Christopher J. Conrad: Lawyer with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.

Christopher J. Conrad

Christopher J. Conrad is a shareholder with Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin. He focuses his practice in the areas of professional liability, employment practices liability and education law.
Phone(717) 651-3531

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Practice Areas

  • Professional Liability
  • Employment Practices Liability
  • Special Education Law
  • Civil Rights Defense
  • Business and Commercial Law
  • Construction Defect Litigation
University The Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 1998
Law SchoolDickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, J.D., 2001 Law Journal: Dickinson Journal of Environmental Law & Policy, Comments Editor
Admitted2001, New Jersey; 2001, U.S. District Court District of New Jersey; 2006, Pennsylvania; 2006, U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania; 2007, U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Associations & Memberships

•Cumberland County Bar Association
•Dauphin County Bar Association
•Middle District of Pennsylvania Chapter of the Federal Bar Association
•Pennsylvania Bar Association, Professional Liability Committee
•Saint Thomas More Society


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.

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.

Honors & Awards

•BV Distinguished LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
•Susquehanna Valley Select Lawyers, 2014

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Classes/Seminars Taught

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 Program, PBA 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


NBI- Pennsylvania Special Education Law Seminar
Seminar • Dec 11, 2014

Professional Liability Attorney, Chris Conrad, will present at the National Business Institute's Pennsylvania Special Education Law Seminar in Harrisburg, PA on December 11, 2014. His presentation topic, Successfully Handling Disciplinary...


The IDEA Statute of Limitations (Finally!) Explained

Defense Digest Article • December 1, 2015

By Christopher J. Conrad, Esq.* Key Points:Absent certain statutory exceptions, parents have two years from the date they knew or should have known of a violation of the IDEA to request a due process hearing through the filing..., Defense Digest, Vol 21, No. 4, December 2015Defense 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...

State Courts May Exercise Jurisdiction in Legal Malpractice Actions Arising Out of Patent Litigation

Defense Digest Article • June 1, 2013

by Christopher J. Conrad, Esq.*Key Points:Federal district courts do not have exclusive jurisdiction of legal malpractice actions arising out of patent infringement claims previously litigated in federal..., Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 2, June 2013

Third Circuit Holds That Private Employers Are Not Prohibited by the Bankruptcy Code From Denying Employment to Individuals Who Previously Filed for Bankruptcy

Defense Digest Article • June 2, 2011

Federal - Employment Law, KEY POINTSA private employer is not prohibited under 525(b) of the Bankruptcy Code from refusing to hire an individual simply because he or she previously filed for bankruptcy.Public entity..., 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 Article • March 1, 2010

Pensylvania - Insurance Coverage, Key Points:When the language of an insurance contract is clear and unambiguous, courts will give effect to that language.Forum selection clause in plaintiffs' auto insurance policy was clear..., Defense Digest, Vol. 16, No. 1, March 2010

Reported CasesSignificant Representative Matters: 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).; Assisted in obtaining defense verdict in favor of a school district, its administrators and professional staff where it was 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.; Published Works: 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

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The IDEA Statute of Limitations (Finally!) Explained
Christopher J. Conrad, November 25, 2015
In 2004, Congress reauthorized the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), 20 U.S.C. §1400 et seq., a federal law intended to ensure that every child with special needs is afforded a free appropriate public education (commonly known as a FAPE). The IDEA ensures that right by...

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100 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 201
Camp HillPA 17011


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