Senior Counsel

Christina D. Ketcham

Biography
Credentials
Experience

Biography

Christina D. Ketcham focuses her practice on commercial, class action, insurance coverage and bad faith matters in state and federal courts around the country. Ms. Harrison has tried matters and handled appeals at both the state and federal levels.

In the commercial area, Ms. Ketcham has represented power companies, law firms, brokers and contractors in breach of contract matters. She has also defended lawsuits brought against medical bill review companies, food manufacturers, car dealerships and insurance companies seeking certification of state and national classes. Ms. Ketcham has successfully had class allegations stricken, obtained dismissal of class claims and settled class actions. In insurance coverage, Ms. Ketcham has successfully prosecuted and defended declaratory judgment actions and provided coverage opinions for claims arising from general liability, commercial auto, personal auto and homeowner policies. In addition, she has defended insurance companies against claims of bad faith, consumer fraud and breach of contract. Finally, Ms. Ketcham’s appellate practice focuses on protecting client interests before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Illinois appellate courts.

She litigated cases for twenty years at Williams Montgomery & John Ltd., a Chicago firm, and was a member of that firm’s commercial, insurance, class action and appellate practices. She is “AV Preeminent” peer review rated by Martindale-Hubbell, reflecting the highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal ability. Ms. Harrison was selected by her peers for inclusion in Illinois Leading Lawyers for commercial litigation, insurance, insurance coverage and reinsurance, civil appellate and class action/mass tort defense law.

Results:

  • Baltzall v. R & R Trucking Co., 554 F.3d 1124 (7th Cir. 2009):  Ms. Ketcham obtained a ruling on appeal vacating a multimillion-dollar contribution judgment against employer.  The Court ordered that, on remand, the defendant employer could waive it workers’ compensation lien and that, after such a waiver, the contribution verdict against the employer must be dismissed.
  • Janikowski v. Lynch Motor Group, 210 F.3d 765 (7th Cir. 2000):  Ms. Ketcham obtained affirmance of summary judgment entered in favor of defendant in class action alleging a violation of the Truth in Lending Act and consumer fraud based on auto dealer’s credit sales practices.
  • United States Fire Ins. Co. v. Zurich Ins. Co., 768 N.E.2d 288 (Ill. App. (1st) Dist. 2002):
  • Ms. Ketcham obtained an affirmance of dismissal and summary judgment on all pending claims on behalf of a primary insurer in lawsuit brought by an excess insurer.  Plaintiff was attempting to recover the defense and settlement costs it incurred in defending a party insured by both the primary and excess insurer.
  • Joe Rizza Enterprises, Inc. v. Wausau Underwriters Ins. Co., District Court for the Northern District of Ill.:  Ms. Ketcham tried a breach of workers’ compensation policy with a retrospective premium feature, and, because of favorable motions in limine and objection rulings, obtained a favorable settlement for insurer five days into the jury trial.
  • Knip v. Ohio Casualty Group., Inc., Circuit Court of Champaign County, Ill.:  Ms. Ketcham obtained summary judgment on behalf defendant insurer in lawsuit asserting breach of contract and bad faith.
  • Reznikoff v. Indiana Ins. Co., Circuit Court of Cook County, Ill.:  Ms. Ketcham obtained judgment on the pleadings in favor of defendant insurer in bad-faith action.
  • Fuller v. Liberty Mutual Fire Ins. Co., Circuit Court of Cook County, Ill.:  Ms. Ketcham obtained dismissal, with prejudice, of class-action claims against defendant insurer involving insurance sales practices.  Plaintiffs tried consumer fraud claims based on defendant’s alleged failure to provide plaintiffs with optional water back-up coverage.  On appeal, Ms. Ketcham obtained a complete reversal that vacated plaintiffs’ award of consumer fraud damages and attorney fees.

Credentials

Education

  •     J.D., University of Illinois College of Law, magna cum laude, 1998
  •     B.S., University of Illinois, 1994

Awards

  • Selected multiple times by my peers for inclusion in Illinois Leading Lawyers for civil appellate, insurance, insurance coverage and reinsurance, and commercial litigation law.
  • Achieved “AV Preeminent” peer review rating on Martindale-Hubbell.

Affiliations

  • Illinois, 1998

Publications

  • “Bad-Faith Claims in Illinois” (Co-Author) Chapter, ICLE Illinois Insurance Law (2009, 2012, & 2015 Editions).
  • “Illinois Bad Faith” (Co-Author), Chapter, Primerus Compendium of Bad Faith Law (2010)
  • “A Primer on Defending Breast Cancer Litigation” (Co-Author), Volume 25:3, American Journal of Trial Advocacy (Spring 2002)