Litigation Manager


The Employment Risk Management Authority (ERMA) is seeking a litigation manager.

Position provides litigation management of employment practices liability claims and cases involving public entity members of risk pools throughout California.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the pool administrative team, defense panel of attorneys, and pool members to ensure appropriate management of legal matters related to the self-insurance program.
  • Provide guidance and resources to member agencies regarding personnel management issues at the pre- or early claim stage.
  • Assign litigation matters to appropriate panel defense counsel.
  • Review, evaluate and consult with defense counsel on proposed plan and strategy to defend claim.
  • Review, evaluate and consult with defense counsel regarding pre-trail, trial and post-trial procedure and strategy.
  • Review government tort and administrative claims and make recommendations as to proposed action by the responding entity.
  • Conduct coverage evaluations under the terms of the applicable Memorandum of Coverage.
  • Ensure appropriate claims are timely reported to reinsurers and excess coverage providers.
  • Establish and monitor appropriate claim reserves.
  • Ensure claim information is timely communicated to all defense stakeholders.
  • Prepare appropriate reporting for settlement authority and approval by Boards and Committees.
  • Provide recommendations to members for early alternative dispute resolution methods, when appropriate.
  • Present claim-specific information to Boards and Committees, as needed.
  • Monitor and assess litigation trends and data impacting the assigned pool.
  • Exercise oversight of defense counsel for compliance with applicable litigation management guidelines.
  • Maintain/update claim processing instructions and litigation management guidelines for each pool as appropriate.
  • Exercise oversight of third-party claim administrators to ensure compliance with contractual obligations.
  • Review and assess defense counsel performance, using both subjective and objective measures.
  • Monitor defense counsel firm and vendor billing to assure reasonableness and compliance with litigation management guidelines.
  • Review and assess member agency risk management performance and conduct member risk assessments.
  • Attend and monitor mediations, settlement conferences and trials as the pool representative.
  • Conduct claim file reviews with third-party claim administrators and member agencies.
  • Attend and participate in Board and Committee meetings.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with member agency representatives and Board and Committee members
  • Conduct member training and educational seminars/workshops, as needed.
  • Work collaboratively with the administration, accounting and risk control departments
For more information, view the full job posting. To apply, contact Will Portello, Director, Litigation.