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.
•Dyslexia: Much More Than What We Thought, Lehigh University Special Education Law Conference, May 2016
•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
• 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
Honors & Awards
•BV Distinguished LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
•Susquehanna Valley Select Lawyers, 2014
Year Joined Organization
NBI- Pennsylvania Special Education Law 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...
Lehigh Universitys 44th Special Education Law Conference
May 13, 2016
Christopher Conrad will present on the topic of Dyslexia. This session will cover salient developments under the IDEA, New Jersey and Pennsylvania laws, and recent relevant case law, and the Dear Colleague Letter (2015) specific to students...
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
Successful Defense of School District in OCR Investigation
Apr 21, 2016
Successfully defended an investigation by the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) against our client, a local school district, which was alleged to have violated the rights of a qualified student with a disability under...
Diabetes Not Cause of Students Marching Band Issues
Feb 16, 2015
Successfully represented a Pennsylvania school district in a special education due process hearing. A high school student with Type 1 Diabetes, who was a member of the high school marching band, tried out to play bass drum in the percussion ensemble...