Senior Casualty Litigation Specialist

The role of the litigation specialist is to pro-actively handle litigated claims by ensuring that appropriate and effective resolution strategies are in place and to bring the claim to a successful resolution while ensuring that the our customers (broker, insured, underwriters) are kept informed, as appropriate to the circumstances. Each litigation specialist is assigned a target law firm in order to build rapport and to reduce reporting time and expenses. 


The target firms for this have yet to be determined. Although likely in the Toronto area, it could include a non-Toronto based firm.


Key Responsibilities:


  • Assume handling of claims scheduled for trial within 12 months, or, for any other reasons
  • Assume handling of claims from the Ontario Field and Casualty Branches
  • In partnership with defence counsel, develop and implement strategies for bringing litigation files to a timely and cost effective resolution
  • In partnership with defence counsel, assess quantum and liability to set appropriate and timely reserves
  • Attend mediations, pre-trials and settlement meetings as required
  • Participate in various committees and reviews as required
  • Timely referrals to MCU, and completion of Large Loss Reports and Reserve Reduction Reports as required
  • Timely trial reporting on matters proceeding to trial
  • Maintain control over expenses through pro-active handling techniques including alternative dispute resolution projects and face-to-face discussions with opposing counsel
  • Keep current with legislation and legal trends


Skills and Experience Requirements:


  • 6-8 years previous experience handling Casualty claims, primarily general liability/premises operations claims and auto tort liability
  • Good knowledge of Bill 59 and 198 handling requirements
  • Good knowledge of Occupiers Liability Act
  • Superior analytical, problem-solving and negotiation skills
  • Strong decision-making ability
  • Strong knowledge of litigation process
  • Well-developed ability to manage counsel, both plaintiff & defence  
  • Strong knowledge of mediation process and experience with same
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
  • Strong computer skills
  • A positive attitude and good sense of humour


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