Posted Apr 20

House Counsel

Berkshire Hathaway
San Jose, CA Full Time


Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies has an opening in our San Jose, CA location for House Counsel. 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.


Reviews files and provide analysis of legal issues to claims.

By applying extensive legal knowledge, skill and ability, the Staff Counsel will zealously handle all phases of litigation and ethically represent the best interests of the client.

Directs case along toward resolution/disposition.

Prepares, attends, and reports on administrative and trial proceedings.

Provides educational seminars and roundtables to the Claims Unit as needed.

Drafts pleadings, petitions, correspondence and documentation.

Analyzes and sets forth a litigation strategy on a case by case basis.

Performs legal research.

Communicates with fellow workers, including Claims, as well as attorneys outside the office, judges, and court personnel.


EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Law degree (LLB or JD) from an accredited law school with 5-8 years experience and admitted into the state bar.

LANGUAGE ABILITY: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, 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. Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.

TECHNICAL SKILLS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must have knowledge of office operations, workflow analysis, and current technologies in telecommunications, data entry and file management.

COMPUTER SKILLS: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Microsoft word processing software; Microsoft spreadsheet software; and be proficient on applicable databases, systems and vendor software programs.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES: Valid driver’s license and member of the California State Bar.


Health and wellness – low premiums for medical, dental and vision coverage; FSA and EAP benefits

Company paid Life, Disability and AD&D benefits

Employee Retirement Savings Plan with employer match up to 5% of compensation

Generous Paid Time Off and Holidays

Education Assistance Reimbursement

Recognition and Rewards Programs

Company Store

Discounts across Berkshire Hathaway Inc. companies such as GEICO, See’s Candies, etc.

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