Christine Chambers represents clients in a broad range of insurance, personal injury, and property damage matters. Her clients benefit from her extensive civil litigation experience, which includes matters related to homeowner’s, automobile, commercial general liability, and errors & omissions insurance, and insurance bad faith defense. Christine has also handled a number of civil appeals.
From depositions and discovery to motion work and oral arguments, Christine is involved in all phases of litigation. She works with her clients, ensuring they're informed each step of the way, to reach a resolution with their best interests in mind.
Prior to joining Hinshaw, Christine practiced at a firm in Santa Barbara, California. She began her legal career as a volunteer with the Santa Barbara Public Defender's Office.
While attending law school, she spent a summer interning with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands. Christine was also a summer clerk at a mid-sized tort and insurance defense firm in Cleveland.
Insurance Bad Faith
- Co-chaired an insurance bad faith defense trial in Los Angeles County Superior Court in 2016, which arose out of a property loss claim. During the six-day trial, Christine handled several witnesses and gave closing argument. The jury quickly returned a defense verdict.
- Acted as primary appellate counsel in an insurance bad faith case in which the insureds argued that her client, Mercury Insurance Company, must reimburse them for costs expended to prevent an imminent insurable loss. Mercury contended that there had been no covered loss and that the policy did not require reimbursement to prevent a covered loss. The trial court agreed and granted summary judgment. On appeal, the California Court of Appeal, Second District, Division Five, upheld the summary judgment ruling in a published decision, Grebow v. Mercury Ins. Co., 241 Cal.App.4th 564 (2015), holding that there was no covered loss, the insureds' duty to mitigate damages arose only after a loss, and Mercury had no duty to reimburse the insureds for costs they incurred to prevent imminent damage.
- Acted as amicus curiae on behalf of Mercury Insurance Group in the case of Corenbaum v. Lampkin, 215 Cal.App.4th 1308, and helped convince the California Court of Appeal, Second District, Division Three to expand damages law that benefits defendants. Corenbaum expanded California's key decision, Howell v. Hamilton Meats & Provisions, Inc., which held that a plaintiff was only entitled to recover as damages for past medical expenses the reduced amount of medical bills actually paid for those services (e.g. through discounted insurance rates), not the amount billed by the provider. Howell did not address whether a plaintiff could introduce evidence of the amount billed for medical treatment for the purpose of calculating future economic damages or non-economic damages. Corenbaum held evidence of billed medical treatment was not admissible for either purpose.
- Co-Presenter, "Terminating the Duty to Defend: Can the Insurer Extinguish the Duty by Settling Less Than All Claims?," Strafford CLE webinar, April 3, 2019
In her free time, Christine enjoys spending time with her husband and sons, reading, and traveling.
- Two Rivers Chorale, 2017 ‒ Present
J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 2010
- Articles Editor and Associate Editor, CWRU Journal of International Law
B.A., magna cum laude, English and Political Science, Case Western Reserve University, 2007
- U.S. District Court for the Central and Eastern Districts of California
- U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota