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Director - Managing Attorney - In House Litigation

Company: Citizens Property Insurance Corporation
Location: Jacksonville
Posted on: March 18, 2023

Job Description:


Searching for a place to make your mark? Every great team depends on the individual contributions of its members - the skills, talents and the passion that each team member brings. At Citizens, we're building a workforce of top achievers committed to our company's mission and vision. Our company values the knowledge that comes from experienced and dedicated individuals with a variety of backgrounds, in or out of insurance.

Citizens' Mission is to provide property insurance protection in Florida to those who are, in good faith, unable to obtain coverage through the private market while also providing the utmost in customer service. Our Values are public service, integrity, respect, responsiveness and sound judgment. We strive to not only provide affordable insurance products and services but also to provide sound financial responsibility to the citizens of Florida.

At Citizens, we are a team of dedicated, service-minded professionals committed to our policyholders. Come achieve and maximize your potential with us!


This position holds significant responsibility and manages Citizens' In-House Litigation Unit. This position will manage complex and high exposure cases through trial and supervise litigation counsel handling cases of lesser complexity or exposure. The position will implement Citizens' litigation strategies at the direction of the Office of the General Counsel and the Claims Legal Counsel department.


Responsible for the overall management, efficiency, and effectiveness of Citizens' In-House Litigation Unit.

Managing staff including litigation counsel, paralegals and legal assistants including hiring, goal setting, and completion of performance evaluations.
Training, mentoring, and directing litigation counsel engaged in litigation first-party property claim litigation.
Assigning cases to attorneys and teams and otherwise delegating tasks.

Represent Citizens in all aspects of complex, strategic or high exposure first party property claim litigation and other alternative dispute processes. Duties and functions will include:

Review and analysis of evidence.
Review, analyze and draft pleadings and motions.
Manage all deadlines and advise Claims Litigation of such deadlines.
Prepare all required and appropriate reports and evaluations for Claims Litigation.
Communicate with in house Claims Legal Counsel and Claims Litigation in coordinating strategies.
Review, analyze and respond to discovery requests and prepare discovery requests.
Prepare witnesses for depositions and attend and conduct witness depositions.
Legal research and preparation of legal memoranda.
Attend mediations.
Attend and argue motions and make other court appearances as required.
Prepare for trial or final hearing in dispute resolution forums other.
Function as first or second chair attorney representing Citizens in trials or final hearings.
Engage in settlement negotiations in the direction of Claims Litigation.
Attend and argue post-trial motions including motions seeking attorney's fees and costs.

Additional functions:

Collaborates with others in the Office of the General Counsel and Claims Legal Counsel.
Collaborates with General Counsel, Claims Legal Counsel and Claims Litigation on the development of litigation strategies.
Performs other legal services and special projects as directed by the General Counsel.


Comprehensive knowledge of Florida litigation practices and procedures.
Current deep knowledge of the insurance regulatory environment.
Strong knowledge of relevant laws, amendments, and their interpretation.
Advanced legal knowledge of regulatory agencies and insurance industry.
Skilled in legal analysis, critical thinking, legal counseling, and problem solving; creativity in resolving unique and challenging business problems; good legal and business judgment.
Ability to effectively interact with internal and external business partners, attorneys, and Senior Management.
Ability to lead, coach, motivate and promote employee engagement.
Excellent communication (written and verbal), interpersonal and presentation skills.
Must be proactive and responsive in fast paced environment, in a highly regulated environment.
Ability to work autonomously and as part of team (legal and project), to lead, follow, and collaborate.
Track record of building and leveraging strong relationships internally and externally, resulting in successful implementation of strategic priorities, operational improvements, and corporate objectives.
Demonstrated ability to assess risk, evaluate liability and damage exposures, propose, and implement litigation management strategies, as well as strong negotiation skills.
Ability to organize, lead and coordinate complex project(s)
Forward-thinking and creative, with the confidence to present and advocate for the implementation of ideas.
Ability to initiate, organize, prioritize, and coordinate complex projects and cases.
Powerful sense of urgency, personal responsibility, and accountability; self-motivated, efficient, and effective.
Strong discovery skills - particularly record production and witness preparation.


Bachelor's Degree OR 4 years relevant experience, OR a combination of college education and relevant experience equivalent to 4 years
J.D. required Admitted to Florida Bar and in "good standing"


10 or more years of litigation and trial experience.
Experience in all facets of the litigation process from inception through trial or settlement.
5 or more years managing/leading attorneys.


12 or more years of litigation experience.
Three or more years of Florida homeowners and commercial property insurance experience.
Strong academic record.


This position requires the ability to sit for long periods of time, hear and converse over the telephone and key frequently on a computer (4 or more hours per day).

We offer unlimited career potential, excellent training and development opportunities, and a structured Career Development program to explore future roles of interest while growing and developing in your existing role.

Citizens offers a competitive compensation and benefits package that includes comprehensive medical/dental, Retirement Savings Plan, Vacation and Sick Time, EAP, Tuition Reimbursement, Community Service and much more!

Retirement savings plan with a generous company match
Medical, dental and vision coverage
Company Paid employee basic life insurance and short-term disability
Generous paid time off: vacation, sick and holiday leave
Employee Assistance and Wellness Programs
Tuition reimbursement
Professional and leadership development opportunities
Flexible work schedule and Alternative Work Arrangements
Company Paid Parking
Employee recognition programs
Relocation assistance (where applicable)
Community and volunteering opportunities
Casual dress

Citizens is Proud to Be an Equal Opportunity Employer


Primary Location: US-FL-JacksonvilleOther Locations: US-FL-TallahasseeWork Locations: Jacksonville 301 West Bay Street Suite 1300 Jacksonville 32202Job: LE - CounselOrganization: CPIC BUJob Posting: Dec 5, 2022, 7:35:24 PM

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