Cozen O’Connor: Williams, John L.

John L. Williams

Member

Seattle

(206) 224-1288

(866) 537-7536

John L. Williams is as an experienced trial and appellate attorney who focuses on representing insurers in connection with coverage and bad faith issues.  John has a national practice and represents clients on a broad array of  issues including coverage claims involving privacy, intellectual property, antitrust, managed health care, pharmaceuticals, consumer fraud, employment, environmental liability, war and terrorism, entertainment  and catastrophic losses.  John is also often called upon to consult with clients regarding insurance policy drafting and development.  John is also a highly skilled and effective negotiator. 

John is a member in good standing of the Washington State Bar and the California State Bar and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, the United States Court of Appeal for the 4th Circuit, the United States Tax Court, and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Central, and Eastern Districts of California and the Western District of Washington.  John has also been admitted pro hac vice in Nevada, Oregon, Montana, and Florida, and before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Washington.

John earned his law degree from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 1987, where he won first place in the Snodgrass Moot Court Competition and was a quarterfinalist in the National Moot Court Competition. John earned his master's degree from Northwestern University, where he was a Hearst Fellow in American History, and his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis.

Experience

Publications

Sixth Circuit Limits Scope of “Disgorgement” Provision in E&O Policy [Global Insurance Alert]

February 24, 2014

In a cutting-edge decision, the federal 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that an exclusion barring coverage for an insured’s liability for “disgorgement” of “remuneration” or “advantage” is limited to “acquiring” funds as opposed to “retaining” funds. William Beaumont Hospital v. Federal Ins. Co., No. 13-1468, 2014 WL 185388 (6th Cir. Jan. 16, 2014). The Beaumont decision is the first of its kind and, if followed by other courts, narrowly circumscribes the scope of disgorgement exclusions that are typically included in errors and omissions and directors and officers liability policies.

California Supreme Court Adopts "All-Sums-With Stacking" Rule Disapproves FMC Corp. v. Plaisted In The Process [Global Insurance Alert]

August 10, 2012

California Supreme Court Adopts "All-Sums-With Stacking" Rule Disapproves FMC Corp. v. Plaisted In The Process - Global Insurance Alert - In a long-awaited decision, the California Supreme Court unanimously held that in cases of continuous or progressive property damage, each insurer, including excess insurers, on the risk at any point when damage occurred is liable for indemnity up to its policy limit if its policy contains “all sums” language.

California Supreme Court Holds: Release

March 11, 2009

California Supreme Court Holds: Release "from" Rather Than "to" Dump Site is Relevant Release for Purposes of the "Sudden and Accidental" Pollution Exclusion - Insurance Coverage Alert! - In State of California v. Allstate Ins. Co. __ Cal.4th __ (March 9, 2009), the California Supreme Court made three holdings that have a major impact on environmental coverage and liability coverage in general. The Court explicitly disapproved the Court of Appeal’s decision in Golden Eagle Refinery Co. v. Associated Intern’l Ins. Co. 85 Cal. App. 4th 1300 (2001) on burden of proof issues and limited the scope of the Court of Appeal’s decision in

The Santa Ana Wind-Driven 2007 Southern California Wildfires: A First-Party Factual and Legal Analysis of the Santa Ana Wind-Driven Wildfires [Cozen & O'Connor Whitepaper]

November 14, 2007

The Santa Ana Wind-Driven 2007 Southern California Wildfires: A First-Party Factual and Legal Analysis of the Santa Ana Wind-Driven Wildfires - Cozen & O'Connor Whitepaper -

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Education

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 1987
  • Northwest University, M.A., 1984
  • Washington University in St. Louis, A.B., magna cum laude, 1979
  • California
  • Washington
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  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of California
  • U.S. Tax Court