Joseph A. Gerber

Senior Counsel

Joseph A. Gerber is senior counsel at Cozen O’Connor in its Philadelphia office from which he chairs Client Relations and serves in the leadership of the Cozen O’Connor Foundation.

He joined the firm in 1970 and served on the firm’s Executive Committee for more than 30 years.

Prior to joining the firm, Joe served as a federal law clerk to the Honorable Charles R. Weiner of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

During his more than 50 years with the firm, Joe has tried to verdict many civil and criminal matters in both jury and non-jury settings. Representative litigation matters included product liability cases, insurance coverage disputes based upon terms and conditions, ambiguity, policy definitions, triggers of coverage, asbestos litigation, mold claims, catastrophic injury defense assignments, arson and fraud defense, dram shop defense matters and bad faith and punitive damages defense issues.

Today, Joe serves as the firm “point of contact” for a number of major clients.  He works with these clients to ensure the ongoing compliance with client litigation management guidelines, overall client satisfaction, and otherwise serves as a liaison between the clients and Cozen O’Connor.

Joe is actively involved in the leadership of a number of professional and community organizations. He is chairman of the board (Emeritus) of The Chubb Foundation; chairman of the board (Emeritus) of the Insurance Society of Philadelphia; and a trustee of the Jewish Family and Children’s Agency, where he served as chair of its Human Resources Committee. As an associate member of the Loss Executives Association, he is the recipient of two President’s Awards for service. In 2001, Joe received the Whelan Award for Excellence in Professional Education. In 2005, Joe received the Franklin Award from the Philadelphia chapter of the CPCU Society for outstanding lifetime achievements and contributions to the insurance industry in the Delaware Valley. He received the Cronin Award from the Loss Executives Association in 2006 for promoting professional and ethical development of the claims profession.

He is a frequent keynote speaker, panel member, and guest lecturer before a wide variety of organizations, including the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania graduate course on negotiation; Temple University Fox School of Business; Insurance Society of Philadelphia Continuing Legal Education and Continuing Professional Education workshops; and numerous presentations at the Property Loss Research Bureau and Liability Insurance Research Bureau Managers Conferences, where he served as chair of the Executive Leadership Forum.

A former chair of the Large Firm Management Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association, Joe served as an officer of the Law Practice Management Division of the Association.

Most recently, Joe received the Insurance Society’s President’s Award in recognition of his more than 25 years of board service, Executive Leadership, legal counsel, and contributions to new and innovative programing.

For several decades beginning in the 1970s, Joe actively supported his alma mater, Albright College, first in connection with Alumni Affairs and then as a member of the college Board of Trustees. As a trustee, he served as chair of the Admissions Committee and on the Faculty and Tenure Committee. Albright recognized his service with a number of awards including the Jacob Albright Award that “is the highest honor bestowed up an Albright graduate. It is presented to alumni who have used their liberal arts education to its greatest potential, thereby making outstanding contributions to the Albright community, their profession and society.” 

In addition to over 50 years practicing law, Joe actively participated in a wide variety of nonprofit and charitable causes and organizations beginning while still at Georgetown Law where he was active with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America program and served as a Big Brother to two Little Brothers in South Arlington, Virginia. 

Following his graduation, Joe has served as a member of the Committee of Seventy; a board member of the Philly Pops; the board of the Anti-Defamation League; and the board of the Jewish Family and Children’s Service where he currently serves as a trustee. Joe is also active in the Federation of Jewish Agencies;  the “Y”;  City Year; and the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation. Joe also serves as a long-time governor of the Pyramid Club of Philadelphia and has served on the board of directors of his synagogue, Temple Beth Hillel, Beth El of Wynnewood.

Joe and his wife of over 50 years, Beverly, reside in Wynnewood. They are the proud parents of Betsy, also an attorney, and her husband David; and Ellen, a tenured professor of English and author and her husband, also named David. 

Joe received his undergraduate degree from Albright College in 1966 and his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1969.


Cyber Security Insurance Coverage Issues Presentation

April 24, 2017

Joseph Gerber and Matthew Siegel were invited to present to two Insurance Contact classes at Temple on Cyber Security.

Cozen O’Connor Member Elected Trustee of the Chubb Foundation

September 15, 2010

Cozen O’Connor Member Elected Trustee of the Chubb Foundation

Cozen O’Connor Presents 2008 Professional Liability Coverage Seminar

May 06, 2008

Cozen O'Connor recently presented its 2008 Professional Liability Coverage Seminar. The seminar was comprised of a series of lectures on professional liability topics by firm attorneys.


Insurance Coverage Observer [Winter 2008]

February 26, 2008

In this issue, we consider a number of emerging issues and also identify key developments in coverage in 2007. We summarize new court decisions dealing with toxic torts, environmental coverage, insolvency and regulatory issues, and construction defect. We feature a key construction defect coverage case in Illinois with important implications. We address global warming in the context of directors with officers liability coverage. Finally, we discuss the emerging areas of fax blast and food contamination, and the impact of the reauthorization of TRIA.

New Years' Musings [Claims Advisor]

January 30, 2008

New Years' Musings - Claims Advisor -


February 22, 2007

TRANSCRIPT: ATTORNEYS RUSS MELTON AND JOE GERBER ON RESPONDING TO CATASTROPHES - Best Wire - Recent disasters such as industrial explosions in Kansas City, Mo. and Apex, N.C., have led to large losses. For insurers, the best way to keep abreast of claims and contain catastrophe-related litigation is often for law firms and insurance counsel to become involved quickly. In a roundtable discussion, attorneys Russ Melton and Joe Gerber discussed the role of law firms and insurance counsel in responding to catastrophic incidents.

Deposition Preparation for the Claims Professional [Subrogation and Recovery - Articles and Papers Forensic Consultants & Loss Site Investigations -]

January 13, 2006

Deposition Preparation for the Claims Professional - Subrogation and Recovery - Articles and Papers Forensic Consultants & Loss Site Investigations - - 11 pgs total, includes questions and answers. After a brief definition of the deposition process and format, this paper will review the most traditional “commandments” for deponents or witnesses at depositions. We will then review steps that will aid the independent claims adjuster in preparing for a deposition. Topics include: THE CARDINAL RULES OF DEPOSITIONS; PREPARING FOR YOUR DEPOSITION

Legal Theories for Subrogation Actions in Pleasure Boats and Yacht Losses [Ocean Marine and Inland Marine - Subrogation and Recovery - Articles and Papers]

January 13, 2006

Legal Theories for Subrogation Actions in Pleasure Boats and Yacht Losses - Ocean Marine and Inland Marine - Subrogation and Recovery - Articles and Papers - 8 pgs total. This paper will discuss, in summary fashion, the key considerations in subrogation claims that arise from private boat and yacht losses. Available theories include:(1)negligence on the part of the individual or entity responsible for the loss;(2)breach of contractual undertakings including warranties; and(3)(because boats and their component parts are essentially products) theories of products liability.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

PIPSO Fall Claims & Underwriting Seminar

November 03, 2014 - Naples, FL

LEA 82nd Spring Meeting & Educational Conference

June 05, 2013 - Philadelphia, PA

Industry Sectors


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1969
  • Albright College, A.B., 1966
  • Pennsylvania
  • Commonwealth Court Of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Honorable Charles R. Weiner, U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Pennsylvania

  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association