Peter G. Rossi's practice centers on property damage cases with emphasis on floods and water damage litigation.
Peter tries bench and jury trials in state and federal courts in various jurisdictions throughout the country and in Europe and Asia. He focuses in complex litigation involving product and property defects and infrastructure failures such as floods. Peter has tried hundreds of criminal and civil cases to verdict and has successfully mediated many more. He is also active in pro bono capital punishment litigation.
Peter is the vice president of the board of directors of the Defender's Association of Philadelphia, Philadelphia's Public Defender organization and past president of the board of directors of the Philadelphia VIP, the Philadelphia bar association's volunteer pro bono organization. Peter is the co-chair of the firm's Flood Task Force. Peter earned his associate degree at Keystone College, his Bachelor of Arts at The Pennsylvania State University in and his law degree at Temple University Beasley School of Law.
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).
November 14, 2018
Peter Rossi and Stacie Evans successfully persuaded Judge McDermott to reduce Clarence Adams’s sentence of life without parole to 23.5 years to life, making him eligible for parole in six years.
October 14, 2013
Peter Rossi was published in the October issue of Claims Management Magazine in an article titled
June 04, 2018
Peter Rossi discusses the recent flooding in Howard County, Maryland and provides an evaluation of the causes and effects of the flooding.
April 14, 2017
Peter Rossi discusses how LIDAR can be an effective and accessible tool for experts to utilize in property damage litigation.
November 21, 2016
Peter G. Rossi and Matthew R. Daniels discuss a recent Supreme Court of Illinois decision that creates a potential path to subrogation recoveries on constitutional grounds, as opposed to tort liability, when Illinois governmental entities may be at fault for flooding.
August 31, 2016
Peter Rossi co-authored an article for Claims Management discussing the insurance industry and the National Flood Insurance Program.
February 18, 2016
Peter Rossi explains what is meant by a 100 year storm and how Flood Insurance Studies, Flood Insurance Maps, stream flow rates and gages, rain fall rates and gages can all be employed to support subrogation claims.
February 15, 2013
So how can an insurance professional, risk manager, general adjuster, and asset manager make an informed decision regarding investigating a flood claim? Assuming that there is insurance coverage and that a claim will be paid, which of the thousands of flood claims carriers receive each year should...
January 18, 2013
When can the Federal Government be pursued for a flood damage subrogation claim? Are one-off floods considered a taking of property requiring compensation under the 5th Amendment, or are repetitive flooding events required? Are state laws better avenues to evaluate flood claims?
November 16, 2011
Thailand Flood Losses - Cozen O'Connor White Paper - Thailand’s two principal river systems are the Chao Phraya and the Mekong. There are a number of other smaller rivers which run through Thailand and drain into the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea. The Mekong drains into the South China Sea. Beginning in July, Thailand’s rivers have been flooding. The floods have caused 506 deaths and an estimated $5.1 billion in damage. According to government reports the flooding has affected almost 15 million acres of land in 58 provinces.
September 14, 2011
2011 Floods: Evaluation of Subrogation Potential During Natural Disasters - Cozen O'Connor White Paper - Many regions of our country still are suffering from the tragic consequences of Hurricane Irene, as well as prior and subsequent tropical storms. In the midst of this sometimes overwhelming damage, the insurance industry will be called upon to respond to claims which frequently entail multiple perils such as flood, wind and collapse. These claims, while complex, still are amenable to application of Cozen O'Connor's time tested subrogation methodology.
September 27, 2010
A Common-Sense Guide to Maximizing Flood Recovery - Claims - An “Act of God” can neither be planned for nor prevented. By contrast, a flood caused or contributed to by an act of negligence, even if the negligence simply exacerbated the flooding, may present a recovery opportunity. The Hurricane Katrina litigation is proof that flood recoveries are possible: the Army Corps of Engineers was held responsible for failing to maintain and operate properly a navigation channel (MRGO).
July 01, 2010
Subrogation and Recovery Claims for Flood Losses - Cozen O'Connor Whitepaper - A flood caused by an act of God can neither be planned for nor prevented. But a flood caused or contributed to by an act of negligence, even if the negligence simply exacerbated the flooding, may present a recovery opportunity. To those skeptics who say that recoveries cannot be made on flood claims, we offer the Hurricane Katrina litigation
in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana as proof that recoveries are possible
May 20, 2010
2010 Tennessee Floods: Subrogation Challenges and Opportunities - Cozen O'Connor Whitepaper - As of May 8, 2010, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency reported 22 confirmed storm related fatalities, with 30 counties operating under Major Disaster Declarations and 1,400 National Guard soldiers mobilized to support rescue and relief operations. Initial estimates of damage to private residential, commercial and industrial property amounted to $1.5 billion. This estimate excludes the cost of repairing government owned buildings, roadways, and bridges, and was expected to rise.
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
July 01, 2008
Summer 2008 - Subrogation and Recovery Observer -
June 04, 2007
Subrogation Strategies: Increasing Your Batting Average - 2007 Atlantic Subrogation Seminar - Seminar book from 2007 Atlantic Subrogation Seminar
January 13, 2006
Voir Dire Considerations Property Damage Subrogation - Subrogation and Recovery - Articles and Papers - 4 pgs total. A detailed outline only. CONSTITUTIONAL/LEGAL BASIS FOR VOIR DIRE; CONDUCT OF VOIR DIRE; TRADITIONAL PURPOSES FOR VOIR DIRE; PROPERTY DAMAGE SUBRO CASE; AGE OLD NOTIONS ABOUT JURY SELECTION; JURY SELECTION AS A CRAP SHOOT; INSURANCE AS ISSUE IN LITIGATION; WHEN INSURANCE COMPANY IS LITIGANT; WHEN INSURANCE COMPANY IS NOT A NAMED LITIGATION.
Events & Seminars
November 15, 2017
December 13, 2016
June 05, 2013
- Philadelphia, PA
March 25, 2010
- Columbus, OH