Chris advises business policyholders through pre-litigation claims and lawsuits against their insurers.

Overview

Chris pursues business insurance claims on behalf of policyholders. He has successfully resolved coverage claims involving commercial general liability, directors and officers liability, employment practices liability, fidelity and property/business interruption policies. Chris also has experience across other commercial litigation fields, including commercial real estate disputes, business tort litigation, and product liability claims in state and federal courts.

Experience

Chris works with policyholders in a number of industries, including construction, education, energy, food & beverage, manufacturing, municipalities and telecommunications. He was a member of a team that worked as insurance coverage counsel on behalf of an unsecured creditors committee and secured more than $150,000,000 in coverage under general liability insurance policies spanning several decades. Chris obtained summary judgment on behalf of a Missouri bank in a multimillion dollar equitable subrogation dispute against a borrower’s surety companies. He also helps clients navigate coverage issues associated with mergers and acquisitions, and he counsels clients facing coverage or policy compliance issues relating to companies facing insolvency, bankruptcy, receivership, or other financial distress.

His real estate litigation experience has involved helping successfully resolve property insurance claims, restrictive covenant disputes and lease disputes. Chris also advises REITs and other entities on contractual indemnification obligations and related issues.

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

Liability Insurance Basics: Scope and Recurring Issues, July 2019

Publications

"Proving Lost Business Income for Manufacturers Without Clearly Identifiable Lost Sales," published in the ABA's Coverage Magazine, spring 2018

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

Nelson-Atkins Museum Friends of Art

University of Virginia Alumni Association

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas

Education

University of Virginia, J.D., 2015

  • The Journal of Law and Politics, Production Editor
  • Dillard Fellow, Legal Research & Writing Program

University of Virginia, B.A., 2011

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