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Overview

Christopher J. Tellner is an experienced trial attorney, having tried insurance coverage, bad faith, professional liability and general liability cases to verdict.

Mr. Tellner concentrates his practice in the fields of insurance coverage, professional liability, defense of general liability matters, and business litigation. He has an active trial and appellate practice in both federal and state courts.

In the area of insurance coverage, Mr. Tellner handles all aspects of first and third party insurance coverage and bad faith matters from rendering coverage opinions through litigation, concerning commercial general liability, property, D&O and E&O liability, employment practices liability, environmental/toxic tort, fidelity and life, health and disability.

In the area of professional liability, Mr. Tellner’s practice includes complex attorney, accountant, insurance agents/brokers, realtor, title insurer, architects and engineers malpractice claims.  In general liability, Mr. Tellner defends against all property and casualty claims. Within business litigation, Mr. Tellner practices in the area of general litigation, directors and officers liability, False Claims Act claims and employment practices defense.

Mr. Tellner currently serves as Chair of the Mid Atlantic Chapter of the PLUS Organization. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Tellner was an attorney with a large Philadelphia firm where he concentrated in complex commercial insurance coverage and bad faith matters, successfully defending insurers in all aspects of litigation. Mr. Tellner is a certified arbitrator in Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties.

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court
    • Eastern District of Pennsylvania
    • Western District of Pennsylvania
    • District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • Third Circuit

Education

  • Widener University School of Law – J.D.
    • cum laude
    • The Widener Law Review, Internal Managing Editor
    • Moe Levine Trial Advocacy Society
    • Phi Kappa Phi National Honors Society
    • Dean’s List
  • Central Michigan University – M.S.H.A.
  • Central Michigan University – B.S

Professional Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Bucks County Bar Association
  • Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society

Reported Decisions

  • Kunsman v. Metro. Direct Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co., NO. 17-4619, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 104621 (E.D. Pa. June 21, 2018) (Schmehl, J.) (striking all allegations of UIPA violations as “irrelevant” to whether bad faith occurred).

  • Jugan v. Econ. Premier Assur. Co., No. 17-2410, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 7218 (3d Cir. Mar. 12, 2018) (affirming summary judgment in favor of MetLife finding insufficient facts for a jury to determine that insureds used reasonable care to maintain heat in the insured premises, declining coverage for complete water loss, and striking affidavit submitted by insureds under “sham affidavit doctrine”).

  • Atain Ins. Co. v. E. Coast Bus. Fire, No. 17-2545, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 15535 (E.D. Pa. Jan. 31, 2018) (granting insurer’s motion for judgment on the pleadings, declaring no duty to defend or indemnify the insured for claims of negligence, negligence misrepresentation and unjust enrichment because the claims were not an “occurrence” given all duties and breaches arise from contractual obligations).

  • Koons v. XL Ins. Am., Inc., 620 F. App’x 110, 111 (3d Cir. 2015) (denying Erie Insurance Exchange’s motion to substitute itself for the insured because, while it fully indemnified the insured in the underlying action and the insured signed over to the insurer his right to any recovery in that action, the case was moot as to the insured and therefore Article III standing no longer existed – not disturbing summary judgment in favor of Greenwich Insurance Company, which was on appeal).

  • Erie Ins. Exch. v. Greenwich Ins. Co., No. 03959, 2017 Phila. Ct. Com. Pl. LEXIS 344 (C.P. Dec. 26, 2017) (granting Defendant/Counterclaimant Greenwich Insurance Company’s Motion for Summary Judgment, denying Plaintiff Erie Insurance Exchange’s Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment, entering judgment on Greenwich’s counterclaim and finding Stephen P. Koons was not an insured under the Greenwich insurance policy, but even if he were, the Greenwich policy Workers’ Compensation Exclusion completely barred coverage).

  • Snyder v. WTA Real Estate Mgmt. Co., No. 7547, 2017 Phila. Ct. Com. Pl. LEXIS 301 (Phila. Ct. Com. Pl. Oct. 12, 2017) (granting Third Party Defendant Atlantic Crane Inspection Services, Inc.’s Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings, finding Joinder Defendant’s contractual indemnification claim was barred under Pennsylvania law).

  • Silver v. DeFilippo, 2017 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 2226 (Law Div. Essex May 17, 2017) (granting and affirming lawyer defendant’s motion to dismiss legal malpractice complaint and denying plaintiff’s motion to vacate).

  • Silver v. DeFilippo, 2017 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 2225 (Law Div. Essex Aug. 4, 2017) (granting lawyer defendant’s motion to strike legal malpractice affirmative defenses and for issuance of a protective order).

  • Komisarchik v. Arbill Indus., No. 17-781, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 140507, at *1 (E.D. Pa. July 11, 2017) (dismissing Title VII religion and national origin discrimination case upon Rule 11 Notice of Motion for Sanctions and Motion to Dismiss).

  • Friend v. Fin. Recoveries Ltd., No. 3:17-CV-0409, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 137659 (M.D. Pa. Aug. 28, 2017) (granting Motion to Dismiss FDCPA claims with prejudice)

  • Mattia v. Philadelphia Liberty Place, LP, No. 130602073, 2016 Phila. Ct. Com. Pl. LEXIS 368 (Ct. Com. Pl. Phila. Cty. Oct. 20, 2016) (obtained directed verdict on behalf of architect in professional liability catastrophic personal injury trial).
  • Springfield Sports Emerg. Med. V. McGinley, No. 2014-007182 (Ct. Com. Pl. Del. Cty. June 27, 2016) (obtained directed verdict on behalf of attorney in legal malpractice suit).
  • Golder v. Galleon Pharmas., Inc., No. 16-1305, 2016 WL 3919490 (E.D. Pa.) – Successfully a moved to vacate of default judgment under FRCP 55(c) and 60(b) finding the defendant presented a meritorious defense, that the default judgment was not the result of culpable conduct on the part of defendant, and that plaintiff will not be prejudiced.
  • Jugan v. Economy Premier Assurance Company, 2016 WL 3632724 (E.D. Pa. July 7, 2016) – Successfully secured a summary judgment in favor of MetLife on a breach of contract claim pursuant to all-risks property insurance policy Absolute Freezing Exclusion, finding the insured could not establish reasonable measures were taken to prevent loss.
  • Koons v. XL Insurance America Inc., Greenwich Insurance Co., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 74699 (E.D. Pa. May 30, 2012) – Successfully secured summary judgment in favor of XL Insurance America, Inc.; 2013 WL 5298581 (E.D. Pa. Sept. 19, 2013) – Successfully secured summary judgment in favor of Greenwich Insurance Co.; No. 13-4126, 2015 WL 4530413 (3d Cir. July 28, 2015) – Successfully secured summary judgment in the case whereby the court denied the motion to substitute and dismissed the action as moot and lacking standing because Erie Insurance defended and indemnified insured.
  • Richardson-Graves v. Empire Beauty Sch., 1:14-CV-155, 2014 WL 4792069 (M.D. Pa. Sept. 23, 2014) – Successfully dismissed the plaintiff’s federal civil rights claims upon motion to dismiss.
  • White v. Metro. Direct Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co., CIV.A. 13-434, 2014 WL 3732135 (E.D. Pa. July 29, 2014) – Successfully secured summary judgment in favor of MetLife on breach of contract and bad faith claims when claim for insurance fraud previously was dismissed upon motion for judgment on the pleadings.
  • Lincoln General Insurance Company v. Kingsway America Agency, Inc., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 69128 (M.D. Pa. May 17, 2012)
  • Zazzali v. AFA Fin. Group, LLC (In re DBSI, Inc.), 2012 Bankr. LEXIS 1373 (Bankr. D. Del. Mar. 30, 2012)
  • Berger v. Zeghibe, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 3579 (3d Cir. Feb. 23, 2012)
  • Kelly v. Nat’l Liab. & Fire Ins. Co., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 68959 (E.D. Pa. 2010), aff’d, 444 F.App’x 529 (3d Cir. 2011)
  • Exil v. Fidelity & Guar. Life Ins. Co., 2010 WL 2518079 (D.N.J. Mar. 29, 2010) – Successfully moved to dismiss claims under term life insurance policy.
  • Megert v. Stambaugh, No. 2009-S-1416, 2010 WL 231525 (Ct. Com. Pl. Adams Cty. 2010)
  • Ball v. Agreement of Trust of Penn Prime Trust Dated August 13, 1987, 2009 WL 6869974 (Ct. Com. Pl. Allegheny Cty. July 24, 2009) – Holding insurer has no obligation to provide defense to insured or indemnification to injured third-party for damages sustained from operation of a fire truck.
  • Michaleski v. Nat’l Indem. Co., 2009 Pa. Dist. & Cnty. Dec. LEXIS 147 (Pa. County Ct. 2009)
  • Interstate Aerials, LLC v. Great Am. Ins. Co. of New York, 595 F. Supp. 2d 373 (D.N.J. 2008)
  • Grove v. RIZZI 1857 S.p.A. v. Società Cattolica di Assicurazione – Societa Cooperative, 2007 WL 4771563 (E.D. Pa. 2007) – Successfully moved to dismiss on behalf of third party defendant Italian insurer with respect to claims for coverage of products liability injuries.

Recognition

  • Rising Star, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware Super Lawyers (2014 -2016)
Super Lawyers Martindale Hubbel AV Preeminent Law 360