Staff Attorney, Gainesville, VA - August 29, 2013
The title of "staff attorney" is misleading: the work could be performed by the other non-attorney individuals in the office if it were not for certain hospital clients requiring that attorneys work their cases. The work involves sitting in a cubicle all day calling insurance carriers trying to have the insurance carriers pay on claims. The claims are usually denied as not being medically necessary, no-coverage, etc. This is certainly a call center environment: rows upon rows of cubicles filled with individuals calling insurance carriers. While the job is not hard, it is not fulfilling, especially for an individual with a J.D. and a bar license. You do work a set M-F 8-5 schedule (or some variation) and leave when your eight hours are up, but the pay is not stellar, and there is definitely a culture of unprofessionalism contrary to the HR signs that you see posted in the break room. The position will help pay some bills, and it might be an ok starting position for a fresh law graduate, but it is very debatable whether or not one could make a life long career out of it.