Cozen O’Connor: Morrone, Anthony J.

Anthony J. Morrone

Chair, Subrogation & Recovery, Midwest Region

Chicago

(312) 382-3163

(312) 382-8910

Anthony J. Morrone is the chair of the Midwest Region of the firm's Subrogation & Recovery Department. He is also a co-chair of the firm's Corrugated Stainless Steel Task Force, which focuses on fires caused by the failure of gas piping systems.  Tony has successfully tried or arbitrated more than two dozen cases and has mediated many others. A member of the Federal Trial Bar, International Association of Arson Investigators and a frequent lecturer, Tony has handled the investigation and litigation of hundreds of fires, collapses, water losses and other casualty-related matters during his years as an attorney. 

Tony is a 1996 graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in economics. He received his law degree in 1999 from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. 

In his spare time, Tony enjoys spending time with his wife and their three children. 

Experience

Publications

CSST Industry Takes Two Punches to the Chin [Subrogation & Recovery Alert]

June 03, 2016

Mark Utke and Anthony Morrone discuss a recently imposed a city-wide ban on the installation of first-generation CSST products in new homes and commercial construction as well as a victory against a CSST manufacturer in federal court in Florida.

Scene Investigations and OSHA – Better Safe Than Sorry [Subrogation & Recovery Alert]

June 03, 2015

Fire and scene investigators can be exposed to hazards as they comb through a scene and debris following a fire. OSHA has recognized the unusual nature of this activity and does focus on training as a key element of complying with its regulations.

Enforcing Confidential Mediation Settlements [Subrogation & Recovery Alert]

October 17, 2013

It’s the morning of your big mediation and you are fully prepared to resolve your case without sacrificing key positions. You and your attorney have set your expectations as to what will happen, who will speak, what the mediator should do, and what your attorney will say on your behalf. The mediation begins with a mediator’s own opening statement about the mediation process and all parties are asked to sign a confidentiality agreement. As the facts and dispute loom large in your mind, you half pay attention to the mediator’s words and you sign the confidentiality statement agreement without a second thought. The confidentiality provision makes anything said at the mediation confidential and privileged and, thus, cannot be shared with anyone outside of the mediation for any purpose.

Investigating the Microstructure of CSST After Exposure to Electrical Arcing and Corrosion

July 01, 2011

Investigating the microstructure of CSST after exposure to electrical arcing and corrosion - FIRE & ARSON INVESTIGATOR - As CSST grew in
popularity, correlation appeared between lightning strikes and fires in
structures with installed CSST. The phenomenon comes from perforations
in the CSST caused by its thin wall construction combined with
the overabundance of energy as lightning dissipates through the CSST
to ground.

IAs and Conflicts of Interest: Stop Them Before They Start [Claims Magazine]

May 01, 2011

IAs and Conflicts of Interest: Stop Them Before They Start - Claims Magazine - A phone call brings a new assignment: a large fire destroyed several local businesses in a strip mall. While initial reports suggested the fire was still under investigation, witnesses noted that they first saw fire from the grocery store, the anchor tenant, and it spread to the neighboring book store and salon. While the fire department contained the blaze to those three stores, the remaining businesses sustained

CSST: The Flexible or Flammable Alternative for Gas Piping [Subrogation and Recovery Alert!]

June 01, 2009

CSST: The Flexible or Flammable Alternative for Gas Piping - Subrogation and Recovery Alert! - Lightning. For generations, it has inspired and impressed. For the present generation of owners of newer homes, as spring and summer storms loom, lightning means only one thing: Fear. In our September 2006 Alert, we informed you of an
emerging trend that we had identified involving gas-fueled fires caused by gas lines failing when they become energized during a direct or nearby lightning strike. The gas lines at risk are known as corrugated stainless steel tubing (CSST)

Lightning-Induced CSST Fires: Protecting Your Subrogation Rights [Subrogation and Recovery Alert!]

May 11, 2009

Lightning-Induced CSST Fires: Protecting Your Subrogation Rights - Subrogation and Recovery Alert! - Since the introduction of CSST, there has been an
increase in fire damage caused by lightning strikes. Direct and indirect lightning strikes can energize CSST, inducing current that attempts to use the metal conduit to reach ground.The corrugated design and the thin walls cannot withstand the energy produced, causing a
hole to be melted in the CSST.That hole results in the release of pressurized natural gas or propane into the structure

2006 MIDWEST SUBROGATION SEMINAR [Midwest Subrogation Seminar - Program Book]

May 04, 2006

2006 MIDWEST SUBROGATION SEMINAR - Midwest Subrogation Seminar - Program Book - 100 pgs. This collection of presentations discusses a number of recovery issues, including recovery against municipalities and government agencies, electronic discovery, liability coverage, and workers’ compensation recovery. It also covers subrogation in Canada and UK.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

2016 CLM Midwest Conference

June 23, 2016 - Omaha, NE

Webinar: Investigating Fires in an OSHA World

November 18, 2015 - Webinar

2015 Denver Subrogation Seminar

September 03, 2015 - Denver, CO

2015 Omaha Subrogation Seminar

June 17, 2015 - Omaha, NE

2015 IL-IAAI Southern Zone Conference

April 15, 2015 - Fairview Heights, IL

Expert Challenges and the Revised NFPA 1033

December 03, 2014 - Webinar

2014 Fall Fire Symposium

September 12, 2014 - St. Louis, MO

2014 Wisconsin Learn and Burn

May 06, 2014 - Sheboygan, WI

2007 NASP Conference - Subrogation And All That Jazz!

November 04, 2007 - New Orleans, LA

Industry Sectors

Education

  • The John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1999
  • University of Illinois, B.S., 1996
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court -- Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court -- Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court -- Central District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court -- Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court -- Western District of Wisconsin
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association