Christopher R. Mosley
Christopher R. Mosley

Member

Phone: 303.299.8466

Fax: 303.298.0940

cmosley@shermanhoward.com

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Legal Secretary

Kaylyn Little
303.299.8067

Areas of Emphasis

Insurance Recovery

Education

  • Juris Doctor, University of California – Los Angeles School of Law, 1991
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Claremont McKenna College, 1988

Chris Mosley is a Member of Sherman & Howard’s Trial Group and Chair and founder of the Firm’s Insurance Recovery Group. He specializes in representing corporate policyholders in disputes against their insurers. During his career, Chris has helped businesses recover more than $100 million from insurance companies.  His expertise extends to all types of commercial insurance policies in virtually all industries.

Mr. Mosley regularly speaks on insurance coverage issues and has been the author of several articles and advisories addressing insurance related issues and has been involved in some of the most significant and groundbreaking legislation benefitting corporate policyholders in Colorado.   Mr. Mosley serves as a Vice Chair for the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee for the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section.

Mr. Mosley is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Colorado Super Lawyers in the area of Insurance Law, and is rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell.  Mr. Mosley has also been selected as a fellow in The American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel.

Representative Matters
  • Successfully negotiated $14.8 million recovery for a general contractor in connection with a claim involving various public buildings.
  • Recovered $12.65 million for a developer in connection with a complex environmental clean up of former Air Force base.
  • Recovered $10 million for a developer in connection with a nationwide construction defect claim.
  • On behalf of a trust company, successfully recovered more than $6 million in attorneys’ fees and costs incurred in connection with a Bernard L. Madoff- related class action.
  • Successfully negotiated $5.75 million recovery for an international resort developer in connection with a multi-development construction defect claim
  • Obtained jury verdict in excess of $4 million in a two week insurance bad faith lawsuit involving an insurance company’s denial of coverage for an employment related lawsuit.
  • Successfully negotiated $3.25 million insurance recovery for multi-building condominium construction defect claim
  • Obtained a $1 million default judgment against an insurer in connection with a claim for coverage of a construction defect dispute.
  • Successfully negotiated a $19 million insurance recovery for a municipality for damages arising from a defectively constructed water system which supplies water to 40% of the municipality’s residents.
  • On behalf of a trust company, successfully recovered $1.7 million in attorney’s fees and costs incurred in connection with a breach of fiduciary duty claim under a Bankers Professional Liability policy.
  • On behalf of a bank, successfully negotiated a $6 million recovery from an insurer under a directors’ and officers’ liability policy to settle claims asserted against the bank for alleged securities violations.
  • Successfully negotiated recovery of $7 million insurance recovery for general contract for the settlement of a multi-family residential construction defect lawsuit.
  • Successfully negotiated a settlement of a multi-million dollar construction surety dispute during the middle of a three week trial.
  • Successfully negotiated coverage for settlement of oil spill related personal injury claim involving $50 million in alleged damages.
  • On behalf of a contractor, successfully negotiated payment in full by the client’s insurer of a settlement in a $5 million construction defect claim involving a multi-unit condominium project.
  • Successfully negotiated the reinstatement of a $3 million life insurance policy following the life insurance company’s attempt to cancel the policy for alleged non-payment of premium.
  • On behalf of a contractor, successfully negotiated the payment of a $4.5 million settlement by multiple insurers in connection with a construction defect claim relating to defective windows installed in a high end condominium project.
  • On behalf of a developer, successfully negotiated the payment in full by the client’s insurer of a settlement in a $1 million personal injury claim arising from the defective construction of a model home.
  • On behalf of a prior owner of land, successfully negotiated the payment in full by the client’s insurer of a settlement in a $1 million construction defect claim involving damages arising from a heaving soil condition.
  • Successfully negotiated payment by a client’s property insurer in connection with a claim for the cost to repair a college dormitory building owned and operated by the client which was damaged by fire.
  • Successfully negotiated a favorable settlement of a $600,000 stop loss health insurance claim where the stop loss insurer sought improperly to rescind the policy.
Professional Activities
  • Former Chair, American Bar Association – Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, 2016-2017
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association
  • Member, California Bar Association
  • Member, Catholic Lawyers Guild
  • Member, RIMS – The Risk Management Society – Rocky Mountain Chapter
  • Member, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • Board Member & Fellow, American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel
Honors and Awards
  • Top Lawyer-Insurance, 5280 Magazine, 2017-2019
  • Selected as “Barrister’s Best” policyholder coverage lawyer by Law Week Colorado, 2014
  • Best Lawyers In America – Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, 2007 – Present
  • Colorado Super Lawyers  – Top 100, 2016 – Present
  • Colorado Super Lawyers  – Insurance Coverage and Commercial Litigation
  • Martindale Hubbell – AV Rating
Publications and Presentations
  • Co-Presenter, How Workers’ Compensation Can Help Save Your Bottom Line, Greenwood Village, CO, September 2017.
  • Presenter, Insurance, Ugh – What Kind of Policies Are These, What Do These Policy Terms Mean, and How Do I Survive Not Having Insurance?, Sherman & Howard St. Louis Business Law Presentation, June 2017.
  • Co-presenter, Insurance Coverage for Wage & Hour Claims, Sherman & Howard Annual Colorado Labor & Employment Law Conference, May 2017.
  • Presenter, Show Me The Money! Pleading, Litigating & Trying Your Case To Coverage, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, February 2017.
  • Presenter, Wrapping Up Your Project, Sherman & Howard Annual Colorado Construction Seminar, February 2015.
  • Presenter, Appraisal: What Is For The Court And What Is For The Appraisal Panel – ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Session – February 20, 2015 – 2015 Midyear Meeting, Phoenix, AZ
  • Panelist, Construction Super Conference,  “Shifting the Risk, Sharing the Load, Balancing the Interests: (Ethics),” December 2, 2014, Las Vegas, NV
  • Co- Presenter with John Mill  “Construction Defect Claims in Multi-Family Residential – Risk Reduction, Contract and Insurance Strategies for General Contractors,” Associated General Contractors of Colorado, October 22, 2014
  • Presenter, “OCIP & CCIP Insurance Coverage: Wraps and How They Can Protect Your Projects for Winning Results. Webinar sponsored by WPL Publishing Co., publisher of ConstructionPro Network (featuring Construction Claims Advisor) on August 21, 2014)
  • Presenter, Insurance Coverage for Wage & Hour Claims in Class-Action Lawsuits – ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section – 2014 Midyear Meeting, Phoenix AZ
  • Presenter, The Risk Management Society, Rocky Mountain Chapter, “The Expanding Role of the Risk Manager,” September 26, 2013
  • Chair, ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section – 2013 Midyear Meeting, Phoenix AZ
  • Co-Chair, ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section – 2012 Midyear Meeting, Phoenix AZ
  • Presenter, There’s Something In The Air: Coverage for Climate Change, Air Emissions, and Oil Spills – ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section – 2011 Midyear Meeting, Phoenix, AZ
  • Presenter, Resolving Catastrophic Multi-Part Construction Insurance Cases – American Bar Association 2010 Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA
  • Presenter,Resolving Catastrophic Multi-Party Construction Insurance Cases, American Bar Association 2010 Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA
  • Webinar, Managing Public Construction In A Challenging Economy, May 12, 2010
  • Presenter, Insurance Coverage Issues Arising Out Of The 2009 Financial Crisis – Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, 2010 Midyear Meeting, Phoenix, AZ
  • Presenter, Stipulated Judgments & Garnishment – The Latest Battle In The Coverage Of Settlements War, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, 2009 Midyear Meeting, Los Angeles, CA
  • Presenter, Coverage For Construction Defect Claims: A Policyholder’s Perspective – Defense Research Institute  Insurance Coverage And Practice Symposium, New York City, New York, December 2008
  • Damage To A Contractor’s Work Product:  Is There An “Occurrence” – ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, 2008 Midyear Meeting, Marina Del Rey, CA
  • Presenter, EPLI & D&O Coverage – What Every Business Should Know – Sherman & Howard Annual Employment Law Seminar, April 2008
  • Presenter, Recent Developments In Insurance Coverage For Construction Defect Litigation – Update On Insurance Coverage Issues – Sherman & Howard Annual Construction Law Seminar, 2006-2011, Denver, CO
  • The Impact of Recent Legislation on the Colorado Construction and Real Estate Development Industry – Impact On Insurance Coverage Issues – 2007, Denver, CO
  • Presenter, Ethical Considerations For Insurer-Appointed Defense Counsel Defending Environmental Claims – Colorado Bar Association, Environmental Committee – 2006, Denver, CO
  • Presenter, Doing Your Homework Upfront – How To Maximize Your Insurance Coverage, 2005, Denver, CO
  • Presenter, Practical Advice On How To Protect Against Individual Liability Through Insurance – PEI, Denver CO – May 2004
  • Presenter, The Insurer Agreed To Defend, Now What??? Strategies For Insurance Defense Counsel In Employment Disputes, 2004, Denver, CO
  • Presenter, Key Insurance Issues for Employers
  • Author, Four Key Steps To Maximizing Insurance Coverage For Construction Defects – Construction Executive – April 2009
  • Author, Coverage For Construction Defect Claims: A Policyholder’s Perspective – Defense Research Institute  Insurance Coverage And Practice Symposium, New York City, New York, December 2008
  • Author, Damage To A Contractor’s Work Product:  Is There An “Occurrence” – ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, 2008 Midyear Meeting, Marina Del Rey, CA
  • Author, Reasonable Expectations: Interpreting Insurance Policies in Common Law Jurisdictions, Colorado Chapter
  • Author, Wildfires – Know Your Rights – Colorado Real Estate Journal – July 2013