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Industry SectorLegal vacancies, Other railway vacancies
BenefitsUSD 130,000 - USD 155,000
LocationsRail jobs in USA, Washington DC
Contract TypePermanent
Date Posted29 January 2013

Job Description


SUMMARY OF DUTIES: This position is responsible for counseling Amtrak management regarding the Corporation’s legal rights and obligations relative to claims and litigation involving personal injury, death, and property damage/loss, in connection with Amtrak operations across the country. This position advises Amtrak leadership on a variety of issues, including: claims and litigation management and disposition; accident investigations; crisis response to critical incidents including derailments and high exposure accidents; evidence preservation; health and safety; indemnity, insurance and risk management; legislative proposals; and other matters. The position works with and assists in supervising outside defense counsel contracted by Amtrak to litigate personal injury and property loss matters.
• Advises senior management and Claims, Human Capital, Operations, and other groups on the policies and practices relating to the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) and related federal laws and regulations regarding compensation for employee injuries, and tort law as it applies to accidents involving passengers, contractors, pedestrians and motorists at railroad crossings, trespassers and other third parties and other accidents involving personal injuries and property loss to third parties and Amtrak. • Assists in supervising and supports the efforts of outside counsel retained to represent Amtrak in civil trials

and other adversary proceedings or for advice, in order to ensure that such representation is effective and cost-efficient. This may include assistance in the identification of witnesses and in witness preparation, the development of evidence for use at trial, and the review, analysis, and if appropriate, editing of legal filings, including significant motions and briefs. • Participates in engagement, and evaluation of outside counsel and claim and case reviews with outside counsel; reviews and approves outside counsel and vendor invoices, operates within budget and maintains cost controls to ensure effective utilization of Amtrak financial resources. • Represents the Corporation in matters which involve or could involve proceedings before federal and state courts, administrative agencies, and arbitration tribunals, which representation requires the clear, organized, and persuasive articulation, both in legal documents and in oral proceedings, of Amtrak positions and arguments of supportive factual materials, without substantive or procedural errors, and within deadlines, in order to cause Amtrak interests to prevail. • Advises and prepares summaries, memoranda, reports, and other written materials for the Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Managing Deputy General Counsels and other Law Department, including Claims group, staff, and executives in other departments, relative to legal considerations inherent in a variety of business, commercial and internal matters concerning claims, tort litigation, liability, risk management, indemnity, evidence preservation, safety, operations, and other legal issues, in order to ensure that the corporation makes business decisions with full knowledge of applicable legal considerations. • Attends meetings and develops and conducts training seminars and other information dispersal systems for management and agreement employees, on such topics as FELA, personal injury and tort law, compliance with federal statutes and regulations and internal rules, procedures, and practices, preservation of evidence, and other legal issues. • Cooperates in the conducting of internal investigations and providing advice on ethics compliance within a corporate environment. • Works in close partnership with claims professionals to evaluate claims and matters in litigation, to ensure that matters are adequately reserved, and to formulate appropriate strategies for the negotiation and defense of both litigated and non-litigated claims.
EDUCATION: • Juris Doctor from accredited law school with license to practice as an attorney under the laws of any state and the qualifications to waive into the D.C. Bar.
WORK EXPERIENCE: • Demonstrated law firm and/or in-house experience in tort, personal injury, personal and rolling stock property damage, and general law. • Superior writing and analytical skills required, and an ability quickly to learn the fundamentals of different areas of the law • Excellent communication and negotiation skills, ability to handle quick turnarounds and work effectively with diverse in-house clients. • Advanced analytical and problem-solving skills. • Must be a flexible and strategic thinker in a fast-paced environment. • Must possess excellent organizational skills and be able to handle multiple tasks and prioritize projects while managing competing priorities. • Demonstrated expertise in developing strategies for successful claims and litigation handling and disposition, and cost containment through vendor management within discipline. • Ability to compose, edit and prepare correspondence, research, legal writing. • Must be comfortable presenting information and analysis in a group setting. • Ability to present facts, issues, analysis, conclusions, and recommendations or solutions that demonstrate command of content. • Organize and prioritize files and calendar and track litigation. • Ability to handle confidential and non-routine information. • Demonstrated ability to lead and/or participate in a team of claims professionals who collaborate, set and
achieve goals and report on progress through measurable metrics. • Demonstrated professional maturity, judgment and discretion. • Computer literacy: Ability to conduct electronic legal research (LEXIS), and work with Windows Platform, Windows Office tools and programs, Documentum, E-Casetrak or similar matter and document management program.
PREFERRED WORK EXPERIENCE: • Prior in-house experience working with claims professionals and managing outside counsel regarding tort/personal injury claims and litigation; and developing and executing strategies involving complex and high value liability claims. • Demonstrated experience with complex claims litigation experience including FELA, passenger and crossing claims. • In depth knowledge of federal and state laws applicable within discipline. • In depth knowledge of claims handling/litigation management procedures, claims litigation strategies.
COMMUNICATION AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS: • Superior written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.

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