Associate Senior Counsel, Life/Health Litigation

  • Full Time
  • Guelph
  • 125 - 150

The Co-operators Group Limited

Associate Senior Counsel, Life/Health Litigation

Job Category: Legal/Compliance/Audit/Governance

Department: Legal, Business Solutions, Litigation

Employment Type: Temporary Full-Time (16 months)

Work Model: Hybrid

Language: English is required, French is an asset.

The Opportunity:

We are a leading Canadian financial services cooperative committed to being a catalyst for a sustainable and resilient society and our team is essential to deliver on this strategy. That’s why we prioritize our people, to ensure we provide a strong culture and development opportunities which enables our team to thrive and to live our purpose. The best part is that you will work with people that care passionately about you, our clients, and our communities.

As an Associate Senior Counsel, Life/Health Litigation, you will be responsible for the day-to-day file handling of life and disability claims matters on behalf of The Co-operators group of companies (The Co-operators).You will also provide general legal advice, training, guidance, and direction to staff of The Co-operators.Further, you will support Senior Counsel, and the AVP and VP, General Counsel, Business Solutions on higher complexity claims litigation files or projects, as necessary.

How you will create impact:

  • Commensurate with your experience, successfully handle all aspects of claims litigation from initial referral to resolution.
  • Work in collaboration with your Claims colleagues to successfully resolve claims litigation by providing assessments, opinions, legal research and attending examinations for discoveries, mediations, motions, appeals, pre-trials, and trials, as necessary.
  • Travel as needed for claims litigation files.
  • Assess situations and provide advice as required and/or determine the need for experts, as well as identify issues which need to be brought to the attention of, or require the involvement of the AVP, or VP, General Counsel, Business Solutions, or other stakeholders.
  • Provide general legal and other advice and guidance on a broad range of topics related to all facets of the business of The Co-operators Group Ltd (CGL) and its subsidiaries, with a particular focus on the core area of legal expertise.
  • Provide training and support to claims personnel as well as supporting Senior Counsel and AVP on more complicated claims litigation.
  • Provide mentorship to the Law Clerks and Counsel, as necessary.
  • Recommend improvements and changes in process to reduce financial and legal exposure.

How you will succeed:

  • You have an innovative mindset to improve operational efficiencies and ability to influence change, with a primary focus on client needs.
  • You use critical thinking skills to recognize assumptions, evaluate arguments, draw conclusions, and proactively propose solutions.
  • You have strong communication skills to clearly convey messages and explore diverse points of view.
  • You build trusting relationships and provide guidance to support the development of colleagues.

To join our team:

  • You have a minimum of 6 years of insurance defence or plaintiff personal injury experience (10+ years of experience preferred) and appropriate trial and/or hearing experience.
  • You have a Law Degree (LLB, JD or comparable).
  • You are a member in good standing of the body regulating lawyers in your province (Ontario calls preferred)
  • You have a strong ability to think critically, to present information effectively and collaborate effectively.
  • You have excellent communication abilities (particularly drafting), both technical and plain English and can interact effectively with all levels of the organization, particularly senior management.
  • You have effective negotiation skills combined with a keen attention to detail.
  • You can read and understand case law and statutes.
  • Prior experience as in-house counsel would be an asset.

What you need to know:

  • You will be subject to a Background check as a condition of employment, in the event you are the successful candidate.
  • You will have direct contact with clients and service providers.
  • You have a valid driver’s license and insurance and have your own vehicle.

What’s in it for you?

  • Training and development opportunities to grow your career.
  • Flexible work options and paid time off to support your personal and family needs.
  • A holistic approach to your well-being, with physical and mental health programs and a supportive workplace culture.
  • Volunteer opportunities to give back to your community.