Staff Attorney

UFG offers you an award-winning workplace and a trustworthy, financially stable company. While we’ve always known our commitment to employees and financial stewardship, it is good to have others recognize our dedicated efforts. We’ve been named an Iowa Top Workplace by the Des Moines Register for four consecutive years, and included on Forbes’ “America’s Most Trustworthy Financial Companies” every year since 2014. Additionally, UFG is a super-regional property and casualty insurer rated “A” (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company.

UFG is looking for a Staff Attorney who is responsible for providing high quality and cost-effective legal representation to work in our Dallas, Texas office. Demonstrates superior knowledge and expertise in the litigation process, is well versed in Construction Defect litigation and provides excellent client service as part of a legal team. Responsible for independent, aggressive case handling with a resolution management focus.

Responsibilities:

Independently conduct trials, depositions, pre-trial discovery, mediations, arbitrations or any other legal activity required to resolve cases. in an efficient and effective manner.
Work directly with insureds, claimants, counsel mediators and courts in negotiating settlements.
Review and discuss settlement values, defensive tactics and strategies with claims professionals Provide regular written status reports to claims professionals to keep them advised.
Work with clients, claims professionals, underwriting, risk control and other third parties to resolve legal issues presented.
Keep apprised of changes in law and court procedures. Comply with CLE requirements.
Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

Experience:
A minimum of 7 years’ experience practicing law that must include construction defect litigation Texas courts
Trial experience is required.
Prior in-house Property & Casualty Insurance experience preferred.
Experience in paperless file environment and Westlaw research preferred

Education Requirements:
Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school.
Active license to practice law in Texas.
Active license to practice law in other states is a plus.

Knowledge, skills & abilities:
Able to effectively influence others through master negotiation techniques.
Demonstrate superior use of trial skills and techniques.
Demonstrate strong analytical, decision-making, problem-solving, and planning skills.
Strong and persuasive legal writing skills and oral advocacy skills.
Demonstrate strong organizational and time management skills.
Proficient with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint), legal document management software, Westlaw/Lexis.
Ability and desire to collaborate with trial attorneys, paralegals and support staff.
Ability and desire to communicate with UFG about improving processes for the representation of insureds.
Decision making ability to set work priorities and make recommendations
Ability to initiate, organize and coordinate complex projects and cases.
Sense of urgency and responsiveness.
Appreciation for and commitment to delivery of high-quality legal work
Personal integrity and adherence to a high degree of professionalism and ethical competency
Willingness to travel at 50%+ frequency