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Christopher J. Boggs

Christopher J. Boggs

Christopher J. Boggs is the Vice President of Education for Insurance Journal’s Academy of Insurance. He joined the insurance industry in 1990 and is a self-proclaimed insurance geek with a true passion for the insurance profession and a desire for continual learning.

As head of the Academy of Insurance, Boggs is responsible for managing all aspects of the Academy from researching, writing and presenting his own classes to managing a group of renowned instructors to developing and managing the education schedule.  

 During his career, Boggs has authored hundreds of insurance and risk management-related articles on a wide range of topics as diverse as Credit Default Swaps, the MCS-90, and enterprise risk management.

Boggs has also written and published five insurance and risk management-related books:

  • "The Insurance Professional's Practical Guide to Workers' Compensation: From History through Audit – Second Edition;"
  • "Business Income Insurance Demystified: The Simplified Guide to Time Element Coverages – Third Edition;
  • Property and Casualty Insurance Concepts Simplified: The Ultimate ‘How to’ Insurance Guide for Agents, Brokers, Underwriters and Adjusters;
  • Wow! I Never Knew That! 12 of the Most Misunderstood and Misused P&C Coverages, Concepts and Exclusions;” and
  • Insurance, Risk & Risk Management! The Insurance Professional’s Guide to Risk Management and Insurance.”

A graduate of Liberty University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Boggs’ background includes duties as a risk management consultant, loss control representative, insurance production, and teaching. Boggs continually pursues career-related education, thus far obtaining nine professional insurance designations: the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Risk Management (ARM), Associate in Loss Control Management (ALCM), Legal Principles Claims Management (LPCS), Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI), Associate in Premium Auditing (APA), Certified Workers’ Compensation Advisor (CWCA), Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS) and the Associate in General Insurance (AINS) designations.

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Strong Contractual Risk Transfer Requirements: What Makes the Best CRT Design

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Because you do not want to pay a claim for the actions of someone other than your insured, contractual risk transfer (CRT) is, or should be, at the front of every underwriter’s mind when analyzing contractor risks.

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Understanding Commercial Property Underwriting and "COPE" (2-part series)

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Learn the importance of each of the four basic data points in the property underwriting process: Construction, Occupancy, Protection and Exposure ("COPE").

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Practical Workers' Compensation: The Surprising Importance of Employers' Liability Protection

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Employers' Liability protection is often overlooked or just plain ignored by many agents and brokers. The gaps filled by this coverage are too important to act carelessly when planning this protection.

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Crimes, Torts, Negligence, Legal Liability and Insurance (2-part series)

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Legal liability is liability imposed by law on the person or entity responsible for the financial injury or damage suffered by another party or individual and can arise from intentional acts, unintentional acts or contracts.

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Who is an "Insured" in the CGL and Business Auto Policy?

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Understanding the four levels of "insured" status and each one's relationship to the coverage provided allows improved preparation and planning in the initial design and implementation of the insurance program.

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Practical Workers' Comp: What you need to know (4-part series)

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Statutes, common law, contracts and the human element all work together or in necessary conflict with each other to allow or push the workers' compensation machine to produce the result it was designed for - a safety net for workers injured on the job.

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The Legal & Contractual Aspect of Insurance

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There are many unique provisions and requirements when it comes to insurance contracts. One part of insurance contract law that no one talks about is that the policy is the minimum that must be done.

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Coverage Triggers: Occurrence vs. Claims Made Liability Coverage

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Liability protection can be provided by either an "occurrence" trigger or a "claims made" trigger. Learn the coverage triggers for both "occurrence" and "claims made" forms.

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Understanding the True Breadth of the CGL's Pollution Exclusion

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The absolute pollution exclusion is likely the most misapplied exclusion within the commercial general liability (CGL) policy. Learn the true breadth of the CGL's exclusion in this class.

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How to Read and Understand ANY Insurance Policy

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Learn the rules of reading insurance policies and why exclusions and exceptions exist.

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