Alissa K. Christopher represents and advises insurance companies in complex coverage and extracontractual first- and third-party matters in addition to working on insurance coverage litigation.
She has been published on topics such as general liability, homeowners, farm liability, professional liability, excess, umbrella, and personal and commercial automobile policies.
Alissa earned her Bachelor of Science in psychology from Texas A&M University. She earned her law degree from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. She is an avid Texas Rangers baseball fan and enjoys yoga, reading, and traveling.
- Won summary judgment on behalf of our insurance company client in a case in which the plaintiff brought claims of breach of contract, bad faith, and insurance code violations. In granting summary judgment, the court accepted our arguments that the client’s policy endorsement unambiguously precluded coverage for automobiles that were floor planned, and that the exclusion did not constitute an “other insurance” provision.
- Won summary judgment on behalf of an umbrella liability insurer in a declaratory judgment action centering on whether the insurer had a duty to indemnify its insured against a jury verdict. In granting summary judgment, the court held that there was no such duty because the insured would never be liable for the judgment at issue, under the terms of a full release and covenant not to execute contained in a post-verdict settlement agreement. This decision was affirmed on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
- Successfully petitioned for mandamus review of the denial of our insurance company-client’s plea to jurisdiction in a case centering on a shooting death at the hands of a security guard employed by the insured. The Corpus Christi Texas Court of Appeals accepted our arguments that the plaintiff could not assert a direct claim against the insurer unless and until the insured tortfeasor was adjudged liable to the plaintiff, and that the case presented extraordinary circumstances warranting mandamus relief from the trial court’s decision to the contrary.
- Secured an award of approximately $1 million on behalf of an insurer through a successful motion for summary judgment in a case stemming from the settlement of a lawsuit by the insured, a real estate developer, concerning the defective construction of a residential complex. Our client paid toward that settlement under the insured’s excess policy and then sought reimbursement from the insured for an unpaid $1 million deductible. When the insured refused to pay, our client sued for breach of contract. We convinced the court of the fallacy of the insured’s argument that prior payments had satisfied the deductible, because amount at issue was a deductible rather than a self-insured retention. Further, the court accepted our argument that anti-stacking and apportionment rules upon which the insured relied in its opposition to our motion were inapplicable, because the matter involved only a single tower of insurance.
- Southern Methodist University, J.D., 1991
- Texas A&M Univ.–College Station, B.S., 1986
BAR ADMISSIONS : Texas
COURT ADMISSIONS :
- Texas Supreme Court
- U.S. District Court — Eastern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court — Northern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court — Southern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court — Western District of Texas
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
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