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Workers Compensation Staff Legal Attorney III


Zurich is currently looking for a Workers Compensation Staff Legal Attorney III.


This position may work out of one of the following North American offices:  Irvine, CA, with limited direction, represents the Company´s insureds in all phases of litigation for matters of moderate to high technical complexity. Engages in the practice of law and the representation of Zurich insureds in litigation to protect their interests in litigation.


Job Accountabilities:

  • Responsible for managing and sourcing Claims vendors within the agreed authority levels. Works closely with the procurement function, is responsible for the due diligence process and negotiating new contracts.
  • Responsible for the development of vendor agreements for the larger/more complex vendors and supporting the associated negotiations.
  • Ensures quality and delivery of service level agreements by auditing and tracking vendors within area of responsibility.
  • Tracks and reports metrics to ensure performance against the agreed service levels. Manages Claims vendor performance issues in area of responsibility.
  • Participates in vendor performance reviews within area of responsibility / defined vendors and meetings with new and/or potential vendors. Drives continuous improvement in customer experience and cost savings.
  • Seeks out opportunities to eliminate redundancies and leakage in the Claims organization.
  • Adheres to the Global Claims Policy in the development and management of vendor agreements.
  • Monitors competitor activity to help ensure we maintain a competitive advantage and manage our vendors in line with industry standards and best practices.

Business Accountability:

  • Represent company’s insureds in all phases of the litigation process for highly complex matters in the most effective, efficient way while delivering a customer-centric legal service.
  • Manage assigned cases, research legal options and prepare an appropriate approach to resolving legal disputes and, where appropriate, conducting litigation to protect the interests of the business.
  • Evaluate litigation risks and exposures and where applicable, conduct or supervise litigation/ alternative dispute resolution/ arbitration/ investigations to ensure effective resolution and mitigate risks for the organization.
  • Anticipate, recognize and respond timely to inquiries to contribute to customer satisfaction.
  • Collect data and document in established systems including commentary and an analysis of situation to facilitate decision-making and positive outcomes.
  • Keep abreast of legal developments to ensure that advice accurately reflects applicable laws, regulation and practice.
  • Provide feedback on business processes and systems to identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Act as a technical expert for internal colleagues and maintain up to date knowledge of own area of expertise to contribute to continuous learning and development of the skillsets of the team.

Additional responsibilities will include:

  • May participate in customer marketing efforts. 

Basic Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctor and 7 or more years of experience in the Litigation area
  • Member of the 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


  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Experience working in a team-based environment
  • Strong collaboration skills


As a condition of employment at Zurich, employees must adhere to our COVID-related health and safety protocols (https://www.zurichna.com/careers/faq), including, without limitation, a requirement that employees attest as to their vaccination status with a YES/NO, and upload proof of vaccination status, or negative COVID test results when allowable, to a third-party vendor. These are continuously re-evaluated and the requirements may change at any time. 


A future with 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 148 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 


Zurich does not accept unsolicited resumes from search firms or employment agencies. Any unsolicited resume will become the property of Zurich American Insurance. If you are a preferred vendor, please use our Recruiting Agency Portal for resume submission. 


Location(s): AM - Irvine

Remote Working: No

Schedule: Full Time


Linkedin Recruiter Tag: #LI-MM1 

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

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