Cozen O’Connor: Kirker, Erick J.

Erick J. Kirker

Member

Philadelphia

(215) 665-2172

(215) 701-2172

Erick J. Kirker is a subrogation attorney with over 15 years of experience handling large loss property damage claims.  Prior to joining the firm, Erick had a diverse litigation practice that also included the representation of personal injury clients, product manufacturers, and building contractors and developers.

Erick has tried cases and argued appeals in numerous state and federal courts in multiple jurisdictions.  He has litigated and successfully resolved large loss property subrogation cases in numerous state and federal courts in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, Florida, Kentucky and Ohio. His property subrogation matters have included major fire losses, building and roof collapses, water damage claims and sprinkler system failures.  He has also successfully resolved numerous subrogation matters for clients using alternative dispute resolution methods, including arbitration and mediation. He has participated in the resolution of numerous million and multimillion dollar matters on behalf of clients.

Erick has been named a Pennsylvania "Rising Star" by Law & Politics.  He is a member of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and American bar associations.  Erick is also a frequent lecturer on subrogation issues and the prosecution of large loss property damage claims, including presentations at a National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP) national conference, Property & Liability Resource Bureau (PLRB) regional conference, Cyber Risk & Privacy Liability forum for NetDiligence, and a three-part webinar series on subrogation for Thomson Reuters.  He is also a past board member of the Homeless Advocacy Project in Philadelphia. 

Erick received his Bachelor of Arts in English, cum laude, with a minor in Economics, from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1995.  In 1998, Erick obtained his law degree from Temple University School of Law in Philadelphia. Erick was a member of the Political and Civil Rights Law Review, received the Temple Law Alumni Moot Court Award for excellence in Moot Court, and he received an award for Outstanding Achievement in Oral Advocacy at the National Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C., in 1997. 

News

Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Designated 2008 Pennsylvania Rising Stars By Law & Politics

December 01, 2008

Nine attorneys from the firm’s Philadelphia office and two from the West Conshohocken office were named 2008 Pennsylvania ''Rising Stars'' by Law & Politics.

Publications

Connecticut Supreme Court Clarifies (and Relaxes) the Default Rule for Subrogation Against Tenants [Alert]

November 20, 2018

Mark Mullen and Erick Kirker discuss the recent decision in Amica Mut. Ins. Co. v. Muldowney and how it changes of the law for subrogated insurers of landlords in Connecticut.

Watts Agrees to Settle Two Class Action Lawsuits Re Appliance Connectors [Subrogation & Recovery Law Blog]

March 03, 2017

From the moment plumbing went indoors, there was the potential for water damage to buildings from faulty plumbing. And, the addition of appliances only increased the potential. But, what about the connection between the indoor plumbing and the appliance? The water pipes in a structure have to...

Cozen Comics, The Flame, Vol. 1, Chapters 1-4, The Subro Recovery [Subrogation & Recovery Alert]

October 23, 2013

We have all seen the Herculean deeds of a superhero on television or in the movies. They knock over buildings, use buses as weapons and generally cause super-sized amounts of property damage. Have you ever wondered who pays for the property damages left in the wake of a superhero? With no superhero exclusion, a property policy might just cover these situations. So, if the insurer pays for the damage caused by the actions of a superhero, is there a path for subrogation recovery? Let’s dive into that world, and find out.

How CPVC Works and Why It Fails [PropertyCasualty360]

February 29, 2012

A major concern related to pipes and fittings is the potential for damage when they fail and leak. Chlorinated polyvinyl chloride, commonly referred to as “CPVC,” is a thermoplastic used to produce pipes and related fittings.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

18th Annual NASP Conference

October 23, 2016 - Colorado Springs, CO

Industry Sectors

Education

  • Temple University School of Law, J.D., 1998
  • Univ. of Massachusetts–Amherst, B.A., cum laude, 1995

Awards & Honors

SUPER LAWYERS: “RISING STARS” - 2008
10 Philadelphia; 2 West Conshohocken

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association