Douglas Y. Christian

Tel 215.864.8404
Fax 215.864.9206

Douglas Y. Christian is the Practice Leader of the Insurance Group. He concentrates on insurance advice, negotiation, and, when necessary, litigation, with an emphasis on matters involving receiverships; captives; coverage issues arising under all types of policies, especially directors and officers (D&O) and errors and omissions (E&O); reinsurance; and regulatory issues.

Doug has handled several high-profile issues and disputes involving insurance company insolvencies, including disputes arising in the Penn Treaty, American Network, Reliance, Legion, Villanova, First Sealord, and PHICO rehabilitations and liquidations.

Most recently, Doug led a team of Ballard Spahr lawyers that defeated the efforts of the Pennsylvania Insurance Department to liquidate two long-term care insurance companies, the first time liquidation petitions had been denied in Pennsylvania. In its 164-page Opinion and Order issued after a 30-day trial, the court rejected the positions of the Department and its major actuarial firm and ordered that appropriate rehabilitations be pursued. After the Department appealed to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Doug successfully briefed and argued the matter before that Court, which affirmed the trial court's landmark decision in a 4-1 ruling.

Professional Activities

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Judge Pro Tem, Commerce Court Program

University of Pittsburgh School of Law (J.D. 1984)

University of Notre Dame (B.A. 1980)