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Litigation Manager

Company: Merchants Insurance Group
Location: Buffalo
Posted on: May 28, 2023

Job Description:

Litigation ManagerHybrid Work ScheduleBuffalo, NY Merchants Insurance Group, is a leading Property and Casualty Insurer in the Northeast, and is looking for a Litigation Manager to join our growing Claims Legal Team in our Corporate Headquarters located in Buffalo, New York. The Litigation Manager will become part of dedicated management team focusing on leading and mentoring a team of talented claims professionals handling litigated casualty claims which include general liability claims, claims involving bodily injury, property damage, personal and advertising injury. The Litigation Manager provides direction and training to the Claims Department's Litigation Unit with the objectives of minimizing the indemnity and expense impact to the Company in accordance with the Claim Department and Corporate goals.Merchants Insurance Group is proud to be named one of Buffalo Business First's 2023 Best Places to Work in Western New York, "Fast Track" company and Top Private Company for the 4th year in a row by Buffalo's Business First, a Super Regional Property/Casualty Insurer by the Insurance Journal and has been named as one of Ward's top 50 performing insurance companies in the United States for the 2nd year in a row. Ward's is the provider of benchmarking and best practices for the insurance industry. They analyze staff levels, compensation, business practices and expenses for all areas of company operations. Merchants offers its colleagues a Hybrid work schedule. The Hybrid work schedule requires 8 full days per month in the office, with the option to work the remaining days at home or in the office. This exciting Hybrid Work benefit offers colleagues a flexible work schedule with the ability to remain connected with their Merchants team and colleagues. Essential Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Supervision of adjusters' claim handling activities on litigated claims through disposition, extending appropriate settlement authority, engaging in settlement negotiations, providing instruction and guidance on liability and damages analysis as well as coverage analysis.Responsible for the continued training and development of the litigation team through informal knowledge transfer and formal training activities.Responsible for assisting in the direction of the Claims Department's Litigation Unit with the objectives of minimizing the indemnity and expense impact to the Company in accordance with the Claim Department and Corporate goals. This includes ensuring accurate case reserve levels, equitable claim settlements, expense control and discharge of policy-holders liabilities in a timely and efficient fashion.Responsible for staying current in case law development as well as statutory and regulatory changes impacting liability claims or coverage interpretation and serving as a training and information resource for casualty and litigation claim representatives.Oversees and manages outside panel defense counsel across multiple states and lines of business. This includes evaluation of law firm performance, establishing rates and metric goals, and conducting law firm audits. Qualifications & SkillsQualified candidates will have a 4 year degree or equivalent work related experience.5+ years' casualty and litigation claims management experience as well as experience handling high exposure multi-line claims, and including direct management of claim professionals.Previous supervisory or management experience required.Strong knowledge of casualty claims, litigation and State regulations.Ability to oversee and manage defense counsel, select and retain appropriate experts and develop appropriate resolution strategies.Professional designations or working towards industry specific designations are a plus. Exceptional organization, negotiation, verbal and written communication skills are required. Proficient in Microsoft Office to include Excel and Word. Merchants Insurance Group Benefits:Welcoming and positive work environment.Colleague Appreciation events.Flexible work arrangements, including flex scheduling and summer hours.Hybrid work schedule. The Hybrid work schedule will require 8 full days per month in the office, with the option to work the remaining days per month at home or in the office.Competitive pay scale.Generous paid time off package.Full Benefits: Health, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Short Term Disability, 401(k) employer match amount is 100% up to 6% of your annual contributions. You are immediately 100% vested in the employer match dollars.Outstanding company bonus program.Tuition Reimbursement.And many more exciting company benefits!!PDN-99274007-461f-421c-b08c-72736607a09b

Keywords: Merchants Insurance Group, Buffalo , Litigation Manager, Executive , Buffalo, New York

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