Christian L. Faiella

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Managing Member

Chris Faiella is a leading American Midwest-based trial lawyer and author who helps people catastrophically injured by the negligent or reckless actions of others recover money damages. His multi-million dollar jury verdicts and settlements include high-profile victories against large corporations and soulless insurance giants that wrongfully deny claims.

Lawyers refer difficult high-stakes cases to Chris Faiella because of his reputation for zealous advocacy, as well as his team’s innovative legal preparation and in-depth factual investigation. Jurors justly reward his clients because he’s walked the accident scene, knows the family, learns the medical procedures, masters the law, and thus gives credible voice to clients’ pain and loss.

Chris’ positive outcomes include seriously injured student athletes, outdoor recreational activity injuries, death or catastrophic vehicle injuries, and cases brought against deceptive insurance companies.

Chris Faiella is a frequent speaker on sports/ recreation safety and insurance industry chicanery, an expert commentator for media outlets.


A History of Success

The Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory has given Mr. Faiella an AV pier view rating, which is the highest given. He was also recognized by Missouri Lawyers Weekly Newspaper as 1 of 5 attorneys in the publications 2001 “Up and Coming Lawyers” feature. Mr. Faiella was a member of The Missouri Bar’s 2002 Leadership Academy.

Columbia personal injury lawyer Christian Faiella is licensed to practice in Missouri and Kansas State courts as well as before the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States District Court for the Eastern, and Western Districts of Missouri, the United States Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, United States District Court for the District of Kansas and the United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.


Areas of Expertise

Chris Faiella, as a sports injuries, recreation accidents, and insurance bad faith lawyer in Missouri is available to comment, counsel, or speak on these and other topics.

Columbia Sports Injuries Lawyer
  • Sports Accidents
  • Youth Sports Injuries
  • Head Injuries
  • Back and Neck Injuries
  • Cheerleading Accidents
  • Football Injury
  • Basketball Injury
  • Hockey Injury
  • Untrained or Abusive Coaches
  • School Liability for Accidents and Injuries
Columbia Recreation Accident Lawyers
  • Defective Recreation Products and Safety
  • Defective Generators
  • Electrocution Accidents and Injuries
  • Jet Ski Accident Liability
  • Personal Watercraft Injuries
  • Boating Accident Liability
  • RV and Carbon Monoxide Deaths
  • Wrongful Death Lawsuits
Moberly National Insurance Bad Faith Law and Litigation Lawyer
  • Bad Faith Insurance Tactics
  • Insurance Bad Faith Laws
  • Insurance Company Wrongful Claim Denial
  • Insurance Bad Faith Litigation
  • Bad Faith Negotiation
  • Deceptive Claims Settlement Practices
  • High Stakes Insurance Disputes
  • Unfair Claims Practices

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Missouri, 1995
  • Kansas, 2014
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 2014
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 2014
  • U.S. District Court of Kansas, 2014
  • U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2001
  • U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2014
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2008

EDUCATION

  • University of Missouri Columbia School of Law, Columbia, Missouri, 1995, J.D.
  • State University of New York, 1989, B.A.

PUBLISHED WORKS

  • Thomson Reuters/Aspatore 2011. Chris Faiella, Author of Chapter, Knowing Your Client and Your Case: The Foundation of a Successful Case Strategy for Personal Injury Lawyers.
  • Personal Injury Settlement Agreements Line by Line: A Detailed Look at Personal Injury Settlement Agreements and How to Change Them to Meet Your Clients’ Needs
  • Thomas Reuters/Aspatore 2014.
  • Christian Faiella, “Chapter 13, Insurance Law – Bad Faith” – MO Bar CLE Publications, 2010
  • Christian Faiella, “Chapter 3, Litigation Settlements Mary Carter Agreements (supplement)”, – MO Bar CLE Publications, 2009
  • Christian Faiella, “Chapter 4, Civil Trial Practice, Pleadings (supplement)” – MO Bar CLE Publications, 2008
  • Christian Faiella, “Chapter 8, Evidence 5th Edition Competency of Witnesses” – MO Bar CLE Publications, 2006
  • Combat Tactics: How to Turn an Insurance Coverage Denial Into A Successful Recovery For Your Client, Co Author
  • – LE presentation at Solo & Small Firm Bar Conference, June, 2004
  • Visual Persuasion and the Preparation of Exhibits for Mediation, Author – CLE presentation at Solo & Small Firm Bar Conference, June, 2004
  • Proving Damages in Mild Brain Injury Cases – A Thumbnail Sketch, the Missouri Trial Attorney, Volume XXI, Number 3, Fall, 2003
  • Chapter 13 Automobile Torts, Tort Law 2003 – MO Bar CLE Publications (2006 Update)
  • Christian Faiella, Featured Case-Devin West v. Standard Life Insurance Company of New York, the Missouri Trial Attorney, Volume XIX, Number 4, Winter, 2001
  • Mark J. Evans and Christian Faiella, the Effective Use of a Claim Based Upon “Negligence Per Se” – The Missouri Trial Attorney, Volume XVII, Number 1, Spring, 1999
  • Christian Faiella, “Partial Settlement in Multi-Party Injury Cases” – Missouri Lawyers Weekly, July, 1998
  • Christian Faiella, “Article of The Year” – Missouri Lawyers Weekly Editorial Board, January, 1999
  • Christian Faiella, “Hunters, Landowners & The Law” – Rural Missourian, Fall, 1995

CLASSES & SEMINARS TAUGHT:

  • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Law-Made Simple, NBI – March 2017
  • Third Party Bad Faith – June 22, 2015
  • Prosecuting and Defending The Bad Faith Case A to Z – January 23, 2015
  • Personal Injury Settlement Agreements – June 18, 2014
  • Deposing Lawyers in Civil Litigation – November 8, 2012
  • Knowing Your Client and Your Case: The Foundation of a Successful Case Strategy for Personal Injury Lawyers – June 29, 2012
  • Third Party Bad Faith, – June 22, 2012
  • The Basics of Handling an Auto Accident Case Part 3: Ethics, Mediation & Hot Topics, – April 12, 2012
  • The Basics of Handling an Auto Accident Case Part 1: Screening the Case, – February 23, 2012
  • Insurance Law Update, Automobile Insurance Law – MO Bar 2009
  • Kansas 8+4 Review of the Law, UMKC-CLE, Overland Park, Kansas, 2003
  • “Expert Witness Depositions”, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, 2000
  • Getting & Handling Success Early in your Career, University of Missouri Student Chapter of Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Columbia, Missouri, October 19, 1999
  • Effective Exhibits for Mediation and Trial, Speaker/Author, MO Bar CLE-Randolph County Bar, October 1, 2003
  • Sanctions & Discovery Enforcement in State & Federal Courts, Author/Presenter, Missouri Bar CLE-Ethics in Personal Injury Litigation, December 2, 1999

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Research Fellow, Political Science Department, State University of New York, 1988 – 1989
  • Feinburg Scholarship for Academic Excellence in Political Science, 1988 – 1989
  • New York Assembly Intern Program, Intern to Representative William R. Sears, 1989
  • President’s Letter Certificate, State University of New York, 1989
  • American Jurisprudence Award in Torts, 1992
  • Legal Research Clerk to Professor Robert Lawless at University of Missouri School of Law, 1994 – 1995
  • American Jurisprudence Award in Federal Courts, 1995
  • Certified as an Advocate, American Trial Lawyers Association, 1999
  • Insurance Law Update, Automobile Insurance, 2009

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS

  • Missouri Bar, 1995 – Present Member
  • Kansas Bar, 2014 – Present Member
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, 2014 – Present Member
  • American Bar Association, 1995 – 2000 Member
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, 1995 – Present Member
  • Board of Governors, 2004 – 2015
  • American Association of Justice, 1995- Present Member
  • Randolph County Bar Association, 1995 – Present Member
  • Randolph County Chamber of Commerce, 1991 – 2001 Member
  • Boone County Bar Association, 2002 – 2006 Member
  • Randolph County YMCA Board, 2002 – 2004 Member
  • Missouri Bar Leadership Academy, 2001 – 2002 Member
  • Rotary International & Columbia Rotary Club, 1999 – 2008 Member
  • MATA Young Lawyers, 2005 – 2006 Co-Chair
  • MATA Public Awareness Committee, 2005 – 2010 Member
  • Missouri Bar Tort Law Committee, 2003 – 2005 Vice Chair
  • YMCA Board of Directors, 2002 – 2003 Legal Counsel
  • Randolph County Bar Association, 1999 – 2000 President
  • Randolph County Chamber of Commerce, 2000 – 2002 Board of Directors
  • Randolph County Chamber of Commerce, 2001 Treasurer
  • Rotary Vice-President, 2000 – 2001
  • Social Co-Chair Rotary, 2002 – 2004
  • AAJ Sub-Group Interstate Trucking Litigation, 1999 – Present Member
  • AAJ Sub-Group Carbon Monoxide Litigation, 1999 – Present Member
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, 2000 – Present
  • Missouri Bar Tort Law Committee, 1997 – Present Member
  • Missouri Bar Civil Practice and Procedure Committee, 1997 – Present Member
  • Missouri Bar Insurance Law Committee, 2003 – Present Member
  • Missouri Bar Technology Committee, 2003 – Present Member
  • Missouri Bar Solo & Small Firm Practice Committee, 2003 – Present Member
  • AAJ Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway & Premises Liability Section, 1996 – Present Member
  • AAJ Insurance Section, 2003 – Present Member
  • AAJ Products Liability Section, 2003 – Present Member
  • AAJ Professional Negligence Section, 2003 – Present Member

PRO BONO ACTIVITIES

  • Board Member and Volunteer: St. Pius X School Foundation
  • President: NoMo Community Foundation