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Insurance law job advertisement: lawyers who are too experienced need not apply . . . what client satisfaction and representation?

The legal profession must be one of the most archaic professions or industries that still manages to exist, as capably illustrated by the following actual attorney position advertisement:

“Our statewide, insurance defense firm client, has an immediate need for a well-credentialed associate attorney with 3-5 years of insurance defense litigation experience to work FULL-TIME in their small, but growing, ______________________ office.  Only blocks from _________, this is an excellent opportunity to grow, advance, prosper and build on an already solid foundation with the opportunity to handle your own case load and try cases. The ___________________ office is growing.  The firm’s insurance defense cases include the defense of personal injury, general liability, products and premises liability, construction defect, business litigation and class actions claims.  Additional requirements include: active membership in the California Bar, excellent scholastic credentials, good previous insurance defense experience, excellent legal research, drafting, oratory and courtroom skills and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Trial experience would be favorably considered.  Our client is seeking an attorney that has excellent managerial, oranization (sic) and communication skills.  The ideal candidate must also be personable, friendly and relate well with both clients and staff.  Qualified attorneys, with a few solid years of experience under their belt, currently practicing at another firm (emphasis added), that are interested in making a change, are encouraged to apply.  Interested parties, with more than 6-7 years of experience, will not be considered and  need not apply (emphasis added).  Resumes submissions are kept strictly confidential.  Interested, well-qualified and available attorneys are invited to submit their resume and cover letter for consideration via either fax or email.  Fax # ___________________.”

Litigation is both a skill and an art–it is undisputed that the more a lawyer practices the better the lawyer gets, unless, of course, the lawyer keeps making the same mistakes or misjudgments.  And, it is also fair to say that every client obviously wants his or her lawyer to be a great lawyer, or at least really good.  As stated, the above position is available only for an attorney with 3-5 years of insurance defense litigation experience who is currently practicing at another firm.  Specifically, the position is not available to more experienced lawyers as “[attorneys] with more than 6-7 years of experience, will not be considered and need not apply.”  The position also is only available to an attorney who wants to leave another firm.  Whatever happened to the client (i.e., the insured) wanting the best, most experienced lawyer possible?  Client representation and satisfaction?  Client liability exposure?  I also recall a recent legal article about a client suing a law firm, the name of which I do not immediately recall, alleging that the firm did not oversee the sufficiency of the qualifications of the lawyers that it had hired for document review through a placement service.

We could in fact go through and make comments about almost every line of the above advertisement, for example, to note contradictions or inconsistencies.  But I will leave that for your evaluation.

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