Director, Litigation Law

at Metra in Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Metra is one of the largest and most complex commuter rail systems in North America, serving Cook, DuPage, Will, Lake, Kane, and McHenry Counties. The agency is linking communities in Northeastern Illinois by providing safe, reliable, and efficient commuter service.
Metra's Law Department is led by the General Counsel who reports directly to the CEO and the Metra Board of Directors. The department provides legal guidance and support to the Board of Directors, the executive team and every department in the organization. The department is comprised of three areas: General Corporate/Ethics, Litigation and Risk Management and Real Estate and Grants. The department focuses on preventing legal issues at every feasible level and defending the agency's position if issues arise.
Reporting to the Deputy General Counsel, the Director Litigation is responsible for ensuring the Litigation section effectively oversees and represents the agency in state and federal courts, primarily in Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA), personal injury, and property damage matters; will provide leadership and direction to assigned in-house litigation team and retain and manage outside counsel; and advise the Deputy General Counsel with respect to ongoing litigation and investigations that may lead to litigation.
The primary duties include:
Provide leadership and direction on FELA, personal injury, and property damage matters; oversee all phases of litigation and other proceedings handled by assigned in-house litigation team and outside counsel; and develop and implement litigation strategies, tactics, and case analyses.
Partner with the Deputy General Counsel in the management of litigation staff including hiring, disciplinary actions and/or termination procedures, coaching, training, performance evaluation and monitoring, conflict resolution, and mentoring.
Provide guidance to internal management and relevant stakeholders on tort liability matters; negotiate settlement agreements; and implement litigation initiatives.
Supervise and coordinate claims investigations, perform risk assessments, and determine when and how to resolve claims with input from the Risk Management department.
Keep abreast of industry-specific regulations and ensure appropriate legal and risk management strategies are in place; and conduct legal research and analysis of facts and information to provide counsel and guidance on legal questions and issues.
Approve time off, coordinate staff schedules, fill vacancies as necessary, and ensure compliance with departmental and company policies and objectives.
Decide/implement staffing decisions, performance evaluations, and performance improvement, disciplinary, and/or termination procedures.
Make recommendations regarding hiring, performance evaluations, disciplinary and/or termination procedures.
Candidates can expect salary offers that range from the minimum to the mid-point of the salary range. Metra provides full pay ranges, so candidate can consider their growth potential.
Metra is a railroad employer subject to the provisions of the Railroad Retirement Tax Act, not the Social Security Administration.


1. Must possess a Juris Doctor (J.D.) Law Degree and an active member, in good standing, with the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA).
2. In addition to #1, must have a minimum of ten (10) years of litigation experience and expertise including at least ten (10) jury trials to verdict.
3. Must have five (5) years of supervisory or management experience including hiring, disciplinary and/or termination procedures, coaching, training, performance evaluation and monitoring, conflict resolution, mentoring legal staff. and budget management.
4. Comprehensive knowledge of:
the FELA, personal injury, and tort laws.
litigation practices to interpret and offer advice to internal teams.
pertinent state and federal laws and regulations as well as legal rulings, interpretations, and court decisions.
5. Proficient in Microsoft 365 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); with familiarity with other business-related, legal case management, and on-line legal research tools e.g. Adobe and Westlaw.
6. Strong:
written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills to influence others, establish and... For full info follow application link.

Metra is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. It is our policy to fill vacant positions with qualified candidates without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, gender identity, disability or any protected categories, assuming an individual can perform the essential functions of the job with or without accommodation.        

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Job Posting: 11995752

Posted On: Jun 21, 2024

Updated On: Jun 21, 2024

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