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About Christopher C. French

Professor Christopher C. French currently teaches Torts, Contracts, Remedies, and Insurance Law. He has written and published extensively in the area where insurance law intersects with contract and tort law. In addition to writing numerous chapters of a two-volume insurance law treatise entitled Policyholder's Guide to the Law of Insurance Coverage, he has become the primary author of Insurance Law in a Nutshell. His scholarly work has been published in, among other journals, the Georgia State Law ReviewKansas Law ReviewNevada Law Review,Southern California Law Review PostscriptUniversity of Pennsylvania Journal of Business LawVillanova Law Review, and Virginia Law & Business Review.

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.


2014 Present Visiting Professor, Penn State Law
20132014 Visiting Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
20132013 Adjunct Professor, Duquesne University School of Law
20122013 Visiting Assistant Professor, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
20102010 Adjunct Professor, Duquesne University School of Law




  • Insurance Law
  • Remedies
  • Property
  • Contracts
  • Torts


19881991 J.D., Harvard Law School
19841988 B.A., Columbia University

Contracts (12)

Commercial Law (8)

Recent Works (5)