Christian is an Associate in the Litigation Practice Group and a member of the Firm’s Insurance/Reinsurance Industry Team. His practice concentrates on insurance coverage litigation, professional liability defense, and complex commercial litigation. Christian has also handled appeals in state and federal courts.

Christian is a magna cum laude graduate of the Quinnipiac University School of Law where he was the Publication Editor of the Quinnipiac Health Law Journal, President of the Mock Trial Society, and research assistant to Professor Stephen Gilles. While in law school, he clerked for the Honorable Dominic J. Squatrito of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut and the Honorable Howard T. Owens Jr. of the Connecticut Superior Court.

Before joining Freeborn, Christian maintained a national practice that focused primarily on the representation of insurers – including London market insuring and reinsuring syndicates and companies – with various coverage matters and coverage litigation arising from disputes from first-party property coverage, contingency risk coverage, third-party coverage, and multi-line contracts. Christian also has experience representing non-medical professionals (attorneys, insurance agents, insurance brokers, and real estate agents), employers, Fortune 500 companies, and municipal entities in a wide variety of litigated matters.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Negotiated the complete withdrawal of claims brought against a business complex in Boca Raton, Florida and a retail shopping center in North Haven, Connecticut.
  • Obtained a favorable ruling on behalf of an insurance brokerage dismissing the claims against it as untimely.
  • Successfully represented a national, extended-stay hotel chain in a claim brought against it through the Florida Commission on Human Relations.
  • Obtained the complete dismissal of federal due process claims brought against a board of police commissioners.
  • Assisted in the successful representation of a municipal client at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Ross v. New Canaan Environmental Com’n., 532 Fed. App’x. 12 (2d Cir. 2013).
Professional Activities: 
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Member, Connecticut Bar Association
Publications: 

Why Fast Food Bans are the Wrong Solution to Address America’s Obesity Problem and What Should Be Done Instead, 15 Quinnipiac Health Law Journal 209 (2012).

Waivers and Extreme Sports: Do You “Waive Goodbye” To Your Rights?, Conn. Sports Law, Feb. 23, 2015. Cross-published, Vo. 12, Issue #4, Sports Litigation Alert, Mar. 2015.

Practice areas

Education

J.D., Quinnipiac University School of Law, magna cum laude, Oberst Mock Trial Award; Outstanding Legal Scholarship; Superior Classroom Performance; Outstanding Performance in Oral Advocacy
B.A., Providence College

State Bar Admissions

Florida
Connecticut

Federal Bar Admissions

United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
United States District Court for the District of Connecticut 

Community Service

The Resolution Project, Guide

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