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Christopher A. Thompson

Christopher A. Thompson

Biography

Christopher A. Thompson's litigation practice focuses primarily on commercial and complex litigation, insurance matters, and class action cases. During his 16+-year career at Jackson Walker, Mr. Thompson has successfully represented clients in a variety of matters involving commercial and personal injury disputes. Mr. Thompson is also frequently hired to advise insurance carriers and policyholders in matters ranging from initial coverage opinions to bad faith litigation involving the following lines of coverage:

  • Commercial liability (CGL)
  • Excess/umbrella liability
  • Directors and officers liability
  • Credit/life/disability
  • Residential and commercial property (first party and liability)
  • Personal and business automobile (first party and liability)
  • Business interruption and contingent business interruption
  • Professional malpractice
  • Aviation (first party and liability)
  • Marine (first party and liability)
  • Motor Cargo
  • Numerous other specialty lines policies (e.g. lender liability, "GAP" insurance, elder care benefits, and many more)


Mr. Thompson's insurance practice has also involved counseling clients concerning acquisition of appropriate insurance coverage, preparing and responding to reservations of rights letters, and analyzing potential coverage available to a litigation adversary. Mr. Thompson's accomplishments for insurer and policyholder clients include:

  • Succeeded on summary judgment motion that resulted in take nothing judgment on claims asserted against aviation insurer but preserved insurer's counter-claim based on prosecution of frivolous litigation in action involving total loss to an aircraft where insured lacked insurable interest
  • Secured insurance coverage for dozens of policyholders under first party and liability policies despite presence of facts that could trigger exclusions and/or result in a no coverage position taken by insurers
  • Successfully resolved putative nationwide class action litigation against insurer involving homeowner's insurance policies without certification of class
  • Obtained take nothing summary judgment in favor of insurer involving bad faith and coverage claim brought by former employee of insured while maintaining counterclaims for investigation and defense costs against plaintiff
  • Avoided litigation with dozens of credit/life/disability policyholders while maintaining no-coverage positions on claims
  • Obtained dismissal of claims against client without any payment in connection with industry-wide litigation relating to worker's compensation risk pool
  • Counseled clients regarding acquisitions and sales of businesses about insurance coverage in place and potential need for additional types of coverage
  • Counseled client on potential coverage issues involving contingent business interruption insurance claims involving natural disasters outside coverage territory


Mr. Thompson has also represented both businesses and individuals in connection with pre-litigation disputes and complex litigation matters involving:

  • Class action litigation
  • Toxic tort and personal injury claims
  • Premises liability
  • Worker's compensation regulation and practices litigation
  • Commercial contract disputes
  • Fiduciary liability for officers, directors, partners, attorneys, and other professionals
  • Fraudulent transfer actions
  • Federal and state securities actions
  • Constitutional challenges to state statutes
  • Land use litigation

Prior to embarking on his legal career, Mr. Thompson worked for Prudential Property & Casualty Insurance Company as a multi-lines claims adjustor, during which time he was responsible for making coverage determinations and claim valuations on property and casualty losses.


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Organization Membership

Mr. Thompson is a member of the Tort and Insurance Section of the Dallas Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas. He is also a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and the Dallas Bar Foundation. In law school, he became a member of the local chapter of the Order of the Coif and was elected as the Chief Baron of the Order of Barons.

Community Involvement

Mr. Thompson has actively participated in numerous community events and has served in leadership positions in several organizations. He is a current member of the Board of Directors of Healing Hands Ministries, a low cost health care clinic. He recently served as the Membership Chair for the Steering Committee of the Leadership Arts Alumni Association. Mr. Thompson also served as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Dallas Arts District Alliance in 2008, and previously served as Chair-Elect and Programs Chair for that organization. Mr. Thompson has served as Volunteers Co-chair for the Helping Hands organization, which benefits the Family Place, a shelter for women and children. He was a member of the 2003-2004 Leadership Arts class in Dallas, Texas, where he served as Chair of the Steering Committee for the class fundraising project, which raised more than $40,000 for the Friends of Fair Park. Mr. Thompson was also a member of the Leadership Dallas class of 2006-2007 and is a member of the Leadership Dallas Alumni Association.


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Peer Recognition

Mr. Thompson was named a "Rising Star" by Thomson Reuters (2006-2009).


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Speeches / Publications

Mr. Thompson has authored or co-authored several publications, including:

  • "Business Bankruptcy for the (Blessedly) Uninitiated" which was presented at the 25th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute in both Houston, Texas, on March 27 & 28, 2003, and Dallas, Texas, on April 10 & 11, 2003
  • "What is an Occurrence?," presented in 1998 at the University of Houston Law Foundation's seminar, titled "Insurance Law for Agents, Adjustors and Attorneys Who Represent Insurers"
  • "Insuring a Brighter Future: The Emerging System of Russian Insurance Law," published in the Houston Journal of International Law, (19 H.J.I.L. 863, Spring 1997)
Mr. Thompson has authored the following e-Alert:

Links to Publications


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  • Christopher A. Thompson
Partner
Dallas Office
T: 214.953.6032
F: 214.661.6808

cthompson@jw.com
Practice Areas
Education

B.A., cum laude, Austin College (TX)

J.D., magna cum laude, University of Houston Law Center
  • Order of the Coif
  • Chief Baron, Order of Barons
Bar Admissions

  • 1997, Texas
Court Admissions

  • United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
 
 
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