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Staff Counsel Position- First Party Defense at Heritage Insurance

Staff Counsel Position- First Party Defense

Heritage Insurance Clearwater, FL Full-Time
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Responsible for providing high quality and cost-effective legal defense of first party property cases.  Demonstrates superior knowledge and expertise in the litigation process and provides excellent client service as part of a small legal team.  Responsible for independent, aggressive case handling with a resolution management focus. 


  • Conduct Examinations Under Oath and Litigate cases to verdict, demonstrating superior use of trial skills and techniques 
  • Ability to independently handle a full to moderate caseload with moderate level of complexity from case inception through trial/resolution 
  • Works under the guidance of House Counsel in litigating complex and high exposure files 
  • Conducts legal research 
  • Independently drafts pleadings, motions, briefs, discovery and other file documents 
  • Attends court events and other appointments independently 
  • Learns and understands claim customer expectations and key department business goals and assists them in meeting those goals 
  • Handles and actively seeks opportunities to become involved in special projects and on committees 
  • Provides recommendations and case analysis to claim department on appropriate file handling strategy 
  • Completes all required administrative tasks including time reporting, closed cases, reports and other materials appropriate to performance of job duties 
  • Effectively makes use of technology and automation in the practice of law 
  • Adheres to all standards of excellence in file management 
  • Travels as required to meet business needs 
  • Ability to mentor and train less experienced counsel and legal support staff 
  •  Provide advice and training to claim partners

Job Requirements:


  • Graduation from an accredited law school with a strong academic record 


  • 6-9 years or equivalent legal experience
  • Personal and Commercial lines property insurance litigation work experience required
  • Demonstrated track record of trial skills and techniques 


  • Successful completion of the bar and ethics examinations in the state(s) in which representation is required
  • Active license to practice law. 


  • Articulate presentation skills using technology
  • Strong and persuasive legal writing skills and oral advocacy skills
  • Ability to clearly and succinctly articulate position



  • Ability to effectively understand and utilize technology and automation resources, including, but not limited to, Microsoft Office Products, WestLaw, LexisNexis, and other law office management programs. 


  • Independent ability to analyze legal issues with minimal supervision
  • Appreciation for and commitment to delivery of high quality legal work
  • Works collaboratively with team members and others
  • Demonstrates desire to acquire effective trial skills with increased litigation complexity
  • Demonstrates superior legal acumen
  • Demonstrates personal commitment to professional development
  • Continued development of technical skills with a goal of handling the highest complexity cases
  • Personal integrity and adherence to a high degree of professionalism and ethical competency
  • Strong research skills
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Multi-tasking tolerance and success
  • Decision making and problem solving abilities
  • Sense of urgency/responsiveness


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Clearwater, FL

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Insurance, Legal


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