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Personal Injury Attorney or Insurance Defense Attorney

Personal Injury Attorney or Insurance Defense Attorney
« on: March 25, 2008, 10:46:14 PM »

Can civil litigation skills gained as a personal injury or insurance defense attorney transferrable to something else say 3 years down the road?  How often do mid-size firms hire these attorneys for say their litigation department?   


Re: Personal Injury Attorney or Insurance Defense Attorney
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2008, 10:32:31 AM »
Absolutely.
If you know the sneaky tricks on one side of the aisle, you'll know how to counter them on the other.
I've seen plenty of cross-over in my years as a paralegal.

Re: Personal Injury Attorney or Insurance Defense Attorney
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2008, 06:48:24 PM »
Absolutely.
If you know the sneaky tricks on one side of the aisle, you'll know how to counter them on the other.
I've seen plenty of cross-over in my years as a paralegal.


It must not be easy then, since there aren't that many personal injury lawyers being able to become a six figure salary associate at a mid-size firm in say 3 or 5 years, or am I wrong?   


Re: Personal Injury Attorney or Insurance Defense Attorney
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2008, 10:24:28 AM »
Anyone else?

Re: Personal Injury Attorney or Insurance Defense Attorney
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2008, 01:11:09 PM »
Those are partners though, right?  What about a new associate who has only 2 or 3 years experience and being paid say $50K per year?  Are they being sought out by mid size law firm's litigation departments?

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Re: Personal Injury Attorney or Insurance Defense Attorney
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2008, 01:59:45 PM »
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Maybe its because they donít want to take the pay cut? I donít know about other cities but here each year the local law weekly publishes the list of highest grossing attorneys, the top 4-5 are always PI guys or firms, then come th

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Re: Personal Injury Attorney or Insurance Defense Attorney
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2008, 07:54:56 PM »
Right, but the tendency is always to focus on the really successful ones, like your friend.

I have worked at a PI firm before. The associates still only made 60k 5 years out. The head honcho was pulling in decent coin, but not biglaw parter coin.

Re: Personal Injury Attorney or Insurance Defense Attorney
« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2008, 08:06:46 PM »
What market (or type of market) was that in nealric? Thx

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« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2008, 10:18:30 PM »
Market was a big city without any serious tort reform stuff going on.

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« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2008, 12:54:34 AM »

Can civil litigation skills gained as a personal injury or insurance defense attorney transferrable to something else say 3 years down the road?  How often do mid-size firms hire these attorneys for say their litigation department?   


It really depends on the kind of experience you are getting.  If you can get trial experience (which is, of course, difficult even in a PI job), mid-size firms will certainly want to hire you in their litigation department.