Legal Assistant

<strong>AF Group (Lansing, Mich.) and its subsidiaries are a premier provider of innovative insurance solutions. Insurance policies may be issued by any of the following companies within AF Group: Accident Fund Insurance Company of America, Accident Fund National Insurance Company, Accident Fund General Insurance Company, United Wisconsin Insurance Company, Third Coast Insurance Company, or CompWest Insurance Company.</strong>

Lansing, USA

AF Group

<p class="p1"><strong>AF Group&rsquo;s focused and passionate team uses industry-leading best practices, analytics and resources to manage risk and minimize loss for our policyholders while strengthening businesses with our valued independent agent partners.</strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>We strive to continuously increase the long-term value of our organization by outperforming our industry peers and fostering a culture of underwriting and claims excellence.</strong></p>

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Competitive Compensation and Benefits Package

Overview: <p>Responsible for providing administrative support, some of which may be highly confidential and necessitate independent judgment, for assistant general counsel in the Legal Department of the Office of the General Counsel. Contacts are mainly with attorneys, tribunals, medical office personnel, policyholders, claims supervisors, and claims examiners as well as other clerical or administrative employees.<br /><br /></p> <p><strong>WORKING CONDITIONS:</strong></p> <p>Work is performed in an office setting where there is some lifting of heavy case files.</p> <p><strong>TRAVEL:</strong></p> <p>Some travel may be required.</p> <p><strong>REQUIRED TESTING:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Typing 45 wpm; Reading Comprehension, Math, Proofreading; Basic Windows, Basic Excel, and Intermediate Word</p> <p><br /><br /></p>
Responsibilities: <br /> <ul> <li>Open litigation case files in a timely manner from Claims Department</li> <li>Maintain and organize litigation case files.</li> <li>Close litigation case files and prepare them in a timely manner for offsite safekeeping.</li> <li>Transcribe digital legal dictation.</li> <li>Compose, type, and edit general and technical legal correspondence and other documents containing legal and medical terminology.</li> <li>Research, compile, organize, input, schedule, coordinate, exchange, and analyze information, reports, manuals, directories, and legal correspondence.</li> <li>Develop and maintain informational databases and filing systems, generating reports as requested or as scheduled.</li> <li>Compile and update manuals and directories.</li> <li>Assist with actions to be taken on budget expenditures and equipment and supply needs.</li> <li>Direct services such as maintenance, repair, replenishing supplies, mail, and files.</li> <li>Prepare and distribute materials for meetings, presentations, and conferences; keep records of proceedings as required.</li> <li>Read, screen, route, file, and record incoming legal correspondence and reports.</li> <li>Coordinate and maintain calendars for appointments, meetings, and conferences, including depositions, independent medical evaluations, and court dates; maintain attorney docket and subpoenas.</li> <li>Make travel arrangements and prepare and compile travel vouchers and maintain all travel records.</li> <li>Receive and screen incoming calls and visitors and provide information or route to the appropriate person.</li> <li>Make and receive telephone calls on behalf of staff counsel to obtain information and make appropriate arrangements.</li> <li>Prioritize and follow up on information and requests to and from the attorneys.</li> <li>Make photocopies and use other office equipment as necessary.</li> <li>Inform appropriate staff of issues as necessary.</li> <li>Maintain confidentiality.</li> </ul>
Requirements: <br /> <p><strong>EDUCATION REQUIRED</strong></p> <ul> <li>High school diploma or G.E.D.&nbsp;</li> <li>At least 20 hours of coursework in legal terminology, paralegal studies, or related field required.</li> <li>Combination of education and experience may be considered in lieu of coursework.</li> </ul> <p><strong><br />EXPERIENCE REQUIRED</strong></p> <ul> <li>Minimum of five years legal assistant experience or relevant experience which requires transcription of legal dictation; composition, typing, and editing of general and technical legal correspondence and legal documents; maintenance of an attorney&rsquo;s docket and subpoenas, arrangement of court dates, deposition dates, independent medical evaluations, and/or other relevant meetings; and maintenance and organization of litigation case files and/or maintaining of case files (i.e. medical files, claims files or legal files).</li> </ul> <br /> <p><strong>SKILLS/KNOWLEDGE/ABILITIES (SKA) REQUIRED:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to compose legal correspondence.</li> <li>Ability to transcribe technical information (e.g., legal, medical, and financial based on departmental requirements) using word processing software and digital transcription devices.</li> <li>Knowledge of word processing software.</li> <li>Basic knowledge of computers and company software with accurate input ability of 60 wpm.</li> <li>Ability to perform mathematical calculations.</li> <li>Ability to proofread documents for accuracy of spelling, grammar, punctuation, and format.</li> <li>Basic knowledge of spreadsheet software.</li> <li>Ability to finish a project from beginning to end in a timely manner.</li> <li>Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize work.</li> <li>Ability to comprehend consequences of various situations and to make appropriate individuals aware of these to facilitate decision-making.</li> <li>Working knowledge of legal and medical terminology.</li> <li>Ability to prepare litigation-related documents</li> <li>Ability to work independently and perform tasks in a timely and professional manner.</li> <li>Ability to manage multiple priorities and meet established deadlines while maintaining composure during stressful situations occurring as a result of workloads and/or deadlines.</li> <li>Ability to exchange information clearly and concisely to report facts and other information.</li> <li>Ability to maintain confidentiality.<br /><br /><br /></li> </ul> <p><strong>ADDITIONAL EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, AND/OR ABILITIES PREFERRED:</strong><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <ul> <li>Additional paralegal or advanced secretarial/administrative assistant courses preferred.</li> <li>Professional legal assistant certification preferred.</li> <li>Workers' compensation experience preferred.</li> </ul>