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Chrissy Vessels Super Lawyers 2015

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CHRISTINA L. VESSELS

PARTNER


AREAS OF PRACTICE

Ms. Vessels focuses her practice primarily on insurance defense, insurance coverage, and issues of bad faith. Chrissy has considerable experience in the direct representation of insurance companies with regard to coverage determinations and in defending against claims of bad faith, extra-contractual liability, and violations of the Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Act.  In addition to representing companies for their decision making, Chrissy has represented other types of professionals against malpractice and errors and omissions claims, including insurance adjusters and agents, construction professionals, and attorneys. Chrissy is also adept at briefing and arguing cases in the appellate courts.

Chrissy also has extensive experience in the practice of school law, and has successfully defended school boards, school administrators, teachers, and classified personnel against claims brought by parents and students.  Given her wide-ranging insurance practice, she is also well versed in the interpretation of insurance contracts and has assisted insurance companies in drafting and revising policies to better meet the needs and expectations of school officials.


PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
  • Kentucky Bar Association
    • At Large Member, Executive Committee, Young Lawyers Division (2007-2010)
  • Fayette County Bar Association
    • Women Lawyers Section
  • National School Boards’ Association Council of School Board Attorneys
  • Kentucky Council of School Board Attorneys
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
    • Admissions Committee
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
    • Governmental Liability Committee
      • Women in Law Liaison (2015-2017)
      • Publications Chair (2015-2016); Vice Chair (2014-2015)
      • Newsletter Chair (2013-2014)
    • Women in the Law Committee
      • Women in the Law Liaison to the Governmental Liability Committee (2015-2017)
  • Kentucky Defense Counsel
  • National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators (NSPII)
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
  • University of Kentucky College of Law Women’s Law Caucus, Mentor
  • Kentucky High School Moot Court Competition, Judge
  • Faith First Soccer, Coach
  • First United Methodist Church, Member
ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  • AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Named a Kentucky Super Lawyer “Rising Star” (2013-2017)
PRESENTATIONS
  • “Practice of a Civil Case: A to Z” – Kentucky Bar Association, New Lawyers Program (2017)
  • “FERPA and Open Records Training” – MRR Kentucky School Law Seminar (2016)
  • “Supervisors of Classified Personnel Training” – MRR Kentucky School Law Seminar (2016)
  • “ADA/FMLA School Personnel Training” – MRR Kentucky School Law Seminar (2016)
  • “Kentucky Bad Faith Law” – Global Indemnity Group (2016)
  • “Insuralex Talks: Disruptors and Their Risks” – Insuralex (2015)
  • “Bad Faith and Adjuster Liability” – Bluegrass Claims Association (2015)
  • “Qualified Immunity Law Update” – Kentucky League of Cities/Kentucky School Boards Insurance Trust (2013)
  • “Bad Faith” – Kentucky Insurance Law Seminar (2012)
PUBLICATIONS
  • “Kentucky Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Act” – DRI Insurance Law Committee Compendium (2017)
  • “Practice of a Civil Case: A to Z” – Kentucky Bar Association, New Lawyers Program (2017)
  • “Bad Faith” – National Business Law Institute (2012)
  • “Kentucky Qualified Immunity” – DRI Governmental Liability Committee Compendium
  • “Kentucky Legal Malpractice” – International Society of Primerus Law Firms Legal Malpractice Compendium
ADMISSIONS
  • Kentucky Supreme Court
  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
EDUCATION
  • J.D., 2004, University of Kentucky College of Law
    • Honor Council, Chair
    • Journal of Natural Resources and Environmental Law, Technical Editor
    • Moot Court Board
  • B.A., 2001, Western Kentucky University
    • summa cum laude
    • Ogden Trustee’s Award
    • Scholar of the Potter College of Arts, Humanities