Christopher C. Loeber Partner

New YorkNew Jersey
T 973.422.6770 | F 973.422.6771



Chris represents Fortune 500 and other large corporate policyholders in a broad range of complex insurance disputes across diverse industries. He has obtained coverage for policyholders in matters involving first-party property, products liability, recall and contamination, comprehensive general liability, errors and omissions, directors and officers, fiduciary liability, trade credit, marine cargo, and broad-based, leveraged corporate-owned life insurance policies. Chris’ client base encompasses food manufacturers and distributors, oil and gas enterprises, chemical producers, life sciences companies, financial services providers, retailers, franchisors, and other sophisticated entities.

Unlike coverage lawyers who have represented clients on only one side of the industry, Chris began his career defending multinational insurance carriers. Clients at Lowenstein directly benefit from Chris’ carrier-side experience because that experience has given him a deep understanding of how insurance companies underwrite policies, value claims, and approach lawsuits.

Although he spends much of his time litigating, arbitrating, and mediating complex coverage disputes, Chris is acutely aware that an ounce of counseling prevention is worth a pound of litigation cure. With that in mind, Chris works with corporate policyholders and their insurance brokers during the policy purchase and renewal stages to understand and anticipate applicable risks, and to negotiate the best available insurance coverage.

Chris writes and lectures frequently on a variety of insurance coverage and litigation topics. He is a contributor to Insurance Coverage Disputes (Law Journal Press) and is also co-author of “Non-Verbal Behavior, Gender and Influence,” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, June 1995.

Representative Engagements

Insurance Recovery
  • Acted as lead counsel for an international oilfield services provider in various disputes around the country, including numerous suits arising out of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
  • Acts as lead counsel for a privately held spice import/processing company in multiple state and federal insurance disputes arising from alleged salmonella contamination.
  • Acts as lead counsel for a national family of healthcare companies in first-party property, comprehensive general liability, and directors and officers insurance coverage disputes around the country.
  • Acts as lead counsel for a global chemical manufacturer in connection with numerous business interruption and marine cargo claims arising from tornado-related losses.
  • Acted as lead counsel representing numerous national and multinational retailers in various state and federal suits arising from broad-based, leveraged corporate- owned life insurance programs.
  • Acted as co-counsel for a multinational retailer in complex first-party property/business interruption suit.
Commercial Litigation
  • Acted as lead counsel defending a global real estate services firm against malpractice/breach of contract action filed in New Jersey state court.
  • Acted as lead counsel defending a multinational drilling company against putative class action alleging environmental groundwater contamination filed in New York federal court.
  • Acted as lead counsel defending a multinational technology company in connection with product defect suit filed in New York state court.
  • Acted as lead counsel defending a global supplier of drug development services against temporary restraining order and related contract dispute filed in New York state court.
  • Acted as lead counsel representing an international chemical manufacturer in supply contract dispute filed in New Jersey state court.
Corporate Investigations
  • Conducted numerous internal investigations for global oil and gas, retail, and financial services enterprises covering myriad topics including general operations, corporate compliance, and hazardous materials handling.

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “Demystifying Credit Insurance: A Guide to Understanding and Negotiating Your Credit Insurance Policy,” National Association of Credit Management, 120th Credit Congress and Exposition, June 15, 2016

  • Panel, “Enforcement and Interpretation of First Party Insurance Policies,” New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, March 31, 2016

  • Panel, “Insurance Coverage for Additional Insureds - Navigating the Minefield,” Insurance Coverage for Additional Insureds, October 22, 2015

  • Speaker, “Demystifying Credit Insurance: A Guide to Understanding and Negotiating Your Credit Insurance Policy,” Mitsubishi Credit Managers Meeting, September 15, 2015.

  • Speaker, “Insurer's Breach of Duty to Defend: Navigating Divergent Court Rules on the Subsequent Right to Contest Coverage,” Strafford CLE Program, September 2, 2015

  • Panel, “Terminating the Duty to Defend: Evaluating When the Insurer Can Extinguish the Duty,” Strafford Webinar, June 3, 2015

  • Panel, “Food for Thought: Headlines, Horror Stories & Hot Topics in Coverage Litigation,” Risk and Insurance Management Society Annual Conference, April 27-29, 2015

  • Speaker, “Insurer’s (Alleged) Breach of the Duty to Defend: Advocating Loss, and Preservation of the Right to Contest Coverage,” Strafford Webinar, April 9, 2014

  • Speaker, “Insurance Coverage as a Part of Risk Management,” American Spice Trade Association, April 28, 2013

  • Speaker, “Defense Strategies and Insurance Coverage for Food and Beverage Based Claims,” GMA Webinar, October 24, 2013

Publications

Matthew's Message: Maximize Insurance Recoveries After a Major Weather Event
Corporate Counsel, October 25, 2016
Christopher Loeber, Joseph Saka
Preparing for the Worst: Five Tips for Maximizing Insurance Recoveries in the Wake of Hurricane Matthew
Insurance Recovery Group Client Alert, October 6, 2016
Christopher Loeber, Joseph Saka
Five Thoughts For Job-Changing CFOs
CFO, March 30, 2016
Christine Osvald-Mruz, Christopher Loeber
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Press Mentions

Christopher Loeber comments in CBS MoneyWatch on the importance of providing “prompt notice” to insurance carriers for hurricane & severe weather damage. , CBS MoneyWatch , October 6, 2016
In a Global Association of Risk Professionals article, Christopher Loeber discusses insurance shortfalls in the energy sector. , Global Association of Risk Professionals , April 1, 2016
Christopher Loeber is quoted in Law 360 discussing a ruling by Judge Thomas Vena which held that insurance policy limits on flooding do not apply to more than $500 million in Hurricane Sandy damages suffered by Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PSEG). , Law360 , March 26, 2015
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Events

February 28, 2017
The 2017 GMA Legal Conference


Related Areas

Insurance Recovery Group
Litigation

Education


Fordham University School of Law ( J.D. , 1994 )
Holy Cross College ( A.B. , 1991 ) , Psychology

Bar Admissions


New York
New Jersey

Court Admissions


2003 , U.S. Supreme Court
1998 , U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
2006 , U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
1994 , U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
1998 , U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
1998 , U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
2011 , U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
2011 , U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin

Affiliations


  • Member, New Jersey District X-B Ethics Committee (Appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court for a four year term: 2015-19)
  • Former Co-Chair, D&O Subcommittee, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, American Bar Association Section of Litigation
  • Former Co-Chair, Emerging Issues Subcommittee, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee,
  • Member, American Bar Association Section of Litigation
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Recipient, Empire State Counsel Award for Pro Bono Service in New York