Samuel R. Stalker


Sam Stalker is an experienced litigator, managing all aspects of complex insurance coverage litigation, focusing his practice on the representation of insurance carriers in matters involving professional liability, commercial general liability, and first-party property disputes. Sam regularly provides claims handling and coverage advice and analysis to insurers and has significant experience litigating declaratory judgment actions, as well as lawsuits alleging breach of contract, rescission, and bad faith.

Sam has been a frequent presenter to claims professionals and attorneys on a range of insurance coverage topics, including bad faith, time-limited policy limit demands, food contamination, and coverage exposures under evolving sexual abuse legislation. He has also authored many articles and client-specific surveys and treatises addressing topics such as the duty to defend, waiver and estoppel, general liability coverage for cyberattacks, and coverage exposure under employer’s liability policies resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sam earned his law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of law and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan.  



Cozen O’Connor Promotes 20 to Membership

April 08, 2020

Cozen O'Connor is pleased to recognize 20 attorneys with the promotion to member.


Tips for Avoiding First-Party “Bad Faith” in Illinois [Avoiding Insurance Bad Faith Blog]

April 21, 2021

Illinois does not recognize bad faith as an independent tort. In the first-party context, bad faith is a purely statutory construct which hinges upon whether an insurer’s conduct was “vexatious and unreasonable.” Section 155 of the Illinois Insurance Code (215 ILCS 5/155) provides the exclusive...

Defining War [Best's Review]

September 04, 2019

Samuel Stalker contributed an article to Best's Review titled, "Defining War." In this article, Sam discusses how interpreting war exclusions in cases involving cyber warfare will require nuance, as well as deference to the evolving landscape of government conflict.

Ninth Circuit (California): Hamas Attacks on Israel Do Not Trigger the War Exclusions [Alert]

July 22, 2019

Joe Ziemianski, Irene Yesowitch, and Sam Stalker discuss the Circuit Court's decision in Universal Cable Prods., LLC v. Atlantic Specialty Ins. Co. and what it means for insurers in and out of California.

Ohio Supreme Court: Contractor Not Covered for Subcontractor’s Faulty Work Due to Lack of Occurrence [Global Insurance Alert]

October 11, 2018

Sam Stalker and Teri Mae Rutledge discuss an Ohio Supreme Court ruling that deviates from the recent trend, holding that the “nuanced” interpretation of the policies in those other decisions did not supersede the plain requirement for coverage of property damage caused by an occurrence.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Duty to Settle

July 12, 2022 - Webinar

Time-Limited Policy Limit Demands

August 19, 2021 - Webinar

Illinois Bad Faith Law

April 08, 2021 - Webinar

2019 Professional Liability Seminar

October 03, 2019 - New York, NY

2019 PLRB Central Regional Adjusters Conference

September 10, 2019 - Minneapolis, MN

Industry Sectors


  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 2009
  • University of Michigan, B.A., 2006
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court -- Colorado
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit