Donegal Insurance Group

Claims/Staff Counsel Attorney

Company Overview

Donegal Insurance Group is a regional property-casualty insurance company doing business in 24 states, headquartered in Marietta, PA, with 4 regional offices located in Athens, GA, Grand Rapids, MI, Albuquerque, NM, and Glen Allen, VA.

Donegal offers a broad range of personal and commercial insurance products sold exclusively through our network of independent agents. We are committed to the independent agency system and proud of the company's heritage, which spans over 130 years. Donegal's strong financial foundation and successful operating strategies have earned the company a rating of 'A' (Excellent) by the A.M. Best Company, the nation's leading insurance rating organization.

Job Summary

We are looking for a skilled insurance defense Claims Attorney with experience as a first chair trial attorney.  The Claims Attorney will provide legal representation to personal lines and commercial lines policyholders of Donegal Mutual Insurance Company and affiliated insurance companies before trial and appellate courts and in arbitration and mediation. The Claims Attorney will be responsible for independently handling all aspects of litigation – client counseling, pleadings (including Preliminary Objections), discovery, motions, depositions, litigation reports and significant event reports, valuing cases, settlement analysis and negotiations, trial and appeal - and will need to deliver high-quality representation of our insured policyholders in compliance with all applicable rules of professional conduct, rules of procedure and rules of court.

We are looking for a self-motivated attorney who has the ability to work independently as well as with a team, and use their first chair trial experience to represent Donegal insureds in courts throughout Pennsylvania.

The Claims Attorney will fully and effectively utilize available and emerging technology, case management systems and automation, demonstrate a personal commitment to professional development, and maintain a highly-productive case volume and an organized and proactive approach to case management.

This is a full-time, exempt position at our Marietta, PA headquarters. The preferred candidate will live in Lancaster County and the surrounding areas.  Candidates will be considered if they can be in the office a minimum of three (3) days per week.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from an accredited law school.
  • Active license to practice law in Pennsylvania required.
  • Minimum six (6) years of intensive, high-volume insurance defense litigation experience (in-court civil trial and appellate experience, discovery, depositions, and both federal and state court experience).
  • Minimum trial experience of four (4) civil trials completed as first chair.
  • Ability to work independently with strong attention to detail, along with the ability to organize and prioritize your own workload.
  • Strong listening, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Ability to identify risks with strong understanding of all applicable ethical duties.
  • Ability to work effectively with clients and customers and negotiate on their behalf.
  • Ability to work through conflict and resolve issues with a professional demeanor.
  • Possess strong analytical and critical thinking skills with the ability to provide concise, practical advice to clients.
  • Highly skilled with computer-based applications and systems, including Microsoft Office and digital case management and file management systems.
  • Practice areas will include commercial and personal MVA, Premises Liability, General Liability, Subrogation and all areas of insurance defense. 


Donegal Insurance Group offers a comprehensive benefits package for all full-time, permanent positions. Learn more about our benefit offerings by visiting our Benefits page.


Harriet V. Anderson, Esquire

Managing Attorney

Harriet V. Anderson & Assoc.

Employees of the Corporate Legal Department

Donegal Mutual Insurance Company

1205 River Road, Marietta, PA 17547

Office Phone: 717-604-4261

Direct Phone: 717-604-4259 x 101

Cell Phone: 717-419-7258