Christopher J. Conrad


Chris is a member of the firm's Professional Liability Department, and he devotes a significant portion of his practice to the representation and defense of licensed and certified professionals, including attorneys, accountants, architects, engineers, surveyors, real estate agents and brokers, real estate appraisers, insurance agents and brokers and home inspectors.  Chris also represents public and private employers and their directors, officers, management and employees, in a wide variety of employment practices litigation under federal and state law, including defending claims of harassment, discrimination and retaliation, as well as whistleblower claims.

Chris also represents and defends school districts, intermediate units, career and technology centers and other academic institutions in all manner of employment, civil rights and special education litigation.  As a member of the Professional Liability Defense Federation, Chris was instrumental in creating the School Leaders Liability Claims Committee, where he currently serves as the Chair of the committee. 

Chris is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and The Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law. During law school, Chris clerked for the Hon. Robert J. Woodside in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Chris also served as judicial law clerk for the Hon. Ronald B. Graves in the Civil Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey.

Outside of the office, Chris is an adjunct instructor for Penn State Dickinson Law. He also devotes a portion of his time as a volunteer for the Wills for Heroes Program.

Significant Representative Matters

Godfrey v. Southern York County School District, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 96736 (M.D. Pa. 2019) (summary judgment in favor of school district dismissing ADEA age discrimination and retaliation claims by former teacher)

Defense verdict following jury trial representing insurance agency and its owner in case involving claims of professional negligence.

K.E. v. Lincoln Intermediate Unit, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 163489 (M.D. Pa. 2017) (summary judgment dismissing claims against intermediate unit by former student alleging Title IX and 1983 civil rights violations)

Rohrbaugh v. Lincoln Intermediate Unit, 255 F. Supp. 3d 589 (M.D. Pa. 2017) (dismissal of claims against intermediate unit by student under 504 of Rehabilitation Act of 1973 for failure to exhaust administrative remedies

Judge v. Shikellamy School District, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 65694 (M.D. Pa. 2017) (summary judgment dismissing claims by former principal alleging violation of Procedural Due Process rights, breach of employment contract and constructive discharge).

Defense award at arbitration in declaratory judgment action brought against condominium association.

A.V. v. Capital Area Intermediate Unit, ODR File No. 18090-1617 (successful defense of intermediate unit in special education due process hearing)

Hollinghead v. York City Sewer Authority, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 43202 (M.D. Pa. 2014) (Summary judgment dismissing Title VII, PHRA and 1983 claims by a City employees alleging race discrimination and retaliation).

Schuback v. Law Office of Phillip S. VanEmbden, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 18379 (M.D. Pa. 2013) (Judgment on the pleadings in favor of attorneys sued for alleged violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act).

Thomas v. Thomas, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 83320 (M.D. Pa. 2012) (Dismissal of 14th Amendment claims against an attorney for alleged abuse of process and wrongful use of civil proceedings).

Munir v. Pottsville Area School District, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 82966 (M.D. Pa. 2012) (Summary judgment dismissing action by parent against school district under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Rehabilitation Act).

Hocker v. CitiMortgage, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 76867 (M.D. Pa. 2012) (Dismissal of claims against mortgage lender under the federal Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act by alleged victim of a housing fraud scam).

Baltimore v. Harrisburg Parking Authority, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 59508 (M.D. Pa. 2010) (Summary judgment dismissing action against parking authority by former employee who claimed she was terminated from her employment in violation of her 1st and 14th Amendment rights).

Gregory v. Derry Township School District, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1875 (M.D. Pa. 2010) (Summary judgment dismissing claims against school district, administrators and school board members in action by former teacher who alleged she was terminated from her employment in violation of her federal civil rights).

Walsh v. Dallastown Area School District, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 71266 (M.D. Pa. 2008) (Summary judgment dismissing claims by parent and students against school district, administrators and staff members of claims brought under federal and state wiretap laws and 4th Amendment).

Defense award at arbitration in negligence action brought against insurance agency and owners of the agency.

Classes/Seminars Taught

Why Schools Need to Be Thinking About Title IX: Effectively Navigating the Evolving Legal Issues Surrounding Gender Identity, Professional Liability Defense Federation Annual Meeting, October 2021

Federal Law and the Art of Email Maintenance: When Must Emails Be Produced Under IDEA and FERPA, PBI Exceptional Children Conference, October 2019

Navigating the Bermuda Triangle: The Intersection of Workers' Compensation, the FMLA and the ADA, County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania, March 2019

The Risks of Failing to Report School Leaders Liability ClaimsPennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, October 2017

The Thin Blue Line in School, Lehigh University Special Education Law Conference, May 2017

Dyslexia: Much More Than What We Thought, Lehigh University Special Education Law Conference, May 2016 

Advanced Functional Behavior Assessments and Behavior Support Plans, PBI Exceptional Children Conference, October 2015

Successfully Handling Disciplinary Actions for Special Needs Students, National Business Institute, December 2014

Best Practices for Technology and Social Media in the Workplace, Estate Planning Council of Central Pennsylvania, Inc., February 2014

Insurance Agents and Brokers Best Claims Practices in Claims Administration and Underwriting, Liberty Mutual Insurance, December 2013

Avoiding Liability in Special Education, Central Dauphin School District, August 2013

PBA Malpractice Avoidance Program, Perry County Bar Association, April 2013

Avoiding Legal Malpractice, PBA Malpractice Avoidance Program, Adams County Bar Association, April 2012

Avoiding Liability as Sellers' Agents in Residential Real Estate Transactions, Particularly with Regard to the Disclosure of Material Defects in the Property, Educational Development School of Real Estate, March 2012

Malpractice Avoidance ProgramPBA Malpractice Avoidance Program, Mifflin and Juniata County Bar Associations, October 2011

PBA Malpractice Avoidance Program, Dauphin County Bar Association, August 2011

Avoiding Liability in Special Education, Pottsville Area School District, August 2011

Avoiding Liability in Special Education, Palmyra Area School District, August 2010

Published Works

“Let’s Give a Cheer for Free Speech: U.S. Supreme Court Holds School District Cannot Discipline Cheerleader for Off-Campus Snapchat Posts,” Professional Liability Defense Quarterly, Vol. 13, No. 3, 2021

"Bullies In the Schoolyard and Beyond: Avoiding and Defending Federal Bullying Claims Against Schools and School Leaders," Professional Liability Defense Quarterly, Vol. 13, Issue 1, 2021

“This Is Exhausting! Parents of Special Needs Children Who Allege Educational Harm Must Exhaust Administrative Remedies Under the IDEA Before Filing Lawsuit," Lorman, August 2017 

“This Is Exhausting! Parents of Special Needs Children Who Allege Educational Harm Must Exhaust Administrative Remedies Under the IDEA Before Filing Lawsuit,” Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 1, March 2017

"The IDEA Statute of Limitations (Finally!) Explained," Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 4, December 2015

"Does At-Will Employment Still Exist in Pennsylvania?," The Legal Intelligencer, Labor & Employment Supplement, June 24, 2014

"State Courts May Exercise Jurisdiction in Legal Malpractice Actions Arising Out of Patent Litigation," Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 2, June 2013

"The Third Circuit Holds That Private Employers Are Not Prohibited By Bankruptcy Code From Denying Employment To Individuals Who Previously Filed For Bankruptcy," Defense Digest, Vol. 17, No. 2, June, 2011

"Forum The Bell Tolls: Plaintiffs Lose Challenge To Validity Of Forum Selection Clause In Their Auto Insurance Policy," Defense Digest, Vol. 16, No. 1, 2010

"Ninth Circuit Holds Private Tuition Is Reimbursable Under IDEA Even Though Student Never Received Special Education From School District," Defense Digest, Vol. 14, No. 4, December, 2008

"Remedies for Disabled Students Curtailed," New Jersey Law Journal, Vol. CXCI, No. 2, Jan. 14, 2008

"School's Out: The Third Circuit Precludes Use of 42 U.S.C. 1983 to Remedy Violations of IDEA and the Rehabilitation Act," Defense Digest, Vol. 13, No. 3, September, 2007

"Pennsylvania Superior Court Limits Duty Of Insurance Brokers," Defense Digest, Vol. 12, No. 4, December, 2006

New Jersey
U.S. District Court of New Jersey
U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court District of Maryland
U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
Dickinson School of Law, Penn State University (J.D., 2001)
Pennsylvania State University (B.A., 1998)
Honors & awards
Susquehanna Valley Select Lawyers™
Associations & memberships
Cumberland County Bar Association
Maryland State Bar Association
Middle District of Pennsylvania Chapter of the Federal Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Assocation, Legal Services for Exceptional Children Committee
Professional Liability Defense Federation, Chair, School Leaders' Liability Claims Committee
Saint Thomas More Society
Certified Mediator, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
Year joined