Cozen O’Connor: Potts, James R.

James R. Potts

Co-Chair, Insurance Corporate & Regulatory

Philadelphia

(215) 665-2748

(215) 701-2102

James has more than 20 years of experience in insurance and corporate matters. He has represented a wide range of clients in the insurance industry, including property and casualty and life and health insurance companies, HMOs, large commercial insureds, insurance producers, intermediaries and adjusters, hedge funds and other investors, guaranty funds, and insurance regulators, and receivers. James frequently handles insurance company and producer mergers and acquisitions, advises on complex insurance licensing and regulatory compliance issues, and provides counseling related to insurance receivership matters. James also advises insureds and insurance producers concerning the advisability of establishing a captive, including segregated cell companies, and has assisted in their formation and licensing.

James has written and spoken on a variety of insurance topics including the Saint Joseph's University Insurance Mergers & Acquisitions Symposium; When Bad News Breaks: Dilemmas Facing Brokers, Risk Managers and Boards of Directors; Navigating the M&A Arena: The Insurance Dimension; The State of Insurance Producer Regulatory Modernization; Policyholder Risk Exposures and Mitigation Measures; Non-Investment Credit Risk in the P&C Insurance Industry; Update on Insurance Regulatory Reform and Bank Insurance Marketplace; U.S. Bankruptcy and Insurance Insolvency Law: Key Contracting Considerations for Insurance Transactions; and What Every Business Lawyer Should Know About Insurance.

James serves on the board of governors of the Academy of Risk Management and Insurance, Erivan K. Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph's University. He has previously served on the Philadelphia Bar Association's Professional Guidance Committee and as a barrister at the American Inns of Court at the University of Pennsylvania. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and also the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

James earned his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Florida and his law degree, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center.
 

Experience

News

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.

Sixty-Two Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 15, 2016

Sixty-two Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 13 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Fifty-Two Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 17, 2015

The current edition is based on more than five million detailed evaluations by the top lawyers of the country. This list will be included in dozens of city and regional publications in the United States including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.

46 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to The Best Lawyers in America

August 28, 2013

Forty-six Cozen O’Connor lawyers from eight of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America. Attorneys were selected based on a rigorous peer-review of more than 4.3 million detailed evaluations. The list will be included in publications such as The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and New York magazine.

Cozen O’Connor Launches Capital Markets Group Multidisciplinary Team Serves Expanding, Global Capital Markets’ Client Base

July 07, 2009

Cozen O’Connor Launches Capital Markets Group Multidisciplinary Team Serves Expanding, Global Capital Markets’ Client Base

Cozen O’Connor Announces Further Business Department Expansion

November 17, 2008

Cozen O’Connor Announces Further Business Department Expansion

Publications

Recent Amendments to the Pennsylvania Insurance Holding Company Act: New Enterprise Risk Report [Insurance Corporate and Regulatory Alert]

August 29, 2012

Recent Amendments to the Pennsylvania Insurance Holding Company Act: New Enterprise Risk Report - Insurance Corporate and Regulatory Alert - Pennsylvania’s Insurance Holding Company Act (IHCA) was recently amended by Act 136, signed into law on July 5, 2012. Act 136 made a number of changes to the IHCA.

Recent Amendments to the Pennsylvania Insurance Holding Company Act: Changes Affecting Corporate Governance and Intercompany Transactions and Agreements [Insurance Corporate and Regulatory Alert]

August 27, 2012

Recent Amendments to the Pennsylvania Insurance Holding Company Act: Changes Affecting Corporate Governance and Intercompany Transactions and Agreements - Insurance Corporate and Regulatory Alert - Pennsylvania’s Insurance Holding Company Act (IHCA) was recently amended by Act 136, which was signed into law on July 5, 2012. Act 136 makes a number of changes to the IHCA, including imposing new corporate governance requirements and processes and expanding the Pennsylvania Insurance Department’s authority to examine affiliates of an insurer.

Recent Amendments to the Pennsylvania Insurance Holding Company Act Changes Affecting Controlling Persons [Insurance Corporate and Regulatory Alert]

August 09, 2012

Recent Amendments to the Pennsylvania Insurance Holding Company Act Changes Affecting Controlling Persons - Insurance Corporate and Regulatory Alert - Pennsylvania’s Insurance Holding Company Act (IHCA) was recently amended by Act 136, which was signed into law on July 5, 2012. Act 136 makes a number of changes to the IHCA, including requiring new filings, mandating prior notice and/or approval for certain transactions, and expanding the Insurance Department’s regulatory authority.

Recent Developments in Excess Insurance, Surplus Lines Insurance and Reinsurance Law [Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal, Winter 2010]

November 01, 2010

The Nonadmitted and Reinsurance Reform Act of 2009 would reduce the complexity of complying with state insurance regulations and tax regimes applicable to policies issued by nonadmitted insurers that cover risk exposures in more than one state.

Strings Attached [BEST'S REVIEW]

June 01, 2010

Strings Attached - BEST'S REVIEW - The difficulties that many insurers
continue to face make
this a good time to remind
risk managers and reinsureds of one
of the dangers of transacting business
with a financially weak insurer.

Fall 2008 [Insurance Corporate and Regulatory Observer]

November 01, 2008

Fall 2008 - Insurance Corporate and Regulatory Observer -

Events & Seminars

Past Events

"A Vew From All Sides"

September 20, 2012 - Philadelphia, PA

Industry Sectors

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude, 1994
  • University of Florida, B.S., magna cum laude, 1990

Awards & Honors

Best Lawyers in America 2013-2019

  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association