Mr. Richard Edward Zelonka, Jr.

Mr. Richard Edward Zelonka, Jr.: Attorney with Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP


Richard is the Managing Partner of WSHB’s Atlanta office. Richard’s practice focuses on insurance coverage and litigation, representing clients in state and federal courts throughout the United States. Richard also handles cybersecurity and data privacy matters as a member of the Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Team. He is a trusted advisor and respected advocate.

Richard’s insurance coverage practice involves advising and representing domestic and international insurers on first-party property, commercial general liability, construction defect, and professional errors and omission claims. Richard has successfully litigated a wide variety of first-party and third-party insurance cases, including the interpretation of policy provisions and exclusions, quantum disputes, hurricane catastrophes, bad faith and extra-contractual claims, and the application of regulatory and statutory schemes.

Richard also has extensive experience defending insureds in personal injury, marine accidents, wrongful death, construction defect, property damage, premises liability, and professional and medical malpractice claims.

In addition to his litigation and coverage practice, Richard has over a decade of London Market experience. He spent time on a secondment with a leading Lloyd’s of London syndicate, advising its claims and legal teams on a wide variety of North American claims, underwriting and regulatory issues.

Richard has been recognized by his peers as a Georgia Super Lawyer Rising Star for Insurance Coverage.

Awards & Accomplishments

Georgia Super Lawyer Rising Star for Insurance Coverage


Paul L. Fields, Jr., Joseph C. Gebara & Richard E. Zelonka, Jr., Essex Insurance Company v. Zota: Do Surplus Lines Insurers Face Broad Regulations in Florida?, Declarations, Winter 2009.

Areas of Practice (14)

  • Admiralty and Maritime
  • Appellate
  • Cannabis Law
  • Construction
  • Cybersecurity and Data Privacy
  • Directors and Officers (D&O) Litigation
  • Disaster Litigation
  • General Liability and Casualty
  • Insurance
  • London Insurance Market
  • Medical Malpractice and Healthcare Law
  • Professional Liability
  • Property Management and Tenant Litigation
  • Subrogation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
424-279-4821  Phone
(470) 552-1152  Phone
(404) 506-9108  Fax
University Attended:
University of Florida, B.A., 1997; University of Florida, M.E.S.S., 1999
Law School Attended:
University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2003
Year of First Admission:
2003, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; 2005, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia; 2005, Georgia; 2003, Florida


The Florida Bar

State Bar of Georgia

Atlanta Bar Association

St. Thomas More Society

Birth Information:
Reading, England, April 17, 1974

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