Lawyer - Legal Affairs- EN

  • Desjardins
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Aug 13, 2023
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel)

Job Description

At Desjardins, we believe in equity, diversity and inclusion. We're committed to welcoming, respecting and valuing people for who they are as individuals, learning from their differences, embracing their uniqueness, and providing a positive workplace for all. At Desjardins, we have zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind. We believe our teams should reflect the diversity of the members, clients and communities we serve.


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Job Level




Desjardin Financial Security (DFS) is seeking a talented and motivated mid-level litigation lawyer to join its in-house team.


The successful candidate will be part of a small team of legal professionals which includes lawyers, paralegals, and legal assistants. We handle litigation related to life and health insurance, specifically, group disability benefits, life insurance, critical illness, and extended health insurance.


As a Legal affairs Lawyer, you help protect the organization’s legal interests by ensuring that it complies with all laws. You also play a key role in making sure that its rights are protected, and obligations are met. You represent the organization in situations involving its legal interests. You may be responsible for one or more subspecialties.


You advise and assist internal clients and partners as part of intervention and development initiatives. You recommend solutions to improve or optimize standards, policies, and programs. Your projects and initiatives require extensive knowledge of your line of work.


You prepare recommendations, solutions and action plans based on the organization’s objectives and priorities. You help solve complex problems using your analytical skills and extensive knowledge of the line of business. Coordination is critical, as you frequently interact with stakeholders both internally and external to the organization. Interpersonal and communication skills are therefore essential.


General Information on the Position


Main Responsibilities


The successful candidate will:


  • Represent the organization before civil and administrative courts and tribunals
  • Draft pleadings and materials for use in Court and before administrative tribunals
  • Be responsible for developing strategy on litigated files, preparing witnesses, and presenting arguments for average- to high-complexity files
  • Handle out of Court negotiations and associated strategy
  • Prepare legal opinions based on facts and applicable legislation
  • Analyze matters, advise, and support the various organization units with appeals before civil and administrative courts
  • Be the subject-matter expert for various organization units in their area of expertise
  • Assume responsibility for or participate in special mandates or projects when required
  • Represent their sector on various committees
  • Monitor the various organization sectors' compliance with applicable legislation and regulations and cooperate with sectors in charge of compliance to provide them with the necessary information.


Other Working Conditions


  • The work arrangement for the position is hybrid work
  • Number of job available: 1




  • Bachelor's degree in a related field
  • A minimum of seven years of relevant experience
  • Litigation experience
  • Insurance Law experience


Please note that other combinations of qualifications and relevant experience may be considered


  • Member of Ontario Bar required (The ideal candidate should be a member of the Ontario Bar from 4-6 years)
  • Member of British Columbia Bar (an asset)


Specific knowledge


  • Complete proficiency in English


Desjardins Cross-sector Skills


Action oriented, Customer Focus, Differences, Nimble learning


Key competencies for the job


Communicates effectively, Complexity, Strategic mindset


Work Location


95 St-Clair Avenue West Toronto


Trade Union


Non Syndiqué


Unposting Date




Job Family


Legal Affairs (FG)


Desjardins Group is the largest cooperative financial group in Canada, and one of the largest employers in the country. It offers a full range of financial products and services and is home to a wealth of expertise in property and casualty insurance, life and health insurance, wealth management, services for businesses of all sizes, securities brokerage, asset management, venture capital, and secure, leading-edge virtual access methods via the legal job board.