Christopher B. Block

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Chris 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

Admissions
New Jersey
New York
U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
Education
Widener University School of Law (J.D., 1996)
University of Pittsburgh (B.S., 1993)
Honors & awards
Litigation Management Institute, Graduate 2019 (CLMP)
Associations & memberships
New Jersey Bar Association
New York Bar Association
Professional Liability Defense Federation (PLDF), Director of Membership Development
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
Year joined
2012