Charles T. Blair


Associate General Counsel

Washington, D.C.
Business Phone: 202.662.2076
Business Fax: 202.654.5803


Tom Blair has represented general liability insurers for more than 25 years and has handled a wide range of complex coverage issues. His representations have included matters involving environmental claims, asbestos, hearing loss, silica, advertising injury, and numerous other issues. He has litigated important coverage issues in the state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels. Tom has extensive experience in litigating bad faith and other extracontractual claims against insurers across the country. He has spoken on coverage and bad faith issues and has provided training to insurers to avoid extracontractual exposures.

Representative Matters

  • Representing insurer in jury trial on bad faith claims arising from denial of uninsured motorist benefits.
  • Representing insurer in coverage litigation concerning scope of “advertising injury” coverage.
  • Representing insurers in multiple states in litigation involving asbestos-related extra contractual claims.
  • Representing insurer in coverage litigation involving application of "sudden and accidental" pollution exclusion.


  • “Developments in West Virginia’s Bad Faith Law: Where Do We Go From Here?” West Virginia Law Review, Vol. 98. No. 1.

Rankings and Recognition

  • Member, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • Speaker, American Conference Institute, Ninth National Advanced Forum on Litigating Bad Faith and Punitive Damages

Professional Experience

  • Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP, 2009 – present
  • Partner, Ross, Dixon & Bell, LLP, 1998 – 2008
  • Associate, Ross, Dixon & Bell, LLP, 1991 – 1997
  • Law Clerk, The Honorable H. Emory Widener, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1990 – 1991



  • University of Virginia, J.D., 1990
    Order of the Coif
    Executive Editor, Virginia Law Review
  • University of Virginia, B.A., with high distinction, 1987
    Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • 1991 District of Columbia
  • 1990 Virginia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia