What you’ll be doing...

The Associate General Counsel – Tort Litigation is responsible for overseeing the Verizon companies’ general liability and automobile liability insured dockets, which consist of hundreds of lawsuits in 8 states and the District of Columbia. These responsibilities include supervising outside counsel, managing outside counsel budget, managing relationship with third party claims administrator, managing the annual spend on GL/AL matters, tracking and reporting on trends in and other statistics concerning the GL/AL dockets, and advising Senior Management clients on matters presenting significant financial exposure and/or risk of harm to the corporation’s reputation.

Specific responsibilities include:

(1) Working with outside counsel to ensure efficient and effective handling of GL/AL cases, including holding regular meetings to review the dockets and address concerns or issues affecting performance, actively engaging in defense of significant matters by overseeing strategy development and execution, reviewing and editing motions and legal briefs, assisting with obtaining settlement authority when necessary, and attending depositions, oral arguments on motions and trials where appropriate.

(2) Managing outside counsel budget by working with outside counsel to develop and implement best practices, maintain appropriate staffing levels, and negotiate mutually acceptable alternative fee arrangements.

(3) Maintaining good working relationship with third party administrator (Sedgwick) through regular communications and meetings with claims representatives and their managers. Developing process improvements as necessary.

(4) Serving as a liaison between outside counsel and third party administrator (Sedgwick), including facilitating discussions on case strategy and settlements, assisting with document collection and witness identification when necessary, and resolving disputes and differences of opinion concerning defense and/or settlement strategy.

(5) Organizing and tracking information to produce GL/AL litigation-related reports and manage GL/AL litigation annual spend, including reports on trends in litigation, settlement statistics (settlements per month, average amounts, etc.).

(6) Advising Managing Associate General Counsel, SVP of Litigation and other Senior Leaders on GL/AL cases that present significant financial exposure or risk of reputational harm, including providing assessments of the risk, updates on significant developments, and advice on strategy.

(7) Identifying practices and policies that generate GL/AL lawsuits and working with business clients on practice and policy changes to minimize or eliminate the risks they pose.

What we’re looking for...

  • Must have earned a J.D.
  • 8+ years of practice in a law firm and/or in-house legal department.
  • Must be active and in good standing with the state bar where office will be located, or be eligible for an in-house license in that location.
  • Demonstrated ability to thrive and lead in positions of responsibility, as a confident, self-starting, solution-oriented,
  • Demonstrated ability to handle extremely sensitive and confidential information.
  • Exceptionally strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.

Even better if you have…

  • Experience supervising and managing large volume of insurance defense work, including general and automobile liability tort cases.

When you join Verizon...

You’ll have the power to go beyond – doing the work that’s transforming how people, businesses and things connect with each other. Not only do we provide the fastest and most reliable network for our customers, but we were first to 5G - a quantum leap in connectivity. Our connected solutions are making communities stronger and enabling energy efficiency. Here, you’ll have the ability to make an impact and create positive change. Whether you think in code, words, pictures or numbers, join our team of the best and brightest. We offer great pay, amazing benefits and opportunity to learn and grow in every role. Together we’ll go far.

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