Trial Attorney



Posted on Sunday, September 10, 2023
If you're passionate about being part of a diverse organization that enables a Fortune 100 company to deliver innovative business solutions with excellence, then Nationwide's Legal team could be the place for you!

Nationwide Trial Division is hiring a self-motivated and organized Trial Attorney. All equipment will be provided. The successful applicant will have prior insurance defense experience. There is no billing requirement. The attorney should be proficient with case management software, Microsoft products (Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point), and should be able to work in a paperless environment.



Job Description Summary

Would you thrive in an environment where you can deliver top-quality legal services to support the mission of a Fortune 100 insurance company to protect people, businesses and futures with extraordinary care? If you possess the academic credentials, strong analytical skills and legal acumen needed for successful litigation work, our team may be the place for you!

Nationwide Trial Division is a national team with approximately 40 offices through six regions across the United States. Our Trial Attorneys are litigation attorneys with moderate civil litigation experience in property and casualty insurance defense or subrogation. As a Trial Attorney, you’ll represent clients under both commercial and personal lines insurance policies as lead counsel, with moderate to low guidance and oversight, and also may handle cases as part of a larger team as needed. Caseloads typically include a mix of cases, varying from low to moderate complexity, severity, product lines and specialized concentrations. throughout all courts and agencies in the assigned jurisdiction(s). You’ll be expected to maintain a highly productive case volume that reflects our collective commitment to innovative thinking, effective collaboration, embracing technology and a highly organized and proactive approach to case management.

Job Description

Key Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrates the requisite trial advocacy skills independently as lead counsel, or as part of a team, demonstrates productivity, proactive case management, work ethic and work product quality to properly and effectively handle all matters in accordance with Nationwide Trial Division (NTD) standard methodology guidelines, as well as claims and client expectations.

  • Requires low to moderate managerial oversight and guidance from the Managing Trial Attorney and NTD Leadership in all aspects of core duties and job responsibilities.

  • Effectively utilizes technology and collaboratively working with support staff to ensure efficient case management and productivity.

  • Demonstrates consistent awareness of changes to the law, technology, local rules and other procedural requirements, or other aspects of the legal and insurance industries likely to impact liability and recovery litigation strategies in the jurisdictions in which he/she practices.

  • Possesses and consistently performs with the subject matter expertise and trial advocacy skills generally required for property and casualty insurance defense or subrogation trial practice. Possesses the ability and willingness to develop and gain the requisite experience and subject matter expertise to eventually hold one or more specialized NTD concentrations required to serve as lead counsel on more complex and higher severity cases.

  • Provides factually, legally and analytically sound opinions consistently on case valuations that are promptly updated and timely communicated to the client and claims.

  • Recognizes and uses opportunities to establish and foster professional relationships within Office of the Chief Legal Officer and claims at the claims manager level and below, as well as with colleagues within the legal and insurance industries within those jurisdictions and communities in which he/she practices.

  • Recognizes opportunities to use established relationships to reinforce NTD’s reputation within the enterprise and local communities.

  • Communicates professionally and effectively in all formats and situations (e.g. verbal, written, client meetings, claims file conferences, etc.). Identify, understand and meet client, claims and internal NTD communication expectations, as well as those commonly expected within the jurisdictions and communities in which he/she practices.

  • Demonstrates consistent dedication to development as a litigation attorney and NTD team member by readily seeking and accepting coaching and feedback. Has a proven understanding and recognition of the importance of engagement, efficiency, attitude, and collaboration to the overall success of the NTD team.

May perform other responsibilities as assigned.

Reporting Relationships: Managing Trial Attorney

Typical Skills and Experiences:

Education: Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school.

License/Certification/Designation: Maintains an active license in the state in which the position is located.

Experience: Typically, more than three years of relevant civil litigation experience in property and casualty insurance defense or subrogation.

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills: Has moderate litigation experience in property and casualty insurance defense or subrogation. Engages in moderately complex legal practices and procedures. Effective and professional written and verbal communication skills. Highly collaborative, capable to work with staff and other attorneys on-site and remotely. Possesses strong negotiation skills. Ability to process information efficiently and effectively. Excellent analytical and legal skills. Resourceful, creative problem solver. Computer savvy with a working knowledge of basic software and use of same. Capable of adapting to changes in the law and changes to technology in the law and court systems (e.g. electronic filings, etc.) Strong time management and organization skills. Decision making ability to set work priorities and make recommendations. Strong legal research techniques. Stays in sync with the private practice of law policy and the ethical rules of the state where the position is located. Must also acknowledge and follow all corporate and NTD policies and procedures.

Other criteria, including leadership skills, competencies and experiences may take precedence.

Staffing exceptions to the above must be approved by the hiring manager’s leader and Human Resources Business Partner.

Values: Regularly and consistently demonstrates the Nationwide values.

Job Conditions:

Overtime Eligibility: Not Eligible (Exempt).

Working Conditions: Generally, a normal office environment, but depending on the needs of the office the position may be staffed working from home. Frequent travel. Occasional overnight travel. Extended hours are often necessary to meet the demands of the profession. Must have a valid driver’s license with satisfactory driving record in accordance with Nationwide standards.

ADA: The above statements cover what are generally believed to be principal and essential functions of this job. Specific circumstances may allow or require some people assigned to the job to perform a somewhat different combination of duties.

Credit/Background Check: Due to the fiduciary accountabilities of this job, a valid credit check and/or background which will be required as part of the selection process.


We have an array of benefits to fit your needs, including: medical/dental/vision, life insurance, short and long term disability coverage, paid time off with newly hired associates receiving a minimum of 18 days paid time off each full calendar year pro-rated quarterly based on hire date, nine paid holidays, 8 hours of Lifetime paid time off, 8 hours of Unity Day paid time off, 401(k) with company match, company-paid pension plan, business casual attire, and more. To learn more about the benefits we offer, click here.

Nationwide is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive culture where everyone feels challenged, appreciated, respected and engaged. Nationwide prohibits discrimination and harassment and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to any characteristic (or classification) protected by applicable law.