Christian A. Cavallo

Christian A. Cavallo

Partner

Practice Groups

Chris is a seasoned insurance coverage litigator who has successfully represented insurers in high-value cases in the state and federal courts of New Jersey and New York. Chris’s litigation experience includes matters involving both first- and third-party insurance products and includes the defense of claims alleging breach of contract, bad faith, violation of state consumer fraud laws, fraud and misrepresentation, waiver and estoppel, and unfair claims/settlement practices. A representative sampling of Chris's litigation accomplishments include:

  • Obtaining summary judgment on behalf of an auto liability insurer in a declaratory judgment action brought by a general liability insurer arising out of a multi-million dollar tort liability lawsuit involving damage to a Garden State Parkway overpass
  • Obtaining summary judgment on behalf of a general liability insurer in a declaratory judgment action brought by a putative additional insured arising from a multi-million dollar tort liability lawsuit involving the collapse of a commercial pier
  • Successfully defeating an order to show cause filed by an insured to compel an auto insurer to participate in the appraisal process permitted by the insurer's policy, where the first-party dispute between the parties exceeded the scope of the appraisal process
  • Obtaining summary judgment on behalf of a general liability insurer in a declaratory judgment action brought against an auto liability insurer arising from a high-value personal injury lawsuit
  • Obtaining dismissal on behalf of an auto liability insurer of a lawsuit seeking uninsurerd and underinsured motorist benefits as a result of a motor vehicle accident
  • Obtaining a favorable settlement on behalf of a property insurer of litigation involving a multi-million dollar water damage claim asserted by the owner of a high-end fashion boutique

Chris's practice also includes providing his clients with general insurance counseling, including drafting coverage opinions and memoranda analyzing insurers' rights and obligations under complex insurance contracts, assisting with internal investigations, and providing advice concerning regulatory issues, underwriting, and policy drafting. 

Chris regularly presents on emergent insurance industry topics, and has authored and co-authored aritcles on issues affecting the insurance industry. He is also an editor and regular contributor to the firm's insurance blog, The Insurance & Reinsurance ReportWhile attending Georgetown University Law Center, Chris served as a member of the Georgetown Journal on Poverty & Law Policy. Prior to graduation, he was a law clerk at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. 

Honors
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers, Rising Star 2015-2017 (Thomson Reuters)
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s Thurgood Marshall Award For Representation of a Prisoner Under Sentence of Death
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Professional Affiliations
  • Defense Research Institute: Volunteer Vice Coordinator, Insurance Law Committee 
Admitted to Practice
  • New York 
  • New Jersey 
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey 
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
Community Involvement
  • Volunteer Lawyers For Justice
  • New Jersey Law Student Mentorship Program, Mentor
  • Americorps National Civil Community Corps, Team Leader
Education
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2007 (Robert J. Fiske, Jr. Fellowship Award)
  • Providence College, B.A., 2003
Publications
  • Presenter, "Additional Insured Coverage: Navigating Scope, AI Rights, Insurer Duties, AI Status vs. Contractual Indemnification," Strafford CLE Webinar, October 2016
  • Presenter, "Ride and House Sharing: Liability Coverage," PLRB Regional Adjusters Conference, St. Louis, MO, September 2016
  • Co-Presenter, "Interplay of Allocation Issues in the D&O Space," ACI's National Forum on Insurance Allocation, June 23, 2016
  • Presenter, "Disputes Between Primary And Excess Insurers," Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, May 2016
  • Co-Author, “Surprise! 'Soft' Insurance Fraud Is Punishable by Prison,” Law360, March 16, 2016
  • Presenter, "Insurance Bad Faith Claims: Expanding Scope of Insurers Liability From Policyholder and Insurer Perspectives," February 2, 2016