Edward J. Ozog
Edward J. Ozog is a partner in the Chicago-based law firm of Clausen Miller P.C., who devotes his practice to insurance litigation, including cause and origin investigations, coverage analyses, construction disputes, and contamination claims.
Ed is a highly experienced counselor, litigator, mediator and lecturer. Ed has litigated first-party coverage disputes, defended liability claims, advised on reinsurance matters, and prosecuted subrogation actions. Among his many successes, Ed recently secured a judgment of “no liability” for the light fixture manufacturer accused of starting the tragic 69 W. Washington fire in Chicago.
Given his keen interest in the fast emerging area of “green building” construction and insurance coverage, Ed is active in the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and a frequent lecturer on “green buildings.” In the past, Ed served as national counsel in what was then an emerging field—mold litigation, where he was responsible for reviewing, monitoring and coordinating hundreds of matters involving mold and construction-related defects.
After completing the Northwestern University Mediation Skills Training Program, Ed became an approved mediator with the Circuit Court of County Court-Annexed Major Case Civil Mediation Program. He is also an accredited mediator by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR).
Ed is a Registered Foreign Lawyer in the United Kingdom and a member of Clausen Miller International, a multi-national partnership of attorneys with offices located in England, France, Belgium and Italy.
Ed’s active participation in professional associations extends beyond his membership in the Chicago, Illinois State and American Bar Associations. He is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, the International Association of Arson Investigators (Illinois chapter), and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Ed is on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Crime Commission, a position he has held since the 1980s. Over the years, Ed has made numerous contributions to ABA publications and has been a frequent speaker at bar association and industry meetings. Ed was selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyers list. Only five percent of the lawyers in the state were selected. Ed is also a member of Leading Lawyers Network.
In 1987, Ed was appointed Special Assistant Attorney General, State of Illinois, to develop and edit an Arson Training & Prosecution Manual. Published in October 1990, the manual contains the contributions of forty-two authors from the public and private sectors. In 1992, Ed received the highest award conveyed by the International Association of Arson Investigators, the Distinguished Service Award (George H. Parker Award), given to individuals who have shown outstanding service, effort and direction in furthering the purposes and objections of the IAAI.
Before joining Clausen Miller, Ed was a Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney from 1973 to 1981, where he held various positions in the Appeals, Misdemeanors, and Felony Trial courts. At the end of his tenure, he served as the Third Municipal District Supervisor.
Mr. Ozog was licensed in Illinois on October 31,1973. He is a member of the Trial Bar for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, and is also licensed in various other U.S. District Courts. He is licensed in the United States Supreme Court.
- J.D. DePaul University College of Law, 1973
- B.A. DePaul University, 1970
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1980
- U.S. District Courts, Northern District of Illinois and various others
- Registered Foreign Lawyer-London
- Chicago Bar Association
- Illinois Bar Association
- American Bar Association (Property Law Committee, Tort and Insurance Practice Section)
- International Association of Defense Council
- International Association of Arson Investigators
- Defense Research Institute