Cozen O’Connor: Jesuit, Charles J.

Charles J. Jesuit, Jr.

Member

Philadelphia

(215) 665-6967

(215) 665-2013

Charles J. Jesuit, Jr. focuses his practice on complex insurance coverage litigation involving first-party property insurance claims, as well as the defense of bad faith claims against insurers. Chuck has extensive experience representing clients in state and federal courts in coverage disputes under commercial property policies and high net worth homeowners insurance policies. He frequently assists clients in large losses involving property damage and time element claims arising out of catastrophic events, including claims arising from fire, hurricane, flood, earth movement, and civil unrest.

Chuck also regularly advises insurers investigating suspected fraudulent insurance claims. During these investigations, he routinely conducts examinations under oath of insureds.

Additionally, Chuck has significant experience representing clients in litigation concerning third-party coverage for construction defect, environmental, general liability, and professional liability claims. He also represents clients in state insurance insolvency proceedings.

Chuck writes articles and white papers on emerging insurance coverage issues arising out of catastrophic losses, as well as bad faith. He also frequently speaks on these topics at in-house client seminars.

Chuck graduated with honors and distinction from The Pennsylvania State University in 2000 and was a Schreyer Honors College Scholar. He received his law degree from Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2003, where he was a Law Faculty Scholar.

Experience

News

Charles Jesuit Discusses New Jersey Bad Faith for Insureds

February 27, 2015

Charles (Chuck) Jesuit of the Global Insurance Department discusses the New Jersey Supreme Court’s recent refusal to alter the judicial standards around bad faith claims in insurance coverage disputes in this Law360 article titled ''NJ Justices' Bad Faith Ruling Has Silver Lining For Insureds.''

Charles Jesuit Discusses PA Supreme Court Bad Faith Claims Decision

January 15, 2015

Charles (Chuck) Jesuit of the Global Insurance Department is quoted in a Law360 article titled "Bad Faith Suits Poised To Rise After Pa. Assignment Ruling." He discusses the ruling in Allstate v. Wolfe that policy holders can assign claims under a state bad faith insurance law to third-party claimants. Chuck says this decision “gives third-party claimants and their counsel another arrow in their quiver when negotiating settlement,” however; Chuck does not think the decision will significantly affect insurers’ behaviors.

Cozen O’Connor Elects 20 Associates to Membership

March 27, 2013

Ian Blum, Alphonso Collins, Kathryn Crary, Lynnette Espy-Williams, Elizabeth Featherman, Matthew Glazer, Nelsy Gomez, Andrea Hammel, Keenya Harrold, Charles Jesuit, Jr., Lezlie Madden, Marilyn Neiman, Tracey Nguyen, Cartherine Rosato Reilly, Megan Scheib, Daniel Schuch, John Schwartz, Shari Shapiro, Marko Stamenkovic, and Norasha Williams have been elected to membership in the firm.

Publications

Colorado Court Finds Legal Marijuana Insurable Under Commercial Property Policy and Orders Trial on Claim for Damaged Buds [Property Insurance Law Observer Blog]

February 24, 2016

ArcView Group, which tracks the legal marijuana markets, recently estimated that legal U.S. pot sales could reach $6.7 billion in 2016. As the legal marijuana economy has grown, insurance coverage for this emerging industry has become a hot topic. The U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado...

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules Statutory Bad Faith Claims are Assignable [Global Insurance Alert]

December 23, 2014

On December 15, 2014, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania held that bad faith claims brought pursuant to 42 Pa. C.S. § 8371 may be assigned by an insured to an injured third party under Pennsylvania law. See Allstate Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co. v. Wolfe, No. 39 MAP 2014 (Pa. Dec. 15, 2014).

The Property Adjuster’s Toolbox

October 08, 2013

The Property Adjuster’s Toolbox is a three-part webinar series presented by members of the firm’s Global Insurance Department. The presentations discuss the nuts and bolts of investigating and adjusting a claim under a first-party property insurance policy.

Florida Appellate Court Holds that Appraisal Award Constitutes a 'Favorable Resolution' and Permits Insured to Pursue Bad Faith Claim [Global Insurance Alert]

September 20, 2012

Florida Appellate Court Holds that Appraisal Award Constitutes a 'Favorable Resolution' and Permits Insured to Pursue Bad Faith Claim - Global Insurance Alert - The Florida District Court of Appeal, Fourth District, recently held that an appraisal award in favor of an insured constitutes the "favorable resolution" of an action for insurance benefits necessary to proceed with a statutory first-party bad faith action under Florida law. Trafalgar v. Zurich Ins. Co., 2012 WL 3822215 (Fla. App. 4 Dist. Sept. 5, 2012).

The Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan: A Factual Overview and Preliminary First-Party Analysis [Cozen O'Connor White Paper]

April 07, 2011

The Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan: A Factual Overview and Preliminary First-Party Analysis - Cozen O'Connor White Paper - Whether or not you are involved in addressing claims under first party policies, we trust you will find the factual information contained in the report informative. In the event you need additional information or assistance, please contact Rick Mackowsky who will act as our "expeditor" to make sure you are getting to the right person at the firm to handle any issues you have.

Florida Federal Court Finds No Coverage For Chinese Drywall Claims Against Builder Under CGL Policy Pollution Exclusion [Insurance Coverage Alert!]

April 04, 2011

Florida Federal Court Finds No Coverage For Chinese Drywall Claims Against Builder Under CGL Policy Pollution Exclusion - Insurance Coverage Alert! - On March 24, 2011, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida granted summary judgement in favor of insurer, General Fidelity Insurance Co., finding that it had no duty to defend or indemnify its insured-homebuilder for Chinese drywall claims pursuant to the pollution exclusion contained in its commercial general liability policies. General Fidelity Ins. Co. v. Katherine L. Foster, et al., Case No. 09-80743-CIV MOORE/SIMONTON (S.D. FLA. March 24, 2011).

Winter 2010 [Insurance Coverage Observer]

February 21, 2010

Winter 2010 - Insurance Coverage Observer -

Rhode Island Supreme Court Overturns Public Nuisance Verdict Against Lead Paint Manufacturers [Insurance Coverage Alert!]

July 10, 2008

Rhode Island Supreme Court Overturns Public Nuisance Verdict Against Lead Paint Manufacturers - Insurance Coverage Alert! -

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Industry Sectors

Education

  • Temple University—James E. Beasley School of Law, J.D., 2003
  • Pennsylvania State University, B.S., 2000

Awards & Honors

ABA Military Pro Bono Project Outstanding Services Award, 2015

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- New Jersey