Irene K. Yesowitch


San Francisco

(415) 593-9633

(415) 692-3835

Irene K. Yesowitch understands the challenging business aspects as well as the litigation environment faced by the insurance industry. Having spent more than 30 years representing insurers, including more than seven years in-house with Fireman's Fund Insurance Company, Irene has become a sought after lawyer for her excellent strategy skills for those seeking insurance coverage advice and litigation.

Beginning in the early days of bad faith litigation in California, and continuing to the present time, Irene has been able to develop a unique perspective, both in terms of depth and width. Representing directors and officers, lawyers, and accountants in myriad matters in the mid-1980s, Irene developed experience that is invaluable to her insurer clients. A trial lawyer at heart, she utilizes this experience and knowledge of business/corporate litigation and insurance to maximize the impact of her services to her clients.

Irene continues to provide insurers strategic analysis and advice attendant to bad faith litigation, e-commerce, marketing, product development, regulatory compliance, market conduct, agency relationships, loss control, risk management, reinsurance, the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the Office of Foreign Asset Control regulations. Additionally, she continues to emphasize a coverage and bad faith practice that includes litigation, coverage analysis, and other issues attendant to the business of insurance.

Irene is an avid speaker having presented numerous programs to claims and underwriting professionals, as well as lawyers, on such topics as fair settlement practices, insurance coverage analysis, evidence in a bad faith lawsuit, additional insureds and contractual indemnity coverage, the duty to defend, DOI regulations, reservation of rights, personal and advertising injury coverage, coverage for construction litigation exposures, and proper use of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. The dozens of articles that she has published over the last more than 30 years further exemplify her place as one of the leading business and insurance coverage litigation attorneys in California.



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.

A Pandora's Box? [Best's Review]

December 01, 2017

Irene Yesowitch, of Cozen O'Connor's Global Insurance department, wrote an article titled, "A Pandora's Box?" which appeared in Best's Review.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

CLM Annual Conference

March 18, 2020 - Grapevine, TX

2019 CLM New York Conference

December 05, 2019 - New York, NY

CLM Construction Defect Conference

September 25, 2019 - San Diego, CA

2019 CLM Claims College

September 04, 2019 - Baltimore, MD

2018 Professional Liability Seminar

November 01, 2018 - New York, NY

Construction Defect Claims and Trial Conference

June 21, 2018 - Las Vegas, Nevada

2017 Professional Liability Seminar

October 12, 2017 - New York, NY

2017 CLM & Business Insurance Construction Conference

October 09, 2017 - San Diego, California

2017 CLM Annual Conference

March 29, 2017 - Nashville, TN

2016 CLM New York Conference

December 01, 2016 - New York, NY

2016 CLM San Francisco Bay Chapter Education & Network

October 27, 2016 - San Francisco, CA

2016 CLM National Construction Claims Conference

September 28, 2016 - San Diego, CA

2016 CLM Claims College

September 07, 2016 - Baltimore, MD

2016 CLM Annual Conference

April 06, 2016 - Orlando, FL

2015 CLM New York

December 03, 2015 - New York, NY

CLM 2015 Claims College

September 09, 2015 - Philadelphia, PA

Industry Sectors


  • University of California, Davis, J.D., 1983
  • American University, M.S., 1975
  • Cornell University, B.S., 1973

Awards & Honors

California Super Lawyers

Bar Register of AV-Preeminent Women Lawyers

  • California
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Member: State Bar of California
  • Association of Defense Counsel
  • San Francisco Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American Bar Association
  • Property Loss Research Bureau
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society
  • Claims and Litigation Underwriting Society
  • Member: Claims and Litigation Management Alliance