Christina “Chrissy” L. Vessels is a Partner in Freeman Mathis & Gary’s Lexington, Kentucky office. Her practice focuses on claims involving insurance coverage, bad faith and extracontractual liability, professional liability and errors and omissions, and appellate advocacy.
Ms. Vessels counsels insurers on their coverage obligations in complex property and casualty disputes, involving both litigated and non-litigated matters. She represents insurers in both the prosecution of declaratory judgment actions and in the defense of claims arising out of coverage, bad faith, and extracontractual litigation. Ms. Vessels’ insurance coverage experience extends to claims involving bodily injury, property damage (both first- and third-party), personal and advertising injury, professional liability, public officials liability, automobile liability, and many other types of coverage. Drawing from her experience as an in-house attorney at a national excess and surplus lines carrier, Ms. Vessels also has an in-depth understanding of the complexities involved with manuscript policies, and she is adept at aiding insurers in the development of specially tailored policy language to address their unique underwriting needs and goals. From her in-house management of litigation involving the company and her experience in advising company professionals – from front-line claim handlers up the chain of command to company leadership – Ms. Vessels understands and appreciates what her insurer clients need to do their jobs, and she strives to provide her clients with the timely and well-reasoned advice they require.
In addition to her insurance coverage background, Ms. Vessels is experienced in defending professional liability claims and errors and omissions claims brought against attorneys, insurance professionals, teachers and administrators, and other professionals. She is also a skilled writer, with a successful appellate record, and she is well attuned to the importance of establishing a solid record throughout a case in order to support later appellate proceedings.