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Christopher W. Woodward

Associate
100 Corporate Center Drive
Suite 201
Camp Hill, PA 17011
(717) 651-3708
(717) 651-3707 - Fax
cwwoodward@mdwcg.com

Christopher is a member of the Professional Liability Department where his practice is focused on insurance coverage and bad faith litigation. 

Prior to joining Marshall Dennehey, Christopher worked as a senior claims examiner where he dealt with coverage issues and the management of professional liability lawsuits with a focus on municipalities.

In 2009 Christopher graduated from Penn State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He later attended Widener University School of Law where he earned his juris doctor, magna cum laude, in 2013.

During his time in law school, Christopher was a senior staff member of the Widener Law Journal which published his survey analyzing a recent PA Supreme Court administrative law decision in its Spring 2013 issue. Christopher also held an internship for the Pennsylvania Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error Fund, and clerked for the local staff defense counsel of a national insurance company.

Published Works

  • “Just How Hard Does Gallagher Hit the Household Vehicle Exclusion?,” Defense Digest, Vol. 25, No. 2, June 2019

  • “The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Clarifies the Standard that Courts Must Use When Considering Claims Made for Insurance Bad Faith Under 42 Pa.C.S. § 8371,” Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 2, June 2018

  • Case Law Alerts, regular contributor, 2016-present

  • "PA Superior Court Decision Means Bad Faith Claims May Live to See Another Day, Rancosky v. Washington National Insurance Co., 2015 Pa. Super. LEXIS 822, 2015 PA Super 264 (Pa. Super. Ct. Dec. 16, 2015)," Legal Updates for Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith, March 3, 2016

Education

  • Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, DE (J.D., 2013)

    Honors: magna cum laude

    Honors: Widener Law Journal, Senior Staff

    Honors: Dean's Honors (five semesters)

    Honors: Certificate of Achievement in Property I

    Honors: Selected as Guided Study Group Leader for 1L Students

    Authorship: Publication of a survey in Widener Law Journal, Spring 2013

  • The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA (B.A., 2009)

    Major: English

Pages

Defense Digest Article June 1, 2019
Defense Digest, Vol. 25, No. 2, June 2019 By Allison L. Krupp, Esq. and Christopher W. Woodward, Esq. * Key Points: Household vehicle exclusions had been routinely and repeatedly upheld by Pennsylvania courts prior to the Gallagher v....,   Defense Digest, Vol. 25, No. 2, June 2019. 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...
Law Alerts February 9, 2019
Edited by Allison L. Krupp, Esq. PA Supreme Court Overturns Decades of Case Law Addressing Household Vehicle Exclusion Court holds HHE violates § 1738 when insured selected and paid for stacking under two policies issued by a single insurer..., 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 W. Woodward, Esq.* Key Points: The PA Supreme Court clarified that the test for insurance bad faith pursuant to 42 Pa.C.S.A. § 8371 does not require proof of a motive of..., Nearly twenty years after implementation of Pennsylvania’s insurance bad faith statute, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has finally settled the confusion that developed among the lower courts regarding exactly what constitutes the test for bad...,   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...
Law Alerts October 1, 2017
An insured settled her bodily injury claim against a tortfeasor and signed a general release in which she agreed to release “any and all other persons or entities whatsoever” from claims arising from the accident. The court agreed with..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2017 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Law Alerts October 1, 2017
In a coverage dispute encompassing several claims, an insured alleged its insurer breached its fiduciary duty. The court acknowledged there are circumstances where an insurer owes a fiduciary duty, but it recognized that these are limited. For..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2017 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Law Alerts January 3, 2017
The Superior Court of Pennsylvania reversed a trial court’s order granting summary judgment in favor of a tortfeasor when it determined that a jury should decide if a release signed by the injured plaintiffs should be voided. The plaintiffs..., Case Law Alerts, 1st Quarter, January 2017. Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Law Alerts January 3, 2017
An insurer filed a declaratory judgment action seeking a declaration that it owed no duty to defend its insured in an underlying state tort action. The federal court determined that the underlying claims against the insured were such that a coverage..., Case Law Alerts, 1st Quarter, January 2017. Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Law Alerts January 3, 2017
In a bad faith action against an insurer for denial of UM benefits, the trial court granted the insurer’s motion for summary judgment. The insured argued that the insurer’s valuations of her claim were continually revised up and,..., Case Law Alerts, 1st Quarter, January 2017. Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Law Alerts November 11, 2016
Edited by Allison L. Krupp, Esq. & Christopher W. Woodward, Esq. Insurer not required to reimburse attorneys' fees for defense of underlying case Desabato v. Assurance Company of America, et al., 2:15-CV-484 (W.D. Pa. 9/30/16) The United..., 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 October 3, 2016
The insured submitted a claim for a leaking roof as the result of a storm, which lead to mold issues in the home. While the insurer initially denied coverage for the mold remediation, two weeks later, it issued a check for the full amount of mold..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2016. Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...

Pages

May 11, 2018
We secured the dismissal of a declaratory judgment action filed in federal court against a large insurer. This case arose from a motor vehicle accident that occurred in 2015. The plaintiff averred that she had sustained injuries in excess of the...
Dec 6, 2016
We obtained summary judgment in a declaratory judgment action filed on behalf of an insurer in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. ​At issue was whether coverage (and an ensuing duty to defend) had been...

Education

  • Widener University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2013)
  • The Pennsylvania State University (B.A., 2009)

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 2013
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Associations & Memberships

  • Dauphin County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

Year Joined Organization: 2015

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