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Member Spotlight: Gary Gassman [The LGBT Bar]

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.

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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.

Publications

Colorado: No Bad Faith Claim Against Claims Adjuster [Alert]

March 23, 2022

Teri Mae Rutledge discusses the Colorado Supreme Court's decision in Skillet v. Allstate.

Delaware Supreme Court Rejects Fundamentally Identical Relatedness Standard [Alert]

March 21, 2022

Angelo Savino and Ethan Price-Livingston discuss the decision in First Solar, Inc. v. Natl. Union Fire Ins. Co.

Ninth Circuit Affirms Application of Goods & Products Exclusion [Alert]

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.

Texas Supreme Court Adopts a Revised Northfield Exception to the Eight-Corners Rule [Alert]

March 08, 2022

James Harper discusses two opinions issued by the Supreme Court of Texas important to Texas’s duty-to-defend analysis.

COVID-19 and Event Cancellation Claims: Post-pandemic Developments [Practical Guidance]

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.

Business Interruption Insurance: Post-Pandemic Litigation Developments [Practical Guide]

January 18, 2022

Donnie Apodaca contributed a practice note in LexisNexis Practical Guide.

The Third Circuit Finds Defense Owed for Potentially Covered Advertising Injury [Alert]

January 13, 2022

Deborah Minkoff, Alissa Christopher, and Rebekah Shapiro discuss the Third Circuit's decision in Vitamin Energy, LLC v. Evanston Ins. Co.

Is qEEG Evidence Admissible to Show a Brain Injury? A Washington State Court Says No [Alert]

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.

Global Insurance Perspectives on Climate Change [White Paper]

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.

Doing His Part [Chicago Lawyer]

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).

First Appellate Ruling Holds COVID-19 Business Losses Are Not Physical Loss or Damage [Alert]

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.

Indiana Supreme Court Refuses to Hold Commercial Crime Policy Covers Ransomware Attack [Casualty Coverage Chronicle Blog]

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...

The Insured Should Have Seen It Coming: Nevada Court Enforces Prior Acts Exclusion [Casualty Coverage Chronicle Blog]

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....

Pennsylvania District Court Finds No Coverage for Foreseeable Damages to Third-Party Property Caused By Faulty Workmanship [Casualty Coverage Chronicle Blog]

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...

California Supreme Court: Insurer Immunity Under California’s Ratemaking Statutes Is Narrow [Alert]

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.

Can a Settlement Demand Above Policy Limits Fall within Limits? A Calif. Appellate Court Says Yes

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.

When 1% Equals 100%: New York Rejects Fault Based Approach to Additional Insured Coverage [Casualty Coverage Chronicle Blog]

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...

Protests, Riots Raise Questions of Civil Authority Coverage [Best's Review]

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.

Extrinsic Evidence and the Duty to Defend in Texas: To Be or Not to Be? [Casualty Coverage Chronicle Blog]

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,...

Member Spotlight: Gary Gassman [The LGBT Bar]

February 16, 2021

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.

Does a CGL Policy’s “Business Description” or “Class Code” Limit Coverage? [Casualty Coverage Chronicle Blog]

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...

NY Appellate Court: Liability Insurer Cannot Recover Defense Costs Absent Express Policy Provision [Alert]

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.

What a Difference a Word Makes [Casualty Coverage Chronicle Blog]

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,...

Eleventh Circuit Reaffirms Exception to the 'Four Corners' Rule for Determining an Insurer's Duty to Defend [Casualty Coverage Chronicle Blog]

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...

PA Supreme Court Holds General Contractor Overhead and Profit Can be Withheld From ACV Payments [Alert]

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.

Additional Insured, Privity, and the Joint Venturer Adventure [Casualty Coverage Chronicle Blog]

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...

Hurricane Laura: What Can Insurers Expect with Claims in Texas and Louisiana? [Alert]

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.

Risk Transfer Mechanisms [Best's Review]

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.

Insurer May Not Intervene In Insured’s Construction Defect Trial To Seek Allocation of Damages [Casualty Coverage Chronicle Blog]

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...

It’s Been a Privilege: The Erosion of the Attorney-Client Privilege

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.

Insurer May Not Intervene Into Insured’s Construction Defect Trial To Seek Allocation of Damages [Alert]

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.

Observations on Erie Insurance Exchange v. Moore: A Misapplication of Precedent

May 06, 2020

Debbie Minkoff and Stephen Kempa discuss the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's ruling in Erie Insurance Exchange v. Moore.

Paying for Both Sides of Litigation: Limitations on CGL Coverage [Casualty Coverage Chronicle Blog]

May 01, 2020

Commercial general liability policies often include additional insured endorsements that afford coverage to entities that are not named insureds, but who are covered under the policy for specific liability. For example, many general contractors in New York require their subcontractors to provide...

Milkshake Kiosk Meets “Advertising Injury” Requirement for Publication [Casualty Coverage Chronicle Blog]

April 23, 2020

In Hershey Creamery Company v. Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Company and Liberty Insurance Corporation, 386 F.Supp.3d 447 (M.D. Penn. 2019), the court found that a self-serve milkshake machine and related display could constitute an “advertisement” for purposes of insurance coverage. Further, the...

Texas Supreme Court Follows Through on Barbara Technologies and Ortiz With Three Important New Decisions [Alert]

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.

Law in a Time of Pandemic: How Texas Courts and Lawyers Responded to the Pandemic of 1918-1920 [Texas Bar Blog]

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.

Illinois Appellate Court Requires CGL Insurer To Defend Insured Against BIPA Claim [Casualty Coverage Chronicle Blog]

April 16, 2020

Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”) restricts businesses that collect biometric information (e.g., DNA, fingerprints, facial and iris recognition) from disseminating that information. Although BIPA had been in effect for more than a decade, the Illinois Supreme Court’s ruling in...

California Supreme Court Holds That Notice-Prejudice Rule Is A “Fundamental Public Policy” That Can Override Choice of Law Provisions [Casualty Coverage Chronicle Blog]

April 10, 2020

Choice of law can frequently be determinative of whether an insurer has liability on a claim. One example of this is with respect to policy provisions requiring the insured to provide prompt notice of a claim to the insurer. California’s notice-prejudice rule, which applies to both first and...

Texas Supreme Court Reinforces the Eight Corners Rule, Or Does It? [Alert]

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.

Delaware Supreme Court Validates Federal Forum Provisions in Delaware Corporations’ Charters [Alert]

March 24, 2020

Rafael Rivera discusses the Sciabacucchi decision and how it may impact state SCAs and limit attendant D&O-related costs.

Property Insurance Coverage Issues Associated with COVID-19 [Alert]

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.

Insurers Must Inform Washington Insureds of the Availability of Insurance Commissioner Assistance [Alert]

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.

Litigation Uptick (Best's Review)

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.

Water Therapy [Los Angeles Daily Journal]

January 17, 2020

Dina Richman was featured in the Los Angeles Daily Journal Article “Water Therapy: LA litigator Dina Richman dances with manta rays, frolics with sea lion pups and marvels at humpbacks under the sea" regarding her passion for scuba diving.

"Advertising" Then and Now [DRI For the Defense]

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.

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.

General Liability Insurance and the Opioid Epidemic - Another Look [Insights]

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.

U.S. Supreme Court Considers When Politics Becomes a Crime [The Legal Intelligencer]

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.

Washington Supreme Court Holds Claims Adjusters Cannot Be Personally Liable for Bad Faith [Alert]

October 08, 2019

Terri Sutton and Jordan Hess discuss the state Supreme Court decision in Keodalah v. Allstate Insurance Company, et al.

Claims and Litigation Management magazine

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.

Is Your Indemnity Agreement Enforceable? How to Not Miss Out on this Critical Step in Risk Management [Alert]

September 30, 2019

Maura Winters discusses the legislative landscape of indemnity statutes across the country so you can to determine whether the indemnification provision in your construction contract is enforceable.

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.

California High Court Holds That Notice-Prejudice Rule May Override Choice of Law Clause

September 03, 2019

Dina Richman discusses the Pitzer College v. Indian Harbor Insurance Company decision and how it impacts enforcement of choice of law provisions when it comes to notice-prejudice and consent clause issues.

Fifth Circuit Affirms Application of Securities Exclusion [Alert]

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.

Eleventh Circuit Holds No Obligation to Cover Defense Costs from DOJ Antitrust Investigation

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.

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.

Texas Supreme Court Identifies Claims that Survive the Payment of an Insurance Appraisal Award [Alert]

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.

“Particular Part” Ambiguous? [CLEW News]

July 15, 2019

Nadia Bugaighis published an article in CPCU's CLEW News discussing a common insurance policy exclusion involving "that particular part" language.

Colorado Supreme Court: Appraisers May Not Advocate for Party Retaining Them [Alert]

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.

Kansas: Divided Court Strikes Noneconomic Damages Cap [Alert]

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.

Florida Creates Right of Contribution Among Liability Insurers for Defense Costs [Alert]

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.

2019 Best Law Firm Mentor—Deborah Minkoff [The Legal Intelligencer]

June 17, 2019

Debbie Minkoff was featured in The Legal Intelligencer for being recognized as a 2019 Best Law Firm Mentor.

Climate-Related Cats [Best's Review]

June 01, 2019

Alycen Moss and Susie Lloyd contributed an article to Best's Review titled, Climate-Related Cats.

The ALI’s Restatement of the Law on Liability Insurance [Law.com]

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.

Montana: Settlement Without Defending Insurer Is Not Presumptively Reasonable [Alert]

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.

Tenth Circuit: That “Particular Part” Deemed Ambiguous [Alert]

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.

General Liability Insurance and the Opioid Epidemic [Insights]

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.

Montana Holds Insured’s Stipulated Judgment Was Collusive and Unreasonable [Alert]

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.

New York Bad Faith Update: Appellate Department Rejects Heightened Pleading Standard [Alert]

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.

English Court Considers if U.S. Controlled Marine Insurers Must Pay Claim in Light of Sanctions [Alert]

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.

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.

Complicated Cats [Best's Review]

September 01, 2018

Alycen Moss, of Cozen O'Connor's Global Insurance department, published an article titled, Complicated Cats, for Best's Review.

California Holds Negligent Hiring, Retention, and Supervision Can State a Covered “Occurrence”

June 05, 2018

Teri Mae Rutledge discusses the California Supreme Court's decision in Liberty Surplus Insurance Corp. v. Ledesma & Meyer Construction Co., Inc.

The Imperfect Storm: Harvey Litigation Will Be Fought Under Hailstorm Bill's Rules, While 'Menchaca' Looms in the Background [Texas Lawyer]

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."

LTC Debate [Best's Review]

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.

Policy Language Can Curtail Long-Tail Insurance Claims [Law360]

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.

Texas Supreme Court Clarifies Whether Bad Faith Liability May Exist in Absence of a Policy Breach [Global Insurance Alert]

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.

New York High Court: Policyholders Must Bear Their Share of Long-Tail Claims [Global Insurance Alert]

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.

Individual Claim Adjuster Is Subject To Bad Faith and Consumer Protection Lawsuit [Global Insurance Alert]

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.

Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal: Recent Developments in Insurance Coverage

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.

Priority of rights of recovery of subrogating insured and its insured when making joint or separate claims against responsible third-party [Jurisdictions Comparative Chart]

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 - 5 pgs total, revised 6/2008. Table properties: INSURED WHOLE, PRO RATA, INSURER WHOLE, UNDECIDED, CITATION.

Reconstruction Politics and the Galveston Seven: The Struggle to Appoint a Judge in the Eastern District of Texas, 1869-72, Part I

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.

7th Circuit: Damage to Property Exclusion Applies Broadly to Damage Caused by Defective Work

January 08, 2018

Melissa Brill and Alexander Selarnick discuss the Seventh Circuit's decision in W. Side Salvage, Inc. v. RSUI Indem. Co.

Insurers Beware: New York Rules May Apply to Policies Neither Issued nor Delivered in State [Global Insurance Alert]

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.

Considering Alternatives To Reverse Bad Faith Claims [Law360]

November 27, 2017

Paul Ferland authored a piece titled, "Considering Alternatives To Reverse Bad Faith Claims" in Law360 discussing reverse bad faith claims.

Hurdles To Consider When Securing A Personnel File [Law360]

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.

New Jersey Court: Continuous Trigger Ends When Nature of Damage Is Known [Global Insurance Alert]

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.

Undertaking Property Repair Or Replacement As An Insurer [Law360]

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.

California: “Ongoing Operations” AIE Limitation Does Not Preclude Completed Operations Coverage [Global Insurance Alert]

September 06, 2017

Michael Melendez discusses the first published opinion of a California appellate court that directly addresses whether the ongoing operations limitation in additional insured endorsements precludes completed operations coverage.

No Longer Stuck in the Weeds: Marijuana Insurance Moves into the Mainstream [Business Insurance]

September 04, 2017

Stephen Pate, of Cozen O'Connor's Global Insurance Department, wrote an article titled, "No Longer Stuck in the Weeds: Marijuana Insurance Moves into the Mainstream" for Business Insurance.

Colo. Appraisal Dispute Seems To Discount True Impartiality [Law360]

August 29, 2017

Paul Ferland co-authored a piece titled, "Colo. Appraisal Dispute Seems To Discount True Impartiality" in Law360 discussing the recent decision of the Colorado Court of Appeals in Owners Insurance Co. v. Dakota Station II Condominium Assoc., 2017 WL 3184568 (Colo.App. 2017).

Allocation Governed by “All Sums” Where Policy Contains “Prior Insurance” or “Non-Cumulation” Clause

July 24, 2017

Melissa Brill and Alexander Selarnick discuss the Second Circuit adoption of the New York Court of Appeals’ previous holding that the “all sums” provision in the insuring agreement permits an insured to access the limits of all policies in any triggered year, when the insurance policies contain “prior insurance” or “non-cumulation” clauses.

Washington Appeals Court Shoots Holes in Bad Faith Setup, Attorney-Client Privilege

June 29, 2017

Jonathan Toren discusses a recent Washington Court of Appeals decision on three important issues for insurers relating to bad faith actions.

New York High Court: No Coverage for Additional Insured Where Named Insured Is Not Partially Liable [Global Insurance Alert]

June 07, 2017

Melissa Brill and Laura Dowgin discuss a Court of Appeals decision that expressly rejects that there is no material difference between the phrases “arising out of” and “caused, in whole or in part by” in additional insured endorsements.

Events & Seminars

Upcoming Events

Creating Balance in the Bad Faith Discovery Wars: Do Insurers Have a Right to Discover Plaintiffs’ Privileged Information?

July 25, 2022 - Seattle, Washington

Alycen A. Moss will present “Creating Balance in the Bad Faith Discovery Wars: Do Insurers Have a Right to Discover Plaintiffs’ Privileged Information?” at the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel 2022 Annual meeting in Seattle, Washington.

Cooperation Between Insurers and Law Enforcement in Arson Investigations – A Case Study

June 09, 2022 - Webinar

Eric D. Freed will present the webinar, “Cooperation Between Insurers and Law Enforcement in Arson Investigations – A Case Study” to the International Association of Arson Investigators.

D&O Coverage Toolbox - The ins and outs of Run-Off Coverage

June 01, 2022 - Webinar

Rafael Rivera and Ethan Price-Livingston wwill present a Cozen O'Connor webinar titled, "D&O Coverage Toolbox - The ins and outs of Run-Off Coverage".

Past Events

Beyond Bad Faith

May 18, 2022 - Webinar

Recent Developments Concerning Molestation Claims

April 28, 2022 - Baltimore, MD.

Bad Faith 2021 Year in Review

April 27, 2022 - Webinar

Eyes Open: Avoiding Bad Faith Traps

March 23, 2022 - Palm Desert, CA

Top Property Cases of 2021

March 16, 2022 - Webinar

Combating the Anchoring Effect

February 24, 2022 - Webinar

Wildfires and their Impact on Insurance Coverage Issues

February 02, 2022 - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Coverage for Losses Caused by Riots

October 14, 2021 - Webinar

Advanced Insurance Law 2021

October 01, 2021 - San Antonio, TX

In2Risk 2021

September 24, 2021 - Lake Buena Vista, FL

Immunity: Are you protected?

September 22, 2021 - Webinar

Time-Limited Policy Limit Demands

August 19, 2021 - Webinar

29th Annual Property Seminar

August 12, 2021 - Marietta, GA

COVID Business Interruption

August 01, 2021 - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Speed Dating on Construction

June 24, 2021 - Webinar

Whose Risk Is It Anyway?

May 05, 2021 - Webinar

Bad Faith 2020 Year in Review

April 21, 2021 - Webinar

Illinois Bad Faith Law

April 08, 2021 - Webinar

Top Property Cases of 2020

March 10, 2021 - Webinar

Business Interruption in the COVID-19 World

November 18, 2020 - Webinar

Pandemic Litigation Trends

September 16, 2020 - Webinar

33rd Annual MSU Insurance Day

April 07, 2020 - Starkville, MS

Coronavirus: Insurance Implications

March 25, 2020 - Webinar

CLM Annual Conference

March 18, 2020 - Grapevine, TX

Top Property Cases of 2019

March 10, 2020 - Webinar

2020 PLRB Claims Conference & Insurance Services Expo

March 08, 2020 - National Harbor, MD

No Fuel Left in the Tank

February 12, 2020 - Webinar

2019 CLM New York Conference

December 05, 2019 - New York, NY

PLRB Large Loss Conference

November 13, 2019 - Jacksonville, FL

Construction Law Primer

November 07, 2019 - New York, NY

PLRB’s Regional Adjuster’s Conference

October 22, 2019 - Concord, NC

2019 Professional Liability Seminar

October 03, 2019 - New York, NY

2019 NRRA National Conference

October 02, 2019 - Chicago, IL

2019 Seattle Insurance Litigation Seminar

September 19, 2019 - Seattle, WA

2019 Long Term Care International Forum

September 12, 2019 - Vancouver, British Columbia

2019 PLRB Central Regional Adjusters Conference

September 10, 2019 - Minneapolis, MN

Coverage B Developments

June 06, 2019 - San Antonio, TX

52nd GDLA Annual Meeting

June 06, 2019 - Ponte Vedra, FL

A Grand Insurance Adventure

June 05, 2019 - Spokane, WA

An Update on Sexual Abuse Cases

May 30, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA

CGL Insurance and the Opioid Epidemic

May 15, 2019 - Columbus, Ohio

The Opioid Epidemic and Casualty Insurance

May 14, 2019 - Columbus, OH

Policy Drafting Issues

May 05, 2019 - Tacoma, WA

Avoiding Bad Faith on the Pacific Northwest

April 24, 2019 - Seattle,WA

Webinar: Coverage by Estoppel

March 20, 2019 - Webinar

2019 CLM Annual Conference

March 13, 2019 - Orlando, Florida

Webinar: The Top Ten Property Cases of 2018

February 27, 2019 - Webinar

20th Anniversary Windstorm Insurance Conference

January 31, 2019 - Orlando, Florida

2018 PLRB Large Loss Conference

November 26, 2018 - Nashville, TN

2018 Professional Liability Seminar

November 01, 2018 - New York, NY

Webinar: Bad Faith on the Acela Corridor

October 24, 2018 - Webinar

2018 CPCU Society Annual Meeting

October 15, 2018 - San Diego, CA

NRRA National Conference 2018

October 03, 2018 - Chicago, IL

2018 Seattle Insurance Litigation Seminar

September 19, 2018 - Seattle, WA

15th Annual Course Advanced Insurance Law

June 28, 2018 - San Antonio, TX

TIPS 2018 Section Conference

May 02, 2018 - Los Angeles, CA

2018 CLM Annual Conference

March 14, 2018 - Houston, TX

Deposition Guidelines for Insurance Adjusters

January 24, 2018 - St. Petersburg, Florida

2018 Windstorm Insurance Network Conference

January 16, 2018 - Orlando, Florida

2017 Insurance Coverage and Practice Symposium

December 07, 2017 - New York, NY

Fidelity Law Association Annual Conference

November 08, 2017 - Boston, Massachusetts

2017 Professional Liability Seminar

October 12, 2017 - New York, NY

Emerging Legal Issues in Health and Pharmaceutical Law

October 10, 2017 - Indianapolis, IN

2017 CLM & Business Insurance Construction Conference

October 09, 2017 - San Diego, California

2017 Seattle Insurance Litigation Seminar

September 28, 2017 - Seattle, WA

Bad Faith Litigation in the US

September 18, 2017 - London

2017 Omaha Subrogation Seminar

June 22, 2017 - Omaha, NE

GDLA 50th Annual Meeting

June 15, 2017 - Palm Beach, FL

In The News

Melissa Brill Elected to Membership in the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel

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).

Three Cozen O’Connor Attorney’s Named 2022 Texas Rising Stars

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.

Ten from '21 — The Top Ten Property Insurance Decisions from 2021

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.

In A Hail Mary, Virus Coverage Suits Flood State Courts

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.

Alycen Moss Named to Law360’s 2022 Insurance Authority Property Editorial Advisory Board

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.

Leading Lawyers Network Recognizes 23 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers as Top Illinois Practitioners

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.

Alycen Moss Named to 2022 Georgia Super Lawyers List

February 14, 2022

Alycen Moss (Insurance Coverage) has been named to Super Lawyers 2022 list of top practitioners in Georgia.

Alycen Moss Admitted to American College of Coverage Counsel

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.

Cozen O’Connor Recognized as a “Best Law Firm” in 29 Practice Areas Nationwide, 121 Practice Areas Regionally

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.

Court Divide Deepens For Insurers' Labor Cost Battles

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.

Two Cozen O’Connor attorneys Named 2021 Texas Super Lawyers

October 04, 2021

Two Cozen O’Connor Attorneys were named 2021 Texas Super Lawyers.

Super Lawyers Recognizes 17 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys in New York

October 04, 2021

Super Lawyers has named 17 Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its 2021 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list.

More Than 205 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

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.

Alycen Moss Named the 2021 Recipient of the FDCC’s John Appleman Award

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.

Five Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to 2021 Washington Super Lawyers List

July 20, 2021

Super Lawyers has named five Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its 2021 list of top practitioners in Washington.

Legal 500 Recognizes Six Cozen O’Connor Practice Areas and 12 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys in its 2021 Legal Guide

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.

Super Lawyers Names Three Cozen O’Connor Attorneys 2021 Southern California Rising Stars

June 11, 2021

Super Lawyers named three Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its 2021 Southern California Rising Stars list.

47 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

May 28, 2021

Super Lawyers has selected 47 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to the 2021 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

82 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 19 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2021 Guide

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.

William Craven Named a 2021 Texas Rising Star

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.

Anupama Prasad Named to the National Association of Women’s Lawyers Rising List

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.

Rafael Rivera Named 2021 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow, Jordan Chisolm and Orla Thompson Named Pathfinders

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.

Two Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to 2021 Georgia Super Lawyers List

February 12, 2021

Super Lawyers has named two attorneys at Cozen O’Connor to its 2021 list of top practitioners in Georgia.

Eleven Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named 2021 Illinois Super Lawyers

January 29, 2021

Super Lawyers has named eleven attorneys at Cozen O’Connor to its 2021 lists of top practitioners in Illinois.

Leading Lawyers Network Recognizes 26 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers as Top Illinois Practitioners

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.

Cozen O’Connor Recognized as a “Best Law Firm” in 25 Practice Areas Nationwide, 115 Practice Areas Regionally

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.

Stephen Pate Named Advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates

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.

Maria Louise Cousineau Elected to Membership in the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel

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).

Super Lawyers Recognizes 21 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys in New York

September 29, 2020

Super Lawyers has named 21 Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its 2020 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list.

Four Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Recognized as 2020 Texas Super Lawyers

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.

More Than 200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

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).

Joseph Ziemianski Named Fellow of the American Bar Foundation

July 30, 2020

Joseph Ziemianski, co-chair of the firm’s Global Insurance Department, has been named a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Five Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to 2020 Washington Super Lawyers List

July 17, 2020

Super Lawyers has named five Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its 2020 list of top practitioners in Washington.

Legal 500 Recognizes Six Cozen O’Connor Practice Areas and 13 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys in its 2020 Legal Guide

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.

Super Lawyers Names Four Cozen O’Connor Attorneys 2020 Southern California Rising Stars

June 19, 2020

Super Lawyers has named four Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2020 Southern California Rising Stars list.

Fifty-Eight Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

June 05, 2020

Super Lawyers has selected 58 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to the 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

63 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 16 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2020 Guide

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.

US Regulator Grants Exemption for Drone Flight During Lockdown [Financial Times]

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.

William Craven Named Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program’s Volunteer of the Month

April 06, 2020

William Craven has been named Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program's (DVAP) Volunteer of the Month for the month of April.

Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named as 2020 Texas Rising Stars

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.

Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to 2020 Georgia Super Lawyers List

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).

Representing a Professional Sports Franchise

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."

Six Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named 2020 Illinois Super Lawyers

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.

Cozen O’Connor Recognized As a Best Law Firm in 24 Practice Areas Nationwide, 106 Practice Areas Regionally

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.

Terri Sutton Selected as President of the Pacific Northwest Chapter CPCU Society

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.

Cozen O’Connor Awarded the Pacific Northwest Chapter CPCU Society’s President’s Award

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.

17 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Recognized as New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

September 27, 2019

Super Lawyers has named 17 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2019 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list.

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.

Cozen O’Connor Attorney Gary Gassman Elected Vice-Chair of ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section

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.

Stephen Pate Receives Prestigious Andrew C. Hecker Award from the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel

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.

Bryan Vezey Appointed to Founding Member of the Houston Bar Association LGBTQ+ Committee

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.

Six Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to 2019 Washington Super Lawyers List

June 12, 2019

Super Lawyers has named six attorneys at Cozen O’Connor to its 2019 lists of top practitioners in Washington.

Stephen Pate Appointed to Member of the State Bar of Texas Pattern Jury Charges—Business, Consumer, Insurance & Employment Committee

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.

Leading Lawyers Network Recognizes 17 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers as Top Illinois Practitioners

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.

Deborah Minkoff Honored as a 2019 Professional Excellence Award Winner

May 16, 2019

Deborah Minkoff has been recognized by The Legal Intelligencer as a 2019 Professional Excellence Award winner in the Best Mentor category

Stephen Pate Named to Law360’s 2019 Insurance Editorial Advisory Board

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.

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.

Insurance Attorney Paul C. Ferland Joins Cozen O'Connor

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.

Cozen O’Connor’s Global Insurance Department Welcomes New York Litigator Daniel Goodstadt

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.

In a Hot Lateral Market, Three Lifers at Pa.-Based Firms Explain Why They've Stayed

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.

Cozen O’Connor Names New Co-Chair of the Global Insurance Department

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.

Alycen Moss Elected to Membership in the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel

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.

Seven Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named To 2019 Illinois Super Lawyers Lists

January 24, 2019

Super Lawyers has named seven attorneys at Cozen O’Connor to its 2019 lists of top practitioners in Illinois.

Insurance Cases To Watch In 2019

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."

There's A Storm Brewing For Some Texas Contractors

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."

The Breakdown with Toni Waterman - Oct 18th 2018

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.

Ohio Top Court Nixes Easy Path On Building Defect Coverage [Law360]

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.

Triggering Civil Authority Coverage After A Natural Disaster

September 27, 2018

Tracey Jordan wrote the article “Triggering Civil Authority Coverage After A Natural Disaster,” published by Law360.

18 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named New York Metro Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

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."

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.

Post-Harvey Coverage Suits Fall, But Causation Rows Linger [Law360]

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.

Pa. Shooting Case Will Test Bounds of 'Accident' Coverage [Law360]

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.

Fifty-four Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

June 12, 2018

Super Lawyers has named 54 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Fifty Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Ranked by Chambers USA 2018

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.

Cozen O’Connor Welcomes Litigator Stephanie A. Nashban to its Global Insurance Department

May 14, 2018

Nashban Brings a Strong Background in Litigating/Mediating Insurance Coverage and Professional Liability Disputes

Marijuana Insurers in Holding Pattern After Sessions Memo [Business Insurance]

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.

Cozen O’Connor Elects 19 Associates to Membership

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.

Attorney says 7th Circuit Ruling in Exploding Grain Bin Case Could Narrow Property Damage Coverage [Cook County Record]

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.

2018 U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" Ranks Cozen O’Connor

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.

Twelve Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named To 2018 Illinois Super Lawyers Lists

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.

Can Labor Be Depreciated In Actual Cash Value Calculations?

December 06, 2017

Tracey Jordan wrote the article “Can Labor Be Depreciated In Actual Cash Value Calculations?” published by Law360.

Insurance Policies on Marijuana Grows in the Fire Zone [KCBS radio]

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.

Minkoff Re-Appointed to the Pennsylvania Commission for Women

October 26, 2017

Deborah Minkoff, of Cozen O'Connor's Global Insurance department, was re-appointed to serve on the Pennsylvania Commission for Women.

Six Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named 2018 “Lawyers of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America

September 29, 2017

Cozen O’Connor is proud to announce that six of the firm’s lawyers have been recognized as “Lawyers of the Year” in their respective practices by Best Lawyers in America, one of the oldest and most highly regarded peer review publications in the legal profession.

PA Ruling Won't Lower Bar To Prove Insurer Bad Faith [Law360]

September 28, 2017

Stephen Pate and Abby Sher, of Cozen O'Connor's Global Insurance department, was quoted in an article for Law360 titled, "Pa. Ruling Won't Lower Bar To Prove Insurer Bad Faith."

Cozen O’Connor Welcomes Veteran Long-Term Care Insurance Attorney

September 21, 2017

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to welcome veteran long-term care insurance attorney Michael Rafalko to the firm’s Global Insurance Department. He joins as a member and will be resident in the Philadelphia office.

Texas Insurance Law Unlikely to Impact Harvey Victims [Bloomberg]

September 01, 2017

Stephen Pate, of Cozen O’Connor's Global Insurance Department, speaks with June Grosso on Bloomberg Radio’s “Bloomberg Law” about Texas House Bill 1774 that went into effect September 1, 2017.

Insurers Could Dodge Harvey-Related Legal Fights Under Texas Law [Bloomberg]

August 30, 2017

Stephen Pate, of Cozen O'Connor's Global Insurance Department, was quoted in an article for Bloomberg discussing how insurers could face fewer suits after Harvey due to the Texas House Bill 1774 that was passed earlier this year.

Cozen O’Connor Team Partners with NAACP to Win Historic Voting Rights Victory

August 30, 2017

Cozen O’Connor, alongside co-counsel NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) and New Orleans-based civil rights lawyer Ron Wilson, obtained an important trial victory for our clients—the Terrebonne Parish NAACP and four individual Black voters—in a voting rights case in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana.

Quick Harvey Claims Offer Little Payoff for Policyholders [Law360]

August 29, 2017

Stephen Pate, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Global Insurance Department, was quoted in an article for Law360 that discussed how property owners should handle damages caused by Hurricane Harvey.

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.

Three Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Earn Recognition in 2017 Chambers Global Rankings

June 15, 2017

Chambers Global has recognized Cozen O’ Connor attorneys Susan Eisenberg, Paul Dowsey, and Joseph Tilson as three worldwide leaders in their respective practices.

Cozen O’Connor Earns Client Recognition in 2017 Chambers USA Rankings

May 26, 2017

Chambers USA recognized 47 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields; 14 attorneys were recognized nationally and 11 were ranked in the top band.

Contacts

Joseph A. Ziemianski

Co-Chair, Global Insurance Department

jziemianski@cozen.com

(832) 214-3920

People

Awards

Three Cozen O’Connor Attorney’s Named 2022 Texas Rising Stars

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.

Leading Lawyers Network Recognizes 23 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers as Top Illinois Practitioners

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.

Alycen Moss Admitted to American College of Coverage Counsel

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.

Cozen O’Connor Recognized as a “Best Law Firm” in 29 Practice Areas Nationwide, 121 Practice Areas Regionally

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.

Super Lawyers Recognizes 17 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys in New York

October 04, 2021

Super Lawyers has named 17 Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its 2021 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list.

More Than 205 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

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.

Legal 500 Recognizes Six Cozen O’Connor Practice Areas and 12 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys in its 2021 Legal Guide

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.

47 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

May 28, 2021

Super Lawyers has selected 47 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to the 2021 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

82 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 19 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2021 Guide

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.

William Craven Named a 2021 Texas Rising Star

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.

Anupama Prasad Named to the National Association of Women’s Lawyers Rising List

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.

Rafael Rivera Named 2021 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow, Jordan Chisolm and Orla Thompson Named Pathfinders

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.

Two Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to 2021 Georgia Super Lawyers List

February 12, 2021

Super Lawyers has named two attorneys at Cozen O’Connor to its 2021 list of top practitioners in Georgia.

Eleven Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named 2021 Illinois Super Lawyers

January 29, 2021

Super Lawyers has named eleven attorneys at Cozen O’Connor to its 2021 lists of top practitioners in Illinois.

Leading Lawyers Network Recognizes 26 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers as Top Illinois Practitioners

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.

Cozen O’Connor Recognized as a “Best Law Firm” in 25 Practice Areas Nationwide, 115 Practice Areas Regionally

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.

More Than 200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

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).

Fifty-Eight Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

June 05, 2020

Super Lawyers has selected 58 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to the 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

63 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 16 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2020 Guide

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.

Cozen O’Connor Recognized As a Best Law Firm in 24 Practice Areas Nationwide, 106 Practice Areas Regionally

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.

17 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Recognized as New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

September 27, 2019

Super Lawyers has named 17 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2019 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list.

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.

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