Houston Harbaugh, P.C. announced that Christopher M. Jacobs has joined the firm as a director in its Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith, and Commercial Litigation practices. Prior to joining Houston Harbaugh, Jacobs was a member of Burns White LLC, where he was co-chair of the Insurance Coverage and Extracontractual Litigation Practice Group.
Jacobs has served as counsel for major national insurers in actions involving construction defect claims, latent and progressive injury claims, long-tail environment exposure claims, disputed uninsured and underinsured motorist claims, first-party property losses, and excess verdicts. His practice also involves the preparation of coverage opinions and analyses in matters involving reservation of rights, disclaimer of coverage, examinations under oath, declaratory judgments, and extracontractual exposure. He has handled disputes involving trigger, allocation, and reallocation of losses in complex coverage claims; horizontal and vertical exhaustion; the interaction among primary, excess, and umbrella policies; targeted tender issues; and personal and advertising injury claims.
He is a member of the Insurance and Commercial Litigation Committees of DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar. He is also a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Mutual Insurance Companies and the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, where he is a frequent speaker on key insurance law developments and insurance bad faith in Pennsylvania.
He received his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Richmond.