Chris is a Fellow of the American College of Coverage Counsel, a Vice Chair (and former Chair) of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the ABA, and a Program Committee Member of the Minnesota Chapter of the Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc. (RIMS).
Chris also authors the Insurance Insight Series on the Larkin Hoffman Real Estate and Construction Blog. The series focuses on common insurance issues that are faced by businesses, including who should be included as insureds, common exclusions and how to avoid gaps in insurance coverage.
Obtained jury verdict in Federal Court on behalf of a policy holder who was falsely accused of fraud by insurer and was granted bad faith damages after an evidentiary hearing, the first such award after hearing in Minnesota Federal District Court.
Provided counsel to clients on litigation strategy, ownership interests, cyber security and threats, compliance, and issues relating to mergers and acquisition.
Obtained $2,000,000 jury verdict on behalf of homeowners’ association in coverage action against property insurer, where additional claim for bad faith was added and tried before case settled.
Received award after trial on behalf of beneficiary against trustee, proving by clear and convincing evidence that trustee had breached its fiduciary duty and acted in bad faith.
Obtained a jury verdict on claim for breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing on behalf of corporate policyholder sued for breach of contract by insurer, where insurer sought $250,000. Successfully defended verdict on appeal.
Provided advice and counseling in employment matter relating to pension and application of seniority, reviewed investigation findings, worked with human resources and general counsel to negotiate severance.
Advised clients on issues of compliance and regulation, including HIPAA, relating to cyber security, records management, document retention and notification.
Managed numerous matters obtaining defense from insurance carriers who initially denied their duty and obtained six-figure settlement on behalf of company under its crime insurance policy.
Resolved large financial bond claim based on theft from employee at bank, advised and counseled client on regulatory compliance, litigation hold, legal obligations and records management.
Obtained summary judgment for numerous financial institutions, stemming from nationwide Ponzi scheme.
Obtained summary judgment for furnace manufacturer in gas explosion case (upheld on appeal).
U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
U.S. District Court, Minnesota
U.S. District Court, Colorado
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas
U.S. District Court, Western District of Arkansas
University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, MN; J.D, cum laude, 1993
Macalester College, St. Paul, MN; B.A., magna cum laude, 1990
Super Lawyer,® Super Lawyers magazine, 2015-present
American College of Coverage Counsel, Fellow
Marquis Who’s Who
Professional Associations & Memberships
- American Bar Association, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Vice Chair and former Chair
- Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc., Minnesota Chapter, Program Committee Member
- Volunteer Lawyers Network, Member of Benefactor’s Board
- Influential Trade Publication, Public Utilities Fortnightly, features Christopher Yetka’s Article, Environmental Contamination: Old Insurance Policies Could Be Worth Their Weight in Gold
- Eighth Circuit Affirms Insurance Bad Faith Award Obtained by Christopher Yetka and Sarah Greening, Among the First in Minnesota Federal District Court
- Larkin Hoffman Attorneys Named 2021 Minnesota Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
- It is Not Hearsay if You Said It: Broker and Agent Statements are Representations of the Insurer in Minnesota
- Policy Renewals Create Increased Risk in a Hardening Market
- Exactly Who is Insured Under Your Insurance Policy?
- Was Your Business’s Property Damaged during the Civil Unrest? Ten Things You Can Do if Your Property Has Been Damaged.
- Why Covid-19 Losses May Well Be Covered under Your Business Interruption Insurance Policies
- Bisnow Town Hall: Insurance and Liability Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic
- COVID-19, Business and Insurance: Three Things You Should Do Now to Protect Your Business
- First Insurance Bad Faith Award in Minnesota Federal District Court
- Insurance and COVID-19: Are We Covered?
- You Have Been Sued. You Are Insured. Who Gets to Choose Your Lawyer?
- Directors and Officers Coverage Renewal: Pitfalls to Avoid (Part II )
- When it Comes to Insurance Claims, it is the Language of the Policy That Controls Whether the Policyholder Will Get Paid – What Could be Unclear About That?
- Directors and Officers Coverage Renewal: Pitfalls to Avoid