Counsel II

Date: Feb 17, 2019

Location: Erie, PA, US, 16530

Job requisition: 12844
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Division or Field Office:

Office Of The President

Department of Position: Employment & Privacy Dept 

Work from:

Corporate Office, Erie, PA


At Erie Insurance, you’re not just part of a Fortune 500 company; you’re also a valued member of a diverse and inclusive team that includes more than 5,000 employees and over 2,200 independent agencies.  Our Employees work in the Home Office complex located in Erie, PA, and in our Field Offices that span 12 states and the District of Columbia.  To attract and retain the best talent, we reward our team members with competitive salaries and a very generous benefits package.


Position Summary

Assists with providing legal counsel and guidance on ordinary and special business activities and operations, and/or insurance claims and litigation, to ensure maximum protection of ERIE's legal rights and maintenance of operations and activities within the limits prescribed by law. Directs or interfaces with outside legal counsel in the defense of ERIE against lawsuits or claims, or the prosecution of ERIE's claims against others.


Position Details


This position’s incumbent will be an employment lawyer for the company providing practical advice and counseling on all general labor and employment and employee benefits related legal issues.  Responsibilities will include policy drafting and interpretation. The incumbent will also be responsible for advising and supporting compliance with employee benefits and employment laws and regulations affecting corporate operations, and include monitoring the status of legislative changes in these areas.

  • Candidates with above minimum qualifications may be considered for a Counsel III. Number of years and scope of experience will determine level. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assists with the organization and direction of the company's legal activities.
  • Assists in directing the defense of the company against suits or claims, and assists in initiating legal actions to support the company's claims against others.
  • Provides legal counsel and guidance to officers and other personnel on corporate and operational matters involving legal problems.
  • Prepares or reviews proposed contracts, leases and other formal agreements and legal instruments in order to safeguard the company's interests. Reviews drafts of ERIE's insurance policies, forms and endorsements.
  • Drafts and revises insurance contracts and related documents to ensure conformity with applicable statutes, regulations, administrative orders, circulars, bulletins and other applicable legal authority.
  • Researches and interprets statutes, regulations, case law, insurance department bulletins and other applicable legal authority. Provides legal advice and guidance to various departments of the company.
  • Provides legal research, advice and guidance on insurance claims.
  • Reviews proposed and existing legislation affecting the Erie Insurance Group and advises and consults with General Counsel, Deputy General Counsel and Senior Counsel on the position of the company with regard to such matters.
  • Counsels and advises corporate personnel on legal issues including, but not limited to, those related to real and personal property, taxes, advertising, trademarks, copyright and promotion programs, contracts, personnel matters, public relations, underwriting and claims interpretation.
  • Participates in trade associations and regulatory and legislative hearings and meetings as directed or requested.
  • Handles legal assignments as directed or requested.
  • Competencies

    Ability To Learn And Follow Procedures

    Ability to Manage Complexity

    Decision Making

    Developing And Maintaining Relationships

    Influencing Skills

    Information Management Skills

    Interpersonal Communication

    Job-Specific Knowledge

    Planning And Organizing

    Problem Analysis

    Service Orientation

    Time Management


    J.D. or L.L.B. degree from an accredited law school required. Ten years of related experience, preferably in corporate and/or insurance law, required. Knowledge or experience with insurance or financial industry preferred. Admitted to practice, and in good standing, in at least one state; if not admitted in Pennsylvania, eligible for admission by reciprocity, limited in-house admission, or examination required. This position may require the incumbent to travel on short notice and may include overnight stays.

    Physical Requirements

    Lifting 0-20 lbs; Occasional (<20%)

    Lifting 20-50 lbs; Occasional (<20%)

    Lifting Over 50 lbs; Occasional (<20%)

    Driving; Occasional (<20%)

    Pushing/Pulling; Occasional (<20%)

    Manual Keying/Data Entry; Often (20-50%)

    Climbing; Rarely

    Nearest Major Market: Erie

    Job Segment: Underwriter, Law, Claims, Compliance, Insurance, Legal

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