Firm continues to expand litigation practice with addition of long-time insurance law practitioner and professor
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Burke A. Christensen has joined the insurance litigation team of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC. He practices in the firm’s Lexington office and maintains a professorship in risk management and insurance at Eastern Kentucky University.
“Burke’s unique experience as an attorney, educator, and expert witness adds depth to our growing litigation practice in Kentucky,” said Steptoe & Johnson CEO Susan S. Brewer. “His knowledge of the legal and business sides of the insurance industry will be invaluable to our team and the insurance providers we represent. We are thrilled to welcome him to the firm.”
Christensen has been involved with EKU since 2006 helping to educate generations of up and coming insurance professionals. He has taught undergraduate and master’s level courses in business risk management, insurance agency operations, alternative dispute resolution, estate planning, and many others. He led the university’s risk management and insurance program from 2014 until 2018 in addition to his professorship and was the Robert B. Morgan Chair of Insurance. In May of this year, Christensen received the EKU Colonel’s Choice Award as the Faculty Member of the Year.
Prior to entering the higher education field, he was the chief operating officer and general counsel for Concert Health Plan Insurance Company in Oak Brook, Illinois. He is the past vice president of operations and in-house counsel for web-based insurance brokerage agency Quotesmith.com, now Insure.com, where he led business operations and agent market conduct compliance. Christensen has also worked in private legal practice in some of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas. As general counsel for the Society for Financial Services Professionals, Christensen testified on insurance industry issues before state and federal legislative bodies, including the U.S. Senate.
Christensen has served as a consultant and expert witness for more than 15 years in hundreds of lawsuits in state and federal courts. He is a sought-after speaker and writer on an array of insurance issues and has addressed audiences in the U.S. and the United Kingdom. He earned his law degree from the University of Utah College of Law and his bachelor’s degree from Utah State University.
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