Jodi McDougall



(206) 373-7233

(206) 621-8783

Jodi represents insurers in complex insurance coverage disputes and maritime matters. She enjoys working together with her clients to help them avoid and solve problems. Jodi has extensive experience defending bad faith claims. She primarily practices in Washington and Oregon, two venues that are notoriously difficult for insurers to operate. She handles all types of coverage disputes including environmental, professional liability, maritime, and general liability. She has successfully litigated hundreds of cases, including two of the largest coverage cases in Washington state history. 

Jodi recently completed her second term on the board of directors for Cozen O’Connor and has been the managing partner of the Seattle office for the past 14 years. She serves on the firm’s Diversity Committee and is a mentor for the Women’s Initiative. Jodi is a fellow in the American College of Coverage Counsel and has been recognized as one of the top 50 women attorneys and one of the top 100 of all attorneys in Washington state by Super Lawyers. She was named to the Best Lawyers in America list for commercial litigation and insurance and awarded the AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

Jodi enjoys pro bono work and is involved in a wide array of matters. She recently obtained asylum for an African national based on persecution in his native country due to his sexual orientation. She has also represented asylum seekers who are fleeing their native country because of persecution for their democratic political beliefs. Jodi has represented numerous Holocaust survivors and obtained reparations for them from the German government. She actively participates in the firm’s COVET project and has fought for veterans to obtain broader benefits. She is currently working with several women veterans to assist them in obtaining benefits for military sexual trauma that they have endured.

Jodi received her Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in 1989 from the University of Southern California, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her law degree, cum laude, in 1992 from the Seattle University School of Law. She studied the Law of the Sea and International Law at Cambridge University in England. Prior to joining private practice, Jodi worked as a prosecutor in both King and Pierce counties.


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).

Five Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to 2020 Washington Super Lawyers List

July 17, 2020

Super Lawyers has named five Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its 2020 list of top practitioners in Washington.

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.

Six Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to 2019 Washington Super Lawyers List

June 12, 2019

Super Lawyers has named six attorneys at Cozen O’Connor to its 2019 lists of top practitioners in Washington.

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.

Cozen O’Connor Continues to Grow West Coast Presence with Addition of William Walsh

March 31, 2014

Cozen O’Connor has hired experienced commercial litigator William Walsh as a member, further expanding the firm’s litigation strengths in its Seattle office. Mr. Walsh has successfully represented numerous clients in court in a variety of areas, particularly with regard to aviation, products liability, and professional liability matters.


Winter 2010 [Insurance Coverage Observer]

February 21, 2010

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Winter 2009 [Insurance Coverage Observer]

January 29, 2009

In this issue, we identify key coverage developments from the year 2008. We summarize recent court decisions dealing with coverage for toxic torts, environmental losses, construction defect and property losses. We also address new decisions in the areas of insolvency and reinsurance.

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.

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  • Seattle University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1992
  • University of Southern California, B.A., magna cum laude, 1989

Awards & Honors

Best Lawyers in America 2018-2021 (Commercial Litigation and Insurance)

Washington Super Lawyers List 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010-2020

Top 50 Women in Washington- Washington Super Lawyers 2013, 2017-2020

Top 100 in Washington- Washington Super Lawyers 2020

  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • Superior Court of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court -- Western District of Washington
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Washington Supreme Court
  • American Bar Association
  • American College of Coverage Counsel
  • King County Bar Association
  • Marine Insurance Association of Seattle
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Professional Liability Underwriter's Association
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Association
  • Washington State Bar Association