Douglas B. Fox

Of Counsel


(215) 665-2017

(877) 286-4536

Douglas B. Fox is of counsel to the firm. Doug concentrates his practice in subrogation and recovery, property insurance, commercial litigation, and civil litigation, including appellate practice. He also serves as conflicts counsel to the firm. In this role, he analyzes new business to identify potential conflicts and facilitates their resolution in accordance with the rules of professional conduct.

Doug is experienced in federal and multistate practice and procedure, and has handled matters in more than twenty states and Canadian provinces, as well as actively pursuing subrogation and recovery for clients in Puerto Rico and Central and South America.

He was previously the chair of the firm's Pro Bono Committee and is active in providing pro bono representation to clients in need.

Doug is admitted to practice in Ontario, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He received his B.A., summa cum laude, from State University of New York at Albany in 1975 and earned his law degree at the University of Pennsylvania in 1979.


Doug Fox’s Quest to Vacate Pro Bono Client’s Juvenile Mandatory Life Sentence Highlighted in

February 07, 2016

Douglas B. Fox, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Subrogation & Recovery department, discusses Kempis Songster’s case he took on 13 years ago, pro bono in

Cozen O’Connor Names Its 2007 Pro Bono Honor Roll

April 08, 2008

Cozen O’Connor has announced that 61 attorneys and 8 paralegals have been named to the firm’s 2007 Pro Bono Honor Roll.


Navigating Atty Relationship Conflicts That May Imperil Cases

December 03, 2020

Thomas Wilkinson and Douglas Fox contributed an article to Law360 discussing how to identify and what to do when conflicts arise out of a lawyer's "personal relationship" with opposing counsel.

ABA Issues Ethics Guidance on Lawyers’ Duties When Clients Engage in Fraudulent or Criminal Behavior

November 04, 2020

Thomas Wilkinson and Douglas Fox contributed an article to the PBA Federal Practice newsletter discussing lawyer’s ethical responsibilities when the their client appears to be engaging in a fraudulent scheme or criminal behavior and seeks advice in furthering that conduct.

ABA Issues New Ethics Guidance on Conflicts Arising Out of a Lawyer’s Personal Relationship With Opposing Counsel [Lawyers Representing Lawyers Blog]

October 02, 2020

Many lawyers are married to lawyers, socialize with other lawyers, and count lawyers they have interacted with on a professional level for years as friends. When do these relationships create conflicts of interest that require lawyers to take steps to address the conflict? The American Bar...

Guidance Issued on Lawyers' Duties Regarding Clients' Criminal Behavior [The Legal Intelligencer]

June 17, 2020

Thomas Wilkinson and Douglas Fox contributed an article to The Legal Intelligencer discussing The American Bar Association’s Model Rule of Professional Conduct 1.2(d) (model rule).

Discovery of Initial Claims Investigation Documents [Subrogation & Recovery Law Blog]

August 12, 2014

A recent opinion out of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania illustrates the ongoing and vexing problem of determining whether documents created during an insurer’s early claims investigation are protected from disclosure in subsequent litigation under an...

Dirty Business - The Effect on Subrogation of the Total Pollution Exclusion in a Liability Policy [Subrogation & Recovery Law Blog]

February 14, 2014

Since the mid-1980’s, virtually all Commercial General Liability (CGL) policies have contained some form of a total (or absolute) pollution exclusion. The 1988 ISO total pollution exclusion endorsement provides that there is no liability coverage for “property damage…which would not have occurred in...

Recent Ontario Decision Permitting Subrogation Claim By Tenant Against Landlord [Subrogation & Recovery Law Blog]

July 23, 2012

A recent decision by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice serves as a reminder of how contractual language in lease agreements may permit recovery against a negligent party in subrogated claims. In Designer Collection Sales Inc. v. 161 Spadina Inc., (decided May 8, 2012) a frozen water pipe burst...

Recovering from Construction Defect Claims [Property Casualty 360]

July 01, 2011

Recovering from Construction Defect Claims - Property Casualty 360 - In the past 10 years, more than 25 states have enacted specific builder-friendly construction defect notice and resolution statutes that may affect subrogation claims.

Computer - Generated Failure Analysis And Admissibility Considerations [Computers, Technology & The Electronic/Digital]

November 24, 2010

Computer - Generated Failure Analysis And Admissibility Considerations - Computers, Technology & The Electronic/Digital - Computers have become ordinary household appliances, but because of considerations relating to authenticity, reliability and relevance, the admissibility of computer-generated failure analysis is still being debated by the courts. The debate reflects the tension between the notion that computers are infallible, impartial calculators of data, and the well-recognized concept of “garbage in, garbage out.”

Subrogation And The Ecomomic Loss Doctrine: A 50 State Survey [Subrogator]

November 04, 2010

Subrogation And The Ecomomic Loss Doctrine: A 50 State Survey - Subrogator - The generator in a $300,000 luxury motor home produces arcing which ignites engine oil and the resulting fire soon destroys the entire vehicle. Your insured's printing press is destroyed when the entire unit becomes engulfed in flames after a catastrophic failure due to a defect in its design. Soot covers the entire inside of a new vacation home after its furnace puffs back due to a malfunction in the HVAC system. A defect in the

Summer 2010 [Subrogation & Recovery Observer]

July 29, 2010

Summer 2010 - Subrogation & Recovery Observer -

Lightning-Induced CSST Fires: Protecting Your Subrogation Rights [Subrogation and Recovery Alert!]

May 11, 2009

Lightning-Induced CSST Fires: Protecting Your Subrogation Rights - Subrogation and Recovery Alert! - Since the introduction of CSST, there has been an
increase in fire damage caused by lightning strikes. Direct and indirect lightning strikes can energize CSST, inducing current that attempts to use the metal conduit to reach ground.The corrugated design and the thin walls cannot withstand the energy produced, causing a
hole to be melted in the CSST.That hole results in the release of pressurized natural gas or propane into the structure

High Visibility Pro Bono Litigation: Finding the Right Balance [The Legal Intelligencer]

January 20, 2009

High Visibility Pro Bono Litigation: Finding the Right Balance - The Legal Intelligencer -

Cozen’s Pro Bono Program: An Example of Lawyering At Its Best [Metropolitan Corporate Counsel]

August 01, 2008

Cozen’s Pro Bono Program: An Example of Lawyering At Its Best - Metropolitan Corporate Counsel - The Editor interviews Douglas B. Fox, Member of Cozen O’Connor and Chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.

Fall 2007 [Subrogation and Recovery Observer]

October 01, 2007

Fall 2007 - Subrogation and Recovery Observer - As football season gets underway and the exciting post-season baseball action has
started, Cozen O’Connor’s Subrogation Department is pleased to announce the continued expansion of our team roster. The Fall 2007 edition of the Subro Observer includes the introduction of five new attorneys in Philadelphia, Charlotte, Chicago, San Diego, and Los Angeles.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

2013 Toronto Subrogation Seminar

November 20, 2013 - Toronto, Ontario

Industry Sectors


  • University of Pennsylvania, J.D., 1979
  • SUNY–Albany, B.A., summa cum laude, 1975

Awards & Honors

Seventeen Cozen O'Connor attorneys were named to the 2007 Pro Bono Honor Roll of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania.

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Ontario
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Ontario Court of Appeal
  • Ontario Court of Justice
  • Ontario Divisional Court
  • Ontario Superior Court of Justice
  • U.S. District Court -- Western District of New York
  • American Bar Association
  • Camden County (NJ) Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association