Cozen O’Connor: Davis, Janet R.

Janet R. Davis

Member

Chicago

(312) 474-7947

(312) 706-9729

Janet Davis concentrates her practice in the areas of insurance coverage, professional liability, and construction litigation. She represents and counsels insurers on a wide range of issues and policies including errors and omissions, directors and officers coverage, employment practices liability, life sciences, and general liability. She represents architects, engineers, surveyors, lawyers, and accountants in litigated and arbitrated matters and also provides design professionals with general corporate counseling on issues including contract drafting, risk management, insurance, fee disputes, and employment. Janet successfully defended an architect in the second sick building syndrome case tried in the United States and has litigated claims involving Chicago landmarks such as the Amoco Building, 900 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago Skyway, and McCormick Place in addition to many roads, bridges, and other commercial structures.

Janet is AV rated by her peers and has been recognized as a Leading Lawyer and Super Lawyer in Illinois in the areas of insurance coverage and professional liability defense. She is a member of several professional organizations and has served in numerous leadership positions in the Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association where she was honored in 2013 with the Kirsten Christophe Award for Excellence in Trial & Insurance Practice. Janet was elected as a fellow of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel, an organization committed to the creative, ethical and efficient adjudication of coverage and extracontractual.

Janet is a frequent lecturer and author on a variety of topics including insurance coverage, risk management, design professional liability, and the role of counsel retained by insurers. She also served on the Editorial Board of the International Risk Management Institute’s CGL Reporter from 1996 to 2008.

Janet earned both her Bachelor of Science of Administration (1977) and law degrees (1980) from the University of Michigan and remains “True Blue.”

Experience

News

126 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 22, 2018

One hundred twenty-six Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 20 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Twelve Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named To 2018 Illinois Super Lawyers Lists

January 26, 2018

Super Lawyers has recognized 12 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2018 lists of top practitioners in Illinois, including Joe Tilson who was again named one of the "Top 100" Illinois Super Lawyers.

Leading Lawyers Network Recognizes 22 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers as Top Illinois Practitioners

November 29, 2017

Leading Lawyers Network has recognized 22 Cozen O'Connor attorneys as top Illinois practitioners, including 19 "Leading Lawyers" and 3 "Emerging Lawyers" for its 2017 survey results publication.

100 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 23, 2017

Lawyers were selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition based on a rigorous peer-review that has been developed and defined for more than 30 years.

Thirteen Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to 2017 Illinois Super Lawyers Lists

February 03, 2017

Super Lawyers represents the top five percent of all practicing lawyers in each state. The publishers of Super Lawyers identify preeminent attorneys based on surveys and interviews with thousands of attorneys, plus consideration of civic service and pro bono activities.

Leading Lawyers Network Recognizes 22 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers as Top Illinois Practitioners

July 01, 2016

The Leading Lawyers Network has named 22 Cozen O’Connor lawyers to its annual list of Illinois’ top practitioners and named 4 others as Emerging Lawyers in its 2016 survey results.

15 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named 2016 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

February 03, 2016

Super Lawyers has named 15 attorneys at Cozen O’Connor to its 2016 lists of top practitioners in Illinois.

Education

  • Univ. of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1980
  • University of Michigan, B.S.A., with high distinction, 1977

Awards & Honors

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated

Super Lawyers (Illinois) 2008-2018

Leading Lawyer, Law Bulletin Publishing Company

ABA TIPS Kirsten Christophe Award for Excellence in Trial & Insurance Practice, 2013

Best Lawyers in America 2018-2019

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court -- Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of Illinois
  • American Bar Association: Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section: Chair, TIPS Fellows, 2013-2015; Secretary/Chief Diversity Officer, 2008-2011; Section Council, 2005-2008; Task Force on Corporate Governance, Co-Chair, 2007-2010; Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Chair, 1997-1998; Committee on Women and Minorities, Chair, 1995-1996.
  • American College of Coverage Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American Institute of Architects
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society