Above the Law has a post of discussing a thread of comments to another blog post about being an insurance defense lawyer. Basically the question is whether the “low-end of insurance defense” is “toxic.” I’m not entirely sure what is meant by “low-end,” but I’m pretty sure I’ve been the plaintiffs’ lawyer in cases that would fit this commentator’s definition.
I guess it all depends on what you mean by toxic. But if I were State Farm, Allstate or GEICO, and I had a big trial coming up, I would want my average in-house lawyer to try the case over the average big firm litigation lawyer. The vast majority of the in-house insurance lawyers know exactly how to try a case. There are also a lot of fantastic big firm trial lawyers, too. But an in-house insurance defense firm is going to have more depth. There are a lot of big firm litigation lawyers who have just never gotten even a modicum of real trial experience and just don’t have a clue how to try a case.