Christopher G Johnson
Over the past 12 years, Chris has defended more than 250 bad faith cases for 11 major carriers. He also has deep experience handling coverage, wrongful death, maritime, product liability, personal injury and commercial matters.
Chris prides himself on an aggressive, results-oriented approach dictated by his clients' specific needs and goals. His extensive experience litigating a wide range of extracontractual claims and related coverage disputes make him uniquely qualified to defend against allegations of bad faith, which often brazenly and baselessly attack a carrier’s very practices and institutional integrity.
In Kentucky, Plaintiffs are increasingly asserting unsubstantiated first-party and third-party extracontractual claims, often in an attempt to create settlement leverage in an underlying case. Many cry “bad faith” simply because they disagree with a claim handler’s determination. Others engage in flagrant and elaborate efforts to “set up” carriers and adjusters, attempting to create the appearance of impropriety in pursuit of large punitive damages awards.
Bad faith allegations can be particularly disturbing, questioning the veracity of claims specialists and insurers. Chris prizes his relationships with his clients, many formed by years of vigorously battling spurious assertions of malice and intentional misconduct. Chris’ extensive experience helps him recognize Plaintiffs’ efforts to create/develop bad faith claims, often allowing him to curtail or resolve them early in the litigation process.
Chris is currently involved in legislative attempts to eliminate third-party bad faith claims in Kentucky. He often speaks to groups adjusters regarding claims handling practices, and also presents CLEs teaching other attorneys to defend against extracontractual claims.
Highlights & Recognitions
- Selected for inclusion in Kentucky Rising Stars®, 2013-2016
- Selected as one of Louisville Business First's Top 20 People to Know in Insurance, 2018
- 51 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized by Kentucky Super Lawyers® and 18 Recognized by Kentucky Rising Stars® for 2016
- 50 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized by Kentucky Super Lawyers® and 20 Recognized by Kentucky Rising Stars® for 2015
- 52 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized by Kentucky Super Lawyers® and 21 Recognized by Kentucky Rising Stars® for 2014
- Frost Brown Todd Appoints 11 New Members
- Three New Members Named in Frost Brown Todd's Louisville Office
Civic & Charitable Organizations
- Kentucky Bar Association Civil Litigation Section, Chair-Elect
Non-FBT Publications and Events
Louisville Bar Association – CLE Presentation: "Insurance Bad Faith - Perspectives from the Defense and Plaintiff's Bar," June 14, 2017
NBI – CLE Presentation: "Litigating Bad Faith Insurance Claims in Kentucky," September 23, 2016
Bad Faith Presentation to Louisville Bar Association: "Bad Faith Claims in Kentucky," May 31, 2016
DRI Insurance Bad Faith: 'A Compendium of State Law' (Kentucky and Indiana chapters), December 2015
"Catch 22 - Freight Brokers' Dilemma in Seeking to Avoid Negligent Hiring and Vicariously Liability Claims," DRI, The Voice of the Defense Bar Newsletter, Volume 16 Issue 1 Spring 2013
Kentucky Chapter of DRI – Trade Secrets/Non-Compete Compendium, May 2012
DRI Insurance Bad Faith: 'A Compendium of State Law' (Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee chapters), December 2010 Ethical Considerations for Litigators In a ‘24/7,’ On-Line World
2010 Winter Edition of ABA's Litigation Journal
Plaintiffs' Interests Prepare to Fight Supreme Court Rulings that Heightened Pleading Standard; Defense Attorneys Armed With Weapon to Combat Frivolous Complaints
DRI Commercial Litigation Publication, The Business Suit, December 2009
Supreme Court Ruling Confirms Heightened Pleading Standard
frostbrowntodd.com, July 2009
"We're Not in Kansas Anymore" – A Young Lawyer's Primer on the Multidistrict Litigation Process
DRI Commercial Litigation Publication, The Business Suit, July 2009
Section 16.10.1 – Self Critical Analysis Privilege
Lawsuit!: Reducing the Risk of Product Liability for Manufacturers, January 2009
Non-Competition Agreements in Kentucky
DRI Trade Secrets and Agreement Not to Compete: A State-by-State Compendium - Kentucky Chapter, December 2008
Courts' Treatment of the Self-Critical Analysis Privilege
frostbrowntodd.com, December 2007
Cincinnati Law Library News, January 2008
"Bring It On": The High-Stakes Battle Over Whether The Courts, Congress or The FEC Should Muzzle Independent "527" Television Advertising
7 VAND. J. ENT. L. & PRAC. 485. Summer, 2005