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Litigation Attorney

City County Insurance Services Salem, OR

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Job Description: JOB ________________________________________________________________________________________RECRUITMENT INFORMATION: MAY 14, 2021 – JULY 5, 2021CIS is recruiting for a Litigation Attorney Location: This is a hybrid position, primarily consisting of remote work. The Litigation Team currently works 100% remote, but will eventually be in an office together one or two days per week. The current office is in Tigard. Remote workers must reside in Oregon. Recruitment closes: July 5, 2021 (at 5:00 P.M.) Recruitment Salary Range: ($150,181 - $165,812) Are you interested in making a difference?CIS (Citycounty Insurance Services) is a member-driven, service-oriented organization that helps Oregon’s cities and counties effectively manage risk so that they can provide crucial services to Oregonians. We offer a wide range of coverage and services that are tailored to best serve our members. One way we do this is by having a litigation team that works hard to achieve the best results for our member employers. Why is CIS a great place to work?You make a difference for local communities and the people who serve our citizens.Our members respect and appreciate what we do for them.We celebrate innovation.Your coworkers are talented, friendly, enthusiastic, and professional.Our wages and benefits are competitive, including free parking.We offer PERS (Oregon Public Employees Retirement System) retirement.We encourage growth through training as well as generous personal and professional development opportunities.For more information about CIS, please visit http://www.cisoregon.orgCan you picture yourself in the position?You will be a trusted advisor and advocate for members of law enforcement who are going through the highly stressful process of a civil lawsuit. You will defend law enforcement and employment claims. This will include defending excessive force, wrongful arrest and civil rights claims against law enforcement, as well as law enforcement related employment practices claims. Although the focus is on law enforcement, the Litigation Attorney will be called on to defend other liability claims filed against local government in Oregon on an as needed basis. The Litigation Attorney will primarily support the Supervising Litigation Attorney, while handling a separate caseload under the guidance and oversight of the Supervising Litigation Attorney and General Counsel. This position reports to the Supervising Litigation Attorney. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONSEducation and experience requirements listed are minimum standards. Other equivalent combinations of education, certifications, training, and experience may be considered. Knowledge of, and experience with:Reading and analyzing pleadings, responding to plaintiff’s complaints, including crossclaims and counter claims when applicable.Formulating defense strategy and planning for investigation of lawsuits and refining these strategies as litigation progresses.Determining liability, comparative fault, injuries and damages, settlement value and verdict potential. Preparing various motions, i.e., to dismiss, summary judgment, as well as the supporting declarations and memorandums of law. Preparing motions against the complaint, discovery motions, and dispositive motions. Composing various requests to be served on plaintiff. These include requests for admissions and interrogatories as well as motions asking that the court order compliance with these requests and responding to plaintiff’s counsel’s similar requests.Locating and interviewing witnesses, visiting the scene of the occurrence, and taking photographs if necessary. Arranging for depositions of plaintiff and plaintiff’s important witnesses, preparing client and other witnesses for deposition, and defending depositions.Obtaining, organizing, reviewing, and analyzing medical records, investigative reports, i.e., police, fire, internal affairs, etc., DMV, employment, financial, scholastic, and criminal conviction records, and providing summary of same. This includes subpoenaing records.Legal research using legal databases.Preparing for trial/arbitration including review of file and depositions, conferencing with witnesses, preparing subpoenas for witnesses, organizing exhibits, drafting motions in limine, Trial memos, statement of issues for court, drafting jury instructions, verdict form, exhibit list, witness list, and assembling trial notebook. When cases are in Federal Court, preparing mandatory pre-trial order, expert witness narrative report, and preparing requested jury selection questions.Conducting trial-review list of potential jurors, selecting jury, giving opening statements, including the use of demonstrative evidence, cross-examining adverse witnesses, directing examination of defense witnesses as part of case in chief, closing argument, and preparing judgment orders, statement of costs and satisfaction of judgment.Court appearances and teleconferencing with court and counsel for trial settings and presentation of oral argument.Reviewing plaintiff’s settlement proposals, formulating settlement strategy and proposals, preparing for, and participating in settlement negotiations and settlement and pre-trial conferences with court and opposing counsel, and drafting settlement documents, i.e., releases and judgments of dismissals.Preparing and receiving correspondence (either in hardcopy or e-mail format) from attorneys, court, city, and county representatives; making and receiving telephone calls to those listed.Speaking to members of local government law enforcement regarding legal updates, best practices, and writing articles regarding the same.Consulting with claims adjusters regarding potential liability and settlement value of non-litigated claims.Keeping assigned claims adjusters informed of the status of litigated claims, including draft regular reports such as, initial case evaluations, litigation budgets, deposition summaries, pretrial reports, and other reports as requested.Walking with, speaking to, and listening to, employees of member who are being sued and informing them of the legal process and helping them understand the process and risks. EDUCATION, CERTIFICATION, CERTIFICATES, KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE: Education and experience requirements listed are minimum standards. Other equivalent combinations of education, certifications, training, and experience may be considered. Education: Doctor of Jurisprudence Knowledge: Top-notch verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking and ability to convey legal concepts to a non-legal audience. Familiarity with the insurance industry, and confidence in dealing with public officials. Licenses:Valid driver’s license: employee must maintain a safe driving record while employed with CIS.Oregon State Bar membership, admission to the U.S. District Court and U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit. Experience: Five or more years of:LitigationDefense of police, sheriff’s offices, and/or corrections.Defending law enforcement casesPublic sector tort and civil rights lawI AM INTERESTED; WHAT DO I DO NEXT? To access our Careers page, and the link to our online application system (governmentjobs.com), please go to: https://www.cisoregon.org/About/CareerOpportunities You must apply using our online application system (governmentjobs.com) to be considered for employment with CIS.____________________________________________________________________________________ EXAMPLE OF DUTIES GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY: The Litigation Attorney provides participating public entities with legal defense against covered liability claims, focusing on defending law enforcement. This includes defending excessive force, wrongful arrest and civil rights claims against law enforcement, as well as law enforcement related employment practice claims. Although the focus is on law enforcement, the Litigation Attorney will be called on to defend other liability claims filed against local government in Oregon on an as needed basis. The Litigation Attorney will primarily support the Supervising Litigation Attorney, while handling a separate caseload under the guidance and oversight of CIS' General Counsel.ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:Temporary modifications to provide reasonable accommodations, or transitional work assignments do not waive any of the essential functions for this position. The following information may not be all-inclusive:Arrange complex litigation dates, which may include telephone conferences, hearings, and depositions, with multiple parties including opposing counsel, clients, and the court. Transcribe dictation of memos, correspondence, and pleadings for attorneys.Familiarity with court rules (ORCP, UTCR & FRCP) Arrange deposition dates with other counsel and clients. Arranges for court reporting services as needed. Assist other in-house attorneys with special projects as needed.Move closed case files to archive folder in DL.Docket court hearings and deadlines for court filings for attorneys.Format, proofread, and edit pleadings and correspondence for general clarity, grammar, punctuation, and spelling to ensure ease of reading and understanding. Finalize, duplicate, and distribute (mails) prepared documents and enclosures under pressured time restrictions. Input claim numbers on counsels’ billable time into attorneys’ spreadsheets and distribute.Maintain contact with courts to verify pleading deadlines and filing dates and to obtain case numbers.Open and set-up new litigation files in DL for both federal and state court claims.Download litigation discovery records (medical records, personnel records, responses to requests for production, etc.). in DL and distribute to attorneys.Prepare pleadings, making sure they comply with court rules, and file via electronic court filings systems Odyssey and PACER.Prepare legal documents (pleadings, motions, and briefs) related reports and correspondence as directed from dictated, typed, handwritten

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