with some exposure to uncontrolled outside environmental conditions and travel via automobile and/or commercial transportation.
Four-year college degree, law school degree, and member in good standing of the State Bar in the state in which position is located.
At least two years as a Senior Trial Attorney, or comparable outside experience and capable of handling cases of greatest exposure and/or complexity with minimum supervision. Must have some management experience or demonstrated management aptitude.
Special Skill Requirement
Public speaking, ability to function in adversarial or confrontational situations, driving.
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