Christian Bruun is an associate with the Firm. He practices in the areas of insurance coverage, commercial litigation, premises liability and personal injury defense.
Chris has extensive experience in defending commercial landlords and tenants in personal injury and property damage cases. Serving the interests of property owners and other insureds, he sets in motion a carefully conceived resolution plan designed to determine likely exposure and identify resolution options that ultimately conclude in outcomes that adhere to the client's prescribed guidelines. Chris understands that clients prefer quick and cost-effective solutions over complex and potentially protracted liability cases, and he aims to accelerate turnaround through procedural and substantive dismissals, successful tenders and negotiated settlements. He uses his strong analytical skills to evaluate cases in the discovery process, enabling the firm's clients to determine whether claims should be resolved early in the litigation process without incurring defense costs or if the case should be fully litigated and taken to trial.
Prior to joining KLRW, Chris worked at a New Jersey firm focusing on insurance defense, personal injury defense, property damage defense and product liability defense.
Publications and Presentations
- Bad Faith Compendium, published by Munich Reinsurance America, Inc., 2008; 2011;
- 50 State Survey of Reservation of Rights Letters, Disclaimer Letters and Non-Waiver Agreements, published by Munich Reinsurance America, Inc., 2008; 2011;
- Post Judgment Interest, Pre-Judgment Interest, Punitive Damages, United States and Canada 2011; published by Munich Reinsurance America, Inc. Compendium on Rescission: 50 State Compendium, presented to one of the Firm’s clients (2013);
- The Criteria for Vehicle Liability, PIP and UM/UIM Coverage, presented to one of the Firm’s clients (2010);
- A New Era: Motor Carrier Coverage Form & CSA 2010 presented to one of the Firm’s clients (2010).
- K2 Investment Group, LLC v. American Guarantee & Liability Insurance Co., 22 N.Y.3d 578 (2014) (Court of Appeals vacated original decision and ruled in favor of insurer remanding case to trial court for discovery)
- K2 Investment Group, LLC v. American Guarantee & Liability Insurance Co., 21 N.Y.3d 1049 (2013) (Court of Appeals in rare ruling granted insurer motion for reargument)
- K2 Investment Group, LLC v. American Guarantee & Liability Insurance Co., 21 N.Y.3d 384 (2013) (Court of Appeals affirms Appellate Division ruling in favor of Plaintiffs)
- Admiral Ins. Co. v. Joy Contracting, Inc.,19 N.Y.3d 448 (2012) (Court of Appeals ruled in favor of insurer for, among other things, permitting rescission cause of action against purported additional insured)
- QBE Ins. Corp. v Adjo Constr. Corp., 121 A.D.3d 1064, 1085 (2d Dep't 2014) (Second Department granted insurer motion for reargument)
- QBE Insurance Corp. v. Adjo Contracting Corp., 112 A.D.3d 686 (2d Dep’t 2013)
- Myron Corp. v. Atlantic Mut. Ins. Corp., 203 N.J. 537 (2010)
- Intel Corp. v. Am. Guar. & Liab. Ins. Co., 51 A.3d 442 (Del. 2012).
- Mr. Chuven has argued before the Appellate Division in New York and most recently successfully defeated an order to show cause brought against a large national corporation in which the Plaintiff sought to restrict the corporation’s rights.
- Recently, Mr. Chuven represented an architect and obtained a dismissal after successfully arguing the affidavit of merit statute applied to Plaintiff’s claim after Plaintiff failed to produce the affidavit in the time prescribed by the rules.
- Mr. Chuven has also recently represented a national insurance company and was awarded summary judgment on a highly contested late notice defense.
- Mr. Chuven also recently represented another domestic insurance company and successfully obtained summary judgment based on an exclusion in a homeowner policy.
- Mr. Chuven was part of a team that successfully defended a national parking center against a negligent security claim.
- Mr. Chuven also successfully tried a case for a national insurance company and won a directed verdict after cross-examining the Plaintiff’s lead witness and having the witness change testimony on the stand.
- Commercial Litigation
- Premises Liability
- Person Injury Defense
- Roger Williams University School of Law (J.D. 2001)
- University of Delaware (B.A. 1995)
- State of New Jersey (2002)
- United States District Court for the District of New Jersey (2002)
Awards and Honors
- Selected for inclusion in New Jersey Rising Stars, 2014 - 2018. (This list is issued by Thomson Reuters. A description of the methodology used for inclusion can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.)
- Member, American Bar Association
- Member, New Jersey State Bar Association