Christopher M. Jacobs

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A litigation attorney, Christopher focuses his practice on the areas of insurance bad faith, insurance coverage, and commercial litigation.

In his insurance bad faith litigation practice, Christopher has served as counsel for major national insurers in actions involving construction defect claims, latent and progressive injury claims, long-tail environment exposure claims, disputed uninsured and underinsured motorist claims, first-party property losses, and excess verdicts.

Christopher’s insurance coverage practice involves the preparation of coverage opinions and analyses in matters involving reservation of rights, disclaimer of coverage, examinations under oath, declaratory judgments, and extracontractual exposure. He has also handled disputes involving trigger, allocation, and reallocation of losses in complex coverage claims; horizontal and vertical exhaustion; the interaction among primary, excess, and umbrella policies; targeted tender issues; and personal and advertising injury claims. Christopher is a member of the Insurance and Commercial Litigation Committees of DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar. He is also a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Mutual Insurance Companies and the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, where he is a frequent speaker on key insurance law developments and insurance bad faith in Pennsylvania.

Community Involvement

  • Former President, Board of Directors, North Allegheny School District
  • Former Board Member, McCandless-Franklin Park Ambulance Authority

The ‘Selective Way’ Decision: A Catalyst for Increased Coverage Litigation?
The Legal Intelligencer, Insurance Law Supplement | 08.30.2016

I’ve Got You Covered (But I Reserve My Right Not To)
Pennsylvania Association of Mutual Insurance Companies
April 10, 2018 | Gettysburg, PA | Presenter

Reservation of Rights: General Principles and the Lessons of Lobenthal
Pennsylvania Association of Mutual Insurance Companies
April 12, 2017 | Gettysburg, PA | Presenter

Key Insurance Law Developments 2009
Pennsylvania Defense Institute – Case Law & Legislative Update
July 14, 2009 | Pittsburgh, PA | Presenter

 

  • QBE Ins. Corp. v. Adjo Contracting Corp., 997 N.Y.S.2d 425 (2d Dept. 2014) Summary judgment in favor of Pennsylvania insurer entered by New York appellate court in complex coverage matter arising out of underlying construction defect litigation, finding no “occurrence” under Pennsylvania law.
  • USF Ins. Co. v. Orion Dev. RA XXX, LLC, 756 F. Supp.2d 749 (N.D.W.Va. Nov. 18, 2010) Declaratory judgment in favor of commercial general liability insurer, finding no duty to defend or indemnify insured in underlying lawsuit alleging sexual assaults, where allegations did not establish “bodily injury” under West Virginia law.
  • Victoria Ins. Co. v. Ren, 2008 WL 2371850 (E.D.Pa. June 9, 2008)
    Dismissal of insured’s statutory bad faith counterclaim in declaratory judgment action, ruling that insurer’s litigation of legitimate coverage issues is not bad faith under Pennsylvania law.
  • In re Finney, 184 Fed. Appx. 285 (3d Cir. 2006) Affirmance of summary judgment in favor of insurer’s attorney in wrongful use of civil proceedings, malicious prosecution and abuse of process action arising out of handling of insured’s fire claim.
  • State ex. rel. Erie Ins. Prop. & Cas. Co. v. Mazzone, 625 S.E.2d 355 (W.Va. 2005)
    Petition for Writ of prohibition to West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals granted with respect to discovery order directing disclosure of insurer’s reserve information, finding that trial court failed to make proper relevancy determination.