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 professionals, including attorneys, accountants, architects, appraisers, realtors and real estate agents, and insurance agents and brokers. He also represents public and private employers, as well as their directors, officers and management, in a wide variety of employment practices litigation under federal and state law, including defending claims of harassment, discrimination and retaliation. Additionally, Chris defends school districts, intermediate units and other academic institutions in civil rights litigation and in all phases of special education litigation, from administrative due process hearings to federal court appeals.
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.
Significant Representative Matters
•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).
•Kirby v. Loyalsock Township School District, 837 F. Supp. 2d 467 (M.D. Pa. 2011) (Assisted in obtaining summary judgment in favor of school district and administrators in bullying claim by former student brought under 1st and 14th Amendments).
•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).
•Smith v. Professional Billing and Management Services, Inc., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 86189 (D.N.J. 2007) (Settlement of class action under Fair Debt Collection Practices Act against medical billing company involving approximately 2,500 identified class members).
•E.R. v. Central Dauphin School District, ODR File No. 2654-1112 (Successful defense at due process hearing of IDEA claim by parent of special needs student who was expelled from school for disciplinary reasons).
•Assisted in obtaining defense verdict in favor of school district, administrators and professional staff alleged to have violated 1st Amendment rights of students by disciplining them for protesting a dress code policy.
•Defense award at arbitration in negligence action brought against insurance agency and owners of the agency.
•Defense of labor grievance brought by retired employee against school district seeking to recover benefits to which she believed she was entitled under bargaining agreement.
•Successful mediation of multimillion dollar construction defect claim against roofing and sheet metal contractor.
•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
•Sewage Sludge and Land Application Practices: Do the Section 503 Standards Guarantee Safe Fertilizer Usage, Dickinson Journal of Environmental Law and Policy, Volume 9, at p. 147 (Spring 2000)
Past Employment Positions
•Honorable Ronald B. Graves, J.S.C., Superior Court of New Jersey, Judicial Law Clerk, 2001 - 2002
Honors & Awards
•BV Distinguished LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
Year Joined Organization: 2006