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Christopher C. French

Christopher C. French

Professor of Practice

Curriculum Vitae

(814) 867-0395

J.D., Harvard Law School
B.A., Columbia University

Professor Christopher C. French currently teaches Torts, Trial Advocacy, 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 law review journals at, among other law schools, Georgia State University, University of Kansas, University of Nevada, University of Southern California, University of Pennsylvania, Villanova University, and University of Virginia.

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.

Understanding Insurance Policies as NonContracts: An Alternative Approach to Drafting and Construing These Unique Financial Instruments, 89 Temp. L. Rev. 535 (2017)

Hurricanes, Fraud And Insurance: The Supreme Court Weighs In But Does Not Wade Into The Concurrent Causation Conundrum In State Farm Fire And Casualty Company v. Rigsby, 165 U. Pa. L. Rev. Online 99 (2017)

A Battlefield Map for NFL v. Insurance Industry Re: Concussion Liabilities, 53 San Diego L. Rev. 901 (2016)

Insuring Landslides: America’s Uninsured Natural Catastrophes, 17 Nev. L. J. 63 (2016)

Revisiting Construction Defects as Occurrences under CGL Insurance Policies, 19 U. Pa. J. Bus. L. 101 (2016)

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)

Segmented Settlements Are Not the Answer: A Response to Professor Squire’s Article, How Collective Settlements Camouflage the Costs of Shareholder Lawsuits, 7 Va. L. & Bus. Rev. 589 (2013)

The “Non-Cumulation Clause”: an “Other Insurance Clause” by Another Name, 60 U. Kan. L. Rev. 375 (2012)

The “Ensuing Loss” Clause in Insurance Policies: The Forgotten and Misunderstood Antidote to Anti-Concurrent Causation Exclusions, 13 Nev. L. J. 215 (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)