Chris Bator

Counsel

Cleveland
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Overview

With more than 30 years of experience in commercial litigation, Chris Bator focuses on advising clients concerning insurance coverage issues and the resolution of coverage disputes. He is involved in the litigation, arbitration and mediation of insurance coverage disputes in state and federal forums. Chris has experience on both sides of insurance issues, having counseled and represented policyholders as well as insurance carriers, thus providing unique insight to his clients.

Chris is certified as a specialist in insurance coverage law by the Ohio State Bar Association.

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  • Worked to obtain policy benefits for a large trucking company in class action lawsuits alleging racial discrimination. Company's insurance carrier had denied coverage for lawsuits based on the policy's prior-knowledge exclusion and other conditions and terms in the policy. Coverage dispute involved a “Bermuda Form” arbitration provision requiring arbitration to take place in London, England, pursuant to English procedural rules with application of New York substantive law. Although arbitration commenced, the matter settled in favor of the client.

  • Represented a captive carrier (domiciled outside the U.S.) of a U.S. corporation in various coverage disputes with reinsurers, including claims concerning damages arising out of alleged participation in a conspiracy in violation of U.S. and foreign laws, as well as claims with reinsurers over substantial real and personal property damages.

  • Defended a life insurance carrier in a lawsuit alleging breach of contract and fraud with respect to calculation of policy premiums.

  • Obtained substantial recovery for a hospital under a crime loss policy for employee theft.

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Experience

  • Worked to obtain policy benefits for a large trucking company in class action lawsuits alleging racial discrimination. Company's insurance carrier had denied coverage for lawsuits based on the policy's prior-knowledge exclusion and other conditions and terms in the policy. Coverage dispute involved a “Bermuda Form” arbitration provision requiring arbitration to take place in London, England, pursuant to English procedural rules with application of New York substantive law. Although arbitration commenced, the matter settled in favor of the client.

  • Represented a captive carrier (domiciled outside the U.S.) of a U.S. corporation in various coverage disputes with reinsurers, including claims concerning damages arising out of alleged participation in a conspiracy in violation of U.S. and foreign laws, as well as claims with reinsurers over substantial real and personal property damages.

  • Defended a life insurance carrier in a lawsuit alleging breach of contract and fraud with respect to calculation of policy premiums.

  • Obtained substantial recovery for a hospital under a crime loss policy for employee theft.

  • Representing and providing coverage analysis to a mutual insurance company with respect to various claims made by policyholders sued for alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

  • Representing and defending a company responsible for the placement and operation of red light traffic cameras in various class action litigations challenging the use of the cameras. Class action lawsuits were filed in Cleveland, Chicago, New York and Florida.

  • Acting as co-counsel representing and defending company administering the electronic toll program for San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge in class action lawsuit challenging notification procedure for tolls and penalties.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Ohio State Bar Association: Certified Specialist in Insurance Coverage Law

Memberships

  • Catholic Lawyers Guild
  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association: Insurance Law Section
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys

Community

  • Bay Village Recreation Center: Karate Instructor (Black Belt in Karate-Do Kajukenpo Karate)

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 2016
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1987
  • Ohio, 1987

Education

  • J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 1987, cum laude
  • B.A., John Carroll University, 1984, magna cum laude