Cozen O’Connor: Gassman, Gary L.

Gary L. Gassman

Member

Chicago

(312) 474-7994

(312) 706-9756

Gary will be speaking at an upcoming event:

Review of Significant D&O Cases and Settlements for the First Half of 2019

Webinar 06/26/2019

Gary Gassman and Stephanie Nashban will present a webinar titled, "Review of Significant D&O Cases and Settlements for the First Half of 2019" on June 26, 2019.

Event Details 

Gary Gassman focuses his practice in the areas of insurance coverage counseling and litigation and is co-chair of the firm’s Professional Liability Practice Group. For more than 20 years, his practice has been concentrated on management liability including directors and officers and entity liability, employment practices liability, fiduciary liability, and various types of professional liability and commercial general liability coverage. He also has significant reinsurance experience. Gary serves as national coverage counsel for a number of insurance companies in the management of directors and officers and professional liability claims and litigation. He has represented insurers and reinsurers in coverage litigation and domestic and international arbitration and in general business and compliance matters. He regularly engages in management liability and miscellaneous professional liability insurance policy, application and endorsement interpretation and drafting, and has conducted numerous claim, system and underwriting audits for insurers and reinsurers. He also defends various types of professionals in litigated matters. Gary is an active member of the Illinois, Wisconsin, and Arizona bars and a member of the Federal Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois.

Gary speaks at insurance coverage seminars throughout the county and is active in several lead organizations. He has taught legal writing as an adjunct professor of law and regularly publishes in the areas of corporate governance, securities laws, and international and domestic D&O, E&O, and EPL exposures and trends. Gary currently serves as Diversity Officer of the American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), co-chair of the TIPS Insurance Institute Task Force, and leader of the Cozen O'Connor LGBTQ Attorney Resource Group.

Gary earned a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University in 1990 and a law degree from The John Marshall Law School in 1993.

Experience

News

Three Cozen O’Connor Attorneys recognized as Crain's Chicago Business “Notable Gen X Leaders in Law”

May 31, 2019

Three Cozen O’Connor attorneys have been recognized as 2019 Chicago Notable Gen X Leaders in Law by Crain’s Chicago Business for their success and accomplishments in their leadership roles within the firm and across the legal community.

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.

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.

Gary Gassman Elected the American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section’s (TIPS) Diversity Officer

March 29, 2017

Gary Gassman, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Insurance department, has been elected the American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section’s (TIPS) diversity officer for the period August 2017 to August 2019.

Publications

Policy Limits Demands and Time Limit Demands Duty to Settle [The Brief]

November 09, 2018

Gary Gassman, a member of firm's Global Insurance Department, and Jonathan Walton, an associate in the firm's Global Insurance Department, co-authored. "Policy Limits Demands and Time Limit Demands Duty to Settle."

Events & Seminars

Upcoming Events

Practice Tips That Promote Good Faith Claims Handling, i.e. No More Bad Faith

July 24, 2019 - Webinar

Dina Richman and Gary Gassman will present a webinar titled, "Practice Tips That Promote Good Faith Claims Handling, i.e. No More Bad Faith" on Wednesday, July 24.

Review of Significant D&O Cases and Settlements for the First Half of 2019

June 26, 2019 - Webinar

Gary Gassman and Stephanie Nashban will present a webinar titled, "Review of Significant D&O Cases and Settlements for the First Half of 2019" on June 26, 2019.

Past Events

Webinar: Coverage by Estoppel

March 20, 2019 - Webinar

2018 Professional Liability Seminar

November 01, 2018 - New York, NY

TIPS 2018 Section Conference

May 02, 2018 - Los Angeles, CA

2017 Professional Liability Seminar

October 12, 2017 - New York, NY

2016 ABA San Francisco Annual Meeting

August 04, 2016 - San Francisco, CA

2015 Professional Liability Seminar

October 29, 2015 - New York, NY

Education

  • The John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1993
  • Indiana University–Bloomington, B.A., 1990

Awards & Honors

ABA, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) Leadership Academy –  2008-2009

Best Lawyers in America 2018-2019

2019 Chicago Notable Gen X Leaders in Law

  • Illinois
  • Arizona
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • ABA, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section’s (TIPS) Diversity Officer –  2017-2019
  • ABA, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS): Council Member, 2015-2018; Chair, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, 2015-2016; Chair, Corporate Counsel Outreach Task Force, 2013-2015; Chair, Corporate Counsel Committee, 2012-2013; Chair, Task Force on Corporate Governance, 2010-2011; Chair, International Committee, 2009-2011.
  • Member, CGL Reporter Editorial Board, 2007-2015
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society
  • Defense Research Institute
  • The John Marshall Law School, Adjunct Professor of Law on Legal Writing and Oral Argument Technique, August 1996-December 2001
  • American College of Coverage & Extracontractual Counsel