Representative Matters

Christopher Dougherty advises and represents insurance companies facing complex first party and third party coverage disputes in state and federal courts across the country. He has experience representing insurers' interests in declaratory judgment actions and breach of contract actions. Mr. Dougherty also is experienced in addressing coverage and extra-contractual liability issues under general liability, environmental liability, commercial property and other types of insurance policies.  As part of his litigation practice, Mr. Dougherty also represents defendants in a broad range of complex commercial and tort litigation matters.

Professional Background

Prior to joining Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in August 2014, Mr. Dougherty was an associate at a Washington, DC law firm where he gained significant experience in insurance coverage litigation.

Professional Affiliations

Federal Bar Association

Representative Matters

A selection of Mr. Dougherty's representative matters includes the following:

  • Obtained dismissal of complaint against insurer client in New York state court alleging coverage under contractors pollution liability policy for bodily injury claims arising out of fire in building damaged by 9/11 attacks.
  •  Represented major insurer in competing product liability insurance coverage actions in Iowa federal court and Delaware state court arising out of allegations that insured’s products were defective.
  • Represented insurer in Florida state court in Ft. Lauderdale on claim by hotel owner for damage due to Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma.
  • Represented insurer in West Virginia state court in third-party coverage actions involving allegations of bodily injury and property damage in hundreds of consolidated underlying actions arising out of water contamination allegedly caused by coal mining operations.


Mr. Dougherty has co-written a number of articles, including the following:

  • "Who Qualifies as "An Insured" under Wrap-Up Policies," American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Website, Feb. 27, 2013.
  • "Recent Developments in Excess, Surplus Lines, and Reinsurance," American Bar Association,  Tort Trial & Insurance Law Practice Law Journal, Fall 2011.
  • "Irene's BI (Business Interruption) Losses Are Not Immediately Apparent," Insurance Day, Sept. 29, 2011.


J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 2006
B.A., History, New York University, 1998