Christopher J. Hoare: Lawyer with Capehart & Scatchard, P.A.

Christopher J. Hoare

Executive Committee Member; Chair, Professional Liability Practice
New York,  NY  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Professional Liability
  • Transportation
  • Health Care and Dental Law
  • Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
University Rutgers The State University of New Jersey, Newark, New Jersey, B.A., 1974
Law SchoolSeton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey, J.D., 1992
Admitted1992, Pennsylvania; 1992, New Jersey; 2007, New York

Professional Associations and Memberships

•National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (NARTC), Member

•Pennsylvania Bar Association, Council Member, Civil Litigation Section

•New Jersey State Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section

•Federation of Defense Counsel Member


Mr. Hoare specializes in legal malpractice, construction accident, NY Labor Law, construction defect, railroad defense, trucking/transportation liability, and medical malpractice litigation. Before becoming an attorney, he worked in railroad track construction and safety training at Conrail as well as a Legal Claims Agent for the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak). For 19 years, he has represented his clients in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania in legal malpractice, premises liability, strict products, and construction accident litigation (including NY Labor Law) cases. Chris also represents all sizes of railroads in cases involving FELA defense, premises liability, and grade crossing collision litigation. Chris' practice also includes defense of cases involving food and beverage retail establishment owner/operator liability, dram shop, security, products liability, subrogation, property damage, insurance coverage, and other matters. Chris is the Chair of Capehart's Litigation and Professional Liability Departments. A significant area of practice for Chris is professional negligence, including defending pharmacists and medical care providers from suits involving medical malpractice. Through Capehart's upstate office in Elmira, N.Y, Chris also has developed a specialty in the field of representing companies related to the oil exploration and gas fracturing (fracking) industries. He has tried dozens of cases to verdict in federal and state courts in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Published Works

•New Jersey State Court Enforces Water Park Liability Waiver , 2013

•New Jersey Supreme Court Affirms Sovereign Immunity for Injuries on Public Property, Legal Alerts, February, 2011

•New Jersey Supreme Court Affirms Sovereign Immunity for Injuries on Public Property , Capehart Scatchard Legal Alert, February, 2010

•Liability Waivers Remain Enforceable In New Jersey, Litigation Quarterly, October, 2010

•Wage Continuation Versus Advancements In Controlling FELA Injury Claims , Transportation Newsletter, June, 2009

•New York Supreme Court Decision Affirms 'Recalcitrant Worker' Defense, Capehart Scatchard Legal Alert, March, 2009

•Salmonella Poisoning Alleged in Product Liability Case Defendant's Verdict in Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Defense Digest, Spring, 1993

•Summary Judgment Granted in Favor of Landowner and Against Independent Contractor, Defense Digest, Spring, 1993

•Occupied Crossing Rule, Shields Railroad From Liability, Defense Digest, February, 1996

•Pennsylvania Trial Court Upholds Lack of Railroad Duty Owed to Minor Trespasser in Double Amputation Case, Defense Digest, Vol. 3, No. 3, 1997

•Third Circuit Defines Limits of Landowner Liability to Trespassers Injured by a Condition on the Land, Defense Digest, Vol. 5, No. 4, 1999

Past Experience

•Amtrak, Senior Claims Agent, 1986 - 1992

•Conrail, General Foreman, Track Department, 1979 - 1986

Honors and Awards

•Recognized as one of South Jersey's Top Attorneys as published by SJ Magazine

•Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated


•Business Law 101: Entity Selection, Formation, Organization, Governance - A Refresher & A Primer, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2013

•How to Investigate and Defend a Grade Crossing Collision Case, CNA Insurance Defending the Trespasser Injury Case

•Principles of Federal Preemption in the defense of Grade Crossing Accidents


•Eleven Shareholders Named to Best Attorneys in Business List

•Capehart Names Shareholder Christopher J. Hoare to Executive Committee

•Capehart Scatchard Congratulates 2013 Awesome Attorneys


•$7 Million Dollars Awarded to Sons of Woman Killed in Car Accident

•Victims of Train Derailment and Chemical Spill Permitted to Proceed with Class-Action Certification

•PA Appellate Court Affirms Multi-Million Dollar Award to Victim of Dump Truck Accident

•Truck Driver's Evasive Maneuver Insufficient to Form Basis for Liability

•Transportation Broker Not Liable Under Carmack Amendment for Injuries Caused by Truck Driver

•FELA Preempts State Law

•USDC-DNY Dismisses FELA Suit

•Defending Claims for Lost Future Income by Undocumented Workers (Also at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Mount Laurel, New Jersey Offices)


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FELA Preempts State Law: FELA Worker Not Eligible for New York’s No Fault Insurance Benefits
Christopher J. Hoare, February 28, 2014
In a recent New York State Court decision, Christin v. Metro North Commuter Railroad, et al., the court reaffirmed the FELA’s superiority over N.Y. State Insurance Law when it dismissed the lawsuit filed by a railroad worker who was injured while driving a railroad-owned truck in the course...

Transportation Broker Not Liable Under Carmack Amendment for Injuries Caused by Truck Driver
Christopher J. Hoare, February 28, 2014
In January of 2014, in the case of Kavulak v. Transportation Solutions Group, et al., the U.S.D.C.W.D.N.Y. found that the estate of a deceased driver whose car was struck by an independent owner-operator had no claim against the transportation broker that dispatched the trip in question under the...

Truck Driver’s Evasive Maneuver Insufficient to Form Basis for Liability
Christopher J. Hoare, February 28, 2014
A trucking company and its tractor trailer driver who avoided contact with the rear of a stopped vehicle by pulling into the adjoining lane without contacting with other vehicles was dismissed by summary judgment in the recent appellate decision of Matino et al. v. Tipton Trucking, LLC, A&L Harper...

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225 Broadway, 13th Floor
New YorkNY 10007


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