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Surety Legal Claims Handler - virtual and located in Northeastern U.S.



Zurich is seeking an experienced Surety legal professional to join a seasoned claims team as a subject matter expert to handle a diverse caseload of construction/contract surety claims. 

In this role, you will manage a caseload of moderate to high complexity Surety claims from start through settlement and resolution, and within specific authority limits.  You will ensure that claims are handled in the most efficient and effective manner to deliver on Zurich’s claims best practices and customer led commitment.  You will have an opportunity to develop strong partnerships that include extensive communications and interactions with principals, brokers and other internal business unit contacts. 


Primary accountabilities include:

  • Analyzing coverage, liability and damages

  • Participating in mediations and negotiating settlements

  • Drafting coverage and denial letters, underwriter notification of claim issues, etc.

  • Drafting case summary reports in connection with significant reserve increases and trial preparation

  • Directing activities of defense counsel    


This is a virtual position so you will have a home-based office. 


To optimize the needs of the business and our customers, it is preferred that this position be located in the northeastern States.


You must be able to travel approximately 25% to visit project sites or for other business needs that may arise. 


Basic Qualifications:  

  • Juris Doctor and 5 or more years of experience in the Legal area that includes construction and/or contract surety legal claims issues

  • JD and 5 or more years of legal practice experience in the insurance area

  • Must obtain and maintain required adjuster license(s)

  • Experience in insurance claims and the insurance legal and regulatory environment

  • Negotiation experience

  • Customer service experience

  • Microsoft Office experience


Preferred Qualifications: 

  • 5 or more years of experience in construction and/or contract surety claims or insurance defense work

  • Analytical skills 

  • Strong math and finance skills

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills 

  • Ability to multi-task 

  • Organization and time management skills 

  • Ability to work independently 

  • Experience collaborating across work groups   


A future with Zurich

Now is the time to move forward and make a difference. At Zurich, we want you to share your unique perspectives, experiences and ideas so we can grow and drive sustainable change together. As part of a leading global organization, Zurich North America has over 148 years of experience managing risk and supporting resilience. Today, Zurich North America is a leading provider of commercial property-casualty insurance solutions and a wide range of risk management products and services for businesses and individuals. We serve more than 25 industries, from agriculture to technology, and we insure 90% of the Fortune 500®. Our growth strategy is not limited to our business. As an employer, we strive to provide ongoing career development opportunities, and we foster an environment where voices are diverse, behaviors are inclusive, actions drive equity, and our people feel a sense of belonging. Be a part of the next evolution of the insurance industry. Join us in building a brighter future for our colleagues, our customers and the communities we serve. Zurich maintains a comprehensive employee benefits package for employees as well as eligible dependents and competitive compensation. Please click here to learn more.


As a global company, Zurich recognizes the diversity of our workforce as an asset. We recruit talented people from a variety of backgrounds with unique perspectives that are truly welcome here. Taken together, diversity and inclusion bring us closer to our common goal: exceeding our customers’ expectations. Zurich does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status. EOE disability/vet 


Zurich does not accept unsolicited resumes from search firms or employment agencies. Any unsolicited resume will become the property of Zurich American Insurance. If you are a preferred vendor, please use our Recruiting Agency Portal for resume submission. 


Location(s): Northeastern U.S. such as NY, CT, MD, NH, VA, NJ, DE

Remote Working: 100% virtual/remote

Schedule: Full Time


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