Legal Counsel, Accident Benefits

  • Economical Insurance
  • Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  • Jan 13, 2022
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel)

Job Description


Can a 150-year-old company think outside the box? Count on it. Deep experience is our springboard for innovation, whether that’s in how we work with our broker network, how we serve our customers, or how we support our employees.

Economical is part of Definity, a Canadian, multi-channel, property and casualty insurance company whose success is founded on our family of companies’ long history of delivering a superior experience for those who count on us. We’re proud to help our customers, broker partners, employees, and communities adapt and thrive in a world of constant change. Our success in transforming into a digital leader in our industry is driven by a talented and engaged team with a passion for innovation and high performance.


Role Location: Hybrid

What can you expect in this role?

Economical’s in-house claims litigation unit acts in litigation arising from claims under its insurance policies. This is an exciting opportunity to join a growing litigation team with excellent opportunities for strategic input and professional development.

  • Act in Accident Benefits litigation from inception through to trial via carriage of multiple files 
  • Prepare written court materials, appear in court and advise on litigation strategies at the case level 
  • Conduct private arbitrations in priority and loss transfer disputes
  • Play an advisory role to the Claims department in relation to accident benefits litigation 

What do you bring to the role?

  • 4+ years of post-call experience in Accident Benefits litigation (Accident Benefits Counsel)
  • Experience with License Appeal Tribunal (LAT) Hearings
  • Experience with priority and loss transfer disputes
  • High degree of personal ethics, integrity and responsibility with an ability to deal with sensitive issues and safeguard confidential information
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, including Word and PowerPoint
  • Assertiveness in practice, but reasonable and forthright
  • Interest in court, arbitration and tribunal advocacy
  • Sound judgment, with the ability to critically analyze situations and problem-solve
  • Ability to meet deadlines and handle multiple, yet sometimes conflicting priorities

We also take potential into consideration. If you don’t have this exact experience, but you know you have what it takes, be sure to give us more insight through your application and cover letter.

Go ahead and expect a lot — you deserve it, and we’ve got it: 

  • Hybrid work schedule for most roles
  • Company share ownership program
  • Pension and savings programs, with company-matched RRSP contributions
  • Paid volunteer days and company matching on charitable donations
  • Educational resources, tuition assistance, and paid time off to study for exams
  • Focus on inclusion with employee groups, support for gender affirmation surgery, access to BIPOC counsellors, access to programs for working parents
  • Wellness and recognition programs
  • Discounts on products and services

Our inclusive work environment welcomes diversity and supports accessibility. If you require accommodation at any time during the recruitment process, please let us know by contacting:

Background checks
This role requires successful clearance of a background check (including criminal checks and leadership references).

Practice Area(s)

accident benefits law