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Christopher E. Dougherty

Shareholder
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

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Law Alerts October 1, 2019
Edited by Timothy G. Ventura, Esq. “I Won’t See You in Court”: Strategies to Avoid Litigation By Ray C. Freudiger, Esq. & Jeremy M. Welland, Esq.* When a customer comes to an insurance agent to purchase a policy, the..., 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 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...
Law Alerts September 1, 2019
Edited by Timothy G. Ventura, Esq. Choice of Law Considerations Are Important When Considering Assignability All1, LLC v. Pinnacle Insurance Solutions, LLC, 219 Westlaw 3072090, 219 N.J. Supr. LEXIS 1617 (N.J. App. 2019) By David W. Henry, Esq..., Understanding the Impact of Coinsurance Clauses Kendall South Medical Ctr., Inc. v. Consolidated Ins. Nation, Inc., 219 So.3d 185 (Fla. 3d DCA 2017) By Jonathan E. Kanov, Esq.   A coinsurance provision divides the risk of loss between..., 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, 2019
Edited by Timothy Ventura, Esq. Failure to Obtain a Judgment Against the Insured-Tortfeasor Precludes a Subsequent Action Against the Broker for Negligent Procurement of Insurance  By Dante C. Rohr, Esq.      In Estate of..., Best Practices Regarding Stacking Waivers in Pennsylvania By Danielle M. Vugrinovich, Esq.      Pennsylvania law is currently in flux with respect to uninsured/underinsured stacking waivers. An insured with an auto policy insuring..., 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 June 1, 2019
Defense Digest, Vol. 25, No. 2, June 2019 by Christopher E. Dougherty, Esq. We in senior management frequently talk about—and are very proud of—the culture of our firm. That culture is generated and sustained by teamwork, unselfishness..., 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 provide legal...
Law Alerts May 28, 2019
By Joey M. Chindamo  On May 23, 2019, the Florida Supreme Court released a far-reaching opinion, adopting the Daubert standard for determining the admissibility of expert testimony, effective immediately. The court reversed course from its...
Law Alerts May 14, 2019
Edited by Timothy G. Ventura, Esq. Thorny Statute of Limitation and Choice of Law Problems in E&O Litigation  By David W. Henry, Esq. Statute of limitations analyses in agents’ errors and omissions claims differ greatly from state..., 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, 2019
Defense Digest, Vol. 25, No. 1, March 2019 By Christopher E. Dougherty, Esq. Chairman, Executive Committee “Never be too big to do the small things that need to be done.” Having crossed over the New Year threshold, and similar to..., Defense Digest, Vol. 25, No. 1, March 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 legal...
Law Alerts March 1, 2019
edited by Timothy Ventura, Esq. New York Courts Continue to Require a High Standard of Proof to Support Claims Against Insurance Brokers By Martin A. Schwartzberg, Esquire A recent decision by the Appellate Division, Third Department again..., Ohio Courts Crack Down on Attempts to Expand Insurance Agent Liability  By Ray C. Freudiger, Esquire & Jeremy M. Welland, Esquire It’s a scenario that plays out all too often for insurance agents: A client comes to you seeking..., Keeping Sympathy Out of Trial and the Importance of Jury Charges To Set the Standard of Care  By Lawrence B. Berg, Esquire In Stephens v. 48 Branford Place Associates, LLC, et al., the New Jersey Appellate Division affirmed a jury verdict 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...
Law Alerts February 6, 2019
Edited by Timothy G. Ventura, Esq. A Continuing Controversy Under Pennsylvania Law: Does the Economic Loss Doctrine Preclude Negligence Claims Against an Insurance Agent or Broker?   By G. Jay Habas, Esquire Insurance errors and omissions..., 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...

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November 1, 2019
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin has been named a "2020 Best Law Firm" in multiple practice areas, both nationally and across numerous regions of the country, by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®. Nationally, the firm ranked in the practice areas of Admiralty & Maritime Law, Appellate...
August 15, 2019
Marshall Dennehey is proud to announce that 25 attorneys from offices across the firm have been selected to the 2020 Edition of the Best Lawyers in America®. Among those attorneys, John Ninosky, shareholder in our Harrisburg office, was selected “Lawyer of the Year” for Defendants’ Personal Injury...
August 13, 2019
For the second time in seven years, Marshall Dennehey was selected as the top scorer in the Extra Large Company category of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Best Places to Work program. The program recognizes the company's achievements in creating a positive work environment that attracts and...
May 8, 2019
Sixty-seven attorneys from the Pennsylvania offices of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin have been selected to the 2019 edition of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine. A Thomson Reuters business, Super Lawyers is a rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have...
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...

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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)
  • Florida Bar Association
  • 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 Lawyers, 2007-2009, 2014-2019

Year Joined Organization: 1991

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