Cozen O'Connor has announced the opening of the firm's 21st office, in Houston, Texas, at 1 Houston Center, 1221 McKinney St., Suite 2900. The firm also maintains another Texas office in Dallas, with 25 attorneys.
Five attorneys, who concentrate their practices in maritime defense and insurance coverage matters, are joining Cozen O'Connor in Houston. Coming on board to the firm's international practice group are Susan D. Noe as senior member, and Deborah T. Busby and Brian J. Tagtmeier as members; all three were previously with the law firm of Fowler, Rodriguez & Chalos. Coming from Beirne Maynard & Parson, Joseph A. Ziemianski and Bryan P. Vezey join the firm's insurance coverage practice group as a senior member and member, respectively. All five reside in Houston.
"We have had a large and growing base of clients in Texas since we opened our first office in the state 11 years ago, and there has been an increasing demand for our insurance coverage and maritime defense counsel," added Ann Thornton Field, vice-chair of Cozen O'Connor's national insurance litigation department.
Ms. Noe, Ms. Busby and Mr. Tagtmeier are all active in maritime related organizations, including the Houston Mariner's Club and are members of the Houston and American Bar Associations. Ms. Noe and Ms. Busby are member and vice president, respectively, of the Texas Chapter of the Women's International Shipping and Trading Association. Mr. Tagtmeier focuses his practice on construction litigation and employment matters.
Mr. Ziemianski and Mr. Vezey have been active in both legal and insurance organizations. Mr. Ziemianski serves as editor of the Insurance Coverage Newsletter of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel and member of numerous professional organizations.