Joanne L. Zimolzak

Joanne L. Zimolzak

Partner - Washington, DC
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1900 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
TEL: 202.496.7375
FAX: 202.496.7756
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Joanne Zimolzak leads the Insurance Division within the firm's Litigation Department. Her diverse practice focuses principally on complex business litigation.  Her experience also extends to assisting companies with regulatory compliance, internal investigations, and fraud reporting.

In addition to her role as practitioner, Ms. Zimolzak serves as the Office Managing Partner for the firm's Washington, DC office.  In this position, she manages the operations of the office and spearheads plans for the office's strategic growth.

Business Litigation

Ms. Zimolzak has had extensive experience handling a wide range of complex civil litigation matters before state and federal courts throughout the country, both at the trial and appellate levels The representation of multi-national insurance carriers is a particular focus of Ms. Zimolzak’s business litigation practice.  Her experience includes representing insurance companies in all types of coverage disputes, with emphasis on matters involving bad faith allegations and significant potential exposures.  Ms. Zimolzak also routinely provides counseling to insurers concerning coverage and risk management issues and other aspects of their business, including emerging liability risks, new product development, and regulatory compliance. Ms. Zimolzak also has authored numerous articles and publications and is a frequent speaker at seminars on insurance-related topics.


Ms. Zimolzak has extensive experience assisting government contractors with obtaining and/or successfully preventing the release of sensitive business information under federal and state Freedom of Information Act provisions.  She also has particular experience in procurement fraud matters and in conducting related internal investigations.

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Seminars and Presentations:

  • Chair, "Resolution of Property Insurance Claims in the Modern Age - Appraisal, Mediation, and Arbitration," ABA's Property Insurance Law Committee Annual Spring CLE Meeting, April 24-26, 2014.
  • Panelist, "When Insurance Bad Faith, Coverage and Fraud Collide: A Detailed Case Study," CLM's Insurance Bad Faith/Coverage/Fraud Conference, February 28, 2014.
  • Panelist, "Managing Partner Roundtable", National Law Journal 2013 Regulatory Summit, November 13, 2013. 
  • Panelist, "Managing Partner Roundtable", Bisnow, October 18, 2013. 
  • Speaker, "Climate Change and Insurance: Are Insurance companies liable for climate change-related claims?", Women's Council on Energy and the Environment, May 29, 2013.
  • Speaker, “Emerging Tort Liability Risks:  What’s On the Horizon,” CLE presentation to ACE Group, July 19, 2012 (with J. Randolph Evans).
  • Co-Panelist, “Climate Change and its Impact on the Insurance Industry,” Practicing Law Institute (PLI) Webinar, July 17, 2012.
  • Panelist, "AEP v. Connecticut: The Decision and Its Implications," BNA Webinar, (July 6, 2011).
  • Panelist, “Top 10 Bad Faith Decisions,” Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) Webinar (February 2011). 
  • Moderator, "Climate Change Coverage Issues," ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Midyear Program, (February 2010). 
  • Panelist, "Bad Faith in Insurance Claims: Strategies for Prosecuting and Defending Against Claims of Insurer Misconduct," Strafford Publications, (July 2009).