Howard D. Maycon

Chair, Subrogation & Recovery, West Region

Los Angeles

(213) 892-7908

(866) 537-7528

Howard D. Maycon has successfully litigated a wide array of civil cases while focusing his practice in the areas of wildfires, catastrophic property damage claims, energy/utility losses, product liability, construction defect, fine art & specie and commercial litigation. He is accomplished at handling significant subrogation and recovery cases against public and private utilities, major manufacturers, national contractors and government entities in mass tort events, including numerous California wildfires and the San Bruno Pipeline Explosion. Howard served as co-lead litigation counsel for the subrogation industry in the 2017 California North Bay Fire cases and the 2017 Southern California Thomas Fire. He is presently co-lead litigation counsel for the 2018 Woolsey Fire. Howard handles cases domestically and internationally, with significant experience in Asia. He has also successfully arbitrated before the International Chamber of Commerce in London, England.

Howard is the Managing Partner of the Los Angeles office of Cozen O’Connor. He currently sits on the firm’s Board of Directors, has served on the Management, Pro-Bono, Cross-Marketing and PAC committees and co-chaired its Shareholder Nomination Committee. In his role as the Western Region Subrogation Department Chair, Howard oversees lawyers handling matters in California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah. Howard is the editor of Cozen O'Connor's Subrogation & Recovery Law Blog and has authored blogs and publications in the areas of Inverse Condemnation, The Internet of Things and Its Impact on Subrogation and Cyber Risks to Utilities and Power Companies. Howard has presented at NASP and the California Conference of Arson Investigators. He frequently lectures to clients and organizations throughout the country addressing a wide range of litigation and practice area issues.

Howard has worked on a number of pro bono matters including procurement of reparations for Holocaust survivors, as well as providing legal counsel to Hurricane Katrina and Rita evacuees who were relocated to Los Angeles.  Howard also participates in Los Angeles County’s Teen Court program in Santa Monica, an alternative to Juvenile court, where he guides the student jury through an actual trial including the deliberation process to reach a verdict and sentence, which is approved and enforced by the Los Angeles County Superior Court and Probation Department.  Howard also volunteers his time at The Ronald McDonald House, food banks and homeless shelters in the greater Los Angeles area. He is a board member of the Hermosa Beach Education Foundation and Hermosa Beach Little League.

Howard earned his Bachelor of Arts at the College of William and Mary in 1992, where he was a three-year starter on the football team that earned a Lambert Cup Championship in 1990. He earned his law degree at Whittier College of Law in 1996.  Outside the office, Howard enjoys spending time with his wife and their three children, who he has coached in baseball, softball and basketball.  



Howard Maycon Selected as a 2021 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year by Daily Journal

March 18, 2021

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Howard Maycon, chair of the firm’s Subrogation & Recovery Group, West Region, has been selected as a 2021 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) by Daily Journal for his work as subrogation co-lead counsel in settlements in the Thomas/Woolsey fires.

Edison to pay $1.16B for Thomas wildfire

September 25, 2020

Howard Maycon is featured in The Daily Journal article titled, "Edison to pay $1.16B for Thomas wildfire" which discusses Southern California Edison Co.'s agreement to pay insurance companies $1.16 billion to settle claims arising from the 2017 Thomas Fire.

More Than 200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 20, 2020

Best Lawyers selected 201 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© (Copyright 2020 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

138 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 28, 2019

Best Lawyers selected 138 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 21 of the firm’s national offices for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Los Angeles and Santa Monica Attorneys Participates in Adoption Day

November 19, 2018

Los Angeles and Santa Monica offices finalized pro bono adoptions for six families.

Cozen O’Connor Names Four Shareholders to Board of Directors

September 11, 2018

Cozen O’Connor has elected shareholders James H. Heller, Lori Kalani, Howard Maycon, and Martin Schrier to the firm’s board of directors.

Cozen O’Connor Adds to Depth of Los Angeles Office with Hiring of Alderfer and Cousineau

July 01, 2014

Cozen O’Connor continues to grow its presence in Los Angeles with the addition of Amy B. Alderfer and Maria Louise (Ria) Cousineau, who join as partners. Alderfer joins the Commercial Litigation Department and Cousineau joins the Global Insurance Department.

Cozen O'Connor Team of “Experts” Recognized in National Law Journal Article

January 10, 2011

Cozen O'Connor Team of “Experts” Recognized in National Law Journal Article


Insurance Subrogation Collaboration Yields $3.8B in Settlements [The Daily Journal]

March 23, 2021

Howard Maycon is featured in a Daily Journal article for being selected as a 2021 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year.

Wildfires – A Discussion of Early Investigation Strategies and Resources [Subrogation & Recovery Law Blog]

March 02, 2021

Wildfires continue to be national front-page news, be it the destruction caused by the fires themselves or the litigation that lasts for years after the fire has been suppressed. In the latest “Subro on the Go” podcast episode, hosts Joe Rich and David Brisco are joined by Howard Maycon, lead...

San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf Fire [Alert]

May 27, 2020

Howard Maycon and Kevin Bush discuss the May 23, 2020, fire that erupted on Pier 45 on Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, California.

Update on California Fires [Alert]

November 12, 2018

Howard Maycon, Kevin Bush, David Brisco, Phil Berens, Tom Regan and Peter Lynch provide an update on the Woolsey, Hill, and Camp fires in California.

California Fire Alert

November 09, 2018

Howard Maycon, Kevin Bush, David Brisco, Mark Roth, and Peter Lynch discuss the Woolsey, Hill, and Camp fires currently burning in California.

Dante's Inferno Revisited On the Path to Paradise, Don't Get Burned by Wildfire-Related Claims [CLM Magazine]

January 18, 2018

Peter A. Lynch and Howard Maycon, of Cozen O'Connor's Subrogation and Recovery department, co-authored an article titled "Dante's Inferno Revisted On the Path to Paradise, Don't Get Burned by Wildfire-Related Claims" for CLM Magazine.

Science Fiction as Reality: The Internet of Things and its Impact on Subrogation [Subrogation & Recovery Law Blog]

January 27, 2014

“Hello Dave.” In 1968, director Stanley Kubrick introduced the world to an interactive, albeit maniacal, talking computer named Hal in “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Fast forward to 2013, and not only do such computers generally exist, they are now prevalent in everyday items, including in the...

Science Fiction as Reality: The Internet of Things and Its Impact on Subrogation [Property Casualty 360]

January 23, 2014

Farmers tend to their crops by considering factors such as temperature, humidity, chemical levels and the impact of rodents and insects, but the methods of monitoring and responding to these core concepts have evolved. Farmers, like the rest of us, want to work efficiently and cost effectively. Thus, they are using agriculture-monitoring devices to handle these tasks and determine when to water, when to cover their crops and when to till their soils.

BMW Recalls Mini and Mini Cooper Cars [Subrogation & Recovery Law Blog]

January 17, 2012

On January 10, 2012, BMW of North America, LLC, announced a voluntary recall of 88,911 Mini and Mini Cooper cars manufactured between 2006-2011 and equipped with 4-cylinder turbocharged engines. The recall arises from overheating of a circuit board which electronically controls an auxiliary water...

Summer 2010 [Subrogation & Recovery Observer]

July 29, 2010

Summer 2010 - Subrogation & Recovery Observer -

Fall 2009 [Subrogation and Recovery Observer]

October 01, 2009

Fall 2009 - Subrogation and Recovery Observer - Welcome to the Fall 2009 issue of the Cozen O'Connor Subrogation and Recovery Observer. In this issue, we report on our recent trial victories, notable settlements, and other newsworthy developments in subrogation issues

Jesusita Wildfire Causes Major Residential Damage [Subrogation and Recovery Alert!]

May 14, 2009

Jesusita Wildfire Causes Major Residential Damage - Subrogation and Recovery Alert! - On May 5, 2009, at approximately 1:45p.m., a fire erupted in Santa Barbara County in an area adjacent to the Jesusita Trail. The fire has spread across 8,733 acres and has forced approximately 30,000 residents to evacuate. The fire has damaged or destroyed upwards of 96 homes. [See list below*]. Approximately 5,400 homes have been evacuated and another 3,500 are threatened. Per CalFire, the fire is 80% contained and is expected
to be contained by May 20, 2009.

Summer 2008 [Subrogation and Recovery Observer]

July 01, 2008

Summer 2008 - Subrogation and Recovery Observer -

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.


  • Whittier Law School, J.D., 1996
  • College of William and Mary, B.A., 1993

Awards & Honors

Best Lawyers in America 2020-2021

2021 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year 

  • California
  • U.S. District Court -- Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of California
  • American Bar Association
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • California Bar Association
  • Los Angeles Bar Association
  • National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP)