Doug is a founding member of Christian, Dichter & Sluga, PC and its Nevada affiliate, Christian Kravitz Dichter Johnson & Sluga, PLLC.. In his 42nd year of practicing law, Doug is licensed in Arizona, Nevada and Colorado and maintains an active practice in both Phoenix and Las Vegas. Doug’s practice emphasizes insurance and professional liability litigation. He regularly represents insurers in insurance coverage and bad faith cases and advises insurers and policyholders on insurance coverage and claim practices.
Doug is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in Insurance Law, Personal Injury – Defense and Commercial Litigation; in Southwest Super Lawyers in Insurance Law, and in Arizona’s Finest Lawyers. He is a member of the American Law Institute, the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel. He is also a past-president of the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel and a former member of the Council of the American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. Doug is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and Fellow of the American College of Coverage and Extra Contractual Counsel.
Practice Areas & Expertise
Insurance Bad Faith and Coverage Litigation
Professional Liability Litigation
Personal Injury Litigation
Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Distinguished Service Award 2017.
Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona 2015, Arizona Business Magazine.
Top Lawyers – 2006; Mr. Christian was recognized by Phoenix Magazine as a Top Lawyer in insurance law and personal injury litigation.
Best of Bar 2005; Mr. Christian was selected by his peers and the Staff of the Phoenix Business Journal as one of the three best insurance lawyers in metropolitan Phoenix.
Best Lawyers in America: Mr. Christian is listed in Best Lawyers in America for his practice in Insurance Law, Commercial Litigation and Personal Injury Litigation – Defense.
Southwest Super Lawyers; Mr. Christian has been listed in the Insurance Coverage category each year since the inaugural edition in 2007.
Martindale-Hubbell “AV” Rating.
Arizona’s Finest Lawyers.
North Valley Magazine “Top Lawyer” in insurance law, 2012 and 2013.
Defense Research Institute Exceptional Performance Citation as President of the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, 1996/1997.
Damages for an Insurer’s Breach of the Duty to Settle, American Conferences International, Advanced Bad Faith Conference, San Francisco, July 29, 2014.
Continuing Bad Faith: Theory of Liability or Rule of Evidence? Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Quarterly, Winter, 2001; feature article Insurance Litigation Reporter, November, 2001, feature article, California Insurance Litigation Reporter, December, 2001.
Twice Bitten: Violations of Ethical Rules as Evidence of Legal Malpractice; published in The Brief, Volume 29, No. 1; republished in PC SOLO “Best of ABA Sections,” March, 2000.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judicial Education Conference, 2011; Speaker, Personal Injury Defense Lawyer Perspective on Judicial Practices; Mesa, Arizona
The Law Firm of Tomorrow: 2010 and Beyond, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Winter Meeting, Scottsdale, Arizona, March 1, 2007.
Pre-Litigation Advice: Is it still privileged?; Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Winter meeting, Marco Island, Florida, March 2, 2005.
Recent Development Affecting an Insurer’s Duty to Defend, Mealey’s Bad Faith Conference, Philadelphia, September 27, 2004.
Aggregate Settlement Ethics, Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, Symposium for Corporate Counsel, Marquette University, September 10, 2004.
Settling Without the Insurer’s Consent, Defense Research Institute, Chicago, May 17, 2002.
Trials and Tribulations: Professional Liability Arising From Unethical Trial Conduct, Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel, Winter Meeting, Boca Raton, February, 2002.
High Stakes Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Cases, Law Education Institute National CLE Conference, Steamboat Springs, CO, January 11, 2002.
Defending Against Claims of Continuing Bad Faith, Mealey’s Bad Faith Litigation Conference, Los Angeles, September 13, 2001.
Concurrent Causation In First Party Property Claims; American Conference Institute Advanced Insurance Coverage Conference,New York, April 20, 2001.
Continuing Bad Faith, American Conference Institute National Bad Faith Conference, San Francisco, March 23, 2001.
Ethical Implications of Compliance With Insurer Billing Guidelines and Fee Audits, ABA Center for Professional Responsibility National Conference, New Orleans, June 2, 2000.
The Admissibility of Violations of Disciplinary Rules in Legal Malpractice Cases, Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel, Winter Meeting Orlando, Florida, March 2000.
Ethical Issues in Handling Bad Faith Cases, Mealey’s Bad Faith Litigation Conference, Boston, May 3, 1999.
Managing Bad Faith Exposure; Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel Litigation Management College, Northwestern University, June 24, 1998.
Bench and Bar in Conflict? Alternative Dispute Resolution; Arizona State Bar Program, Phoenix,
November 20, 1997.
Law Office Economics and Professionalism: Money or Morals; American Bar Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, August 4, 1997.
Avoiding The Excess Judgment; Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel Litigation Management College, Northwestern University, June 25, 1997.
Providing a Defense: Cost Issues Impacting Counsel’s Ability to Represent a Client; American Bar Association Annual Meeting,San Francisco, August, 1997.
Crossing the Bad Faith Threshold: Evaluation and Analysis, Mealey’s Insurance and Bad Faith Conference, Philadelphia, May 1, 1997.
Insurance Coverage Issues Relating to Allocation of Damages and Reimbursement of Health Maintenance Organizations Under Liability Insurance Policies; American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Orlando, August 5, 1996.
Breaking Up is Hard to Do, The Ethics of Law Firm Dissolutions; American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Orlando, August 4, 1996.
Protecting Your Assets; Arizona Association of Life Underwriters Annual Meeting, Phoenix, April 26, 1996.
Professionalism; Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel Mid-Winter Meeting,Naples, Florida, March 9, 1995.
Issues Concerning the Tri-Partite Relationship – The Proposed Restatement Approach; ABA Tort & Insurance Practice Section, Insurance Coverage Committee Mid-Winter Meeting, San Diego, California, February 25, 1995.
Crossing the Bad Faith Threshold: Evaluation and Analysis; Mealey’s Insurance Fraud and Bad Faith Conference, Phoenix, February 3, 1995.
Marketing a Personal Injury Practice; American Bar Association, New Orleans, August 8, 1994.
The Tri-Partite Relationship; Arizona Association of Defense Counsel Annual Meeting, Sedona, Arizona, May 14, 1994.
Eclectic Insurance Issues: From Auto Accidents to Sex Offenses, Program Moderator; Lorman Business Center, Inc., Phoenix, March 13, 1994.
Taking Effective Depositions; Lorman Business Center, Inc., Phoenix, September 30, 1993.