Alissa K. Christopher

Member

Dallas

(214) 462-3036

(214) 462-3299

Recent Publication:

Texas Supreme Court Crafts “Undisputed Evidence of Collusive Fraud” Exception to Eight-Corners Rule [Avoiding Insurance Bad Faith Blog]

In Texas, and as a general rule, only the four corners of the policy and the four corners of the petition against the insured are relevant in deciding whether the duty to defend applies. Richards v. State Farm Lloyds, ___S.W.3d ___, 2020 WL 1313782 at *1 (Tex. 2020). Texas courts and practitioners...

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.

Experience

News

Cozen O'Connor Promotes 27 to Membership

May 01, 2019

Cozen O'Connor is pleased to recognize 27 attorneys with the promotion to member: Dylan Alper, Philip J. Berens, Alison Weintraub Berson, Evan Berquist, Alexandra Campau, Alissa K. Christopher, Matthew D. Clyde, Rachel Collins Clarke, Michael A. Corgan, Matthew L. Elkin, Nicole M. Ellis, Alex H. Hayden, David S. Huard, Haryle Kaldis, David Kirchblum, Matthew Evan Lewitz, Jesse Ryan Loffler, Samantha L. Mazo, Lindsey A. Miller, Jeffrey M. Monhait, Jonathan Nase, Jacqueline Promislo, Shelby K. Riney, Kelly Shinn, Terri A. Sutton, Daniel P. Thiel, and Laura Zulick.

Publications

Texas Supreme Court Crafts “Undisputed Evidence of Collusive Fraud” Exception to Eight-Corners Rule [Avoiding Insurance Bad Faith Blog]

May 06, 2020

In Texas, and as a general rule, only the four corners of the policy and the four corners of the petition against the insured are relevant in deciding whether the duty to defend applies. Richards v. State Farm Lloyds, ___S.W.3d ___, 2020 WL 1313782 at *1 (Tex. 2020). Texas courts and practitioners...

Texas Supreme Court Reinforces the Eight Corners Rule, Or Does It? [Alert]

March 25, 2020

Alissa Christopher and Greg Hudson discuss Richards v. State Farm Lloyds and whether the absence of a clause requiring a carrier to defend claims that are “groundless, false or fraudulent” means that the “eight-corners” rule does not apply when determining the existence of a duty to defend.

"Advertising" Then and Now [DRI For the Defense]

December 01, 2019

Alissa Christopher and Ashley Gomez-Rodon contributed an article to the DRI publication, For the Defense, discussing how changes in technology and the emergence of web-based advertising have forced insurers to examine what constitutes "advertising" under commercial general liability Coverage B.

Store Display Can Be An “Advertisement” Under Coverage B [Avoiding Insurance Bad Faith Blog]

May 20, 2019

In Hershey Creamery Company v. Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Company and Liberty Insurance Corporation, No. 1:18-CV-694, 2019 WL 1900397 (M.D. Penn. May 6, 2019) the court found that a self-serve milkshake machine and related display could constitute an “advertisement” for purposes of insurance...

From Birdseed to Crop Dusting, Liability-Triggering Event Determines Number of Occurrences [Avoiding Insurance Bad Faith Blog]

November 27, 2018

Texas applies the “cause” test to determine the number of accidents or occurrences, but its emphasis on the “liability-triggering event” requires an analysis of intervening causes. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals doubled-down on its focus on the liability-triggering event, reversing the trial...

Texas Court: No Prejudice Required to Deny for Late Reporting Under a Claims-Made Policy [Avoiding Insurance Bad Faith Blog]

October 07, 2015

This summer in Nicholas Petroleum, Inc. v. Mid-Continent Cas. Co., 2015 WL 4456185, 2015  Tex. App. LEXIS 7489 (Tex.App., Jul. 21, 2015), a Dallas panel of Texas’ intermediate level appellate court rejected policyholder arguments that the insurer was  required to show prejudice before denying...

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Review of Significant Bad Faith Cases in 2018

February 13, 2019 - WEBINAR

Bad Faith Liability: Prevention and Control

May 16, 2017 - New Orleans, LA

Industry Sectors

Education

  • Southern Methodist University, J.D., 1991
  • Texas A&M Univ.–College Station, B.S., 1986
  • Texas
  • 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