Posted: Apr 1, 2021
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Senior Counsel

Securian Financial - St. Paul, MN
Full-time
Application Deadline: N/A
Finance & Insurance

Senior Counsel

When you’re a Securian Financial employee, you’re part of a hard-working, high-performing, bright-thinking, make-things-happen family. One that sees your potential on day one, challenging you to grow your unique strengths as you create a career filled with opportunity, collaboration and meaning. One where you get the support and flexibility to become the person you want to be, at work and outside of it. For our newest team members and our most tenured, we’re committed to being an employer of choice.

 

Position Summary

Serves as legal counsel to represent the interest of the client, Securian Financial Group, Inc. and its affiliates, under the overall direction of the General Counsel.  The associate in the Counsel position will play a key role in providing legal advice as a litigator and legal advisor focusing primarily on group and individual life insurance claims administration, litigation and related issues, while balancing business-oriented goals with legal risk.  Represents Securian to both internal and external customers. In addition, this position will also include developing company policy and providing legal advice on a variety of legal and regulatory issues related to insurance and other enterprise issues as directed.

 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage litigation with a focus on claim litigation.  This includes hiring outside counsel, collaborating with outside counsel on strategy, educating outside counsel on company practices and products, acting as the liaison between outside counsel and company associates, drafting pleadings, research, negotiating settlements and expense management.

  • Review, analyze and provide legal advice on claim files as well as participating in discussions and providing legal advice to individuals from the Claims, Medical and Underwriting departments.

  • Manage company beneficiary disputes and/or complaints.  This attorney will work with Claims and our paralegal team to train, advise, negotiate and manage these matters.

  • Manage documents and electronic information, e-discovery and legal holds.  This position will manage litigation and assist in preventative efforts related to privacy and client data.

  • Identifying potential legal or regulatory issues, especially as they relate to litigation, which may impact the organization’s business strategy, products, or business conduct and providing proactive legal advice accordingly

  • Developing productive relationships with industry colleagues, and participating on various enterprise and industry committees relating to insurance products

 

Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of litigation experience as an attorney

  • Admitted to the practice of law in the State of Minnesota, or able to be in 6 months

  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Self-starter who can act in a responsible, independent, and timely manner

  • Leadership skills and an interest in playing a leadership role in the company

  • Proven ability to exercise sound judgment

  • Ability to gain credibility and develop strong working relationships

  • Good organizational skills

  • Adaptability to prioritize and handle numerous projects concurrently

 

Preferred qualifications:

  • Basic understanding and/or experience with life insurance and other estate planning products and related laws.

  • Basic understanding and/or experience with employment law, estates and trusts.

  • Strong working knowledge of the financial services and insurance industries, especially related to issues associated with life insurance claims and beneficiaries, administration and related regulations.

  • Experience implementing and managing ‘legal holds’ and other litigation related tasks in a corporate environment.

 

Securian Financial has been around for nearly 140 years. We’re committed to giving back to our community, donating 15,000 employee volunteer hours this past year. We also provide extensive resources to our employees for professional development and growth and a number of diverse professional and social opportunities throughout the company. There’s a reason our employees have voted us as a best place to work year after year! In addition:

  • Generous paid time off. We want you to take time off for whatever matters most to you!

  • Tuition reimbursement program. We value continuous learning at Securian!

  • Company-funded pension plan as well as 401K retirement plan – great resources to secure your financial future.

  • Continuous opportunities for new challenges.

  • Variety of health plan options as well as dental and vision plans.

  • Paid maternity/paternity leaves.

 

Physical job requirements:

 Ability to work at least 40 hours per week

Ability to utilize keyboard, mouse and computer for approximately 4-8 hours per day

Ability to utilize telephone for approximately 1-4 hours per day

The physical job requirements described above are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

As a full-time associate, you will be eligible for the full range of Company benefits which include life insurance, medical and dental coverage, retirement plan, profit sharing plan, paid vacation and personal time, flexible spending accounts (use of pretax dollars for dependent care, dental and medical expenses not covered under your medical plan), etc.

Securian Financial Group, Inc. does not discriminate based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital or familial status, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, political affiliation, veteran status, status in regard to public assistance, status in a local human rights commission, or any other status or condition protected by local, state or federal law. If you are a job seeker with a disability and require an accommodation to apply for one of our jobs, please contact us by telephone 651-665-5522 (voice), 711 (telecommunications relay), or by email at [email protected]