Farmers Insurance Careers

Senior Trial Attorney

Oakland, California
Legal & Compliance

Job Description

Requisition ID: 180007V5
We are Farmers! 
Are you a trial attorney? 
Do you want to practice law without having to keep track of your billable hours and without having to find clients?  If so, our law office might be the right place for you.  Benefits include a company car or car stipend, health insurance, a 401K plan (with 6% match).
Our law office makes a positive difference by resolving hundreds of legal disputes between people each year.  Our law office handles a wide variety of civil actions, including personal injury (e.g. auto, trip and fall, dog bite) with injuries ranging from soft tissue to wrongful death, and tenants suing for breach of contract, wrongful eviction, habitability, and toxic exposure.
Our AV-rated insurance defense law office is located in the heart of the Bay Area.  We seek to hire an attorney with first chair jury trial experience on complex matters and landlord-tenant experience. Four-year college degree, law school degree, and membership in good standing of the California State Bar also are required.
Our attorneys take charge of their own cases and like to win jury trials.  We offer competitive attorneys a unique opportunity to practice law with no billable hours or rainmaking required.  Our law office was founded nearly a century ago, yet we continue to practice law efficiently and effectively by utilizing modern technology in a mostly paperless environment.
Hartsuyker, Stratman & Williams-Abrego are staff counsel for Farmers Insurance Exchange & affiliates. 
Job Summary 
Responsible for the competent, ethical, and diligent representation of clients in all cases assigned by supervisor. Cases can involve all areas of tort practice. Responsible for handling matters of great complexity and/or exposure. Assists in cases of all complexities and/or exposures. Assists Managing Attorney or Supervising Attorney in the performance of delegated managerial and administrative duties. 
Essential Job Functions  
  • Provides job related guidance, supervision and training to other Attorneys.
  • Performs managerial and administrative tasks, and special assignments, as requested by supervisor.
  • Keeps supervisor informed of the work being done for clients and of any and all problems encountered.
  • Consults with and renders opinions to members of 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 cases with unique legal or procedural issues and/or involving severe to catastrophic injuries and/or damages 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 the Senior Trial Attorney in the handling of particular cases.
  • Maintains and updates computerized litigation support systems for assigned caseloads.
  • Performs other functions as assigned. 
Physical Actions 
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). 
Physical Environment 
Required job duties are normally performed in a climate-controlled office environment, with some exposure to uncontrollable outside environmental conditions and travel via automobile and/or commercial transportation. 
Education Requirements 
Four-year college degree, law school degree, and member in good standing of the State Bar in the state in which position is located. 
Experience Requirements 
At least three years as an Attorney including civil jury trial experience or equivalent dispositive ADR experience or comparable outside experience. Must be capable of handling cases of moderate to great exposure and/or complexity with minimum supervision. 
Special Skill Requirement 
Public speaking, ability to function and handle high case loads in adversarial or confrontational situations, driving. 
Farmers is an equal opportunity employer, committed to the strength of a diverse workforce. 

Schedule: Full-time

Job Posting: 09/19/2018