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Senior Trial Attorney

Date Posted: Dec 29, 2018

Location: Brooklyn, NY, US, 11201

Company: MetLife

Job Location:    Brooklyn, New York  


Role Value Proposition: 

In Legal Affairs, we strive to attract, develop and retain diverse talent with the potential to be future leaders of our department and of MetLife as a whole. We seek legal and compliance professionals who demonstrate high intellectual capacity to understand complex matters facing our company, combined with strong leadership competencies to motivate and inspire higher performance by all our professionals. We take an active role in developing the skills of our talent and guiding their professional growth. By promoting skill development and career advancement for our professionals we are better positioned to serve our internal business partners and to help achieve MetLife’s vision of becoming a world-class leader in the insurance, retirement savings and employee benefits industries.



Key Responsibilities:  

  • Responsible for the complete litigation process of personal injury defense matters, including NY No-Fault, from inception to resolution by settlement, motion or trial;
  • Tries moderate to complex cases with high exposure;
  • Resolves most difficult problems using sound legal judgment and without supervision;
  • Handles all preparations required to bring cases to trial;
  • Handles deposition and Court Appearances, pleadings, motions, discovery and trials;
  • Handles multiple projects effectively and manage a caseload of over 100 files;
  • Handles Mediations and Arbitrations;
  • Submits comprehensive verbal and written reports to respective claims partners;
  • Plans, executes and controls the litigation, values and final disposition of cases;
  • Provides accurate assessments of liability and damages; anticipates substantive and procedural problems, and develops and executes solutions;
  • May guide less experienced trial attorneys or para-professionals


Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills:

  • 10+ years of practicing legal experience in insurance defense, including motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, property damage, New York No-Fault, Subrogation and SUM/UIM;
  • Juris Doctor degree from an accredited Law School
  • Comprehensive knowledge of New York law applicable to property/casualty litigation and No-Fault;
  • Proficient in motion practice and litigation advocacy;
  • Adept in planning, executing and controlling investigations, valuations and final disposition of cases, and in providing accurate assessments of liability and damages; anticipating substantive and procedure issues, developing and executing solutions;
  • Jury Selection and trial skills; a record of trying cases to verdict in Bronx, New York, Kings and Richmond Counties;
  • Decision making ability to set work priorities and make recommendations;
  • Ability to initiate, organize and coordinate diverse cases;
  • Skilled in case management with problem solving and negotiation abilities;
  • Analytical ability to interpret statutes, regulations, case law and insurance policies;
  • Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Ability to take deposition testimony;
  • Ability to work independently but also collaboratively and effectively with clients, colleagues and claims partners;
  • Computer literate;
  • The successful candidate will also be detail-oriented, with good organizational skills and the capability to identify and analyze legal issues.



Local daily travel limited to Bronx, New York, Kings and Richmond Counties


Business Category

House Counsel -Legal Affairs


Number of Openings



At MetLife, we’re leading the global transformation of an industry we’ve long defined. United in purpose, diverse in perspective, we’re dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our customers.” 



MetLife is a proud equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to attracting, retaining, and maximizing the performance of a diverse and inclusive workforce. It is MetLife's policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, marital or domestic/civil partnership status, genetic information, citizenship status, uniformed service member or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

MetLife maintains a drug-free workplace.

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Nearest Major Market: Brooklyn
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City