Christian manages and defends lawsuits throughout Louisiana involving trucking and automobile accidents, extra-contractual/bad faith claims, excess coverage and liability matters, workers’ compensation claims, and agent/broker E&O claims. His clients include domestic and international insurers; FTL and LTL trucking and commercial auto carriers; major retailers and restaurant groups; commercial property owners and hoteliers; and the United States’ largest retail propane distributor. He is well-versed in a variety of industry-specific codes and standards, including those regulated by FMCSA, DOT, OSHA, and NFPA.
Although he has routinely and successfully tried bench and jury trials to verdict for close to 30 years, it’s Christian’s holistic approach to litigation management and supervision that his clients value most. With a keen eye toward clients’ growing concerns for litigation spend and the evolving “business of law,” he focuses his practice not only on the early and effective resolution of every claim, but on the creation and routine review of litigation data analytics and metrics. He believes in a collaborative approach to claims resolution that not only successfully resolves the claim in the courtroom, but that does so in a way that best reduces the client’s financial and reputational burden of litigation. Given his unique, global approach to litigation management, Christian is often trusted by clients to serve as coordinating counsel for large volumes of lawsuits, supervising hundreds, sometimes thousands of files for an individual client. His clients lean on him to create and audit business and litigation management plans, craft and review alternative fee arrangements, and provide value-added analytics for them to benchmark against.
Christian is also a frequent lecturer on a variety of legal topics including negotiating and managing alternative fee agreements (AFAs), claim and file management strategies, defending mTBI claims, early resolution techniques, and mediation.
Christian received his law degree from Loyola University College of Law, New Orleans, and was admitted to practice in Louisiana that same year. He joined Duplass in 1998 and has been a partner in the firm since 2000.