Corporate Counsel - Disability Claims

Group Life & Disability location_on Waterloo, ON

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Who We Are

With every job, there’s always the question of “why”. Why join a company? Why be part of their mission? Here, the why is easy. It’s because at some point, we’ve all needed someone there for us.

At the OTIP Group of Companies (OGC), we believe that something special happens when employees feel valued for the work they do, supported as the people they are, and included in the very fabric of the organization: they bring their best to work every day. And that's why we mean it when we say we put our people at the centre of everything we do. Join us as we grow our way into a future that reimagines what it means to deliver meaningful benefits support and service.

Job Description

What You’ll Do:

Reporting to the COO & CFO, the role of Corporate Counsel – Disability Claims will work closely with the Director, Claims Management Operations and be responsible for managing a caseload of long-term disability claims, providing legal advice and representation of OTIP, while collaborating with internal stakeholders to ensure compliance with legal requirements.

The core parts of your role will be to: 

  • Manage litigated long-term disability files from inception to resolution which includes but is not limited to filing a defense; setting up mediations/discoveries; obtaining pertinent medical information, etc. to successfully close the action.
  • Provide legal advice/expertise as it relates to long-term disability claims.
  • Represent OTIP on litigated claims, in mediation, court hearings and trials related to disability claims.  
  • Prepare and draft legal documents, including demand letters, settlement agreements, and court filings.
  • Stay informed about changes in legislation and case law related to disability insurance and ensure compliance with legal requirements.
  • Collaborate with internal teams, including disability analysts to develop strategies for resolving disability claims efficiently and effectively.
  • Maintain accurate and detailed records of file activity and communications with clients and external parties.


  • Review new file assignments and draft initial pleadings.
  • Prepare for and attend case conferences, arbitrations, discoveries, motions, mediations, pre-trials and trials.
  • Monitor and review new laws, regulations, and case law; identify and summarize relevant issues.
  • Proactively provide advice and counsel to the Group Life and Disability Claims department.
  • Draft and/or review routine correspondence and communications.
  • Understand the goals and objectives of OTIP.
  • Assess business processes/practices and determine if they need to be modified and work with the team to implement applicable change(s).


Let’s Talk About You: 

This is the unique blend of skills and experience we would love to see in an ideal candidate:

  • LL.B. or J.D. degree from an accredited law school.
  • Member in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario.
  • 10+ years’ experience with Group Long Term Disability Claims, preferably defense.
  • Strong knowledge of Ontario disability law, including relevant statutes, regulations, and case law.
  • Strong analytical abilities and problem-solving skills, excellent judgement, with the ability to effectively evaluate complex legal issues.
  • Exceptional communication and negotiation skills, with the ability to advocate persuasively.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills, with the ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines effectively.
  • Excellent technical, drafting, reporting, and research skills.
  • Exercises discretion and maintains confidentiality of sensitive information.

Working Conditions:

  1. A general office environment/hybrid work arrangement.
  2. Travel may be required.

    Additional Information

    Some of the Perks We Offer:

    We offer best-in-class pension and benefits, total reward programs and comprehensive mental wellness supports to set you up for every success in and outside of work. Here are just some of the reasons you’ll love working here:

    • Rewarding salary and bonuses that truly value your dedication
    • Industry-leading group benefits with 100% premium coverage (excluding LTD) that start on your first day
    • Defined benefit pension plan for a financially confident retirement
    • 100% coverage of approved continuing education and licensing fees (including RIBO courses in Ontario)
    • Access to a wealth of learning resources, including LinkedIn Learning for professional development
    • Flexible work-from-home and hybrid options
    • Unlock your potential with opportunities for advancement

    Let’s work together! If you are interested in this opportunity, please apply online.

    OTIP and its group of companies strive to create an accessible and inclusive work environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity. Upon individual request, reasonable accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process as required. Please contact Human Resources at to request an accommodation.

    As a business, we protect what matters most to our members. As an employer, we value what matters most in our workplace. Together, this includes fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for all. We are committed to learning and evolving so we can continue to celebrate what makes us special. You are who you are, and our differences are what make us unique.

    We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage applications from all qualified individuals. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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