Associate Attorney II

AAA Auto Club Group

Detroit, MI

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Position summary

urance policies, all allegations and pertinent medical and technical data. Consults with medical and accident reconstruction specialists regarding injuries and disabilities. Prepares responses to civil complaints, files and answers any appropriate motions when questions of law or liability are in dispute. Determines feasibility of including third-party defendants in pending suits. Selects legal investigators and arranges for service of subpoenas and summonses. Files additional motions as facts of case and proper timing warrant. Conducts discovery depositions; formulates interrogatories. Under moderate supervision of a Practice Leader, conducts examinations under oath. Analyzes information obtained through discovery and determines whether settlement is appropriate within his/her authority according to the Company guidelines.

Prepares case for trial, examining facts and developing trial strategy for construction of a strong defense. Participates in jury selection. Prepares and submits pre-trial statements; attends pre-trial hearings before judge. Conducts defense of case, including delivery of opening statement, examination and cross-examination of witnesses, makes and argues motions, confers with judges and attorneys, delivers closing argument; prepares trial brief which includes insured's defense, applicable law, and jury instructions, when appropriate. Prepares mediation summaries and appears before Mediation Tribunal to advocate defendant's case. Evaluates award and makes decision as to whether to accept or go to trial within his/her authority.

Prepares uninsured motorist cases for arbitration hearings. Researches all pertinent documents and data; presents cases before arbitration tribunals.

Keeps client advised of status of case in accordance with office guidelines and client satisfaction goals and consults with third-party clients regarding litigation against them, particularly as to its effect on their personal assets. Advises insured and refers to independent counsel to protect insured's assets in event of an "over-limits" judgment as required. Coordinates trial or settlement activity with co-counsel, as necessary, to protect interest of insured. Applies cost/benefit considerations to all litigation activity in conjunction with evaluation with supervisor. Negotiates reasonable and equitable pre-trial settlements on behalf of Company and insured, when and where possible.

Consults with senior-level Attorneys on more complex cases when necessary. Recommends to Appeals Committee whether judgments should be appealed based upon facts of cases and chances of recovery. Prepares memorandums and presents cases to Appeals Committee or Executive Committee.

Participates in Claims Legal Council Program on a regular basis. With approval from Practice Leader, renders legal advice and opinions to branch claim personnel as requested. My provide guidance to lower level Attorneys.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

None

How you will benefit:

  • Our Associate Attorney II will earn a competitive salary of $90,00 to $123,00 annually with annual bonus potential based on performance.
  • Excellent and comprehensive benefits packages are just another reason to work for the Auto Club Group. Benefits include:
    • 401k Match

    • Medical

    • Dental

    • Vision

    • PTO

    • Paid Holidays

    • Tuition Reimbursement

We're looking for candidates who:

II. Required Qualifications (these are the minimum requirements to qualify)

Education (include minimum education and any licensing/certifications):

  • Juris Doctor Degree or graduate of accredited law school

  • Member of the State Bar of Michigan

Experience in:

  • Trial experience at District and/or Circuit Court level to include two personal injury and/or insurance related cases tried to verdict, one as first-chair attorney, and personal injury legal experience of 18 months or more

or

  • Two years of experience as an Associate Attorney I at ACG Staff Counsel with overall yearly performance reviews of Fully Met or higher

Knowledge of:

  • Civil law, judicial procedures and rules of evidence

  • Principles, methods, materials and practices of legal research

  • Discovery methods and techniques

  • Mediation rules, procedures and summaries

  • Michigan No Fault law, including current, significant case law

  • Tort liability law, including applicable theories of recovery and the appropriate defenses to those theories

  • Insurance Law, including familiarity with Uniform Trade Practices Law & Principles of bad faith actions

  • Principles of insurance contract construction and interpretation

  • Michigan Court Rules and motion practice

  • Standard Jury instructions and drafting non-standard jury instructions where appropriate

  • Professional ethics relating to relationship of house counsel to insured

  • Techniques used to take depositions

Ability to:

  • Communicate effectively with other attorneys, court officers, the general public and others in a work environment

  • Analyze, organize, and present facts, evidence and related materials effectively in both written and oral forms

  • Utilize office computer software including claims litigation management systems

III. Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Knowledge of claims procedures and branch organizations

  • Maintaining library budget, researching index systems, brief banks and intradepartmental statistics

IV. Work Environment

*This is a hybrid position reporting to the Detroit office 2 days a week and working from home 3 days a week. This is subject to change based on amendments and/or modifications to the ACG Flex Work policy.

Important Note:

The above statements describe the principle and essential functions, but not all functions that may be inherent in the job. This job requires the ability to perform duties contained in the job description for this position, including, but not limited to, the above requirements. Reasonable accommodations will be made for otherwise qualified applicants, as needed, to enable them to fulfil these requirements.

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Who We Are

Become a part of something bigger.

The Auto Club Group (ACG) provides membership, travel, insurance, and financial service offerings to approximately 14+ million members and customers across 14 states and 2 U.S. territories through AAA, Meemic, and Fremont brands. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation and is the second largest AAA club in North America.

By continuing to invest in more advanced technology, pursuing innovative products, and hiring a highly skilled workforce, AAA continues to build upon its heritage of providing quality service and helping our members enjoy life's journey through insurance, travel, financial services, and roadside assistance.

And when you join our team, one of the first things you'll notice is that same, whole-hearted, enthusiastic advocacy for each other.

We have positions available for every walk of life! AAA prides itself on creating an inclusive and welcoming environment of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints, realizing our differences make us stronger.

To learn more about AAA The Auto Club Group visit https://www.aaa.com

Important Note:

ACG's Compensation philosophy is to provide a market-competitive structure of fair, equitable and performance-based pay to attract and retain excellent talent that will enable ACG to meet its short and long-term goals. ACG utilizes a geographic pay differential as part of the base salary compensation program. Pay ranges outlined in this posting are based on the various ranges within the geographic areas which ACG operates. Salary at time of offer is determined based on these and other factors as associated with the job and job level.

The above statements describe the principal and essential functions, but not all functions that may be inherent in the job. This job requires the ability to perform duties contained in the job description for this position, including, but not limited to, the above requirements. Reasonable accommodations will be made for otherwise qualified applicants, as needed, to enable them to fulfill these requirements.

The Auto Club Group, and all its affiliated companies, is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Regular and reliable attendance is essential for the function of this job.