Claims Legal Counsel I

  • RSA
  • Ontario, Canada
  • Mar 29, 2021
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel)

Job Description

RSA is one of the world’s longest standing insurance groups, providing protection and peace of mind, for over 300 years, to more than nine million customers, worldwide.

Our people are ambitious, passionate and inquisitive, and driven by a need to deliver value and innovative solutions to our customers. We are proud of our organizational culture which encourages us to embrace each other’s strengths, and respect everyone’s ideas.

At RSA, our desire to be the best has created an exceptional company in which you can build and advance your career. RSA is proud to be ranked among Canada’s Top 100 employers in 2019 and 2020.

To join this award-winning team, and to learn more about us, visit our Careers page.

RSA, Johnson, CNS and Deeks are part of the RSA Group of Companies (“RSA”).

Position Summary

We are seeking a Claims Legal Counsel I with litigation experience to join our new in-house legal department reporting to the Director of Legal Claims. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in personal injury law and accident benefits, either defence or plaintiff. Counsel will defend assigned files representing RSA or its policyholders in tort, property, accident benefits and general insurance litigation matters.

What you'll do in the role

  • You are driven to develop your litigation skills as you handle claims and provide a solutions oriented approach to dealing with your files
  • You have a demonstrated ability of legal strategizing, conducting discoveries, arbitrations, trials, motions, settlement negotiations, mediations, and similar proceedings.
  • You are able to recognize coverage issues as you research liability and damages to prepare legal opinions
  • You have a demonstrated ability to draft legal documents, pleadings, motions, and factums
  • Your excellent collaboration and communication skills will be utilized as you work closely with claims representatives and insured clients to arrive at cost effective resolutions
  • Your creativity will show as you prepare material for and conduct presentations on changes in the law for the company

What you'll need

  • Completion of law school with a Bachelors of Law (LL.B) or Juris Doctor (J.D.) and admission to the Bar in Ontario.
  • Minimum of 2 years post-call experience as a lawyer in Ontario.
  • Background in insurance defence litigation, including personal injury and accident benefit claims
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work productively under pressure and deliver business results.
  • Strong interpersonal & client service skills
  • Trial or Arbitration experience an asset

What you'll receive

  • A market-leading, comprehensive Total Rewards Program which includes competitive compensation and bonus, flexible benefits, and pension plan.
  • Best-in-class vacation policy that includes paid volunteer, parental leave top-up programs and personal leave days.
  • Strong learning culture with a focus on overall development, internal mobility and career advancement.
  • Tuition reimbursement program.
  • A culture that celebrates diversity and inclusion, with a strong focus on community and corporate social responsibility.

Temporary / Fixed Term Hires:

  • Competitive salary
  • Strong learning culture
  • Diverse, award-winning culture with a strong focus on corporate social responsibility

At RSA, our purpose is to Make Life Better Together and that starts with our people. We work side by side with driving energy and determination to get better every day, through industry leading thinking, and by listening to and respecting all perspectives. This is how our leaders and our people make an impact. We are forward looking, so we can adapt, evolve and improve, ultimately achieving our better, together. We are committed to creating an environment that promotes a healthy work-life balance. Our people managers and leaders successfully manage flexible work arrangements for their teams to ensure they are optimal for both the individual, and the business.

At RSA Canada, we are committed to creating a workplace where our employees thrive; where everybody counts and everyone is heard. Where you can be your whole self at work – wherever that is – everyday. To celebrate differences, not just because it's the right thing to do, but because we believe having a diverse workforce which embraces different perspectives makes RSA Canada a more vibrant and creative place to work.

RSA is an equal opportunity employer. We provide accommodation for individuals with disabilities in the job application process. If you need assistance, please email AODA@RSAGROUP.CA. To learn more, visit our Accessibility page.

Practice Area(s)

Insurance Law