Christopher Zarda has more than a decade of experience in commercial and business litigation, real estate and construction law, and insurance coverage litigation.
In addition to his business litigation practice, Chris is an experienced insurance coverage and bad faith litigation attorney, serving both as coverage counsel for insurers/reinsurers in authoring numerous coverage opinions on claims tendered under a variety of standard and manuscript primary and excess policies, and as trial counsel on behalf of carriers in declaratory judgment, bad faith/vexatious refusal and garnishment actions.
He also regularly represents clients in matters concerning the purchase/leasing of commercial real estate, primary and secondary/guarantor lender liability, interpretation of zoning ordinances and covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs) and securities fraud. Chris’ prior experience as in-house counsel for a consortium of real estate investment and service entities guides his transactional skill set and familiarity across jurisdictions.
Prior to joining Armstrong Teasdale, Chris served as the director of complex litigation at a Phoenix, Arizona-based law firm focusing on business and real estate litigation matters ranging from commercial landlord/tenant disputes, lender liability actions, trademark and Lanham Act/unfair competition matters, and securities fraud claims. Before relocating to the Phoenix area, Chris was general counsel of a global consortium of real estate investment and service entities, including a captive insurer and related claims company. In that capacity he oversaw and managed litigation in multiple jurisdictions as well as maintained a strong transactional practice. Prior to that, he held various roles in private practice in both Missouri and Kansas serving as both coverage counsel for insurers/reinsurers, authoring coverage opinions, and as trial counsel on behalf of the carriers in declaratory judgment, bad faith/vexatious refusal, garnishment actions and insurance recovery efforts. Litigation defense of insureds included catastrophic personal injury/wrongful death, construction/design defect, product defects, professional liability/legal malpractice and commercial/lending disputes.
While earning his law degree, Chris externed with the University of Kansas’ Office of Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property and was research assistant Patrick A. Randolph where he served as the project leader for semi-annual updates of the seminal real estate legal treatise Friedman on Leases.
- University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law (J.D., 2007)
- Dean’s List (Spring 2007, Fall 2006, Fall 2005)
- Business and Entrepreneurial Law Emphasis
- Entrepreneurial Law and Practice Clinic
- University of Kansas (B.G.S., 2004)
- U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
- U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
- Earl E. O’Connor Inn of Court (Barrister)
- Ross T. Roberts Trial Academy (Graduate)
- Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers®, Rising Star (2014-2016)