Biography

Christy represents clients in insurance coverage matters. Christy provides guidance for coverage and bad faith disputes through each phase of resolution, including pre-litigation coverage analysis, strategic discovery, motion practice, alternative dispute resolution, trial strategy, and the appellate process. Christy’s practice focuses on complex, multi-party insurance coverage litigation and bad faith litigation concerning general liability, environmental, commercial property coverage, construction, professional liability, travel, and accident and health coverage. Christy is licensed in Texas and Louisiana, and handles coverage litigation in jurisdictions across the United States. Christy is recognized as a Super Lawyer – Rising Star in Texas and Louisiana, and Chambers USA “Up and Coming” for Texas Insurance.

Representative Experience

  • Obtained grant of application for supervisory writ before Louisiana First Circuit court of Appeal and reversal of trial court’s denial of insurer’s summary judgment motion on weapons exclusion and assault & battery exclusion. Terry J. LeBlanc v. Zaina & Tejan, Inc., et al., 2021 WL 1884837, 2021-0170 (La.App. 1 Cir. 5/11/21).
  • Obtained favorable opinion from Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal regarding reversal of trial court’s denial of insurer’s summary judgment concerning the duty to indemnify as premature. Hoffpauir v. Cajundome, et al., 2021 WL 1558561, 2020-423 (La.App. 3 Cir. 4/21/21).
  • Obtained reversal of an order granting class certification for claims arising out of an explosion at a weapons demilitarization plant and the subsequent recommended evacuation of an area around the plant. Reeves v. Explo Systems, Inc., 293 SO.2d 119 (La. App. 2 Cir. 2020).
  • Obtained dismissal of Chinese Drywall product defect suit in Louisiana based upon Peremptory Exception of Peremption.
  • ​Obtained summary judgment in favor of insurer on multiple environmental property claims and bodily injury claims in the Western District of Louisiana.
  • Obtained favorable opinion, in construction defect case, by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal of Louisiana reversing trial court’s judgment granting motion for new trial and reinstating an order of dismissal on the grounds of abandonment. Cambrie Celeste, LLC v. F.I.N.S. Construction, LLC, et al., 2018 WL 4623355, --- So.3d ---, 2018-0459 (La. App. 4 Cir. 9/26/18), writ denied, 2019 WL 277703 (Mem), ---So.3d ---, 2018-1863 (La. 1/14/19).
  • Obtained partial summary judgment, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, dismissing claim against insurer for pre-tender defense costs, and third-party’s claim for breach of the insurance policy because the third-party lacked standing.

Education

  • South Texas College of Law  (J.D., 2011)
    • cum laude
  • The University of Texas at Austin  (B.A., 2007)

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 2015
  • Texas, 2011

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Western District of Louisiana
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas

Professional and Community Activities

  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (“CLM”) – Greater Houston Chapter – Vice President
  • Allstate Staff Counsel for Street Law Program
  • Garland R. Walker American Inn of Court – Member
  • American Bar Association – Section of Litigation, Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • State Bar of Texas – Insurance Law Section and Animal Law Section
  • Texas Exes Life Member
  • Houston Bar Association - Animal Law Section

Speeches and Presentations

  • "The Changing Climate of an Insurer's Duty to Defend: Recent Exceptions and Avoiding Traps for Bad Faith," CLM 2020 Focus Seminar, November 3, 2020
  • "Avoiding Bad Faith Claims on the Gulf Coast," Thompson Coe Webinar, August 18, 2020
  • "Handling COVID-19 Claims and Bad Faith Traps to Avoid," Thompson Coe Webinar, June 15, 2020
  • The Other "Traffic" Problem: Coverage for Sex and Labor Liability, Advanced Insurance Law Update, Texas Bar CLE, June 5, 2020
  • "COVID-19 Coverage Litigation: Coverage and Claim Investigation in the Gulf Coast and Southwest," Thompson Coe Webinar, June 1, 2020
  • "Reserving Rights: Best Practices, and an Update on the Use of Extrinsic Evidence,” Thompson Coe Webinar, November 19, 2019
  • "Perfecting the Settlement: Tips and Tactics,” Thompson Coe Webinar, September 17, 2019
  • Reserving Right and Denying Coverage, 2017 Insurance & Tort Law Update (October 2017)
  • Animal Liability Claims, 2016 PLRB Claims Conference & Insurance Services Expo
  • After the Storm – Property Coverage and Business Interruption Update, 8th Annual Texas Insurance and Tort Law Update 2015
  • A Roadmap for Young Coverage Litigators, ABA WIN Conference 2018
  • ABA Coverage Journal – Recent Opinions on the Burden to Allocate Settlement Funds (to be published in winter issue)
  • War & Terrorism: Relevant Exclusions, ABA 2019 Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Seminar
  • A Comparison of the Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance and Texas Law, 2019 Advanced Insurance Law Seminar, State Bar of Texas

Professional Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch list
    • Insurance Law, 2022
  • Houstonia Magazine, Top Lawyer
    • Insurance Law, 2019 and 2020
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers - Rising Star, 2020
  • St. Charles Avenue Magazine, Top Attorneys in New Orleans Area for Insurance Law, Rising Star, 2020-2021
  • Texas Super Lawyers - Rising Star list, a Thompson Reuters Business, 2019-2021
  • Texas Monthly Super Lawyer, 2019-2021
  • Chambers USA "Up and Coming", 2021
  • Texas Monthly "Top Women Attorneys", 2021

Publications

  • Climate Change Litigation and Liability Insurance Claims, American College of Coverage Counsel, 2019
  • A Comparison of the Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance and Texas Law, 2019 Advanced Insurance Law Seminar, State Bar of Texas
  • The Burden To Allocate Settlements Funds, Coverage Fall 2018, Vol. 28 No. 4