Joseph A. Ziemianski

Co-Chair, Global Insurance Department

Houston

(832) 214-3920

(832) 214-3905

Recent News:

Cozen O’Connor Announces Changes to Firm Management 2022

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce the following changes in firm leadership positions for the 2022 year.

Joseph's practice concentrates in insurance coverage and bad faith litigation involving a wide array of first- and third-party claims including professional liability, pollution, food contamination, pharmaceutical products, construction defect litigation, advertising injury, and medical devices. He has acted as lead counsel in many high-profile insurance coverage suits across the United States. Joe also devotes a significant portion of his practice to counseling clients on evaluating and reducing risk on complex liability and coverage issues including the defense of insureds in high stakes litigation. He is AV rated by his peers and has been recognized by Chambers and Partners USA in Insurance-Texas (2019-2021). He has also been recognized as a Super Lawyer and "Top Lawyer in Texas" (2011-2021) in the area of insurance coverage litigation.

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

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

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

News

Cozen O’Connor Announces Changes to Firm Management 2022

March 23, 2022

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce the following changes in firm leadership positions for the 2022 year.

Two Cozen O’Connor attorneys Named 2021 Texas Super Lawyers

October 04, 2021

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

September 19, 2019

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

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

August 28, 2019

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

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

April 25, 2019

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

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

August 22, 2018

One hundred twenty-six Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 20 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

100 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 23, 2017

Lawyers were selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition based on a rigorous peer-review that has been developed and defined for more than 30 years.

Publications

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.

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.

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

November 18, 2019

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

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

July 22, 2019

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

Ultimate Game-Changer? Concussion-Related Injuries and Litigation

April 01, 2017

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

Events & Seminars

Past Events

2015 Casualty & Specialty Products Seminar

November 19, 2015 - New York, NY

London Power Forum 2014

November 13, 2014 - London, UK

Cozen O'Connor's 2013 New York Litigation Seminar

February 12, 2013 - New York, NY

PLRB/LIRB 2011 Claims Conference

April 03, 2011 - Nashville, TN

Industry Sectors

Education

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

Awards & Honors

Chambers and Partners USA: Texas: Insurance 2019-2021

Best Lawyers in America 2016-2022

Texas Super Lawyers 2011-2021

Expert Guides: Insurance & Reinsurance

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