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What’s it like working as counsel at an insurance company? Responsibilities? WLB?

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*Keep in mind this is my first year of practice* I’m in a litigation role working to defend actions referred to us by the claims department. Great WLB if you ask me! Associates have a 1600 hr billing requirement but there’s lots of flexibility.. never do weekends or nights.. cool environment but tedious work

In-house will be mostly regulatory work. Lots of filings, lots of audits and market conduct exams. New product design if you are working at a company that is forward-looking. WLB has been great IMO.

The client-attorney relationship is nice. The claims department IMO has always been very positive and respectful and I enjoy that a lot. The WLB is great (no weekends or late nights) but it depends on the pay. Some companies pay a lot and the expectations and work load reflect it. It is generally high volume and fast turn around on cases everywhere.

Great work life balance but responsibilities really vary depending on what role you fill at the company. The large insurance companies have large legal teams, so presumably each team (or office location) has a unique culture. I work 830-5pm Monday thru Friday. I rarely work weekends or evenings and my vacations so far have never been interrupted. I collaborate with business, actuaries, and regulatory personnel to develop products and marketing materials, and ensure compliance. I also manage outside counsel on specific matters. I’m assuming work culture varies by practice and location though!

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