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Christopher E. Dougherty

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

Chris is the firm's Director of the Professional Liability Department, with responsibility for 16 practice groups and approximately 150 attorneys throughout the firm. Chris also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors and as a member of the Executive Committee, which is the governing body of the firm. Since joining Marshall Dennehey in 1991, Chris has developed an extensive practice in defense of a wide range of litigation areas including professional liability, construction litigation and general liability. 

Additionally, Chris has defended cases involving automotive crashworthiness protection, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, power equipment, palletizing equipment, medical-surgical products, electrical appliances, smoke detectors, industrial equipment, personal protection devices and more. 

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

  • "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

Defense Digest Article June 1, 2017
Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 2, June 2017 By Christopher E. Dougherty, Esq., Marshall Dennehey’s Force Multipliers—Our Paralegals In the past few years, our firm has received notable recognition for the quality of our defense. We..., Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 2, June 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...
Defense Digest Article March 1, 2017
Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 1, March 2017 By Christopher E. Dougherty, Esquire, Chairman of the Board of Directors March is upon us, but one can’t move forward without looking back. Unquestionably, 2016 was marked by extraordinary events..., 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 June 1, 2016
By Christopher E. Dougherty, Esquire* & Chairman of the Board of Directors Metrics & Analytics: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Everywhere one turns these days, “analytics” is the buzz word. We see metrics and analytics used in..., Defense Digest, Vol 22, No. 2, June 2016 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 September 1, 2015
By Christopher E. Dougherty, Esquire - Chairman of the Board Bruce Jenner is now Caitlyn. The Confederate Flag has been removed from the South Carolina capitol building. The United States and other world powers reached a nuclear arms agreement with..., Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 3, September 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 December 1, 2014
By Christopher E. Dougherty, Esquire, Chairman of the Board “Take love, humanity, and humility and then place it against a performance-driven organization . . . we are unbeatable.”         ..., Defense Digest, Vol. 20, No. 4, December 2014 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 December 17, 2013
By Christopher E. Dougherty, Esq., Member of the Executive Committee As the holidays approach and 2013 draws to a close, I have been reflecting on the past year and how quickly it flew by. As I engage in that process, it’s exciting to see..., Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 4, December 2013 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 E. Dougherty, Esquire, Member of the Executive Committee               "Where we stand is not as important as the direction in which we are moving. "  ..., Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 2, June 2013
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, 2014-2017

Year Joined Organization: 1991

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