Christopher M. Vossler

Senior Partner

Profile

Chris has a diversified defense practice representing insurers, product manufacturers, trucking companies, commercial retailers and restaurants, athletic clubs and teams, and private and municipal entities.

He has handled many cases to verdict, and through the appellate courts. Chris has been successful in obtaining favorable rulings in a number of cases that resulted in cutting edge decisions in Connecticut related to products liability, insurance law, sports and recreation.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, and outdoor activities including skiing, cycling and fishing. Chris also participates in fundraising for lung cancer research at Boston-area hospitals such as Mass General and Dana Farber. He is an annual participant in the 2-day, 192 mile cycling event, the   Pan-Mass Challenge, which raises money for Dana Farber.

Community Service

  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Home building projects in Ecuador via a local nonprofit organization Adopta Una Familia
  • Board member of a regional non-profit, LungStrong
  • Annual fundraiser for Dana Farber Cancer Institute-Boston, MA

Representative Matters

DiPietro v. Farmington Sports Arena

DiPietro v. Farmington Sports Arena, LLC, 299 Conn. 920, 10 A.3d 1053 (2010): Addresses standard of care owed by owner of indoor sports facility.

Hyson v. White Water Mountain Resorts of Connecticut, Inc.

Hyson v. White Water Mountain Resorts of Connecticut, Inc., 265 Conn. 636, 829 A.2d 827 (2003). Addresses enforceability of pre-accident release utilized by snow tubing park.

Winslow v. Lewis-Shepard, Inc.

Winslow v. Lewis-Shepard, Inc., 216 Conn. 533, 582 A.2d 1174 (1990): Establishes that the Connecticut Product Liability Act is the exclusive remedy for harm caused by a product.

Mills v. Sol., LLC

Mills v. Sol., LLC, Superior Court, judicial district of Fairfield, Docket No. CV075009361, 2010 WL 4722480 (Nov. 1, 2010), aff’d sub nom. Mills v. The Sol., LLC, 138 Conn. App. 40, 50 A.3d 381 (2012) (Establishes the duty of care for operator of a carnival on city property).

Santopietro v. City of New Haven

Santopietro v. City of New Haven, 239 Conn. 207, 682 A.2d 106 (1996) (Holds that expert testimony is required to establish the standard of care for American Softball Association umpires).

Edelman v. Pac. Employers Ins. Co.

Edelman v. Pac. Employers Ins. Co., 53 Conn. App. 54, 728 A.2d 531 (1999) (Addresses issue of insurance coverage arising out of use of premises)

Teixiera v. New Britain Baseball Club, Inc.

Teixiera v. New Britain Baseball Club, Inc., Superior Court, judicial district of New Britain, Docket No. HHBCV054004214S, 2006 WL 2413839 (July 18, 2006) (Establishes precedent for Connecticut courts to apply the “limited duty rule” when it comes to injuries suffered by spectators at a ballpark)

Foss v. Nadeau

Foss v. Nadeau, Superior Court, judicial district of Tolland, Docket No. X07CV030081658S, 2003 WL 22853695 (Nov. 14, 2003) (Summary judgment granted in favor of youth sports volunteer under federal volunteer protection act)

Avenoso v. Mangan

Avenoso v. Mangan, Superior Court, judicial district of Hartford, Docket No. CV054009152, 2006 WL 490340 (Feb. 14, 2006) (Summary judgment granted in favor of youth sports volunteer coach under federal volunteer protection act)

Zajaczkowski v. Connecticut State Soccer Ass’n, Inc.

Zajaczkowski v. Connecticut State Soccer Ass’n, Inc., Superior Court, judicial district of Fairfield, Docket No. CV065003515, 2010 WL 1052937 (Feb. 23, 2010) (Summary judgment granted in favor of soccer organization on basis that it cannot be held vicariously liable for conduct of an independent contractor/referee)

Sullivan v. Quiceno

Sullivan v. Quiceno, Superior Court, judicial district of New Haven, Docket No. CV054003173S, 2007 WL 3088085 (Oct. 5, 2007) (Summary judgment granted in favor of soccer organization on basis that it cannot be held vicariously liable for conduct of an independent contractor/referee)

Allstate Ins. Co. v. Berube

Allstate Ins. Co. v. Berube, 84 Conn. App. 464, 854 A.2d 53 (2004) (Addresses intentional/criminal act exclusions in homeowner insurance policy after husband shoots wife)

Allstate Ins. Co. v. Barron

Allstate Ins. Co. v. Barron, 269 Conn. 394, 848 A.2d 1165 (2004)(Addresses intentional/criminal act exclusions in homeowner insurance policy after triple murder/arson/suicide event takes life of husband and wife insureds)

Allstate Ins. Co. v. Lanata

Allstate Ins. Co. v. Lanata, Superior Court, judicial district of New Britain, Docket No. CV01511764, 2002 WL 31320544 (Sept. 25, 2002) (Addresses “occurrence” in context of declaratory judgment case)

Allstate Ins. Co. v. Wilson

Allstate Ins. Co. v. Wilson, 18 F. Supp. 3d 156 (D. Conn. 2014) (Addresses intentional and criminal act exclusions in a homeowners’ insurance policy in the face of alleged sexual assault by a minor of another minor)

DePaola v. Albinger

DePaola v. Albinger, Superior Court, judicial district of New Haven, Docket No. CV 91-323904, 1993 WL 241858 (June 25, 1993)(Addresses viability of a 3rdparty indemnification action against a car manufacturer)

Tuttle v. TVI, Inc.

Tuttle v. TVI, Inc., Superior Court, judicial district of Hartford, Docket No. HHBCV166034586 (Sept. 5, 2017) (Addresses viability of a claim for apportionment by a premises owner against a supplier of commercial mats)

Langton v. Town of Westport

Langton v. Town of Westport, 38 Conn. App. 14, 658 A.2d 602 (1995): Addresses the liability of a town for serious injuries caused by a bicycle crash.