DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 2001
Marquette University, B.A., 1997
It is not every day a judge apologizes to defense counsel in a written opinion, but in a motion Christine argued to reconsider an adverse ruling, that’s exactly what happened. Christine’s enthusiastic and dedicated advocacy on behalf of her clients allows her to achieve success in and out of the court room every day.
Christine looks at the big picture when providing counsel to her clients. She is dedicated to giving practical and economical advice. She practices in the firm’s Insurance Services and Commercial Transportation Practice Groups, concentrating on personal, commercial and professional lines of insurance, as well as extra-contractual/bad faith claims. She provides coverage opinions, negotiates coverage disputes and handles all aspects of litigation actions on behalf of insurance companies. She represents the interests of insurance companies, their employees and independent insurance agents.
In the transportation industry Christine counsels trucking companies and their insurers in negotiating coverage issues and litigating declaratory judgment actions. She also provides counsel to clients with respect to contractual indemnification issues and represents the interests of parties in both seeking and contesting indemnification from others. Her vast experience includes matters in the areas of automobile liability, uninsured and underinsured motorists, homeowners, professional liability, medical malpractice, construction, environmental and toxic tort.
In her free time Christine travels to and explores new places with her husband and their two sons.
Memberships & Involvement
- Member: Chicago Bar Association; American Bar Association
- Successfully litigated application of indemnity provisions in Uniform Intermodal Interchange Agreement resulting in transfer of approximately half a million dollars in defense costs
- Received summary judgment from Indiana federal court that a class action lawsuit alleging that insured debt adjustment services operation targeted financially troubled customers and extracted fees for worthless services did not fall within coverage for personal injury, accidental event, or advertising injury
- Received summary judgment finding that delivery service client qualified as an additional insured under its driver's automobile policy
- Successfully brought subrogation and contribution claim on behalf of insurer for motor carrier whose placards were on a vehicle against insurer for driver and owner of vehicle where there were alternative allegations that driver was acting both on behalf of motor carrier and owner which triggered a duty to defend by owner/driver's insurer. Owner/driver's insurer failed to defend, court found it to be stopped and liable for 100% of defense and indemnity.
- Participated in the successful settlement of a high exposure trucking accident involving multiple layers of insurance coverage, contractual risk transfer issues, and conflict of interest issues
- Received summary judgment for insurance company on six figure claim by arguing that vehicle was not owned, hired, or borrowed by the named insured, overcoming arguments as to agency
News & Press Releases
- January 3, 2013
- May 7, 2012
- SmithAmundsen Attorneys Named to Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Listings by Law and Politics MagazineJanuary 2012
- November 12, 2010
- May 17, 2010
- January 15, 2016
- December 11, 2015
- January 9, 2014
- USLAW DigiKnow, January 15, 2016
- Defense Counsel as Ethically Challenged or Merely in a Position where Appearance of Impropriety Exists when Insurer and Insured have Conflicts of Interest?IDC Quarterly, Vol. 22, No. 2, 2012
- Best Practices for Navigating Insurance Issues in large Loss Trucking LitigationAmerican Trucking Association Forum for Motor Carrier General Counsel, July 2014
- The Emperor’s New Clothes - How to Respond to the Reptile Theory and Other New Avenues of Attack from the Plaintiff - Alternative Liability Theories – Broker Liability and its Derivatives, State Anti-Indemnity Motor Transportation StatutesDRI Trucking Law Seminar Course Materials, June 2014
- Driver Classification, The Logo Liability Doctrine a/k/a Placard Liability or The Doctrine of Statutory Employment, Recent Developments in Federal Preemption of State and Local Efforts to Regulate the Trucking Industry, and Payment PriorityDRI Trucking Law Seminar Course Materials, June 2014
- USLAW Digiknow, January 2014
- In the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time: Defense Counsel as Ethically Challenged or Merely in a Position where Appearance of Impropriety Exists when Insurer and Insured have Conflicts of Interests?IDC Monograph, Spring 2012
- IDC Survey of LawIllinois Association of Defence Trial Counsel, 2012, 2013
- In Transit, December 16, 2011
Presentations & Events
- Ethical Conflicts of Interest: Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and WisconsinClient Presentation, November 7, 2016
- Coverage Basics 101Client Seminar, Chicago, IL, July 21, 2015
- Insurance Issues in Trucking LitigationClient Seminar, Brookfield, WI, July 7, 2015
- Passing the Buck: Tips on How to Get the Quickest and Most Effective Risk Transfer (A Top Ten List)Sedona, AZ, May 2, 2015
- A Series of Unfortunate Events . . . Insurance Issues in LitigationAmerican Trucking Association Forum for Motor Carrier General Counsel, July 16, 2014
- Anti-Indemnity, Preventability Determinations and JurisdictionClient Seminar, April 2014
- Truckers vs Motor Carrier Coverage Form ComparisonMilwaukee, WI, June 21, 2011