Chris Kende joined the Brown Club in New York in 2009 and has served as Cultural Committee Co-Chair and is currently serving as Social Committee Co-Chair.
Chris is a Member of the law firm Cozen O’Connor and the Global Insurance Group. He focuses his practice on international insurance matters. He has more than 25 years of experience in handling major complex multinational litigation in the areas of insurance, reinsurance, environmental law and admiralty and maritime disputes. Among Christopher’s most notable matters was his successful representation of the French government in the AMOCO CADIZ oil spill litigation which involved the largest shoreline pollution in history. He has also acted for native regional and village corporations in Prince William Sound in the EXXON VALDEZ oil spill actions in state and federal court in Alaska.
In addition to
his involvement with the Brown Club in New York, Chris is a member of
the Foreign and Comparative Law Committee of the New York City Bar
Association and is past president of the Maritime Law Committee of
the New York County Lawyers Association and the Admiralty and
Maritime Law Commission of the Union Internationale des Avocats
(UIA). Christopher is president of the Insurance Law Commission of
the UIA and serves on the International Organizations, Conventions
and Standards Committee of the Maritime Law Association of the United
States. He is on the board of directors of the New York Chapter of
the French American Chamber of Commerce.
Chris has authored several reference works on marine pollution and is an adjunct professor of maritime law at Brooklyn Law School in New York. He has written numerous articles for French and American periodicals and law reviews on the subject of limitation of liability, insurance, reinsurance and pollution legislation in the United States. He also authored the chapter on the U.S. Law of Insurance in the Encyclopédie de l’Assurance, a seminal reference work on world insurance law published in France and is the author of the chapter on oceans and coasts of the Matthew Bender publication, Environmental Law Practice Guide. He is a frequent lecturer at bar association conventions, seminars and continuing education programs in his fields of expertise.
Chris was named a New York "Super Lawyer" in the field of insurance coverage for 2006 by Law & Politics. He is fluent in French.