Patrick Wielinski

Patrick Wielinski

Principal, Cokinos | Young

Contact Info

Cokinos | Young
800 Crestview Tower
105 Decker Court
Irving, Texas 75062
Phone: (817) 635-3620
Fax: (817) 635-3633


Mr. Wielinski practices in the areas of construction, insurance coverage, and risk management. In the 2021 Edition of Texas' Best Lawyers®, he was recognized as the 2021 "Lawyer of the Year" in Dallas/Fort Worth for his work in insurance law. He is past chair of the Insurance Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and regularly lectures to construction, insurance, and legal groups on insurance coverage and risk management issues.

Mr. Wielinski is the author of Insurance for Defective Construction, the fifth edition of which was published by IRMI in 2018. He is also the co-editor of Construction Insurance: A Guide for Attorneys and Other Professionals, published by the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry, of which he co-authored the chapter on commercial general liability coverage. He has co-authored Contractual Risk Transfer: Strategies for Contractual Indemnity and Insurance Provisions, also published by IRMI. Mr. Wielinski regularly authors numerous other publications for insurance, construction, and legal organizations. He also contributes articles on insurance coverage for construction defects to,over 30 to date.

Mr. Wielinski is a member of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) Surety Bonding and Construction Risk Management Committee and, as part of that committee, monitors the status of insurance law on a national basis as applied to construction risks, filing amicus curiae briefs for a number of Texas and national construction trade organizations in important cases to the industry.

Mr. Wielinski received his bachelor of arts degree from St. John's University and his law degree from the University of Minnesota. He is a fellow of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel and has been recognized by Chambers USA—Texas Construction and Insurance Law, Texas Best Lawyers—Construction Law, Best Lawyers in America—Insurance Law and Construction Litigation, Who’s Who Legal—International Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers, and as a Texas Super Lawyer.

IRMI Publications

Expert Commentary

Date Article
Jul 2020 Beware the Stunted CGL: Breach of Contract Endorsements
Aug 2016 The Demise of Weedo: Glad Tidings but Coverage Left on the Table
Jul 2016 Defective Work as Occurrence: "The Song Remains the Same"
Apr 2016 Is Weedo v. Stone-E-Brick Going Down?
Jun 2014 Construction Defect and Occurrence: Still Crazy after All These Years
Jan 2014 Ewing v. Amerisure
Sep 2010 Construction Defect Insurance Coverage Remains Difficult To Predict
Oct 2009 CGL Exclusions May Impact Coverage for Occurrences Involving Defective Work
Apr 2008 Defective Construction as an Occurrence: Witnessing the 'Occurrence' Farewell Tour?
Feb 2008 The Year of the Occurrence: 2007 Defective Construction Insurance Cases in Review
Sep 2007 Worth the Weight (in Gold): The Texas Supreme Court Weighs in on Defective Construction as Occurrence
May 2007 "Defective Construction as Occurrence" 2007: Too Close To Call
Jul 2006 Complex Construction Defect Claims: Who Pays First?—Part 2
Jun 2006 Complex Construction Defect Claims Involving Performance Bonds and Insurance: Who Pays First?—Part 1
Dec 2005 Trying to Reconcile the Irreconcilable: Making Sense of Recent Case Law on Occurrence
Nov 2004 Sore Knees: Recent Case Law Ignoring the Subcontractor Exception
Aug 2004 Recent Case Law Applying the Subcontractor Exception: Too Little Too Late?
Dec 2003 The New Business Risk Rationale:
Dec 2003 The New Business Risk Rationale:
May 2003 The Myth of "Third-Party" Property Damage
Oct 2002 Even More on Defective Work as an "Occurrence"
Jun 2002 Potomoc Insurance v Huang
Mar 2002 Policy Modifications and Endorsements Relating to Liability Insurance Coverage for Mold
Jan 2002 Full Circle Regression: The New ISO "Your Work" Endorsements
Aug 2001 Glorifying Form Over Substance: "Legally Obligated" in the CGL Insuring Agreement
May 2001 Back to the Exclusions—The "Subcontractor" Exception
Feb 2001 Insurance Coverage for Mold Arising Out of Defective Workmanship
Nov 2000 More on Defective Work as an Occurrence
Jul 2000 Defective Work as an Occurrence
Mar 2000 The Changing Landscape of Coverage Disputes over Defective Work Claims