Christopher E. Dougherty: Lawyer with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.

Christopher E. Dougherty

Chris E. Dougherty presented serves as Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin's Assistant Director of the Professional Liability Department. He also serves as the Chair of the Philadelphia Professional Liability Practice Group as well as the Chair of the Delaware/Pennsylvania County Professional Liability Practice Groups. Chris has developed an extensive practice in the defense of a wide range of litigation areas including professional liability, construction litigation, and general liability.
Shareholder; Director - Professional Liability Department; Executive Committee Member
Philadelphia,  PA  U.S.A.
Phone(215) 575-2733

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Practice Areas

  • Professional Liability
  • Construction Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Products Liability
  • E & O Litigation
University United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, B.S., with honors, 1978
Law SchoolStetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg, Florida, J.D., magna cum laude, 1985
Admitted1986, Florida; 1988, Pennsylvania; 1988, U.S District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania; 2002, U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania

Associations & Memberships
•American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
•American Bar Association (Lawyers Professional Liability Consortium)
•Defense Research Institute
•Florida Bar Association
•International Association of Defense Counsel
•Pennsylvania Bar Association
•Pennsylvania Defense Institute
•Philadelphia Bar Association


Chris is the firm's Director of the Professional Liability Department, with responsibility for 16 practice groups and approximately 150 attorneys throughout the firm. Chris also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors and as a member of the Executive Committee, which is the governing body of the firm. Since joining Marshall Dennehey in 1991, Chris has developed an extensive practice in defense of a wide range of litigation areas including professional liability, construction litigation and general liability.

Additionally, Chris has defended cases involving automotive crashworthiness protection, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, power equipment, palletizing equipment, medical-surgical products, electrical appliances, smoke detectors, industrial equipment, personal protection devices and more.

Chris graduated with honors from the United States Naval Academy in 1978 and received his juris doctor from Stetson University College of Law in 1985, graduating magna cum laude.

From 1978 to 1991, Chris served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps. From 1991 to 2004, he served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and retired in the grade of Colonel. During this time, among other responsibilities, Chris served as a General Courts-Martial certified Military Judge.

Honors & Awards
• American Bar Association Young Military Lawyer s Award, Toronto, Canada, 1988
• Meritorious Service Medals for Legal Achievement, 1988, 1991
• Legion of Merit , 2005
• AV Preeminent by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
• Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2007-2009, 2014

Year Joined Organization: 1991

Reported CasesRepresentative 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); Significant 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.; 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

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Christopher E. Dougherty

2000 Market Street, Suite 2300
PhiladelphiaPA 19103


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