Joseph F. Rich is a member of the firm, where he practices in the firm's Subrogation & Recovery Department. Joe joined the Philadelphia office of Cozen O’Connor in September 2004. Before joining the firm, Joe served as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. John A. Terry of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
Joe's practice involves representing national and international property and casualty insurers as well companies, commercial clients, and insureds with substantial property damage and other first-party subrogation claims. He has also represented insurance clients in appellate matters. His cases typically involve large property losses from casualties such as fires, building collapses, structural deficiencies, products failures, roofing deficiencies, machinery and equipment failures, gas and water leaks, and a variety of other property damage losses. Joe has extensive experience in the state and federal courts throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey and routinely represents clients throughout courts in New England, the Mid Atlantic Region and in federal court in Puerto Rico through admission as pro hac vice counsel.
Joe frequently authors alerts and blogs on cutting edge issues and decisions in the field of subrogation and also presents at seminars on these issues.
Joe also serves as the firm's clinic coordinator for the Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) in Philadelphia, PA. In this capacity, Joe assists with bi-monthly clinics at the Shelton Shelter in North Philadelphia and coordinates assignments for cases in which the firm assists HAP clients.
Joe earned his Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from Le Moyne College in 2000, where he was a member of numerous honor societies and was selected to join Alpha Sigma Nu -- the National Jesuit Honor Society, which is one of the highest honors at Jesuit institutions of higher education.
Joe earned his law degree from Villanova University School of Law in 2003, where he was a member of the Moot Court executive board. As a member of the Moot Court board, Joe participated in and coached at moot court competitions and was one of two brief evaluators for Villanova Law’s Annual Reimel Moot Court Competition. Joe also recevie the award for Best Oral Advocate, Preliminary Rounds at Minnesota Law’s National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition. While in law school, Joe was also a research assistant for professor Michele Pistone, Director of the CARES Clinic and served as a judicial extern to the Hon. Flora Barth Wolf of the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia.