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General Liability Staff Legal Attorney II, Irvine


At Zurich North America Claims we acknowledge that work life-balance and flexibility are a priority when it comes to choosing your next career move. Designed with our employees' needs in mind, the ZNA Claims hybrid work model emphasizes flexibility, allowing claims employees to conduct individual work in their preferred location, while facilitating in-person connections and collaborative activities when meaningful and valuable. While the model provides a high level of flexibility and autonomy, occasional circumstances requiring in-office attendance should be expected.


We are excited to announce we are looking to add to our Zurich team in our Irvine Staff Legal office.  This Trial Attorney will join an organization of highly motivated legal professionals who handle general liability cases, including premises liability, products liability, and auto cases through trial.  Are you looking for work life balance, 401K and a reasonable billable hours! Come and see what Zurich has to offer! 


With moderate direction, represents the Company´s insureds in all phases of litigation for matters of moderate technical complexity. Engages in the practice of law and the representation of Zurich insureds to protect their interests in litigation.


In this role you will be responsible for:


  • Achieve best outcomes for clients by demonstrating technical excellence in case handling, trial preparation and presentation for matters of moderate technical complexity.
  • Drive positive results by correctly applying the law and legal trends, conducting legal analysis and research, preparing legal pleadings and documents, preparing for and managing pre-trial discovery, and participating in judicial hearings and trials.
  • Document case files by accurately capturing and updating relevant information in compliance with best practices.
  • Work to have a timely resolution to matters by collaborating with the claims adjuster, developing a case strategy and escalating issues as appropriate.
  • Ensure customer service to clients by proactively communicating information; responding to inquiries; and following customer protocols.
  • With oversight, determine and implement alternative dispute resolution techniques as appropriate, by using effective mediation and negotiation skills within authority limit.
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by participating in educational opportunities, staying current with industry trends, establishing personal networks and participating in professional societies.
  • Contribute to the team effort by accomplishing related results and collaborating on matters as needed.
  • Ensure legal compliance by following state and federal laws and regulations.
  • May serve as a technical resource by providing guidance and mentoring lower level attorneys or legal support staff on use of tools and resources and legal strategies.
  • Protect Zurich’s reputation by keeping claims information confidential


Basic Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctor and 5 or more years of experience in the Litigation area
  • Member of the California Bar in good standing in jurisdiction(s) in which practice is located.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and Adobe
  • Experience working with Lexis or Westlaw
  • Knowledge of the insurance industry, claims and the insurance defense litigation legal environment
  • Knowledge of the law and procedure


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Effective communication skills
  • Effective negotiation skills
  • Experience working in a team-based environment
  • Collaboration skills
  • Effective problem solving and analytical skills


Compensation for roles at Zurich varies depending on a wide array of factors including but not limited to the specific office location, role, skill set, and level of experience. As required by local law, Zurich provides in good faith a reasonable range of compensation for roles. For additional information about our Total Rewards, click here. Other rewards may include short term incentive bonuses and merit increases. Candidates with salary expectations outside of the range are encouraged to apply, and will be considered based on experience, skill, and education. The starting salary range for this position is $110,000.00- $145,000.00.

As a condition of employment at Zurich, employees must adhere to any COVID-related health and safety protocols in place at that time (


A future with Zurich. What can go right when you apply at Zurich?


Now is the time to move forward and make a difference. At Zurich, we want you to share your unique perspectives, experiences and ideas so we can grow and drive sustainable change together. As part of a leading global organization, Zurich North America has over 150 years of experience managing risk and supporting resilience. Today, Zurich North America is a leading provider of commercial property-casualty insurance solutions and a wide range of risk management products and services for businesses and individuals. We serve more than 25 industries, from agriculture to technology, and we insure 90% of the Fortune 500®. Our growth strategy is not limited to our business. As an employer, we strive to provide ongoing career development opportunities, and we foster an environment where voices are diverse, behaviors are inclusive, actions drive equity, and our people feel a sense of belonging. Be a part of the next evolution of the insurance industry. Join us in building a brighter future for our colleagues, our customers and the communities we serve. Zurich maintains a comprehensive employee benefits package for employees as well as eligible dependents and competitive compensation. Please click here to learn more.


As a global company, Zurich recognizes the diversity of our workforce as an asset. We recruit talented people from a variety of backgrounds with unique perspectives that are truly welcome here. Taken together, diversity and inclusion bring us closer to our common goal: exceeding our customers’ expectations. Zurich does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status. EOE disability/vet 


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Location(s): AM - Irvine
Remote Working: Hybrid
Schedule: Full Time
Employment Sponsorship Offered: No 
Linkedin Recruiter Tag: #LI-LC1 #LI-ASSOCIATE #LI-HYBRID 

Nearest Major Market: Irvine California
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles

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