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.
•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
•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
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
A Message from the Executive Committee
Defense Digest Article • December 1, 2014
By Christopher E. Dougherty, Esquire, Chairman of the Board“Take love, humanity, and humility and then place it against a performance-driven organization... we are unbeatable.”..., Defense Digest, Vol. 20, No. 4, December 2014Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide...
A Message From the Executive Committee
Defense Digest Article • December 17, 2013
By Christopher E. Dougherty, Esq., Member of the Executive CommitteeAs the holidays approach and 2013 draws to a close, I have been reflecting on the past year and how quickly it flew by. As I engage in that process, it's exciting to see..., Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 4, December 2013Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide...
Message From the Executive Committee
Defense Digest Article • June 1, 2013
By Christopher E. Dougherty, Esquire, Member of the Executive Committee Where we stand is not as important as the direction in which we are moving. ..., Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 2, June 2013
Marshall Dennehey's Chairman and COO Retires; Peter S. Miller's Departure Ushers in New Era of Leadership
July 2, 2014
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin announced today the June 30th retirement of Peter S. Miller, longtime Chief Operating Officer, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee member, Director of the Workers' Compensation Department, and Managing Attorney of the Philadelphia...
Marshall Dennehey Announces New Leadership of Professional Liability Department
June 25, 2013
Marshall Dennehey announced today that shareholders Christopher E. Dougherty and Eric A. Fitzgerald have been named Director and Assistant Director, respectively, of the firm's Professional Liability Department. The official leadership changes come following the retirement of longtime shareholder,...
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin Elects Board of Directors
December 19, 2012
December 2012 - Philadelphia, PA - The Executive Committee of the defense litigation firm Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin (MDWC&G) is pleased to announce that Robin Snyder, Esq. was elected as a member of the firm's board of directors as well as senior vice president at the annual...