Chris M. Ballentine
Chris M. Ballentine

About Chris M. Ballentine:

Chris Ballentine is a shareholder with the firm. Since 1984 he has concentrated his practice in the areas of insurance coverage litigation relating to professional and general liability policies; he is also involved in general insurance defense, commercial litigation, professional liability  litigation, and bad faith ligation.

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Location Orlando, FL
Location 407-843-21111
Location 407-422-1080
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Year Joined Firm

  • 1984

Areas of Practice

  • Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • Liability Policies
  • Insurance Defense and Commercial Litigation
  • Professional Liability Litigation
  • Insurance and Bad Faith Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1985

Education

  1. University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
    • J.D. - 1984
    • Honors: With High Honors
    • Law Review: University of Florida Law Review, Member, Senior Research Editor, 1983 - 1984
  2. Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, USA
    • B.S. summa cum laude - 1981
    • Major: Government
  3. Gulf Coast Community College, Panama City, FL, USA
    • A.B. summa cum laude

Published Works

  • "Who is a Negro? Revisited: Determining Individual Racial Status for Purposes of Affirmative Action", University of Florida Law Review, Volume XXXV, Fall, 1983
  • "Legal Malpractice Insurance, Chapter 6", Professional Liability of Lawyers in Florida (Co-Author), The Florida Bar, CLE, 1989
  • "Legal Malpractice Insurance Chapter 6", Professional Liability of Lawyers in Florida (Co-Author), The Florida Bar, CLE, Supplement Thereto, 1993
  • "Legal Malpractice Insurance, Chapter 6", Professional Liability of Lawyers in Florida (Co-Author), The Florida Bar, CLE, Supplement Thereto, Second Edition, 1999
  • "Legal Malpractice Insurance, Chapter 6", Professional Liability of Lawyers in Florida (Co-Author), The Florida Bar, CLE, Supplement Thereto, Third Edition, 2002
  • "Legal Malpractice Insurance, Chapter 6", Professional Liability of Lawyers in Florida (Co-Author), The Florida Bar, CLE, Supplement Thereto, Fourth Edition, 2006

Representative Cases

  • Allstate Ins. Co. v. Conde, 595 So. 2d 1005 (Fla. 5th DCA 1992)
  • American Casualty Co. of Reading, PA v. FDIC, 958 F. 2d 324 (10th Cir. 1992)
  • Transcontinental Ins. Co. v. Ice Systems of America, Inc., 847 F. Supp. 947 (M.D. Fla. 1994)
  • Allstate Ins. Co. v. Furo, 588 So. 2d 61 (Fla. 5th DCA 1991)
  • Northern Ins. Co. of N.Y. v. Hampton, 510 So. 2d 649 (Fla. 5th DCA 1987)
  • Continental Casualty Co. v. Black & Black, P.A., 674 So. 2d 163 (Fla. 3d DCA 1996)
  • Continental Casualty Co. v. Wendt, 205 F. 3d 1258 (11th Cir. 2000)
  • American Casualty Co. of Reading, PA. v. Wilkinson, 1990 WL 302175 (W.D. Okla 1990)
  • Haynes v. L.F. Lloyd, 533 So. 2d 944 (Fla. 5th DCA 1988)
  • Transcontinental Ins. Co. v. Jim Black & Associates, Inc., 888 So. 2d 671 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2004)
  • FCCI v. Horne, 890 So. 2d 1141 (Fla. 5th DCA 2004)
  • Westport v. VN,, 513 Fed, Appx 927 (11th Cir 2013)
  • Columbia Ca. v. Ker, WL44558696 (11th Cir. 2010)
  • Cinicinnati Insurance Co. V. Quorum, 2016 WL2937461 (M.D. Fla.)

Representative Clients

  • Clarendon/North American Risk Group of Companies
  • Western World Insurance Company
  • Florida Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company
  • USAA
  • Travelers/St. Paul
  • QBE Insurance Group
  • The Cincinnati Insurance Company

References

  • Lynn Rupp, Western World Insurance Company
  • David Wilder, Fla. Lawyers Mutual Insurance Co.
  • John Young, QBE Insurance Group

Classes/Seminars

  • Insurance Law in Florida Seminar, Lorman Education Services, 1999 - 2000
  • Guardian ad Litem, Orange County Legal Aid Society
  • Insurance Bad Faith Claims in Florida Seminar, Lorman Education Services, 2003
  • Understanding the Current CGL Policy, Lorman Education Services, 2007
  • Insurance Litigation, Law Review CLE, 2012
  • Reservations of Rights, Council on Litigation Management, 2011
  • Understanding the Current C6L Policy in Florida, RIMS, 2009

Honors and Awards

  • Florida Super Lawyer in Insurance Law, 2016
  • New Attorney Award of Merit, Legal Aid Society, Orange County Bar Association, 1989
  • Award of Excellence, Legal Aid Society, Orange County Bar Association, 1993
  • Awarded Martindale-Hubbell's "AV" Rating, 2000
  • Judge J. C. "Jake" Stone Distinguished Service Award, Orange County Legal Aid Society, 2003
  • President's Pro Bono Service Award, Florida Bar, 2004

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Orange County Bar Association, Member
  • The Florida Bar, Member

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