Christopher Barth is a recognized leading attorney in aviation and insurance law. In his over 25 years of providing legal services, Christopher has been repeatedly recognized by Best Lawyers in America and Illinois Super Lawyers as a top lawyer in representing insurers across a broad spectrum of commercial lines of insurance. He is viewed as a foremost expert in the defense of the aircraft leasing industry and has represented international lessors in major accident litigation. Christopher’s aviation experience also includes the defense of aviation manufacturers, air carriers and airline consortiums, airports and municipalities, charter operators, MROs, and security companies against allegations covering a wide spectrum of issues including wrongful death, product defects, breach of warranty, negligence, faulty workmanship, breach of bailment, and negligent entrustment. Christopher has also led the defense of Warsaw and Montréal Conventions actions.
He also serves as national products liability defense counsel for a European manufacturer of regional airline turboprop aircraft. Christopher's work also includes serving as lead counsel to foreign and domestic insurers in high-exposure, multi-party coverage litigation. He has appeared as counsel of record in federal and state courts in 27 different U.S. jurisdictions and has been co-counsel in matters pending in three Canadian provinces. Christopher served as an expert on the General Aviation Revitalization Act in a matter pending in the Ontario Provincial court.
Christopher is an accomplished public speaker on topics of interest in the aviation area. He is routinely invited to speak at conferences throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. Christopher has spoken on such topics as cyber risks facing airport operators, recent developments affecting the aircraft leasing industry, U.S. jurisdictional issues to non – U.S. audiences, technological advances in aviation and the associated legal implications, insurance coverage issues for airlines, airports, lessors, and manufacturers.