30+ days ago
Santa Ana, CA
Are you ready to join a diverse team of attorneys with full responsibility for your own title insurance claims? Do you want to be the decision maker rather than just an advisor? Are you seeking a change, or maybe you have just been waiting for the right in-house opportunity to become available?
If you are an independent and self-motivated worker who appreciates the opportunity to engage in complex legal analysis and craft creative solutions to difficult problems in a supportive team-oriented environment, then the Senior Claims Counsel position with First American Title Insurance Company provides an excellent opportunity for you. Senior Claims Counsel manage their own caseload, oversee outside litigation counsel, and engage in high-level problem solving, negotiation and legal analysis in a stimulating and collegial environment with an opportunity for long-term growth and advancement.
Among the responsibilities of Senior Claims Counsel are the following:
• Investigate the facts and issues of complex, high-exposure claims, determine whether coverage exists, evaluate loss under the title policy, assess defenses for the insured and/or the company, determine need to retain outside counsel, develop and carry out creative solutions and plans to address the claim, and manage the claim and/or litigation through to final resolution
Negotiate settlements and resolutions with claimant / opposing counsel / third parties with minimal oversight
Appear as company representative in court proceedings, mediations and settlement conferences
Manage claim budget, review and approve outside counsel invoices and other expenses and determine settlement and expense reserves
Develop, and direct outside counsel on, litigation strategy through the course of claim administration and litigation
Provide guidance and mentorship to other team members and Claims professionals
Identify and pursue sources for recovery
Must possess excellent written and verbal communication, negotiation and organizational skills
Law Degree required
Licensed and in good standing to practice law in any state of the United States
Ability to develop, evaluate and implement resolution strategies to fully conclude a claim.
Claims handling and insurance coverage experience is preferred.
10+ years of experience with emphasis on real estate matters, insurance coverage, including some litigation, mediation, and arbitration experience. Specific expertise with title insurance, escrow and lender matters highly desirable.
Ability to work independently and to exhibit originality and ingenuity is required.