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Could anyone who works for Zurich, Hartford, Travelers, etc. nofaultkillself09/05/18
None of the companies you list nor the jurisdiction, but I w jd4hire09/06/18
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nofaultkillself (Sep 5, 2018 - 10:48 pm)

Could anyone who works for Zurich, Hartford, Travelers, etc. and does in-house general liability work in New York share their experiences? Getting sick of billing and fighting for my vacation time, but also concerned about low pay ceiling.

Thanks.

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jd4hire (Sep 6, 2018 - 9:09 am)

None of the companies you list nor the jurisdiction, but I was with Liberty in a mid-atlantic state. Pay was relatively decent considering. Benefits were great. My problem was that I had to sacrifice my reputation and credibility. I was practicing law in a way I didn't like. For some, this might be perfect. But I wasn't comfortable walking into depositions literally knowing nothing about the case and then deposing the plaintiff. I also wasn't a fan of looking like an unprepared no talent a$$ clown at court. My caseload was just too much.

I do sometimes look back and miss the hustle and bustle. I was taking 3-10 depos per week, attending 2-5 ADRs, and would have 2-5 court hearings. 98% of my cases were MIST auto accidents. If I stayed and put in the time, I would have gotten to higher exposure cases. I could have been at 6 digits relatively soon had I stayed. We also had to keep track of time, but in an extremely loose manner.

And the other thing that was neither here nor there, it was a rigid corporate structure. The culture was not one of a law firm. I had to undergo diversity training, got relentless emails asking me to volunteer, on-line training seminars, daily meetings, weekly meetings, power points, etc.

I know in my jurisdiction, the different staff counsel offices can vary significantly. There are good ones and there are bad ones.

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mera88 (Sep 6, 2018 - 11:56 am)

I was an intern in one of those companies so I can speak from experience and interacting with in-house counsel. It depends on if you are going in a litigation in-house counsel role or transactional in-house counsel role. For litigation in-house counsel they had to deal with different cases, and outside counsel and discovery. For transactional, it is a transactional role so basically you dont have the BL hours and can go home to family. Some of the attorneys had been there for a very long time.

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