• Claims Litigation Specialist

    Job Locations US-MN-Edina
    Posted Date 4 weeks ago(12/28/2018 6:11 PM)
    # of Openings
  • Overview

    Western National is seeking an experience Litigation Specialist to join our Claims team. This exciting opportunity will work alongside our Claims team and with outside legal services to help manage and review claims going through lawsuits or legal proceedings.


    This role is looking for someone with strong experience in reviewing large exposure litigated files. The ideal candidate will have strong understanding of the legal arena and how it affects the Property and Casualty world.


    • Review and analyze new lawsuits and make decisions on assignment to counsel, assignment to adjusters within the company and ensure that the lawsuits get assigned to counsel.
    • Review and analyze lawsuits and legal pleadings to determine if any coverage defenses and/or issues are applicable, including determining whether a duty to defend is owed and/or that appropriate reservations of rights are issued and make recommendations to file handlers when making the assignments
    • When a defense is owed, transmit files to counsel in a timely manner and provide attorneys with initial evaluation and direction.
    • Supervise outside counsel in defending lawsuits throughout all stages of litigation.
    • Properly reserve files and continuously adjust reserves as necessary based on updated litigation information.
    • Complete Reinsurance reports as necessary.
    • Communicate with counsel concerning progress of litigation and cost-effective litigation plans.
    • Evaluate claims and determine likely outcome at trial, present high value claims as necessary to internal review boards.
    • Identify and use settlement opportunities to settle claims within settlement ranges early in the litigation process to save litigation expenses.
    • Engage in proactive claims handling techniques, including the recommendations or direction to counsel for motion practice as might be necessary.
    • Attend Mediation (may require travel).
    • Negotiate directly or through counsel to try to settle cases within probable jury verdict range.
    • Make recommendations for cases to be tried, if claim cannot be resolved within likely jury verdict range or settlement evaluation range.
    • Review and pay legal bills. Resolve any disputes over bills with counsel.
    • Attend trials as necessary (may require travel).
    • Attend relevant continuing education seminars (may require travel).


    • 5+ years of Claims experience within the Property and Casualty space.
    • Previous experience with Claims Litigation.
    • Experience working with Claims Representatives and Legal counsel to assign files.
    • Strong background in handling large litigated files.
    • Bachelor’s Degree required, J.D. is preferred.
    • Strong organizational and communication skills.
    • Ability to travel 10%.


    Western National Insurance is a growing, A+ rated (A.M. Best) group of property-and-casualty insurance companies serving individuals, families, and businesses in 20 states across the Midwestern and Western U.S. plus Alaska. Currently ranked as the 57th largest private company by revenue in Minnesota (Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal), Western National has consistently earned accolades as an employer of choice, including as a Star Tribune Top Workplace (2011 – 2016), and previously as a recipient of the Minnesota Business Ethics Award, as a Minnesota Business Magazine Top 100 Workplace, as a Principal Financial “10 Best” Company, and as a finalist for the Alfred P. Sloan “When Work Works” Award.

    Western National is known as “The Relationship Company®”, and caring for employees is a key part of that relationship commitment. Western National offers competitive pay, advancement opportunities, a generous benefits package, a robust wellbeing program, and a healthy work/life balance (including three weeks of paid time off, nine paid holidays, and eight hours of paid volunteer time as a starting point for new employees). These attributes are just some of the reasons why nearly half of our employees choose to stay on the Western National team for 10 years or more.

    Our benefits package includes:

    • 401(k) company match
    • Medical insurance – We offer affordable (thanks to a strong employer subsidy), above-average coverage and the choice of either a traditional Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) option OR a High-Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) option
    • Western Wellbeing program – Including on-site massage, yoga classes, salad and healthy snack days, sit/stand workstations, nutrition seminars, and more
    • 100% company-paid tuition reimbursement for approved, job-relevant coursework
    • Discounts on automobile and homeowner's insurance
    • Other standard employee benefits – Including dental insurance, vision benefits, life insurance, disability insurance, and more


    We could continue to list the things that we think make Western National a great place to work, but why not hear it instead from actual current and former employees? Here are some quotes that Western National employees have posted to the Glassdoor public review site:

    • “Excellent company which prioritizes customer service and community service.”
    • “Just a great place to come to work, and stay for a career. I love the personal touch from [the] executive suite on down. [The] CEO is on a first-name basis with everyone.”
    • “Above-average benefits, especially on the health insurance front.”
    • “I have felt welcomed here and I feel like the Senior Management cares.”


    (For more reviews from current and former Western National employees, you can visit the company’s Glassdoor page here: http://bit.ly/2qXtl4A .)


    ***Western National is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment.***


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