You’ll manage the litigation process for The Standard’s employee benefits claims organization (this includes group and individual long-term disability insurance, group Life, AD&D and other related product lines) by overseeing the work of outside counsel. You may also have the opportunity to make a wider impact on our business by providing your partnership and guidance to our retirement plans and individual annuities lines for litigated matters.
Additionally, you’ll have the chance to make an impact on initiatives that aim to deliver legal services more efficiently and reduce unwanted legal exposure for the company.
Negotiate settlements on a pre-litigation basis.
Oversee the work of outside counsel in developing strategy and drive the successful resolution of lawsuits filed against the company in an efficient manner.
Participate in mediations or settlement conferences, or trials as necessary (some travel will be required).
Work with benefits personnel in preparing for any court appearances, deposition preparation, or trial.
Provide legal advice to claims analysts on contract interpretation and application of policy to facts in accordance with relevant state or federal law.
Research and provide risk analysis to the Benefits organization and recommend changes to claims practices and procedures as necessary.
Review or identify areas of risk to the organization and provide recommendations based on legal analysis.
Analyze and educate the organization (via trainings and presentations) about changes or trends in laws or regulations that may impact claims administration.
Serve as a trusted thought partner with the business by providing pragmatic and useable legal insight in supporting their on-going business objectives.
What You'll Get From Us:
A competitive salary and benefits package
An engaging and inclusive work environment
A performance driven culture with respect for people
Skills and Background You’ll Need:
Doctor of Jurisprudence and admitted to the Oregon State Bar (or be eligible to be admitted to practice in Oregon).
Minimum of three (3) years of legal experience or working knowledge of business practices in a relevant professional field. Knowledge about ERISA and insurance bad faith litigation, and employee benefits litigation, particularly individual disability insurance is preferred
Strong communications skills including the ability to produce clear, concise, complete and persuasive work product, active listening and persuasive advising.
Ability to deliver successful presentations to audiences of varying levels.
Ability to work closely with internal business partners as a strategic partner to identify and prioritize business needs and assess and communicate risk.
Ability to spot legal issues, research accordingly and produce defensible, understandable work products.
Ability to demonstrate an understanding of and motivation to achieve business goals in a legally defensible manner.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Internal Number: REQ001504
About The Standard
The Standard is a family of companies dedicated to helping its customers achieve financial well-being and peace of mind. In business since 1906, we’re a leading provider of group and individual disability insurance, group life, dental and vision insurance, voluntary (employee-paid) benefits, absence management services, and retirement plans and annuities for employers and individuals. For more information about The Standard, visit www.standard.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.