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Christopher J. DiCicco

Associate
15000 Midlantic Drive, Suite 200
P.O. Box 5429
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
(856) 675-3606
(856) 414-6077 - Fax
cjdicicco@mdwcg.com

Christopher DiCicco is an associate in the Casualty Department where he concentrates his practice mostly in the area of admiralty and maritime litigation. Chris regularly handles maritime personal injury cases, including marine construction cases. He also handles cargo defense matters. Other maritime experience includes claims for allisions, groundings, shipboard fires, and marine insurance disputes. He also has experience handling aviation matters. 

Additionally, Chris defends transportation brokers in inland transportation and trucking matters including suits filed against third party logistics providers involving damaged freight. He continues to practice in the area of general liability handling matters involving premises liability.

In May 2008, Chris graduated with honors from Villanova University with a bachelor's degree in Political Science.  He obtained his juris doctor in June of 2011 from Brooklyn Law School.

During his second year of law school, Chris was a summer law clerk at Marshall Dennehey and continued as a part-time law clerk throughout his third year of law school.  Chris gained some practical experience when he interned at the Center for Appellate Litigation in the Fall 2010 and at the Kings County District Attorney's Office in the Spring 2011.

Chris has been recognized for the last several years as a New York Metro and New Jersery Super Lawyer Rising Star.

Chris is admitted in the states of New York, New Jersey, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Most recently, he was admitted in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Significant Representative Matters

  • Obtained summary judgment in a maritime personal injury case in favor of The City of New York and the New York City Economic Development Corp. (NYCEDC). ​The suit was for personal injuries sustained to a dock builder. The City was the owner of the East River Ferry Landing’s Project at a pier on East 34th Street in Manhattan. The NYCEDC acted as The City’s project manager. Suit was brought under the New York State Labor Law Sections 200, 240(1), and 241(6), as well as common law negligence. As to the Labor Law 240(1), the court determined that this section did not apply to the facts as the plaintiff’s alleged injury (caused by the repetitive nature of receiving buckets of epoxy, which were lowered down to him from a barge, and then he carried the buckets across a float stage and poured the epoxy into pile jackets) was only tangentially related to gravity and was not caused by the kind of gravity-related risks that Labor Law 240(1) intended to cover. As to the plaintiff’s Labor Law 200 and common law negligence claims, plaintiff’s counsel conceded during oral argument that there was no basis to proceed with such claims against The City and NYCEDC. Lastly, with respect to the plaintiff’s Labor Law 241(6) claims, the plaintiff did not oppose our motion to dismiss that claim. 

  • Obtained the dismissal for our client by motion as a result of plaintiff's failure to comply with the applicable two-year statute of limitations.  Our client was the owner of the facility at which plaintiff was operating a loaded trailer while in the employ of the lessee of the yard, when the trailer tipped over while plaintiff was moving it from the loading bay to the other side of the yard.  Plaintiff sustained very serious bodily injuries.  In addition to the dismissal of plaintiff's Complaint, we also recovered approximately 50% of our attorney's fees incurred on behalf of our client on our third-party claims against the plaintiff’s employer and lessee of the yard, pursuant to the lease agreement between our client and the lessee of the yard.

  • Obtained the dismissal of plaintiff's cargo claims against our client, a non-vessel operating common carrier, during a bench trial in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Union County, Special Civil Part, following the successful cross-examination of the plaintiff.

  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of the owner and property management company of a senior housing complex in a case in which the elevator car doors on one of the elevators in the building struck plaintiff as she was entering the elevator, resulting in personal injuries.  The plaintiff alleged that our clients were negligent in allowing a hazardous condition to exist on the property.  At the conclusion of discovery, we moved for summary judgment on liability, arguing the lack of any evidence of a defect or malfunction with respect to the elevator doors on the incident date, or alternatively, the lack of any actual or constructive notice of the alleged hazardous condition, if it even existed in the first place.  The court (Monmouth County Superior Court) agreed, focusing on the lack of notice to the owner and property manager, and granted our motion for summary judgment dismissing all claims and cross-claims against our clients, with prejudice. 

  • Obtained the dismissal of the plaintiff’s personal injury action, which arose from a boating accident that occurred during a regatta that took place in the waters off of Little Egg Harbor in Beach Haven, New Jersey.  At the time of the accident, the plaintiff was sixteen years old.  The lawsuit was not commenced until more than three years after the accident.  We filed a motion to dismiss the Complaint on the basis that it was barred by the three (3) year Uniform Statute of Limitations (46 U.S.C. § 30106 (formerly 46 U.S.C. § App’x 763a)) applicable to all maritime tort actions and was not subject to New Jersey’s infant tolling statute.  The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey agreed and granted our motion dismissing the plaintiff's Complaint.

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • (Not So) Straight Forward and Freight Forward: Claims Handling Under Shipper's Interest Cargo Insurance, AIMU/MICA Seminar “Marine Insurance: A Global Perspective,” New York, June 2018

  • Schoenbaum Longshore & Harbor Workers Compensation Act - Chapter 5, Marshall Dennehey Client Presentation, March 2018

  • Chapter 3 –Schoenbaum's Admiralty and The General Maritime Law (3-14 through 3-24), Client Seminar, December 16, 2015

  • Chapter 3 –Schoenbaum's Admiralty and The General Maritime Law (3-1 through 3-13), Client Seminar, November 17, 2015

  • Impact of Long Shore and New York Labor Law, the Jones Act and McBride Decision on Punitive Damages Under Maritime Law, Client Seminar, April 2015

  • Brief Overview of New York No-Fault Insurance Law, April 2012

Published Works

  • Case Law Alerts, regular contributor, 2016-present

  • “Brief Overview of Shipowner’s Limitation of Liability Act – History, Procedure and Recent Trends,” Defense Digest, Vol. 20, No. 1, March 2014

Education

  • Brooklyn Law School (J.D., 2011)

    Honors: CALI Award for Excellence in New York Civil Practice 

  • Villanova University (B.A., 2008)

    Major: Political Science

    Minor: Business

    Honors: cum laude

Pages

Law Alerts April 1, 2019
This action involved a slip-and-fall incident that occurred on an oil platform permanently affixed to the sea floor in the Gulf of Mexico. The plaintiff was working as a galley-hand and cook at the time of the incident. He filed suit against the..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 2019 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 advice...
Law Alerts January 1, 2019
This action involved an underlying lawsuit filed in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Ulster County (state court), in which the plaintiff alleged violations of the Jones Act (46 U.S.C. § 30104), the General Maritime Law (including the..., Case Law Alerts, 1st Quarter, January 2019 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, 2018
This action involved two deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning occurring on a pleasure craft moored at a marina at the time of the incident. The issue before the court was whether subject matter jurisdiction existed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1333..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2018 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 April 1, 2018
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that punitive damages are an available remedy under the general maritime law for claims of unseaworthiness in a Jones Act seaman’s personal injury suit, notwithstanding the United..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 2018 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 advice...
Law Alerts January 19, 2018
The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, in a precedential, en banc decision, ruled that judges may not modify the terms of a seafarer’s labor contract without evidence of unfairness in the collective bargaining process. This..., Case Law Alerts, 1st Quarter, January 2018 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
The plaintiff, employed as a longshoreman by Beacon Stevedoring Corporation (Beacon), was injured while helping to unload freight aboard a cargo vessel owned and/or operated by Mos Shipping Co., Ltd. (Mos) while the vessel was moored at a pier..., 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 July 1, 2017
The plaintiff fell down a stairwell while onboard the federal government-owned S.S. Altair, resulting in injuries primarily to his head, neck, shoulders and knees. It was undisputed that the plaintiff had preexisting conditions, such as chronic..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 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 advice...
Law Alerts April 1, 2017
On February 8, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey held that it did not have admiralty jurisdiction over a matter involving a contract to lease chassis to a carrier for the transportation of cargo from a railhead to..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 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 advice...
Law Alerts January 3, 2017
The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York granted the application of Tutor Perini Corp., general contractor on a bridge rehabilitation project, for attorneys’ fees pursuant to its Subcontract Agreement with a tug..., 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 October 3, 2016
The United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit addressed the distinction between appellate jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1291 and appellate jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1292(a)(3). While the former section limits..., 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

Dec 6, 2016
Obtained summary judgment in a maritime case, dismissing the plaintiff’s complaint and the defendants’ cross-claims against The City of New York and the New York City Economic Development Corp. (NYCEDC). ​The suit was for personal...
Aug 25, 2016
Successfully defended the general contractor on a project to rehabilitate the Tappan Zee Bridge after a six-day bench trial in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Our client chartered a barge as a floating work platform...
March 18, 2019
Eight attorneys from the New Jersey offices of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin have been selected to the 2019 edition of New Jersey Super Lawyers magazine. A Thomson Reuters business, New Jersey Super Lawyers is a rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have...
March 19, 2018
Eleven attorneys from the New Jersey offices of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin have been selected to the 2018 edition of New Jersey Super Lawyers magazine. A Thomson Reuters business, New Jersey Super Lawyers is a rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have...
September 21, 2017
Five attorneys from the Manhattan office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin and one from the firm's Mount Laurel, New Jersey office, have been selected to the 2017 edition of New York Metro Super Lawyers magazine. A Thomson Reuters business, Super Lawyers is a rating service of...
September 22, 2016
Six attorneys from the Manhattan office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin have been selected to the 2016 edition of New York Metro Super Lawyers magazine. A Thomson Reuters business, Super Lawyers is a rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a...
October 6, 2015
Six attorneys from the New York offices of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin have been recognized in the 2015 edition of New York Metro Super Lawyers magazine. A Thomson Reuters business, Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have...

Education

  • Brooklyn Law School (J.D., 2011)
  • Villanova University (B.A., cum laude, 2008)

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 2011
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 2011
  • New York, 2012
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 2012
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 2014

Associations & Memberships

  • Maritime Law Association of the United States

Honors & Awards

  • New York Metro Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2015-2018
  • New Jersey Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2018-2019

    The 2019 Super Lawyers list is issued by Thompson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.


Year Joined Organization: 2011

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