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Trial Attorney (Senior), Staff Counsel

Grand Rapids, MI, USA Req #13320
Friday, September 18, 2020

Our staff counsel department is seeking a Trial Attorney (Senior) to join our growing team in our Grand Rapids, MI offices. This position can work remote in the state of MI with the ability to travel to the Grand Rapids area as needed.

Position Summary:
Independently investigates and manages cases of varied complexity with first party no-fault,automobile negligence, um/uim, premises liability, general liability, homeowner liability and insurance coverage. Responsible to handle cases from inception of the lawsuit until conclusion through dismissal, settlement or trial. Works with adjuster and clients to resolve claims as expeditiously and efficiently as possible.


This is a full-time, exempt role.

Responsibilities/Essential Functions:  

  • Meets with clients and claims professionals to resolve cases in the most cost-effective manner.
  • Conducts pre-trial discovery and investigations, mediations, arbitrations or any other legal activity required.
  • May independently conduct trials.
  • Advises claim professionals on the evaluation of legal files.
  • Provides legal advice to clients and other claim professionals as needed. Negotiates settlements as directed.
  • Attends round tables.

 Position Requirements: 

  • Admitted to the bar and must be licensed to practice law in the jurisdictions where assigned.
  • Prior experience taking depositions, appearing in court, attending case evaluations, facilitations and arbitrations.
  • Trial experience preferred but not required.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and independently.
  • Computer literacy, including MS Word, Lexis/Westlaw, and daily management of e-mail and calendar. 

Advocacy: Solid knowledge and ability to defend complex cases. 

Negotiation Skills: Consistently influences claim outcomes through demonstration of effective negotiation techniques.

Communication: Strong ability to deliberately and precisely exchange thoughts and opinions with one or more persons and to effectively translate legal language and ideas into layman's terms.

Decision Making: Strong ability to arrive at a determination in complex situations after careful consideration of facts and law without procrastination.

Organization Skills:
Strong ability to categorize and prioritize work and information to effectively and efficiently maximize productivity. 

Investigative Skills: Proficiency in following up step by step on inquiry or observation and search and examine with care and accuracy. Consistently able to take evidence that may be used in reaching a legal conclusion.

Legal Research:
Proficiency in locating and interpreting cases, codified laws and statutes. Ability to communicate reasonable and accurate conclusions and render opinion supported by current law.

Courtroom Skills: Able to demonstrate appropriate courtroom behavior, attire and decorum and is knowledgeable of the rules and regulations that govern proceedings and conduct in courts of law or other legal forums and tribunals. Provides the highest professional service to clients and claims professionals.

Career Development: Takes proactive responsibility for their career development. Maintains the necessary skill levels.

Trial Skills:
Has the ability to effectively present evidence and arguments of law to a judge or jury.

Business/Industry: Has an interest and solid knowledge of current and possible future policies, practices, trends and information affecting The Hanover Insurance Group’s businesses; knowledgeable in the basic principles of property and casualty insurance.

Agile: Recognizes unexpected challenges and is able to adapt and overcome obstacles, to remain on course.

Mentor and Teach:
Willingness and ability to mentor and teach others. Ability to use a personal computer and other standard office equipment.

EEO statement:

“The Hanover values diversity in the workplace and among our customers.  The company provides equal opportunity for employment and promotion to all qualified employees and applicants on the basis of experience, training, education, and ability to do the available work without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex/gender, sexual orientation, national origin, gender identity, disability, marital status, veteran status, genetic information, ancestry or any other status protected by law.  

Furthermore, The Hanover Insurance Group is committed to providing an equal opportunity workplace that is free of discrimination and harassment based on national origin, race, color, religion, gender, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, marital status, veteran status, genetic information or any other status protected by law.” 

As an equal opportunity employer, Hanover does not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities.  If you require a reasonable accommodation, as a candidate for employment, please inform The Hanover Talent Acquisition office. 

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Other details

  • Job Function Legal
  • Pay Type Salary
  • Grand Rapids, MI, USA