Chris has over 30 years of litigation experience handling major casualty, toxic tort, and product liability matters. He has significant experience in handling toxic tort matters involving exposure to alleged hazardous substances and has successfully defended major corporations in hundreds of cases at the trial level. Since joining Marshall Dennehey in 2002, Chris has expanded his practice to handling matters involving asbestos, silica, vinyl chloride, benzene, lead, cadmium, legionella, various dusts, lubricants, and other allegedly hazardous materials. He continues to be an active trial lawyer and has tried over 150 jury trials to verdict.
Chris began his career as an associate at Krusen Evans & Byrne and settled upon a defense practice focusing on product liability, personal injury, property damage, and toxic tort matters. He gained experience handling a wide variety of matters and tried numerous jury trials to verdict.
In 1989, Chris was instrumental in forming a firm that concentrated in toxic tort matters, and the firm quickly established itself as one of the leading firms in asbestos litigation. He served as the managing partner for eleven years. The firm rapidly grew under his leadership. It was during this time that Chris concentrated his practice in the field of toxic torts and quickly became one of the most active and successful toxic tort trial lawyers. Representing Owens Corning, he served as lead trial counsel in the Philadelphia area asbestos litigation. In addition, he participated in the development of strategies and techniques for the handling of complex, multi-party toxic tort litigation.
While at Marshall Dennehey, Chris has tried numerous cases to verdict with all but two (2) resulting in defense verdicts. One plaintiff's verdict was overturned by the Pennsylvania Superior Court and the grant of a new trial affirmed by an En Banc Panel of the Pennsylvania Superior Court.
At the request of various clients, Chris has organized and/or given presentations at various seminars. In addition, he has lectured on a variety of topics involving trial techniques and has participated in numerous CLE seminars.
•Defending Household Exposure Cases, Mealey's National Asbestos SuperConference, Phoenix, AZ, September 2008
•Defending Toxic Tort Cases, AIG Environmental Unit, New York, NY, November 2007
•Silca Litigation and Assembly Line Diagnosing, AIG Domestic Claims Toxic Tort Unit, May 2006
•Opening Statements, Marshall Dennehey Trial Advocacy Class, May 2006
•Trying The Automobile Brake Case, Goodyear Tire & Rubber National Counsel Meeting, San Diego, CA, October 2005
•Cross Examination, Marshall Dennehey Trial Advocacy Class, October 2005 and October 2006
• Tooey Is Not Just a Bunch of “Hooey”- Practical Tactics for Defending an Employer in the Realm of Toxic Tort Litigation, Defense Digest, Vol. 20, No. 3, September 2014, co-author
• The Dose Is the Poison --The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Questions the 'Each and Every Breath' or 'Any Exposure' Theory, Defense Digest, Vol. 14, No. 2, June 2008
• Assumption of Risk in Product Liability, Counterpoint, April 1989
Honors & Awards
•American Board of Trial Advocates
•AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
•Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Hearing Committee Member
•Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2006-2007
Year Joined Organization
Tooey Is Not Just a Bunch of “Hooey”- Practical Tactics for Defending an Employer in the Realm of Toxic Tort Litigation
Defense Digest Article • September 1, 2014
By Christopher N. Santoro, Esq. and Christine P. Dower, Esq.*Key Points:Since Tooey, which allowed employees who develop latent occupational diseases to file common law actions against employers, litigation against employers in..., Defense Digest, Vol. 20, No. 3, September 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...