UFG Insurance is seeking experienced and highly-motivated applicants for the position of Assistant General Counsel. The position, which reports to the General Counsel, involves providing a wide range of support and legal advice on complex legal matters to all departments within UFG.
Review, evaluate and offer advice and counsel on legal issues and claims files for the Group.
Read, screen and circulate legal publications pertinent to the UFG.
Review and give advice on claim files not in suit. Advice may concern coverage issues, liability issues, damage issues or any combination of those.
Offer advice and counsel on legal questions, contracts, policy terminology and personnel issues to other United Fire Group operating departments (Underwriting, Marketing, Accounting, and Human Resources).
Review and respond to reports and enclosures directed to claim files. Analyze investigative material for liability exposure, coverage and damages to determine reserves and settlement values.
Follow consistent reserve practices with a slightly pessimistic attitude to achieve the company guideline of overall reserve redundancy of 5 percent.
Maintain contact with corporate claims personnel and counsel as necessary. Provide direction, control and guidance to those for whom responsible, including defense counsel.
Be aware of the expense factor in claims handling; whether by company representative, independent or defense counsel, in order to achieve company standards.
Keep an active diary file and regularly review claims being supervised by others where the potential for large exposure exists.
Supervise claims involving Employment Related Practices policies, Errors and Omissions policies, pollution claims and other specialty claims either directly or through the efforts of others.
Be constantly aware of the expense factor in claims handling; whether by company representative, independent adjuster or defense counsel, in order to achieve company standards.
Attend Bar Association meetings as necessary to stay informed of developments, meet and stay acquainted with other counsel. Attend continuing education seminars as required.
Law degree plus admission to practice in at least one state.
5-10 years total claims and legal experience to function properly in the position.
P&C insurance experience helpful.
Must possess strong knowledge of applicable law, policy coverage and damage evaluation procedures.
Ability to analyze complex legal issues and provide recommendations for well-reasoned, practical solutions and alternatives.
Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills to effectively work with various departments and levels within the company
Analytical ability to interpret statutes, regulations, insurance policies and other contracts.
Excellent judgment, attention to detail and ability to handle sensitive and confidential information is required
UFG is a successful and growing multibillion-dollar-asset insurance company, dedicated to protecting people and earning their trust.
Founded in 1946, UFG offers insurance protection for people’s businesses, homes, vehicles and lives, including:
Life insurance and annuities
Our products are available exclusively through a select... group of approximately 1,200 independent property and casualty insurance agents and 1,300 independent life insurance agents across the country, directly serving the insurance needs of people in their communities.
With a UFG workforce of over 1,100 employees — working at our corporate headquarters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and five regional offices in Westminster, Colorado; Webster, Texas; Pennington, New Jersey; Los Angeles, California; and Rocklin, California — we can be depended on to deliver exceptional protection and service to our thousands of policyholders in every region of the U.S.
At UFG, we’ve built our company on the foundation of trust, because we know that trust matters—to our customers, employees and shareholders—who have all invested in UFG for the future, whether it’s in the form of insurance protection, a career or shares of stock. In a third-party research study conducted by Vernon Research Group, 99 percent of UFG insurance agents surveyed said that an insurer’s trustworthiness is important and the agents rated UFG as a trustworthy insurance company.
UFG is a publicly traded company and has been listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market under UFCS for three decades. We hold a financial strength rating of “A” (Excellent) from A.M. Best Company with a financial size category of XI ($750 million to $1 billion) and rank 77 on the list of Top 200 U.S. Property Casualty Writers in the 2017 Best’s Review.
In addition, UFG was named one of “America’s 50 Most Trustworthy Financial Companies” by Forbes for the fourth consecutive year in 2017 and a Super Regional Property/Casualty Insurer™ by Insurance Journal every year since 2006, as well as a “Top Workplace” by The Des Moines Register for the fourth time in 2017.
UFG also earned the prestigious "Five-Star Carrier" rating from Insurance Business America in 2017 for our excellence in financial stability, company reputation, claims processing, underwriting expertise and product offerings.
At UFG, we’re proud of the recognition we’ve received in the insurance industry, establishing ourselves as the clear company of choice for our agents, policyholders and employees. These awards reflect our ongoing commitment to delivering exceptional protection and services and demonstrating outstanding integrity and transparency in all we do.