Garry Gassman is profiled in a feature article with the LGBT Bar Association, touching on his global insurance practice, his ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section role as well as his position as co-leader of the firm's LGBTQ+ attorney resource group.
Cozen O’Connor is an internationally recognized leader in the area of insurance coverage and claims. With more than 100 dedicated coverage attorneys in 15 offices, our coverage team handles complex matters for insurance industry clients across the United States and around the world.
The firm represents primary and excess insurers, reinsurers, third-party administrators, managing general agents, insurance brokers and agents, and independent adjustment companies. Collectively, our attorneys have experience in virtually every line of business. Our practice areas include:
Cozen O’Connor works closely with clients throughout the claims process to resolve issues efficiently and in a way that serves insurers’ broad business goals. Often, detailed contractual analysis and thoughtful negotiation can bring a matter to a swift conclusion. If not, our attorneys are highly skilled at dispositive motions, alternative dispute resolutions and trial.
Indeed, Cozen O’Connor attorneys have been serving as lead trial counsel or national coordinating counsel in complex coverage litigation for four decades. The team includes fellows in the American College of Trial Lawyers and International Academy of Trial Lawyers, individuals and practices highly ranked by Chambers & Partners USA and other publications, and authors of widely cited treatises on insurance law.
The size, bench strength and geographic scope of our practice greatly benefits insurers. We are able to provide comprehensive one-stop coverage counsel, advise clients on each state’s unique set of codes and jurisprudence, and identify new trends in coverage and claims handling on a national and international basis.
September 22, 2022
Gary L. Gassman and Stephanie A. Nashban wrote the article “Significant D&O Cases From the First Half of 2022” for Westlaw Today.
September 16, 2022
Gary L. Gassman was featured in Business Insurance’s Up Close column, commenting on the insurance industry’s outlook and challenges, his advocacy for the LBGTQ+ community, and a look into his personal life, hobbies, etc.
September 01, 2022
The Washington Supreme Court added its voice to the developing strong, if not unanimous national consensus that COVID-19 and related government closures do not amount to direct physical loss of property within the meaning of property insurance policies.
August 31, 2022
Since Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. v. Shute, 499 U.S. 585 (1991), forum selection clauses typically enjoy robust enforcement at both the state and federal levels. For that reason, in many (if not most) jurisdictions, contracting parties have the right and ability to structure their contracts how...
August 23, 2022
Nadia Bugaighis discusses the Washington Supreme Court's decision in Preferred Contrs. Ins. Co. v. Baker & Son Constr.
July 12, 2022
Michael W. Melendez and Chad A. Pasternack wrote the article “Top Bad Faith Cases of 2021” for Westlaw Today.
June 27, 2022
In Crown Energy Co. v. Mid-Continent Cas. Co., Case No. 116989, 2022 WL 2128667 (Okla. June 14, 2022), the Oklahoma Supreme Court concluded that seismic activity caused by water waste disposal wells in oil and gas operations constituted an “occurrence” that was covered under a commercial general...
June 03, 2022
A new California Court of Appeal decision, Ghukasian v. Aegis Sec. Ins. Co., 78 Cal.App.5th 270 (2022), see our Alert here, affirms that a mistaken belief about the right to clear land does not transform an insured’s intentional acts into an “occurrence.” This is despite some policyholders’...
May 27, 2022
A California appellate court recently ruled that an intentional act may not be an "occurrence" even when there is no intent to cause harm.
May 26, 2022
Alycen Moss and Elliot Kerzner co-authored the article “Coverage Issues Regarding Riots, Civil Commotion, and Curfews” for the Spring 2022 issue of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel’s Insights magazine.
April 21, 2022
Alycen Moss and Stephen Pate wrote the article, "Ten from '21 — The top ten property insurance decisions from 2021," published by Westlaw Today.
March 23, 2022
Teri Mae Rutledge discusses the Colorado Supreme Court's decision in Skillet v. Allstate.
March 21, 2022
Angelo Savino and Ethan Price-Livingston discuss the decision in First Solar, Inc. v. Natl. Union Fire Ins. Co.
March 14, 2022
Angelo G. Savino and Rafael Rivera, Jr. discuss the Circuit Court's decision in Sentynl Therapeutics, Inc. v. U.S. Specialty Ins. Co.
March 08, 2022
James Harper discusses two opinions issued by the Supreme Court of Texas important to Texas’s duty-to-defend analysis.
February 03, 2022
Paul Ferland examines event cancellation coverage in
general to identify the issues that will be at the forefront of
legal disputes in the coming years.
January 18, 2022
Donnie Apodaca contributed a practice note in LexisNexis Practical Guide.
January 13, 2022
Deborah Minkoff, Alissa Christopher, and Rebekah Shapiro discuss the Third Circuit's decision in Vitamin Energy, LLC v. Evanston Ins. Co.
November 11, 2021
Connor Rowinski & Robert Lee discuss the Washington court's decision in Habenicht v. Medina granting the defendants’ motion to exclude the plaintiff’s qEEG evidence.
July 21, 2021
J.D. Dickenson, Jonathan Toren, and Ryan Kelly discuss how continually shifting climate change risk realities have the potential to impact claims handling and litigation management in the insurance industry.
July 16, 2021
Gary Gassman is featured in the July edition of Chicago Lawyer discussing championing diversity and inclusion initiatives in his many roles within Cozen O'Connor and the American Bar Association (ABA).
July 06, 2021
Alycen A. Moss and Elliot Kerzner discuss the Eighth Circuit's decision in Oral Surgeons, P.C. v. The Cincinnati Insurance Company.
June 30, 2021
Typically, comprehensive cyber
insurance policies, rather than commercial crime policies, respond to claims of
data breach and other cybercrimes. With the rise in hacking and ransomware
attacks worldwide, businesses that may have chosen not to purchase cyber
insurance may find themselves without...
June 24, 2021
Liability policies commonly contain exclusions precluding coverage
when the insured knew or should have known that wrongful acts occurring prior
to a policy’s effective date could later result in a claim. In Alps Property & Casualty Insurance
Company v. Kalicki Collier, LLP, No....
May 10, 2021
In Berkley Specialty Ins. Co. v. Masterforce Constr. Corp., No.
4:19-CV-01162, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14006 (M.D. Pa. Jan. 26, 2021) (Brann,
J.), the Court recently concluded that, under Pennsylvania law, all reasonably
foreseeable damages to third-party property caused by faulty workmanship do...
April 01, 2021
Mark A. Talise discusses the California Supreme Court decision in Villanueva v. Fidelity National Title Company and how it could impact all insurance providers in California.
March 29, 2021
Michael Melendez and Rebekah Shapiro discuss a recent California Appeals Court decision in Planet Bingo LLC v. Burlington Ins. Co., and what it means for liability insurers.
March 19, 2021
When a named insured is only 1%
responsible for an accident, what percentage of indemnity coverage is owed to
an additional insured? A recent New York federal court says 100%. In New York,
additional insured coverage may very well extend to the additional insured’s
own independent negligence, so...
March 05, 2021
Alycen Moss and Elliot Kerzner published an article in Best's Review titled, "Protests, Riots Raise Questions of Civil Authority Coverage" discussing property damage from the riots following the death of George Floyd in May 2020.
February 17, 2021
In July of 2020, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit revisited and affirmed its prediction that Texas courts will not allow extrinsic evidence to determine an insurer’s duty to defend where such evidence engages the truth or falsity of facts alleged in the pleadings. Notably,...
February 16, 2021
Gary Gassman is profiled in a feature article with the LGBT Bar Association, touching on his global insurance practice, his ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section role as well as his position as co-leader of the firm's LGBTQ+ attorney resource group.
January 13, 2021
One way a CGL insurer can narrow otherwise broad bodily injury and property damage coverage is by activity. Activities that face similar risk can be grouped using an activity classification code, which can be incorporated into the policy through a class limitation endorsement.
For instance, a...
January 11, 2021
Melissa Brill, Laura Dowgin, and Farrell Miller discuss the decision in American W. Home Ins. Co. v. Gjonaj Realty & Mgt. Co. and what insurers in New York need to do if they want to recover its defense fees when there is ultimately no duty to indemnify.
October 27, 2020
A recent decision by a Massachusetts Appellate Court reinforces that every word in an insurance policy has meaning, and that one word can make all the difference.
In Phoenix Baystate Constr. Co., Inc. v. First
Ins. Co., 145 N.E.3d 911, 2020 WL 2516670 (Mass. App. May 18,...
September 24, 2020
As a general rule, an insurer’s duty to defend arises under Florida law when the allegations of the complaint against the insured “fairly and potentially bring the suit within policy coverage.” Jones v. Fla. Ins. Guar. Ass’n, Inc., 908 So. 2d 435, 442-43 (Fla. 2005). This general rule is often...
September 14, 2020
On August 18, 2020, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania held, in a 4-3 decision, that insurer, Truck Insurance Exchange, was entitled to withhold general contractor overhead and profit expenses from its actual cash value payments to its insureds where the insureds did not undertake the repairs of the damaged property and, therefore, never incurred the GCOP costs.
September 11, 2020
Commercial general liability policies often include additional insured endorsements that extend coverage to entities that are not named insureds but who are covered under the policy for specific liability, often liability caused by the named insured’s acts or omissions. Blanket additional insured...
September 02, 2020
Joseph A. Ziemianski, Melissa Brill, Alycen A. Moss, Stephen P. Pate, and Paul C. Ferland discuss what insurers can expect based on prior hurricanes.
September 01, 2020
Laura Dowgin contributed an article to Best's Review titled, "Risk Transfer Mechanisms" which discusses the difference between additional insured and contract indemnitee.
August 12, 2020
In Builders Mut. Ins. Co. v. Island Pointe, LLC, No. 27970, 2020 S.C. LEXIS 68 (May 13, 2020), the South Carolina Supreme Court clarified that insurers are not required and, absent unusual circumstances, should not be granted the right to intervene in construction defect cases to obtain an...
June 08, 2020
Alycen Moss and Danielle Le Jeune contributed an article to the 2020 GDLA Law Journal discussing the importance of the attorney-client privilege.
June 03, 2020
Tracy Eggleston and Denise Bessellieu discuss the state Supreme Court's decision in Builders Mut. Ins. Co. v. Island Pointe, LLC, and what insurers need to know.
May 06, 2020
Debbie Minkoff and Stephen Kempa discuss the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's ruling in Erie Insurance Exchange v. Moore.
April 22, 2020
Karl A. Schulz and Stephen P. Pate discuss three recent cases decided by the Texas Suprme Court that revived policyholder suits that were in limbo when Barbara Technologies and Ortiz were decided.
April 20, 2020
Stephen Pate contributed an article to Texas Bar Blog titled, "Law in a Time of Pandemic: How Texas Courts and Lawyers Responded to the Pandemic of 1918-1920." In this article, Stephen discusses the coronavirus pandemic and how courts responded in a similar way during the 'Spanish Flu' pandemic in 1918-1920.
March 25, 2020
Alissa Christopher and Greg Hudson discuss Richards v. State Farm Lloyds and whether the absence of a clause requiring a carrier to defend claims that are “groundless, false or fraudulent” means that the “eight-corners” rule does not apply when determining the existence of a duty to defend.
March 24, 2020
Rafael Rivera discusses the Sciabacucchi decision and how it may impact state SCAs and limit attendant D&O-related costs.
March 16, 2020
Joe Ziemianski, Melissa Brill, Alycen Moss, Stephen Pate, and Paul Ferland discuss how courts have analyzed and applied first-party property policies for these types of non-physical losses, potential coverage under a civil authority provision, and pollution/contamination exclusions.
March 03, 2020
Terry A. Sutton and Jordan A. Hess discuss what insurers doing business in Washington need to know prior to August 1, 2020, implementation of WAC 284-30-770.
March 03, 2020
Rafael Rivera published an article to Best’s Review titled, “Litigation Uptick.” In this article, Rafael discusses why insurers are seeing an uptick in litigation.
December 01, 2019
Alissa Christopher and Ashley Gomez-Rodon contributed an article to the DRI publication, For the Defense, discussing how changes in technology and the emergence of web-based advertising have forced insurers to examine what constitutes "advertising" under commercial general liability Coverage B.
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.
October 31, 2019
In response to rising costs stemming from the opioid epidemic, cities, counties, and states have filed lawsuits against opioid manufacturers, distributors, and retailers in an effort to recoup those costs. Terri Sutton discusses this epidemic as a follow up to her winter 2018 Insights article "General Liability Insurance and the Opioid Epidemic," as she examines the additional coverage issues related to these lawsuits.
October 09, 2019
Stephen Miller and Ryan Kelly published an article to The Legal Intelligencer discussing when playing politics can become political, specifically in Kelly v. United States.
October 08, 2019
Terri Sutton and Jordan Hess discuss the state Supreme Court decision in Keodalah v. Allstate Insurance Company, et al.
October 01, 2019
Gary Gassman was recently featured in the Claims and Litigation Management (CLM) magazine as part of the publication's "Voices" series — where attorneys offer their insights into commercial litigation trends and practices.
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.
August 26, 2019
Rafael Rivera discusses Gleason v. Markel American Insurance Company and the importance of the wording of securities exclusions in D&O policies.
July 30, 2019
Rafael Rivera, Jr discusses the Circuit Court's decision in Crowley and how it may impact whether government investigations trigger coverage under D&O policies and, if so, at what point during an investigation.
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.
July 17, 2019
Donnie M. Apodaca, II, Stephen Pate, and Alicia G. Curran discuss two recent the Supreme Court of Texas’s decisions and considerations for insurers before they invoke appraisal and pay the appraisal awards.
July 15, 2019
Nadia Bugaighis published an article in CPCU's CLEW News discussing a common insurance policy exclusion involving "that particular part" language.
July 08, 2019
Christopher S. Clemenson and John Daly discuss the instructions from the Colorado Supreme Court and how it may create a number of new disputes between insurers and their insureds during, and after, the appraisal process.
June 20, 2019
Teri Mae Rutledge discusses how Hilburn v. Enerpipe affects insurers in Kansas who now must underwrite insurance policies that consider noneconomic damages unlimited in personal injury cases.
June 19, 2019
John David Dickenson and Chad A. Pasternack discuss the Florida Legislatures new law that protects policyholders and levels the playing field for insurers that play by the rules.
June 17, 2019
Debbie Minkoff was featured in The Legal Intelligencer for being recognized as a 2019 Best Law Firm Mentor.
June 01, 2019
Alycen Moss and Susie Lloyd contributed an article to Best's Review titled, Climate-Related Cats.
May 29, 2019
Stephen Pate discusses why there is a controversy and how Texas—and some other states—are likely to deal with the ALI’s Restatement of the Law on Liability Insurance.
May 10, 2019
Peter Berg discusses the decision in Draggin' Y Cattle Co., Inc. v. Junkermier, Clark, Campanella, Stevens, P.C. and how it impacts settlements in Montana.
February 25, 2019
Nadia Bugaighis discusses the decision in MTI and why insurers should carefully consider jurisdiction and choice of law when determining how to apply the j(5) and j(6) property damage exclusions.
February 14, 2019
In response to the rising costs associated with the opioid epidemic, Terri Sutton discusses the varied success of coverage defenses that have been litigated as well as what we can expect to see in the months and years to come.
February 05, 2019
Kristie M. Abel discusses how Abbey/Land demonstrates that an insurer can successfully contest such a judgment, however, the insurer needs to meet a high burden in order to prevail.
February 01, 2019
Laura Dowgin discusses the decision in D.K. Prop., Inc. v. Nat'l Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, PA and notes that while it resulted in a favorable outcome for the policyholder there has been no shift in New York bad faith law.
December 03, 2018
Andrew Tobin and Marli Wildchut discuss a recent marine insurance case wherein London based but U.S. controlled insurers were ordered by an English court to pay a cargo insurance claim concerning Iran, under a policy governed by English Law, because the standard London Market sanctions exclusion clause did not provide them with a defense.
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.
September 01, 2018
Alycen Moss, of Cozen O'Connor's Global Insurance department, published an article titled, Complicated Cats, for Best's Review.
June 05, 2018
Teri Mae Rutledge discusses the California Supreme Court's decision in Liberty Surplus Insurance Corp. v. Ledesma & Meyer Construction Co., Inc.
June 01, 2018
Michael Rafalko, of Cozen O'Connor's Global Insurance department, authored an article titled, LTC Debate, for the June issue of Best's Review.
June 01, 2018
Stephen Pate, of Cozen O'Connor's Global Insurance Department, authored an article on his predictions on the course of Hurricane Harvey litigation entitled, "The Imperfect Storm: Harvey Litigation Will Be Governed by Hailstorm Bill's Rules, While 'Menchaca' Looms in the Background."
May 21, 2018
Paul Ferland authored a piece titled, "Policy Language Can Curtail Long-Tail Insurance Claims" in Law360. This piece discusses long-tail insurance claims, and how they have proved particularly vexing to insurers and insureds alike, specifically with regard to allocation of liability.
April 20, 2018
Greg Hudson discusses the Texas Supreme Court's decision in Menchaca v. USAA Texas Lloyds Company. The court articulates five rules when extracontractual causes of action are available even when there has been no breach of the insurance policy and clarifies the procedural steps a court should follow in determining which rule applies.
April 10, 2018
Laura B. Dowgin discusses the big win for insurers in the New York Court of Appeals as this decision instructs New York courts to look at the terms of the insurance contract at issue, and where no coverage was given, and no premium received, the risk of liability is placed on the policyholder.
April 03, 2018
Michael D. Handler and Jordan A. Hess discuss the Washington Court of Appeals reversal of a trial court’s dismissal of the bad faith claim against a claims adjuster, holding that individual insurance adjusters could be liable for violating the CPA if they caused financial injury by engaging in unfair or deceptive acts or practices that impact the public interest.
March 30, 2018
Anu Prasad, an associate in the firm's Global Insurance Department, co-authored the chapter "Recent Developments in Insurance Coverage" in Volume 52-3 of the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal.
March 01, 2018
Priority of rights of recovery of subrogating insured and its insured when making joint or separate claims against responsible third-party - Jurisdictions Comparative Chart
February 28, 2018
Stephen Pate, of Cozen O'Connor's Global Insurance department, authored an article titled, "Reconstruction Politics and the Galveston Seven: The Struggle to Appoint a Judge in the Eastern District of Texas, 1869-72, Part I" which appears in the Winter 2018 issue of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society Journal.
January 08, 2018
Melissa Brill and Alexander Selarnick discuss the Seventh Circuit's decision in W. Side Salvage, Inc. v. RSUI Indem. Co.
December 07, 2017
Julia Molander and Laura Dowgin discuss the implications of the Carlson decision for out-of-state insurers that insure corporations that do business in New York, where the corporation is not a resident of New York but has “a substantial business presence” in the state.
November 27, 2017
Paul Ferland authored a piece titled, "Considering Alternatives To Reverse Bad Faith Claims" in Law360 discussing reverse bad faith claims.
November 16, 2017
Paul Ferland co-authored a piece titled, "Hurdles To Consider When Securing A Personnel File" in Law360 discussing a personnel file, and why it is an overlooked avenue to explore.
October 26, 2017
Melissa Brill and Laura Dowgin discuss the decision in Air Master & Cooling, Inc. v. Selective Ins. Co. of Am., and its impact on progressive property damage claims in New Jersey.
October 20, 2017
Paul Ferland co-authored a piece titled, "Undertaking Property Repair Or Replacement As An Insurer" in Law360 discussing the risks, potential benefits and legal issues involved in an insurer’s decision to undertake repair or replacement, rather than pay the value of damage or take property at an agreed-upon value.
September 12, 2022
Gary L. Gassman wrote the article "Why Do I Share My Journey of Personal Acceptance? Because It Leads to Positive Change" for the September issue of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance's magazine.
August 22, 2022
210 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 24 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
August 09, 2022
Petrina is the 16th attorney to join Cozen O’Connor’s Global Insurance Department in 2022, which has grown to over 100 lawyers nationwide.
August 05, 2022
Gary Gassman and Josephine Bahn, have been installed in ABA Chair Roles.
August 05, 2022
Alycen Moss received the prestigious Andrew C. Hecker Award, presented annually by the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC) to the member who authors the year's most outstanding article in a federation publication.
August 03, 2022
Gary Gassman, co-vice chair of the Global Insurance Department, discusses emerging D&O threats and how the hard market is affecting insurance claims disputes.
August 01, 2022
Alycen Moss, co-chair of the Property Insurance Group, was quoted in the article “Property Insurance Cases To Watch In The 2nd Half Of 2022” by Law360.
July 28, 2022
Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce Elliot Kerzner, an associate in the firm’s Insurance Department, has been appointed secretary of the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM).
July 26, 2022
Alicia Curran was awarded a Best Mentor designation and Holt was recognized as a lawyer On The Rise.
July 15, 2022
Alycen A. Moss was quoted in this month’s Between the Lines Column for the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance.
July 12, 2022
Dina R. Richman and Brett Nicole Taylor were both named to the 2022 Super Lawyers Southern California Rising Stars list.
July 11, 2022
For 30 years, The Legal 500 has assessed the strengths of law firms in more than 100 jurisdictions. The rankings use a series of criteria, including client feedback, submissions from law firms, and interviews with leading private practice lawyers.
July 11, 2022
Super Lawyers has named 10 Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its 2022 Florida Super Lawyers list.
June 30, 2022
Alycen A. Moss and Elliot Kerzner wrote an expert analysis column titled, “Property Insurance Coverage Can Hinge On 'Riot' Or 'Protest'” for Law360.
June 14, 2022
Alissa Christopher, Member of the firm's Global Insurance Department, was recognized as the Volunteer of the Week by the Human Rights Initiative (HRI) of North Texas.
May 05, 2022
Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Melissa Brill, co-chair of the firm’s Global Insurance Department, has been elected for membership into the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC).
April 26, 2022
Super Lawyers has named William Craven (Insurance Coverage), Aaron Holt (Labor & Employment), and Nandini Sane (Labor & Employment) to its 2022 list of Rising Stars in Texas.
March 29, 2022
Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Alycen Moss, co-chair of the firm’s Property Insurance Group and co-vice chair of the firm’s Global Insurance Department, has been named the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance’s Litigation Management Professional of the Year.
March 24, 2022
Alycen Moss and Stephen Pate were quoted in a Law360 article discussing the new wave of COVID-19 coverage lawsuits that have hit state and federal courts.
March 23, 2022
Alycen Moss, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Global Insurance Department, has been named one of Law360’s 2022 Editorial Advisory Board members.
March 02, 2022
The Leading Lawyers Network has named 22 Cozen O’Connor lawyers to its annual list of Illinois’ top practitioners and named one other as an Emerging Lawyer in its 2022 survey results.
February 14, 2022
Alycen Moss (Insurance Coverage) has been named to Super Lawyers 2022 list of top practitioners in Georgia.
January 14, 2022
Alycen Moss, co-chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Property Insurance Group, was named a fellow of the American College of Coverage Counsel (ACCC), the preeminent association that represents the interests of insurers and policyholders in disputes arising out of insurance policies.
November 04, 2021
U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers recognized Cozen O’Connor as a “Best Law Firm” in 29 practice areas nationwide and 121 practice areas regionally.
October 08, 2021
Alycen Moss was quoted in an article published by Insurance Authority that discusses the Illinois Supreme Court ruling that State Farm cannot automatically depreciate labor costs on top of the cost of materials when handling property damage claims.
October 04, 2021
Two Cozen O’Connor Attorneys were named 2021 Texas Super Lawyers.
October 04, 2021
Super Lawyers has named 17 Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its 2021 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list.
August 19, 2021
Best Lawyers selected 210 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
August 10, 2021
Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Alycen Moss, member of the Global Insurance Department and co-chair of the firm’s Property Insurance Group, has been named the 2021 recipient of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel’s John Appleman Award.
July 20, 2021
Super Lawyers has named five Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its 2021 list of top practitioners in Washington.
June 17, 2021
The Legal 500 United States named Cozen O’Connor’s Aviation, Construction, Immigration, Insurance, and Maritime practices and Cozen O’Connor attorneys Scott Bettridge, Raymond DeLuca, Geoffrey Ferrer, Bruce Ficken, David Heffernan, Jeffrey Lawrence, Robert Magovern, Anne Mickey, Jeffrey Mullen, Josh Stein, Jeff Vogel, and Rachel Welford to its 2021 Legal Guide.
June 11, 2021
Super Lawyers named three Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its 2021 Southern California Rising Stars list.
May 28, 2021
Super Lawyers has selected 47 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to the 2021 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.
May 26, 2021
Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 82 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2021 edition; of those, 15 lawyers have been recognized nationally.
March 23, 2021
Super Lawyers has named William Craven, member of the firm's Global Insurance Department, to its 2021 list of Rising Stars in Texas.
March 16, 2021
Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Anupama Prasad, an associate in the firm’s Global Insurance Department, has been named to the National Association of Women’s Lawyers (NAWL) Rising List.
March 09, 2021
Cozen O'Connor has chosen Rafael Rivera, an associate in the firm’s Global Insurance Department, to be a member of the 2021 class of fellows, participating in a landmark program created by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) to identify, train, and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession.
February 12, 2021
Super Lawyers has named two attorneys at Cozen O’Connor to its 2021 list of top practitioners in Georgia.
January 29, 2021
Super Lawyers has named eleven attorneys at Cozen O’Connor to its 2021 lists of top practitioners in Illinois.
January 26, 2021
The Leading Lawyers Network has named 24 Cozen O’Connor lawyers to its annual list of Illinois’ top practitioners and named two others as Emerging Lawyers in its 2021 survey results.
November 05, 2020
U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers recognized Cozen O’Connor as a “Best Law Firm” in 25 practice areas nationwide and 115 practice areas regionally.
October 22, 2020
Stephen Pate, member of the firm’s Global Insurance Department, has been named an advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
October 05, 2020
Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Maria Louise Cousineau, a member of the firm’s Global Insurance Department, has been elected to membership in the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC).
September 29, 2020
Super Lawyers has named 21 Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its 2020 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list.
September 24, 2020
Cozen O’Connor attorneys David L. Barron, Stephen P. Pate, A. Martin Wickliff, Jr., and Joseph A. Ziemianski were named 2020 Texas Super Lawyers.
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).
July 30, 2020
Joseph Ziemianski, co-chair of the firm’s Global Insurance Department, has been named a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
July 17, 2020
Super Lawyers has named five Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its 2020 list of top practitioners in Washington.
June 22, 2020
The Legal 500 United States named Cozen O’Connor’s Aviation, Construction, Immigration, Insurance, and Maritime practices and Cozen O’Connor attorneys Scott Bettridge, Stephen Cozen, Raymond DeLuca, Geoffrey Ferrer, Bruce Ficken, David Heffernan, Jeffrey Lawrence, Robert Magovern, Anne Mickey, Jeffrey Mullen, Josh Stein, Christopher Sweeney, and Jeff Vogel to its 2020 Legal Guide.
June 19, 2020
Super Lawyers has named four Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2020 Southern California Rising Stars list.
June 05, 2020
Super Lawyers has selected 58 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to the 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.
May 14, 2020
Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 63 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2020 edition.
April 22, 2020
Bill Walsh was quoted in an article in the Financial Times titled, "US Regulator Grants Exemption for Drone Flight During Lockdown." This article discusses a new coronavirus-related waiver for drone flight which allows an oil and gas company in Houston, TX to use unmanned aircraft instead of humans to inspect its facilities while the staff remains in lockdown.
April 06, 2020
William Craven has been named Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program's (DVAP) Volunteer of the Month for the month of April.
March 05, 2020
Super Lawyers has named two attorneys at Cozen O’Connor to its 2020 list of Rising Stars in Texas. The Cozen O’Connor attorneys who have been recognized by their peers in Texas as Rising Stars are Traci Boyle and William Craven.
February 20, 2020
Super Lawyers has named two attorneys at Cozen O’Connor to its 2020 list of top practitioners in Georgia. The Cozen O’Connor attorneys who have been recognized by their peers in Georgia as Super Lawyers are Alycen Moss (Insurance Coverage) and David Terry (Subrogation & Recovery).
February 07, 2020
Chad Pasternack was recently a presenter at the University of Miami School of Law. He spoke during the course titled, "Representing a Professional Sports Franchise."
January 29, 2020
Super Lawyers has recognized six Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2020 lists of top practitioners in Illinois, including Joe Tilson who was again named one of the "Top 100" Illinois Super Lawyers.
November 05, 2019
The U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations and peer review from leading attorneys in their field.
October 29, 2019
Cozen O’Connor has been awarded the Pacific Northwest Chapter Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) Society’s President’s Award at the Annual I-Day on October 24, 2019.
October 29, 2019
Terri Sutton, of Cozen O’Connor’s Global Insurance Department, has been promoted from president-elect to chapter president of the Pacific Northwest (PNW) Chapter Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) Society.
September 27, 2019
Super Lawyers has named 17 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2019 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list.
September 19, 2019
Cozen O’Connor attorneys Stephen P. Pate, A. Martin Wickliff, Jr., and Joseph A. Ziemianski were named 2019 Texas Super Lawyers
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.
August 15, 2019
Gary Gassman, Co-Chair of Cozen O'Connor's Professional Liability Coverage Practice, has been elected Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), one of the ABA's largest sections. He is now on the path to become TIPS Chair in two years: during 2020-21 he will serve as Chair-Elect and will rise to Chair for the 2021-22 bar year.
August 05, 2019
Stephen Pate received the prestigious Andrew C. Hecker Award from the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC), which is presented annually to the federation member who authors the year's most outstanding article in a federation publication.
July 09, 2019
Bryan Vezey, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Global Insurance Department, has been appointed by the Houston Bar Association as one of 14 founding members of the LGBTQ+ Committee. This committee examines issues and creates programming related to the community.
June 12, 2019
Super Lawyers has named six attorneys at Cozen O’Connor to its 2019 lists of top practitioners in Washington.
May 23, 2019
Stephen Pate has been appointed by the State Bar of Texas as a member of the State Bar of Texas Pattern Jury Charges—Business, Consumer, Insurance & Employment Committee. As a member, Stephen will represent the State Bar and lawyers across the state of Texas.
May 21, 2019
The Leading Lawyers Network has named 17 Cozen O’Connor lawyers to its annual list of Illinois’ top practitioners - including one Emerging Lawyer - in its 2019 survey results.
May 16, 2019
Deborah Minkoff has been recognized by The Legal Intelligencer as a 2019 Professional Excellence Award winner in the Best Mentor category
April 30, 2019
Stephen Pate, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Global Insurance Department, has been named one of Law360’s 2019 Editorial Advisory Board members.
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.
April 19, 2019
Cozen O'Connor welcomes Paul C. Ferland, an attorney who concentrates his practice in civil litigation involving first-party property insurance coverage, to its nationally recognized Global Insurance Practice.
April 15, 2019
A former partner with Gottlieb Siegel & Schwartz LLP, Goodstadt joins the firm as a member and will work out of its downtown Manhattan office.
April 02, 2019
Joseph Rich is included in Law.com's The Intelligencer discussing why he has chosen to stay with one firm, Cozen O'Connor, for his entire career. Joseph attributes his long career at Cozen O'Connor to the attention to work-life balance.
March 19, 2019
Cozen O’Connor has named Melissa Brill to the role of co-chair of the firm’s Global Insurance Department. Brill will join Joseph Ziemianski as co-chair and sit on the firm’s Management Committee and board of directors.
February 05, 2019
Alycen Moss has been elected by the board of directors for a U.S. Defense Counsel membership in the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC). The FDCC comprises U.S. and international civil defense litigators, senior corporate counsel, and insurance claims executives and is dedicated to promoting knowledge, fellowship, and professionalism for lawyers and other professionals striving to achieve a balanced justice system in the defense of civil lawsuits. Moss becomes the fifth Cozen O’Connor lawyer to be admitted to the FDCC.
January 24, 2019
Super Lawyers has named seven attorneys at Cozen O’Connor to its 2019 lists of top practitioners in Illinois.
January 01, 2019
Stephen Pate, a member in the firm's Global Insurance Department, was quoted in Law360's article, "Insurance Cases To Watch In 2019."
November 29, 2018
Stephen Pate, a member in the firm's Global Insurance Practice, was quoted in Law360's article, "There's A Storm Brewing For Some Texas Contractors."
October 18, 2018
Stephen Pate, of Cozen O'Connor's Global Insurance department, interviewed with ZBM 9 News of the Bermuda Broadcasting Company about the impact of that the legalization of cannabis has on the insurance industry.
October 15, 2018
Stephen Pate, of Cozen O'Connor's Global Insurance department, was quoted in the Law360 article, Ohio Top Court Nixes Easy Path On Building Defect Coverage.
September 27, 2018
Tracey Jordan wrote the article “Triggering Civil Authority Coverage After A Natural Disaster,” published by Law360.
September 21, 2018
Super Lawyers has named 17 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2018 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list. Twelve were recognized as Super Lawyers and five were named "Rising Stars."
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.
August 20, 2018
Stephen Pate, of Cozen O'Connor's Global Insurance department, was quoted in an article for Law360 discussing coverage suits following Hurrican Harvey.
July 17, 2018
Stephen Pate, of Cozen O'Connor's Global Insurance department, was quoted in the article Pa. Shooting Case Will Test Bounds of 'Accident' Coverage from Law360.
June 12, 2018
Super Lawyers has named 54 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.
May 21, 2018
Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Chambers USA has recognized 50 Cozen O’Connor attorneys for 2018 as leaders in their respective fields; 12 attorneys were recognized nationally and 14 were ranked in the top band either nationally or at the state level.
May 14, 2018
Nashban Brings a Strong Background in Litigating/Mediating Insurance
Coverage and Professional Liability Disputes
April 17, 2018
Stephen Pate, of Cozen O'Connor's Global Insurance department, was quoted in the Business Insurance article, Marijuana Insurers in Holding Patter After Sessions Memo.
April 09, 2018
Cozen O’Connor has elected 19 associates to membership in the firm. The management committee appointed this qualified group of attorneys to membership based on demonstrated professionalism, leadership, dedication, and loyalty to Cozen O’Connor.
March 01, 2018
Melissa Brill, of Cozen O'Connor's Global Insurance department, was quoted in an article titled, "Attorney says 7th Circuit Ruling in Exploding Grain Bin Case Could Narrow Property Damage Coverage" which appeared in the Cook County Record.
February 01, 2018
In the 2018 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms, Cozen O’Connor is ranked nationally in 17 practice areas and regionally in 64 practice areas.
January 26, 2018
Super Lawyers has recognized 12 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2018 lists of top practitioners in Illinois, including Joe Tilson who was again named one of the "Top 100" Illinois Super Lawyers.
December 06, 2017
Tracey Jordan wrote the article “Can Labor Be Depreciated In Actual Cash Value Calculations?” published by Law360.
October 28, 2017
Stephen Pate, of Cozen O'Connor's Global Insurance department, interviews with KCBS radio about insurance policies on marijuana grows in the fire zone.
October 26, 2017
Deborah Minkoff, of Cozen O'Connor's Global Insurance department, was re-appointed to serve on the Pennsylvania Commission for Women.