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Christopher M. Reeser

Shareholder
100 Corporate Center Drive
Suite 201
Camp Hill, PA 17011
(717) 651-3509
(717) 651-3707 - Fax
cmreeser@mdwcg.com

As a member of the Casualty Department, Chris has 25 years of litigation experience in a diverse range of practice areas including motor vehicle, premises liability, construction defect and pharmacy liability. He has represented several large and small automobile insurance carriers and their insureds, numerous hotels, conference centers, and hotel chains as well as grocery store chains, retail stores, pharmacies, and industrial facilities. He has also handled a number of underinsured motorist arbitrations and has extensive experience with mediation and arbitration.

Chris regularly defends fraternal organizations, schools and universities in matters involving contractual disputes, indemnity, dram shop and general negligence. He has counseled and represented clients in matters related to insurance coverage and professional liability. Chris is also serves as the firm's casualty supervising attorney in the Harrisburg office.

During his career, Chris has had significant experience handling several hundred motor vehicle matters involving third-party liability, uninsured and underinsured motorist claims, and insurance coverage issues along with several hundred premises liability cases. He has tried jury trials to verdict in 15 different counties in state from South Central Pennsylvania to the Northern tier as well as in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. He has also been appointed by the President Judge of Dauphin County to serve on an arbitration panel for a two year term in 2013-2014 and served as the panel Chairman for a one week session.

Chris is a graduate of Albright College in Reading and the Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg. Chris started practice in Williamsport, working with a small litigation firm. He joined the Williamsport office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin in 1997 as an associate and he was elected a shareholder in 2002. In 2004, Chris returned to his hometown of Harrisburg to work in our Harrisburg office.

Significant Representative Matters

  • A defense verdict in a toxic tort case in which the plaintiff claimed neuro-cognitive deficits as a result of exposure to pesticide which was applied in her home.  The plaintiff had called preiminent experts from around the country in the fields of industrial hygiene, occupational medicine, neurotoxicology and pesticide application in support of her claim.  The jury found that our client, a large pest control company, was not negligent. 

  • Successful defense of a subrogation claim brought against the manufacturer of a lighting fixture in which it was claimed that the design of the light caused the fire to occur.  We were able to establish that the fire was not caused by the design of the light but instead by the misuse of the product by the homeowner, who did not follow the warnings contained on the light regarding its use in conjunction with a salt water aquarium. 

  • Successfully obtaining the dismissal of a fraud claim against a client during trial in the Middle District of Pennsylvania which greatly reduced the insured's exposure in a fire loss case at a commercial facility.  The dismissal of the fraud claim insulated our client, a small company, from uninsured exposure. 

  • Successfully defending a large tree cutting company in a case in which it was alleged that an employee of the company was negligent in assisting a mechanic who was performing repairs to the hydraulic system on a boom truck resulting in a crush injury to the mechanic in which he lost a portion of bone in his forearm following contraction of MRSA.

  • Successfully defending a nail salon in a fall down case in which the plaintiff claimed that she was improperly escorted to a chair following a pedicure and had to undergo a multi-level cervical fusion as a result of her fall. 

  • Successfully defended a claim against a pharmacy in which the plaintiff, a physician, was dispensed an antipsychotic medication instead of his usual beta blocker. As a result, the plaintiff claimed post traumatic stress disorder and a permanent loss of income as a result of suffering stroke-like conditions requiring him to be life flighted to a hospital. The jury concluded that the plaintiff did not sustain post traumatic stress disorder and suffered no permanent physical injury and awarded only a nominal amount of money. 

  • Successfully defended a fraternal organization which was sued as a result of an alleged assault by a security guard against an animal rights protestor outside of a circus. The jury concluded that the assault did not occur and the case resulted in a defense verdict. 

Representative Cases

  • Marks v. The Reserve at Hershey Meadows, LEXIS 47325 (U.S. Dist. 2007)

  • Calhoun v. Prudential General Ins. Co., LEXIS 44302 (U.S. Dist. 2005)

  • Allstate v. Leiter, 306 F.Supp. 2d 488 (M.D. Pa. 2004)

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Fundamentals of Personal Injury, June 2014

  • Pennsylvania's Fair Share Act - PAMIC Claims Summit, March, 2012

  • Basics of Auto Law – Defense Perspective, September 2012

  • Handling the Auto Injury Claim: Settle the Case Without Going to Court, National Business Institute, August 2008 

  • Releases and Settlements - Tactics, Tips and Techniques, 2007 PAMIC Summit 

  • Tort Claims Act, Pennsylvania Association of Township Supervisors 

Published Works

  • Two Scoops: Superior Court Allows UM/UIM Claimants to Double Dip Workers' Compensation Benefits, Defense Digest, Vol. 11, No. 3, September, 2005

  • Superior Court Holds New Trial is Warranted Whenever Jury Seeks Own Expert Opinion, Defense Digest, Vol. 9, No. 3, September, 2003

Education

  • Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg, PA (J.D., 1994)

  • Albright College, Reading, PA (B.A., 1991)

Aug 24, 2018
Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a supermarket in a premises liability case in the Court of Common Pleas of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. The plaintiff claimed that she was injured when her hand was trapped in a deli case door that was...
May 11, 2017
Obtained summary judgment in a skiing collision case, successfully arguing that the plaintiff assumed the risk of his injury by engaging in the sport of downhill skiing. ​The plaintiff, a ski instructor, claimed that while he was skiing on a lower...

Education

  • Widener University School of Law (J.D., 1994)
  • Albright College (B.A., 1991)

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 2007
  • Maryland, 2016

Associations & Memberships

  • Dauphin County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Association of Mutual Insurance Companies
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute

Year Joined Organization: 1997

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