Burke A. Christensen
Of Counsel
(859) 219-8202
Office: Lexington
Energy
Business
Employment
Litigation
Attorney
J.D. University of Utah
B.S. Utah State University
Licensure: KY
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Biography

Burke Christensen has spent the majority of his career in the insurance industry as a respected educator, business executive, and practicing lawyer. For the past 15 years, he has imparted his intimate knowledge of all aspects of the insurance industry to undergraduate students at Eastern Kentucky University.  Transitioning his knowledge into action, Burke helps firm clients facing litigation develop and implement a defense strategy. Clients disputing coverage decisions also appreciate his knowledge-based advice and counsel. Energized by putting into practice what he’s been teaching, Burke is a valuable asset to firm clients and his colleagues alike.

Work Experience

2019 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2006-2019 Professor of Risk Management & Insurance, Eastern Kentucky University
2006-2018 Holder of the Robert B. Morgan Chair of Insurance, Eastern Kentucky University
2014-2018 Director of Risk Management & Insurance Program, Eastern Kentucky University
2013 Interim Director of Risk Management & Insurance Program, Eastern Kentucky University
2002-2006 Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel, Concert Health Plan Insurance Company
1999–2002 Vice President Operations & General Counsel, Quotesmith.com
1998 Bell Boyd & Lloyd
1995-1997 Chief Operating Officer, A. W. Ormiston & Company
1984-1995 Vice President & General Counsel, Society for Financial Services Professionals
1982-1984 Curran, Winning & Fioravanti
1979-1982 Attorney, North American Life Assurance Company
1977-1979 Attorney, Society for Financial Services Professionals
1975-1977 Attorney, Northwestern Mutual Life

Speaking Engagements

BOOKS

McGill’s Life Insurance (1994; now in its 9th edition, 2013)

McGill’s Legal Aspects of Life Insurance (1996; now in its 8th edition, 2012)

Essentials of Life Insurance Products (Continuing education textbook, 2004)

ARTICLES

Christensen, B.A. (2015) “A New Method for New Agent Recruitment and the Continuing Professionalization of an Industry.” Journal of Financial Services Professionals, Vol. 69, No. 3, May 2015

Christensen, B.A. & Mundy, W. (2013) “Regulating the Gap in the Regulation of GAP Insurance Coverage.” Journal of Insurance Regulation, January 2013

Christensen, B.A. & Olsen, J. L. (2012) “The Neasham Case: An analysis of the events and their implications for financial advisors.” Journal of Financial Service Professionals, 66 (6), 39-52

Christensen, B.A. (1992) “Insurance Agent or Broker Liability to the Insured Updated,” Journal of Insurance Regulation, Spring 1992, Vol. 10, No 3

Christensen, B.A. (1990) “Agent or Broker Liability to the Insured,” Journal of the American Society of CLU & ChFC, September 1990

“A Defining Moment: Moving Toward an Objective Definition of Bad Faith.” Claims Management published by the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, December 2016, Vol. 5, Issue 12, page 32ff.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

“Professional Ethics and Insurance Law,” Morgan Insurance Conference, April 12, 2019, Lexington, Kentucky

“Professional Ethics” 2019 Tax Professional Training Day, Lexington, Kentucky, January 24, 2019

“Good Faith, Bad Faith, Professional Ethics and American Law: Does Anybody Know What is Going On?” Seminar on U.S. Insurance Law at QBE European Operations, London, England, March 14, 2018

“Applying Theoretical Ethics to the Practical Life of a Lawyer” Kentucky Defense Council Webinar, April 25, 2017

“The Origins of the Duty of Good Faith and Its Reversal.” Robert B. Morgan Insurance Conference, Louisville, KY, April 13, 2017

Claims Litigation Management Bad Faith Roundtable: “The Law of Bad Faith Has Gone off Track.” 2017 CLM Annual Conference, Nashville, TN, March 29-31, 2017

“Ethics: Doing it Right is Better than Hoping You’ll Get a Chance to Do it Over.” 2016 Tax Professional Training Day, Lexington, Kentucky, November 10, 2016

“Toward an Objective Definition of Insurance Bad Faith,” West Virginia University Insurance Law Seminar. At this conference I was also a member of a three-lawyer panel on the topic of Ethics. Charleston, WV, June 2016

“Living in the Second Circle: A Seminar on Insurance and Ethics” Kentucky Claims Association Annual Meeting, Belterra Resort, Indiana. July 2015

Speaker/Panelist: “Social Security and Insurance Issues,” Annual Meeting of the Myasthenia Gravis Association Foundation, San Diego, CA. April 2015

ACADEMIC PAPER PRESENTATIONS

“View from the Top: An Action Approach to Corporate Social Responsibility,” Judith Winter Spain, JD, Allen D. Engle, DBA, Burke A. Christensen, JD. 15th Annual International Conference Promoting Business Ethics, St. John’s University, Manhattan Campus, New York, New York, October 23, 2008

“Strategies and Motivation: Rote Memory or Learning.” Jan Colbert, CPA, Ph.D; Judith Winter Spain, JD, Allen D. Engle, DBA, Burke A. Christensen, JD. 15th Annual International Conference Promoting Business Ethics, St. John’s University, Manhattan Campus, New York, New York, October 24, 2008