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Christopher E. Dougherty

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Director, Professional Liability Department; Chairman of the Board of Directors; Chairman, Executive Committee
2000 Market Street, Suite 2300
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 575-2733
(215) 575-0856 - Fax
cedougherty@mdwcg.com

Chris is the Director of the Professional Liability Department with responsibility for 16 practice groups and approximately 150 attorneys. In 2013, Chris became a member of the firm's Executive Committee, a three member entity that governs the day-to-day operations of the firm, and now serves as the Chairman of the Executive Committee. Chris also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors since being elected to the position in January, 2014. 

Since joining Marshall Dennehey in 1991, Chris has developed an extensive defense practice in a wide range of litigation areas:  professional liability, construction litigation and product liability. His aptitude for managing people and legal practices led to his leadership roles on the top governing bodies of the firm.

Chris graduated with honors from the United States Naval Academy in 1978 and received his juris doctor from Stetson University College of Law in 1985, graduating magna cum laude.

From 1978 to 1991, Chris served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps. From 1991 to 2004, he served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and retired in the grade of Colonel. During this time, among other responsibilities, Chris served as a General Courts-Martial certified Military Judge.

Significant Representative Matters

  • Defended manufacturer of pepper spray in federal court in a product liability/police excessive force suit for wrongful death. Motion for summary judgment obtained. 

  • Defended suit against an attorney wherein it was alleged the attorney improperly prosecuted the underlying action resulting in no recovery. Proved at trial that client attorney's tactical decisions were sound and judicious and underlying result not attributable to attorney neglect. 

  • Defended suburban Philadelphia Economic Area Development Corporation in a breach of contract suit brought by land developer to recover $15 million in lost economic opportunities. Tried to verdict with $18,000 recovery only.

  • Defending for over 17 years the manufacturer, designer and distributor of automobiles, ATVs, motorcycles and varied powered equipment in wrongful death, personal injury and breach of warranty actions.

  • Defended manufacturer of carbon monoxide detector in wrongful death suit. Settled for nuisance value.

  • Defended construction manager of major Philadelphia construction project at which worker fell off ladder to concrete two floors below. Settlement made with no money paid by our client.

  • Coordinate pleadings and discovery for manufacturer of medical-surgical devices in national litigation. 

  • Tried a breach of contract case for a utilities contractor versus Penn Dot, and prevailed, recovering in excess of $500,000.

  • Tried a breach of contract/indemnity action for a construction manager versus one of its sub-contractors and prevailed in recovering in excess of $750,000.

Representative Cases

  • Smith v. Honda, 846 F.Supp. 1217 (M.D. Pa. 1994) 

  • Weiner v. Honda, 718 A.2d 305 (Pa. Super. 1998)

  • Price v. Brown, 680 A.2d 1149 (Pa. 1996)

  • Kukowski v. Homesburg S.C., 739 A.2d 597 (Pa. Super. 1999)

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), Faculty, Philadelphia, 2010

  • Preventing Legal Malpractice Claims and Ethics Complaints in Your Law Practice, Union League, Philadelphia, October 2010

  • Multistate Update on Insurance Agent and Brokers' Errors and Omissions Liability and Risk Management Issues, Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., Seattle, WA, September 2010

  • Preventing Legal Malpractice Claims and Ethics Complaints in Your Law Practice, Union League, Philadelphia, October 2009

  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), Faculty, Philadelphia, 2008

  • MDWCG Trial Advocacy Program, Chairman, 2003 - Present

  • Product Liability Defenses, Insurance Institute of Philadelphia, 1998

  • Trial Evidence, Instructor, Coastal Carolina College, 1987

Published Works

  • "Talkin' 'Bout Their Generation -- Don't Believe the Hype," The Pennsylvania Lawyer, September/October 2018

  • "Shifting Indemnity to Sub-Contractor For Negligence of Owner Or General Contractor: Perry/Ruzzi Doctrine Is Alive And Well In Pennsylvania," Defense Digest, Vol. 11, No. 2, June 2005 and Pennsylvania Defense Institute, January 2006

  • "Pennsylvania Superior Court Limits Use Of Frye When Seeking To Exclude Expert Scientific Evidence," Defense Digest, Vol. 9, No. 4, December 2003

  • "Plaintiff's Conduct May Be Admissible In A Products Liability Suit-It Depends On What You Call It," Civil Litigation Update, Vol. 7, No. 1, Winter 2002 and Pennsylvania Bar Association's Civil Litigation Section Newsletter, Winter 2002 and Defense Digest, Vol. 7, No. 3, June 2001

  • "Hold Onto Your Defense Evidence If You Want To Move For A Non-Suit," Defense Digest, Vol. 5, No. 6, December 1999

  • "Acura Integra Coupe Is Not Intended For Truckin'," Pennsylvania Law Weekly, August 9, 1999; Defense Digest, Vol. 5, No. 1, February 1999

Past Employment Positions

  • U.S. Marine Corps (active duty), 1978 - 1991 

  • U.S. Marine Corps, Air Support Control Officer, 1979 - 1982 

  • U.S. Marine Corps, Judge Advocate, 1985 – 1991

  • U.S. Marine Corps, Navy Marine Corps Trial Judiciary, Military Judge, 1997 - 2002

Education

  • Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, FL (J.D., 1985)

    Honors: magna cum laude

  • United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD (B.S., 1978)

    Honors: graduate with honors

Pages

Law Alerts September 24, 2018
Edited by Timothy G. Ventura, Esq. Pennsylvania Imposes Additional Requirements on Insurance Agents and Companies Regarding the Sale or Replacement of Annuities   By James A. McGovern, Esquire On June 28, 2018, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...
Defense Digest Article September 4, 2018
Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 3, September 2018 By Christopher E. Dougherty, Esq.* This is the third piece in a series discussing the positive culture of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. As I have previously noted, I try to share..., Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 3, September 2018. Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide...
Law Alerts August 21, 2018
Edited by Timothy G. Ventura, Esq. Just Because An Expert Says It, Doesn’t Make It So   By Lawrence Berg, Esquire New Jersey courts have generally recognized that in the ordinary negligence/malpractice case against an insurance..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...
Law Alerts July 6, 2018
Edited by Timothy G. Ventura, Esq. A Primer on Insurance Agents and Brokers Liability in Maryland   By Christopher J. Conrad, Esquire Courts in Maryland have long held that an independent insurance broker (or agent) is viewed as an agent of..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...
Law Alerts June 1, 2018
New York Court Addresses When an Insurance Broker Has a Special Duty of Advisement   By G. Jay Habas, Esquire* In New York, the duty of an insurance broker to obtain insurance coverage for a client is narrowly defined to require that a client..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a...
Defense Digest Article June 1, 2018
Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 2, June 2018 By Christopher E. Dougherty, Esq.* Talkin’ ‘bout Their Generation Recently, I had one of those “senior moments.” I left my cell phone on the hood of my car while grabbing a few..., Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 2, June 2018. Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Law Alerts April 4, 2018
Ohio Supreme Court Clarifies Start of Statute of Limitations in Insurance Agent & Agency Negligence Actions   By David J. Oberly, Esquire The Ohio Supreme Court has issued a significant decision that is extremely pertinent to all..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...
Defense Digest Article March 1, 2018
Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 1, March 2018 By Christopher E. Dougherty, Esq.* This is the second piece in a series discussing the positive culture of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. As I noted in the previous segment, I want to..., Retirement Speech  By Gary Kaplan, Esq. Thank you, Howard [Howard Dwoskin]. First, I thank everyone for coming here this afternoon—especially those who have come down from Philly. In particular, Tom, Chris, Liz, Howard, Matt, Linda and..., Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 1, March 2018. Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended...
Law Alerts March 1, 2018
By David Henry, Esquire Key Defenses to E&O Claims That Really Aren’t     One of the most important defenses in a failure to procure claim against an insurance agent is not technically a defense—it is something a..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...

Pages

November 1, 2018
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin has been named a "2019 Best Law Firm" in multiple practice areas, both nationally and across numerous regions of the country, by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®. Additionally, the firm's Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group was ranked both...
January 16, 2018
Thomas A. Brophy, President and Chief Executive Officer, member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Executive Committee at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, stepped down from those roles on January 1, 2018 and Executive Committee member G. Mark Thompson became the firm's new...
November 1, 2017
Marshall Dennehey has been selected a "2018 Best Law Firm" in multiple practice areas, both nationally and across numerous regions of the country. The rankings, which are presented in Tiers, are compiled annually by U.S. News - Best Lawyers® and recognize firms for professional excellence and...
May 12, 2017
Seventy-one attorneys from the Pennsylvania offices of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin have been selected to the 2017 edition of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine. Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas...
March 30, 2017
Four law firms from across Europe and North America have launched a new multi-jurisdiction legal network to provide a global service to insurance clients. The Insurance Law Global (ILG) network is made up of founding law firms from the UK, Spain, Canada and the USA. The firms will collaborate on a...
November 1, 2016
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin has been selected a "2017 Best Law Firm" in multiple practice areas, both nationally and across numerous regions of the country. The rankings, which are presented in tiers, are compiled annually by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, and...
January 5, 2016
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin announced today the launch of a Bankruptcy Litigation Practice Group within the firm's Professional Liability Department. Attorneys in the practice group will counsel and defend clients in all aspects of bankruptcy-related litigation and protect the...
July 2, 2014
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin announced today the June 30th retirement of Peter S. Miller, longtime Chief Operating Officer, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee member, Director of the Workers' Compensation Department, and Managing Attorney of the Philadelphia...
June 25, 2013
Marshall Dennehey announced today that shareholders Christopher E. Dougherty and Eric A. Fitzgerald have been named Director and Assistant Director, respectively, of the firm's Professional Liability Department. The official leadership changes come following the retirement of longtime shareholder,...
December 19, 2012
December 2012 – Philadelphia, PA – The Executive Committee of the defense litigation firm Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin (MDWC&G) is pleased to announce that Robin Snyder, Esq. was elected as a member of the firm's board of directors as well as senior vice president at the annual...

Education

  • Stetson University College of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 1985)
  • United States Naval Academy (B.S., with honors, 1978)

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1986
  • Pennsylvania, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2002

Associations & Memberships

  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • American Bar Association (Lawyers' Professional Liability Consortium)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Florida Bar Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute
  • Philadelphia Bar Association

Honors & Awards

  • American Bar Association Young Military Lawyer's Award, Toronto, Canada, 1988
  • Meritorious Service Medals for Legal Achievement, 1988, 1991
  • Legion of Merit , 2005
  • AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2007-2009, 2014-2018

Year Joined Organization: 1991

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