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Christina M. Carroll

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

Washington, DC, USA

Christina M. Carroll is a partner in McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP’s Washington, DC office.

Christina’s diverse practice focuses primarily on complex litigation, including insurance, environmental, toxic tort, and patent litigation. Christina also counsels insurance clients on emerging risks and opportunities associated with climate change.

Christina is skilled at mastering and organizing legally and factually complex cases and developing and executing a unique strategy for handling and best managing client concerns and challenges. Christina’s experience includes management of large litigation matters, and in particular, coordinating discovery in cases involving voluminous hard-copy documents and electronic records. Her experience also includes development of litigation strategies, preparation of offensive and defensive discovery, development of factual and complex expert testimony, defending expert depositions, drafting mediation statements, drafting trial and appellate briefs, conducting depositions, and presentation of testimony and appellate oral arguments in state and federal courts.

Christina represents a variety of clients in the insurance, chemical, healthcare, and technology industries, including government contractors. In the insurance realm, Christina represents insurance companies in coverage and bad faith disputes and also counsels them on strategic issues including emerging risks. Christina has handled matters involving directors and officers, property, commercial general liability, professional liability, and automobile liability insurance. Christina brings her environmental and scientific background together with her insight in insurance-related law to provide a unique skill set in addressing environmental, climate change, green building, cybersecurity and other emerging risks.

In addition to her insurance work, Christina represents regulated businesses and government contractors facing personal injury, property damage, and CERCLA claims arising out of distribution of products or contamination of air or ground and surface water by a wide variety of industrial chemicals. Christina has worked on a number of CERCLA actions brought by major corporations against the government for recovery of environmental remediation costs and Administrative Procedure Act cases. Christina also represents international companies in patent infringement matters.

Christina has experience in mass tort litigation involving class allegations. Christina was a key member of the legal team that succeeded in defeating class certification in a case filed by current and former workers alleging silica exposure during the drilling of tunnels at Yucca Mountain, the nation’s proposed repository for spent nuclear fuel. She also has worked on class actions under state law involving releases to soil and groundwater and products liability claims. In addition to her insurance, intellectual property, environmental and toxic tort practice, Christina has experience in commercial litigation matters such as contract and employment disputes and enforcement of arbitration awards. Christina has experience with the judicial abstention doctrines and jurisdictional and service of process issues relevant in litigation with foreign governments and other foreign entities. Christina has prepared extensive briefing of complex issues related to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (“FSIA”), Alien Tort Claims Act (“ATCA”), and the political question doctrine.

Christina is a mentor for firm associates and is a mentor for law students through the Georgetown University Women of Color Collective.

Representative Matters
  • Analysis and counseling for major insurer regarding potential risks and opportunities associated with climate change, including with respect to potential liability, new product development, and regulatory and voluntary reporting.
  • Obtaining favorable settlement for major insurer in connection with commercial lines bad faith exposure.
  • Counseling healthcare client on directors and officers insurance coverage and risk management.
  • Representing major insurer in breach of contract, estoppel, bad faith, and consumer protection act lawsuit involving all-risk property policy.
  • Winning summary judgment motion on behalf of major insurer that eliminated over $6 million in claimed “extra expense” under all-risk property policy.
  • Winning motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction in toxic tort action against European trade association.
  • Successfully opposing motion for class certification in Yucca Mountain silica dust case for government contractor clients. Plaintiffs decided not to pursue claims after defeat of class certification.
  • Successfully opposing motion to transfer in “first to file” dispute in patent infringement litigation.
  • Achieving favorable settlement and licensing arrangement for patent holder in patent infringement action.
  • Representing government contractor in cost recovery action against United States. Obtained favorable percentage of clean up costs for remediating uranium contamination in soil and groundwater.
  • Representing government contractor in cost recovery action against United States. Obtained favorable percentage of clean up costs for DDT and other soil and groundwater remediation.
  • Defended government contractor in cost recovery action seeking remediation costs at the Allegheny Ballistics Laboratory.
  • Winning appeal of employment compensation dispute for government contractor.
  • Representing pro bono client in appellate immigration matter.
  • Representing pro bono client in discrimination action against Library of Congress and obtaining favorable settlement.


  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, cum laude, 2000
  • A.B., Harvard College, magna cum laude, 1997
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

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