Cozen O’Connor: Ziemianski, Joseph A.

Joseph A. Ziemianski

Co-Chair, Global Insurance Department


(832) 214-3920

(832) 214-3905

Joseph's practice concentrates in insurance coverage and bad faith litigation involving a wide array of first- and third-party claims including professional liability, pollution, food contamination, pharmaceutical products, construction projects, advertising injury, and medical devices. He is AV rated by his peers and has been recognized as a Super Lawyer and "Top Lawyer in Texas" (2011-2019) in the area of insurance coverage litigation.

Joe serves on the firm’s Board of Directors, the Management Committee, and the Shareholders Compensation Committee. 

Joe is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel as well as the Defense Research Institute, the American Bar Association, Insurance Coverage and Tort Committees, and the State Bar of Texas, Insurance Coverage Section. Joe was recently elected as a fellow of the American College of Coverage Counsel, an organization committed to the creative, ethical, and efficient adjudication of coverage and extracontractual disputes. He was also named to Best Lawyers in America for Litigation-Insurance.

Joe earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1982, where he graduated with highest honors, and his law degree, cum laude, from Tulane University in 1987. During the 1985-86 academic year, Joe was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Warsaw Law Institute in Poland. 


Three Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Recognized as 2019 Texas Super Lawyers

September 19, 2019

Cozen O’Connor attorneys Stephen P. Pate, A. Martin Wickliff, Jr., and Joseph A. Ziemianski were named 2019 Texas Super Lawyers

138 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 28, 2019

Best Lawyers selected 138 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 21 of the firm’s national offices for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

57 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 16 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2019 Guide

April 25, 2019

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the USA, has ranked 57 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the Guide’s 2019 edition.

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.

Cozen O’Connor Ranked Fourth in Nation for Insurance by Law360

November 24, 2015

As part of its annual Top 100 rankings, Law360 ranked Cozen O’Connor fourth in the nation for the size of its insurance practice. Cozen O’Connor has 122 members across the firm’s 22 U.S. offices.

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.

Joe Ziemianski Gives a Tip for Insurers to Win Coverage in Law360

April 13, 2015

Leading professionals give 5 tips to insurers: look at the whole picture, humanize your case, don’t attack the policyholder, and keep it simple to win coverage.

Cozen O’Connor Expands Insurance Practice, Chicago Office with Hiring of Kamraczewski

May 12, 2014

With the recent addition of Kevin P. Kamraczewski as a member, Cozen O’Connor has significantly added to the strength of its Global Insurance Group and its Chicago office, where he will be resident. Mr. Kamraczewski was formerly a partner at Dentons.

Cozen O’Connor Announces New Chair of the Global Insurance Group

January 31, 2013

Joseph Ziemianski, former co-chair of the 125-attorney group, has been appointed to the role of chair of the firm’s Global Insurance Group.


Fifth Circuit: Covenant Not to Execute is a Settlement — Relieves Primary Insurer of Duty to Defend [Alert]

November 18, 2019

Joe Ziemianski and Bryan Vezey discuss what primary and excess insurers in Louisiana and Texas need to know following the decision in Aggreko, L.L.C. v. Chartis Specialty Ins. Co.

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.

Ultimate Game-Changer? Concussion-Related Injuries and Litigation

April 01, 2017

Joe Ziemianski and Andrea Cortland, of Cozen O'Connor's Global Insurance department, co-authored an article for FDCC Insights titled, "Ultimate Game-Changer? Concussion-Related Injuries and Litigation."

Texas 5th Circuit Holds Settlement for Less than Policy Limits Did Not Exhaust Primary Policy [Global Insurance Alert]

December 04, 2015

Martin Resource held that an insured’s settlement contributions could not satisfy the exhaustion requirement, based on the particular policy language at issue. This is contrary to the Srivastava opinion, which indicated an insured’s contributions might satisfy the exhaustion requirement, in that a layer of coverage is exhausted once the loss exceeds the limit.

Ultimate Game-Changer? Concussion-Related Injuries and Litigation [The FDCC Quarterly]

July 01, 2015

Joseph Ziemianski, Andrea Cortland, and other industry professionals, co-wrote this article in The Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Quarterly which discusses litigation related to concussions in sports.

Winter 2009 [Insurance Coverage Observer]

January 29, 2009

In this issue, we identify key coverage developments from the year 2008. We summarize recent court decisions dealing with coverage for toxic torts, environmental losses, construction defect and property losses. We also address new decisions in the areas of insolvency and reinsurance.

Hurricane Ike—A Powerful and Costly Storm Hits Texas [Insurance Coverage Alert!]

September 15, 2008

Hurricane Ike—A Powerful and Costly Storm Hits Texas - Insurance Coverage Alert! -

Summer 2008 [Insurance Coverage Observer]

August 30, 2008

We take pride at Cozen O’Connor in addressing new developments that will affect our clients. In this issue, we include a special report on two new decisions from New Jersey on bad faith in the UM/UIM context.

Insurance Coverage Observer [Winter 2008]

February 26, 2008

In this issue, we consider a number of emerging issues and also identify key developments in coverage in 2007. We summarize new court decisions dealing with toxic torts, environmental coverage, insolvency and regulatory issues, and construction defect. We feature a key construction defect coverage case in Illinois with important implications. We address global warming in the context of directors with officers liability coverage. Finally, we discuss the emerging areas of fax blast and food contamination, and the impact of the reauthorization of TRIA.

The Meaning of “Legally Obligated To Pay As Damages” [Lecture for 12th Annual Insurance Law Institute]

October 19, 2007

Liability insurance policies generally provide that the insurer will pay on behalf of the insured ''all sums'' which the insured shall become ''legally obligated to pay as damages'' because of bodily injury or property damage to which the insurance applies. Many courts have interpreted the term ''damages'' as ''payment made to compensate a party for injuries suffered.'' The dictionary definition of ''damages'' is ''the estimated reparation in money for detriment or injury sustained.''

Events & Seminars

Past Events

2015 Casualty & Specialty Products Seminar

November 19, 2015 - New York, NY

London Power Forum 2014

November 13, 2014 - London, UK

Cozen O'Connor's 2013 New York Litigation Seminar

February 12, 2013 - New York, NY

PLRB/LIRB 2011 Claims Conference

April 03, 2011 - Nashville, TN

Industry Sectors


  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1987
  • University of Southern Mississippi, B.S., 1982

Awards & Honors

Best Lawyers in America 2016-2020

Chambers and Partners USA: Texas: Insurance 2019

Texas Super Lawyers 2011-2019

Expert Guides: Insurance & Reinsurance

  • Mississippi
  • Texas
  • Mississippi Supreme Court
  • Texas Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court -- Western District of Texas
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • State Bar of Texas
  • American College of Coverage Counsel
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel