J.D., Harvard Law School
B.A., Columbia University
Professor Christopher C. French currently teaches Torts, Contracts, Remedies, and Insurance Law. He has written and published extensively in the area where insurance law intersects with contract and tort law. In addition to writing numerous chapters of a two-volume insurance law treatise entitled Policyholder's Guide to the Law of Insurance Coverage, he has become the primary author of Insurance Law in a Nutshell. His scholarly work has been published in, among other journals, the Georgia State Law Review, Kansas Law Review, Nevada Law Review, Southern California Law Review Postscript, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law, Villanova Law Review, and Virginia Law & Business Review.
Prior to joining the faculty at Penn State Law, he taught at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Villanova Law School. He also formerly was a partner at K&L Gates LLP where, as a commercial litigator, he handled all aspects of litigation matters for Fortune 500 companies and other businesses in federal and state courts across the United States, trying cases in seven different states. In addition to his advocacy work, he also has served as an expert witness and as both a party-appointed and a neutral arbitrator.
"The Illusion of Insurance Contracts," 89 Temp. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming)
"Revisiting Construction Defects as Occurrences under CGL Insurance Policies," 19 U. Pa. J. Bus. L. ___ (forthcoming)
"Sex, Videos, and Insurance: How Gawker Could Have Avoided Financial Responsibilty for $140 Million Hulk Hogan Sex Tape Verdict," 90 S. Cal. L. Rev. Postscript 101 (2016)
"The Insurability of Claims for Restitution," 18 U.Pa. J. Bus. L. 599 (2016)
"The Role of the Profit Imperative in Risk Managment," 17 U. Pa. J. Bus. L. 1081 (2015)
"Insuring Floods: The Most Common and Devastating Natural Catastrophes in America," 60 Vill. L. Rev. 53 (2015)
"The Aftermath of Catastrophes: Valuing Business Interruption Insurance Losses," 30 Ga. St. U. L. Rev. 461 (2014)
The “Non-Cumulation Clause”: an “Other Insurance Clause” by Another Name, 60 U. Kan. L. Rev. 375 (2012)
"Debunking The Myth that Insurance Coverage is Not Available or Allowed for Intentional Torts or Damages," 8 Hastings Bus. L. J. 65 (2012)
"Construction Defects: Are They “Occurrences”?, 47 Gonz. L. Rev. 1 (2011)