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Christopher B. Block

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425 Eagle Rock Avenue
Suite 302
Roseland, NJ 07068
(973) 618-4176
(973) 618-0685 - Fax
cbblock@mdwcg.com

Christopher Block actively defends matters in jurisdictions throughout New Jersey and New York. His practice includes matters involving premises liability, product liability, amusements, sports and recreation, construction accidents, automobile, condominium/community association law and dram shop/liquor liability. Chris defends professional malpractice matters brought against lawyers, real estate professionals, insurance agents and brokers, appraisers, architects and engineers. He also has also defended a wide range of employment matters including the defense of gender and race claims. Chris works with a variety of clients from individuals to small business people to medium sized and large insurance companies.

In his career, Chris has defended product liability lawsuits brought against one of the nation's largest crane manufactures and freezer manufacturers. His representation extends to some the nation's largest insurance companies as well as a large brokerage firm.

Chris received his juris doctor from Widener University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Pittsburgh. He is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York.

Significant Representative Matters

  • Obtained a summary judgment on behalf of our client. The plaintiff was injured when she fell from a 25-foot rock-climbing wall at our client's facility.  After reaching the summit of the wall, plaintiff, a certified climber, pushed off to begin repelling down, only to realize that she forgot to connect to the auto-belay system.  She proceeded to fall to the ground and fractured both ankles for which she underwent open reduction internal fixation surgery.  Plaintiff had previously visited the client's facility approximately 35 times and had executed a liability waiver on each occasion, including the date of the accident.  We moved for summary judgment to dismiss plaintiff's Complaint based on the fact that the liability waiver was enforceable.  Plaintiff argued that the liability waiver was only enforceable as to her claims of ordinary negligence and that the issue of whether the defendant was grossly negligent was a triable issue of fact.  However, we successfully argued that no reasonable jury could find that the client was grossly negligent based on the client's testimony of the safety procedures, protocols and equipment in place at the rock-climbing gym. Accordingly, the Court granted our motion for summary judgment dismissing plaintiff's Complaint, in its entirety, against the client.

  • Successfully defended the manufacturer of a manlift in a wrongful death product liability claim where the plaintiff, the lift operator, was crushed in the lift.

  • Obtained a dismissal in a legal malpractice claim in federal district court of New York where fraud and damages in excess of $8 million dollars were alleged.

  • Represented a national broker dealer in a New York Labor law claim where serious multiple bodily injuries were alleged. All claims were favorably resolved.

  • Negotiated stipulation of dismissal with prejudice without any monetary contribution in favor of large national crane company sued in a wrongful death matter.  Plaintiff's widow claimed the crane malfunctioned causing a fatality.

  • Successfully resolved a claim against a real estate agent for failure to disclose a known conflict during dual representation including allegations of consumer fraud and forgery.

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Anatomy of a Real Estate Transaction: How Actions of Participants Give Rise to Claims, Client Presentation, July, 2019

  • Defending Real Estate Agents, Title Agents and Home Inspectors, PLDF Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, October, 2018

  • Expert Witnesses - Using New Jersey Court Rules To Your Advantage, National Business Institute, Newark, NJ, November 2015

  • Top Ten Ways to Keep Your PL Claims Professional Happy , PLDF Annual Conference and CLE/CEU Presentation, Washington, DC, September, 2014

  • Ethical Claim Negotiations, CEU Institute, Parsippany, NJ, January 2014

  • Primer on Claims and Risk Management Issues for Real Estate Agents and Home Inspectors, PLDF Annual Conference and CLE/CEU Presentation, Chicago, IL, October 2013

  • Liabilities and Obligations for Real Estate Professionals, Lorman Education Services, September 2012

Publications

Education

  • Widener University School of Law (J.D., 1996)

  • University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (B.S., 1993)

Defense Digest Article September 1, 2019
Defense Digest, Vol. 25, No. 3, September 2019 By Christopher E. Dougherty, Esq., Chairman of the Board of Directors This is the fifth piece in a series discussing the positive culture of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. As I..., Defense Digest, Vol. 25, No. 3, September 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 provide...
Apr 11, 2019
We obtained summary judgment on behalf of a rock climbing center. ​The plaintiff, a certified climber, was injured when she fell from a 25-foot rock-climbing wall at our client's facility. After reaching the summit of the wall, she pushed off to...
Jun 8, 2015
Obtained summary judgment in the Supreme Court of Westchester County, New York, on behalf of our client, a home inspection company. The case involved claims for negligent home inspection, gross negligence and fraud as a result of the plaintiffs...
January 4, 2016
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin is pleased to announce that 14 attorneys were elected shareholders of the firm at the annual shareholders' meeting held December 8 in Philadelphia. The new shareholders, listed by office, are as follows. Philadelphia, PA:  Jason W. Bialker, member of...
January 8, 2014
Christopher B. Block, special counsel in the Roseland office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, has been elected Chair of the Real Estate Committee of the Professional Liability Defense Federation (PLDF). Founded in 2007, the PLDF is a national, not-for-profit organization for...

Education

  • Widener University School of Law (J.D., 1996)
  • University of Pittsburgh (B.S., 1993)

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey

Associations & Memberships

  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • New York Bar Association
  • Professional Liability Defense Federation (PLDF), Director of Membership Development

Honors & Awards

Year Joined Organization: 2012

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