Christine P. Dower: Lawyer with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.

Christine P. Dower

Phone215) 575-2621

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Practice Areas

  • Environmental & Toxic Tort
  • Premises Liability - Defense
  • Product Liability
University University of Delaware, B.A., 2005; Bennett-Dolan Scholar, Dean's List, all semesters); Phi Sigma Pi, Executive Committee, 2003-2005, Pi Sigma Alpha; West Virginia University Paralegal Certification Course, Paralegal Certificate, 2006
Law SchoolTemple University James E. Beasley School of Law, 2012, J.D. Dean's List
Admitted2012, Pennsylvania; 2012, New Jersey

Christine is a member of the Professional Liability Department where she handles a variety of matters focusing on environmental and toxic tort litigation, product liability, property damage, personal injury and premises liability. Christine assists and participates in all phases of litigation from initial client contact through trial.

In May of 2005, Christine graduated from the University of Delaware where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. Upon graduation from college, Christine gained practical legal experience while working for a boutique insurance defense firm in Media, Pennsylvania.

Christine began her career with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin in 2007 as a litigation paralegal. While continuing full-time employment with the firm and maintaining a comprehensive case workload, Christine enrolled in the evening division program at Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law where she earned her juris doctor degree in 2012. While at Temple Law, Christine was involved in the Women's Law Caucus and Trial Advocacy Program. Christine also participated in a Judicial Externship with the Honorable Arnold L. New in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. During her third year of law school, Christine spent an entire semester training for her first marathon which she successfully completed in 2011. Christine is currently admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

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

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

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

Pro Bono Activities

•Christine is a participant in the firm's pro bono program in partnership with the Veterans Law Clinic of Widener Law School, which provides legal services to military veterans and their dependents with disability compensation benefits claims pending before the Department of Veteran Affairs. Previously, Christine has volunteered for the Wills for Heroes program.

Year Joined Organization: 2012

Reported CasesSignificant 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)

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Tooey Is Not Just A Bunch Of “Hooey”— Practical Tactics for Defending an Employer in The Realm of Toxic Tort Litigation
Christine P. Dower,Christopher N. Santoro, September 30, 2014
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s ruling in Tooey v. A.K. Steel Corp., 81 A.3d 851 (Pa. 2013) represents a significant shift in Pennsylvania law. In the wake of Tooey, new companies are being targeted and new theories of liability are being raised in toxic tort cases filed throughout the...
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Christine P. Dower

2000 Market Street, Suite 2300
PhiladelphiaPA 19103


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