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About Christopher C. French

Professor Christopher C. French currently teaches Torts, Trial Advocacy, Evidence, Contracts, and Insurance Law. He has written and published extensively in the area where insurance law intersects with contract and tort law. He is the author of an insurance law casebook, Insurance Law and Practice: Cases, Materials, and Exercises, as well as an insurance law reference book, Insurance Law in a Nutshell. He also is the General Editor of New Appleman Pennsylvania Insurance Law Practice Guide, an insurance law treatise, and he wrote numerous chapters of another insurance law treatise entitled Policyholder's Guide to the Law of Insurance Coverage. His scholarly work has been published in law review journals at, among other law schools, University of California, Duke University, Georgia State University, University of Maryland, University of Nevada, University of Southern California, University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas, Villanova University, and University of Virginia.

He received his law degree from Harvard Law School and his bachelor degree from Columbia University. 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.

Positions

2014 - Present Visiting Professor, Penn State Law
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2013 - 2014 Visiting Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
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2013 - 2013 Adjunct Professor, Duquesne University School of Law
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2012 - 2013 Visiting Assistant Professor, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
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2010 - 2010 Adjunct Professor, Duquesne University School of Law
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Disciplines

Law


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Courses

  • Insurance Law
  • Remedies
  • Property
  • Contracts
  • Torts

Education

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1988 - 1991 J.D., Harvard Law School
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1984 - 1988 B.A., Columbia University
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Contracts (25)