Cara L. Christian

Associate

Office: 602.792.1731

Email: cchristian@cdslawfirm.com

Cara L. Christian

Cara Christian is an Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico-licensed associate whose practice primarily consists of insurance coverage and commercial litigation. She is a 2018 through 2021 Super Lawyers Rising Stars honoree and a 2021 and 2022 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch honoree. Cara is a 2020 graduate of the State Bar of Arizona’s Bar Leadership Institute and a 2016 graduate of Ladder Down, a business development program for women lawyers. Cara serves on the State Bar of Arizona Civil Practice and Procedure Committee and the Arizona Women Lawyers Association Steering Committee. She served on the executive board of the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel’s Young Lawyers Division from 2015 to 2018.

Cara is a magna cum laude, Order of the Coif graduate of Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, where she was a member of the Arizona State Law Journal, earned four CALI awards for academic excellence, and received Highest Pro Bono Distinction for her work with the Maricopa County Superior Court and Volunteer Legal Assistance for Artists.

Cara earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Davidson College in North Carolina, with a major in English and minor in Spanish. She attended Columbia University’s School of Journalism in New York and taught middle school and high school English, Spanish and French in South Carolina before traveling to Los Angeles to work in reality television production. Cara gained admission to the State Bar of Arizona in May 2015, the State Bar of Nevada in May 2017, and the State Bar of New Mexico in April 2021.

Cara spends much of her free time volunteering with the Maricopa and Pinal Counties council of Girls on the Run, a nonprofit dedicated to inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident, using an experienced-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. She has served on the organization’s Board of Directors since 2016.

Practice Areas / Areas Of Expertise
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Bad Faith Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
Honors And Awards
  • Super Lawyers: Rising Stars, 2018-present
  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, 2021 and 2022
  • 2020 Arizona Women Lawyers Association “All in for Women” award
Court Admissions
  • Arizona
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • U.S. District Court, Arizona
  • U.S. District Court, Nevada
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Professional Associations
  • State Bar of Arizona’s Civil Practice and Procedure Committee
  • Arizona Women Lawyers Association, Member, 2017-present
    • Steering Committee Member, 2020-present
  • Arizona State Bar, Member, 2015-present
  • Nevada State Bar, Member, 2017-present
  • New Mexico State Bar, Member, 2021
  • State Bar of Arizona Bar Leadership Institute Alumni, Class of 2019-2020
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Young Lawyer’s Division, Executive Board Member, 2015-2018
  • Ladder Down Class of 2016
Education / Honors
  • Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, December 2014)
    • Order of the Coif
    • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Bad Faith Insurance Litigation, Professional Responsibility, Constitutional Law II, Evidence
    • Staff Writer, Arizona State Law Journal
    • Outstanding Staff Writer Award
    • Pedrick Scholar
    • Highest Pro Bono Distinction
  • Columbia University School of Journalism (Graduate Certificate in Publishing, 2008)
  • Davidson College (B.A., English, 2007)
    • Minor in Spanish
Community Involvement
  • Girls on the Run – Maricopa and Pinal Counties, Board of Directors, 2016-present
  • Richard H. Oplinger and Lee Blake Closing Argument Competitions, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, Panel Judge, 2018-2019
  • Students Supporting Brain Tumor Research, Volunteer, 2013-present
Publications And Presentations
  • “Nevada Supreme Court Says Insured Has Burden of Proving Exception to Exclusion,” CDS Case Alerts, November 2, 2021
  • “CKDJS obtains Nevada Supreme Court win upholding exclusion in $1M umbrella policy,” CDS Case Alerts, July 10, 2021
  • Panelist – State Bar of Arizona 2021 Insurance Symposium – May 21, 2021
  • Panelist – WLSA Spring Mentorship Series – April 12, 2021
  • “Nevada Supreme Court: Insurer’s Right to Seek Reimbursement of Defense Costs,” CDS Case Alerts, March 12, 2021
  • “Arizona Court of Appeals: No Excess Judgment – No Bad Faith,” CDS Case Alerts, June 18, 2020
  • “Nevada Supreme Court: Insurer that breaches duty to defend is responsible for consequential damages, but not an expired judgment against insured,” CDS Case Alerts, October 28, 2019
  • “Arizona District Court Says Shooting Not an Occurrence Under Homeowners Policy,” CDS Case Alerts, July 17, 2019
  • “Nevada U.S. District Court: Waiver, Not Notice to Insured, Required for Independent Counsel,” CDS Case Alerts, April 4, 2019
  • “Arizona Supreme Court Nixes Contractual Liability Exclusion, Tells Insurer to Defend Home Buyer’s Claim Against Seller,” CDS Case Alerts, June 15, 2018
  • “Arizona Appeals Court Upholds Post-Loss Assignment of Property Repair Claims Under HO Policies,” CDS Case Alerts, June 13, 2018
  • “Arizona Appeals Court Refines Number of Occurrences Analysis: Multiple Acts + One Accident = One Occurrence,” CDS Case Alerts, June 1, 2018
  • Panelist– “Mentors and Champions: Inspiring Success by Building Relationships,” Arizona Women Lawyers Association, 38th Annual Conference, October 27, 2017
  • Interview with Distinguished Service Award Honoree Doug Christian, The Arizona Association of Defense Counsel – Common Defense: A Magazine for Arizona Defense Attorneys, September 2017
  • “Defense of the Emerging Claim of Aiding and Abetting Bad Faith,” The Brief – American Bar Association’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), October 28, 2016
  • “Direct Actions for Medical Payments Claimants” DRI – The Whisper, Vol. 12, Issue 1.
  • Member Spotlight; DRI – The Whisper, Vol. 12, Issue 5
  • “D.C. Circuit Affirms Attorney-Client Privilege and Work-Product Protection for Internal Investigations,” Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel Hot Cases, August 20, 2015
  • “Sixth Circuit Affirms Class Certification of Consumers Aligned Against P&G,” Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel Hot Cases, August 21, 2015
  • “NWLSO Programming Needs? Give Bootcamp a Try!” Ms. JD, August 17, 2014
  • “In Control: A Lawyer in the Tower,” Arizona Attorney Magazine, December 2005