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Christopher J. Conrad

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100 Corporate Center Drive
Suite 201
Camp Hill, PA 17011
(717) 651-3531
(717) 651-3707 - Fax
cjconrad@mdwcg.com

Chris is a member of the firm's Professional Liability Department, and he devotes a significant portion of his practice to the representation and defense of professionals, including attorneys, accountants, architects, appraisers, realtors and real estate agents, and insurance agents and brokers.  He also represents public and private employers, as well as their directors, officers and management, in a wide variety of employment practices litigation under federal and state law, including defending claims of harassment, discrimination and retaliation.  Additionally, Chris defends school districts, intermediate units and other academic institutions in civil rights litigation and in all phases of special education litigation, from administrative due process hearings to federal court appeals. 

Chris is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and The Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law.  During law school, Chris clerked for the Hon. Robert J. Woodside in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.  Chris also served as judicial law clerk for the Hon. Ronald B. Graves in the Civil Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey.

Outside of the office, Chris is an adjunct instructor for Penn State Dickinson Law. He also devotes a portion of his time as a volunteer for the Wills for Heroes Program.

Significant Representative Matters

  • Defense verdict following jury trial representing insurance agency and its owner in case involving claims of professional negligence.

  • K.E. v. Lincoln Intermediate Unit, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 163489 (M.D. Pa. 2017) (summary judgment dismissing claims against intermediate unit by former student alleging Title IX and 1983 civil rights violations)

  • Rohrbaugh v. Lincoln Intermediate Unit, 255 F. Supp. 3d 589 (M.D. Pa. 2017) (dismissal of claims against intermediate unit by student under 504 of Rehabilitation Act of 1973 for failure to exhaust administrative remedies

  • Judge v. Shikellamy School District, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 65694 (M.D. Pa. 2017) (summary judgment dismissing claims by former principal alleging violation of Procedural Due Process rights, breach of employment contract and constructive discharge).

  • Defense award at arbitration in declaratory judgment action brought against condominium association.

  • A.V. v. Capital Area Intermediate Unit, ODR File No. 18090-1617 (successful defense of intermediate unit in special education due process hearing)

  • Hollinghead v. York City Sewer Authority, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 43202 (M.D. Pa. 2014) (Summary judgment dismissing Title VII, PHRA and 1983 claims by a City employees alleging race discrimination and retaliation).

  • Schuback v. Law Office of Phillip S. VanEmbden, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 18379 (M.D. Pa. 2013) (Judgment on the pleadings in favor of attorneys sued for alleged violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act).

  • Thomas v. Thomas, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 83320 (M.D. Pa. 2012) (Dismissal of 14th Amendment claims against an attorney for alleged abuse of process and wrongful use of civil proceedings).

  • Munir v. Pottsville Area School District, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 82966 (M.D. Pa. 2012) (Summary judgment dismissing action by parent against school district under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Rehabilitation Act).

  • Hocker v. CitiMortgage, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 76867 (M.D. Pa. 2012) (Dismissal of claims against mortgage lender under the federal Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act by alleged victim of a housing fraud scam).

  • Baltimore v. Harrisburg Parking Authority, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 59508 (M.D. Pa. 2010) (Summary judgment dismissing action against parking authority by former employee who claimed she was terminated from her employment in violation of her 1st and 14th Amendment rights).

  • Gregory v. Derry Township School District, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1875 (M.D. Pa. 2010) (Summary judgment dismissing claims against school district, administrators and school board members in action by former teacher who alleged she was terminated from her employment in violation of her federal civil rights).

  • Walsh v. Dallastown Area School District, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 71266 (M.D. Pa. 2008) (Summary judgment dismissing claims by parent and students against school district, administrators and staff members of claims brought under federal and state wiretap laws and 4th Amendment).

  • Defense award at arbitration in negligence action brought against insurance agency and owners of the agency.

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Navigating the Bermuda Triangle: The Intersection of Workers' Compensation, the FMLA and the ADA, County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania, March 2019

  • The Risks of Failing to Report School Leaders Liability Claims, Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, October 2017

  • The Thin Blue Line in School, Lehigh University Special Education Law Conference, May 2017

  • Dyslexia: Much More Than What We Thought, Lehigh University Special Education Law Conference, May 2016 

  • Advanced Functional Behavior Assessments and Behavior Support Plans, PBI Exceptional Children Conference, October 2015

  • Successfully Handling Disciplinary Actions for Special Needs Students, National Business Institute, December 2014

  • Best Practices for Technology and Social Media in the Workplace, Estate Planning Council of Central Pennsylvania, Inc., February 2014

  • Insurance Agents and Brokers Best Claims Practices in Claims Administration and Underwriting, Liberty Mutual Insurance, December 2013

  • Avoiding Liability in Special Education, Central Dauphin School District, August 2013

  • PBA Malpractice Avoidance Program, Perry County Bar Association, April 2013

  • Avoiding Legal Malpractice, PBA Malpractice Avoidance Program, Adams County Bar Association, April 2012

  • Avoiding Liability as Sellers' Agents in Residential Real Estate Transactions, Particularly with Regard to the Disclosure of Material Defects in the Property, Educational Development School of Real Estate, March 2012

  • Malpractice Avoidance Program, PBA Malpractice Avoidance Program, Mifflin and Juniata County Bar Associations, October 2011

  • PBA Malpractice Avoidance Program, Dauphin County Bar Association, August 2011

  • Avoiding Liability in Special Education, Pottsville Area School District, August 2011

  • Avoiding Liability in Special Education, Palmyra Area School District, August 2010

Published Works

  • “This Is Exhausting! Parents of Special Needs Children Who Allege Educational Harm Must Exhaust Administrative Remedies Under the IDEA Before Filing Lawsuit", Lorman, August 2017 

  • “This Is Exhausting! Parents of Special Needs Children Who Allege Educational Harm Must Exhaust Administrative Remedies Under the IDEA Before Filing Lawsuit,” Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 1, March 2017

  • "The IDEA Statute of Limitations (Finally!) Explained," Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 4, December 2015

  • "Does At-Will Employment Still Exist in Pennsylvania?" The Legal Intelligencer, Labor & Employment Supplement, June 24, 2014

  • "State Courts May Exercise Jurisdiction in Legal Malpractice Actions Arising Out of Patent Litigation," Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 2, June 2013

  • "The Third Circuit Holds That Private Employers Are Not Prohibited By Bankruptcy Code From Denying Employment To Individuals Who Previously Filed For Bankruptcy," Defense Digest, Vol. 17, No. 2, June, 2011

  • "Forum The Bell Tolls: Plaintiffs Lose Challenge To Validity Of Forum Selection Clause In Their Auto Insurance Policy," Defense Digest, Vol. 16, No. 1, 2010

  • "Ninth Circuit Holds Private Tuition Is Reimbursable Under IDEA Even Though Student Never Received Special Education From School District," Defense Digest, Vol. 14, No. 4, December, 2008

  • "Remedies for Disabled Students Curtailed," New Jersey Law Journal, Vol. CXCI, No. 2, Jan. 14, 2008

  • "School's Out: The Third Circuit Precludes Use of 42 U.S.C. 1983 to Remedy Violations of IDEA and the Rehabilitation Act," Defense Digest, Vol. 13, No. 3, September, 2007

  • "Pennsylvania Superior Court Limits Duty Of Insurance Brokers," Defense Digest, Vol. 12, No. 4, December, 2006

Education

  • Dickinson School of Law, Penn State University, Carlisle, PA (J.D., 2001)

    Law Journal: Dickinson Journal of Environmental Law & Policy, Comments Editor 

  • Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA (B.A., 1998)

Law Alerts January 10, 2019
edited by Timothy G. Ventura, Esq. Defense Verdict for Insurance Agency and Owner in Professional Negligence Case   By Christopher J. Conrad, Esquire We successfully defended an independent insurance agency and its owner against claims 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...
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...
Defense Digest Article March 1, 2017
Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 1, March 2017 by Christopher J. Conrad, Esquire Key Points Parents of children with special needs who allege educational harm must exhaust administrative remedies under the IDEA before filing suit in federal..., Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 1, March 2017. 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...
Defense Digest Article December 1, 2015
By Christopher J. Conrad, Esq.*   Key Points: Absent certain statutory exceptions, parents have two years from the date they knew or should have known of a violation of the IDEA to request a due process hearing through the filing..., Defense Digest, Vol 21, No. 4, December 2015 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...
Defense Digest Article June 1, 2013
by Christopher J. Conrad, Esq.* Key Points: Federal district courts do not have exclusive jurisdiction of legal malpractice actions arising out of patent infringement claims previously litigated in federal..., Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 2, June 2013
Defense Digest Article June 2, 2011
Federal - Employment Law , KEY POINTS A private employer is not prohibited under §525(b) of the Bankruptcy Code from refusing to hire an individual simply because he or she previously filed for bankruptcy. Public entity..., Defense Digest, Vol. 17, No. 2, June 2011
Defense Digest Article March 1, 2010
Pensylvania - Insurance Coverage , Key Points: When the language of an insurance contract is clear and unambiguous, courts will give effect to that language. Forum selection clause in plaintiffs' auto insurance policy was clear..., Defense Digest, Vol. 16, No. 1, March 2010
Dec 1, 2017
The plaintiff claimed she was sexually abused by her former music teacher, an employee of the plaintiff’s school district. During 9th grade, the plaintiff was placed in an emotional support classroom, which was operated by the intermediate...
May 11, 2017
Successfully defended a Pennsylvania real estate broker who represented the seller in a residential real estate transaction. ​The homeowner-plaintiffs claimed that the seller and our client failed to disclose certain material defects in the property...
May 11, 2017
Successfully defended a special education due process hearing officer in a civil rights action filed in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  ​The parent of a child with special needs initially filed a due process complaint against the local...
Dec 6, 2016
We successfully defended a special education due process hearing officer in a civil rights action filed in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  ​The parent of a child with special needs initially filed a due process complaint against their...
Apr 21, 2016
Successfully defended an investigation by the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) against our client, a local school district, which was alleged to have violated the rights of a qualified student with a disability under...
Feb 16, 2015
Successfully represented a Pennsylvania school district in a special education due process hearing. A high school student with Type 1 Diabetes, who was a member of the high school marching band, tried out to play bass drum in the percussion ensemble...
Seminar Dec 11, 2014
Professional Liability Attorney, Chris Conrad, will present at the National Business Institute's Pennsylvania Special Education Law Seminar in Harrisburg, PA on December 11, 2014. His presentation topic, "Successfully Handling Disciplinary...
Conference May 13, 2016
Christopher Conrad will present on the topic of Dyslexia.  This session will cover salient developments under the IDEA, New Jersey and Pennsylvania laws, and recent relevant case law, and the Dear Colleague Letter (2015) specific to students...

Education

  • Dickinson School of Law, Penn State University (J.D., 2001)
  • Pennsylvania State University (B.A., 1998)

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 2001
  • U.S. District Court of New Jersey, 2001
  • Pennsylvania, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2007
  • Maryland, 2018
  • U.S. District Court District of Maryland, 2018
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 2018

Associations & Memberships

  • Cumberland County Bar Association
  • Middle District of Pennsylvania Chapter of the Federal Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Assocation, Legal Services for Exceptional Children Committee
  • Saint Thomas More Society

Honors & Awards

  • BV® Distinguished™ LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
  • Susquehanna Valley Select Lawyers™, 2014

Year Joined Organization: 2006

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