Christopher W. Woodward

Christopher W. Woodward: Attorney with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.

Biography

Christopher is a member of the Professional Liability Department where his practice is focused on insurance coverage and bad faith litigation.

Prior to joining Marshall Dennehey, Christopher worked as a senior claims examiner where he dealt with coverage issues and the management of professional liability lawsuits with a focus on municipalities.

In 2009 Christopher graduated from Penn State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He later attended Widener University School of Law where he earned his juris doctor, magna cum laude, in 2013.

During his time in law school, Christopher was a senior staff member of the Widener Law Journal which published his survey analyzing a recent PA Supreme Court administrative law decision in its Spring 2013 issue. Christopher also held an internship for the Pennsylvania Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error Fund, and clerked for the local staff defense counsel of a national insurance company.

Year Joined Organization: 2015

Publication

Legal Updates for Coverage and Bad Faith
Law Alerts • February 9, 2019
Edited by Allison L. Krupp, Esq. PA Supreme Court Overturns Decades of Case Law Addressing Household Vehicle Exclusion Court holds HHE violates 1738 when insured selected and paid for stacking under two policies issued by a single insurer..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a...

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Clarifies the Standard that Courts Must Use When Considering Claims Made for Insurance Bad Faith Under 42 Pa.C.S. 8371
Defense Digest Article • June 1, 2018
Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 2, June 2018 by Christopher W. Woodward, Esq.* Key Points: The PA Supreme Court clarified that the test for insurance bad faith pursuant to 42 Pa.C.S.A. 8371 does not require proof of a motive of..., Nearly twenty years after implementation of Pennsylvania’s insurance bad faith statute, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has finally settled the confusion that developed among the lower courts regarding exactly what constitutes the test for bad..., Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 2, June 2018. Defense 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...

A general release settling a bodily injury claim that fails to carve out the insured’s right to pursue a UIM claim precludes the ability to seek UIM benefits.
Law Alerts • October 1, 2017
An insured settled her bodily injury claim against a tortfeasor and signed a general release in which she agreed to release “any and all other persons or entities whatsoever” from claims arising from the accident. The court agreed with..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2017 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...

New Jersey federal court reaffirms that, absent special circumstances, an insurer does not owe a fiduciary duty to an insured.
Law Alerts • October 1, 2017
In a coverage dispute encompassing several claims, an insured alleged its insurer breached its fiduciary duty. The court acknowledged there are circumstances where an insurer owes a fiduciary duty, but it recognized that these are limited. For..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2017 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...

New Jersey federal court determines Brillhart abstention remains “robust” and dismisses an insurer’s declaratory judgment complaint without prejudice.
Law Alerts • January 3, 2017
An insurer filed a declaratory judgment action seeking a declaration that it owed no duty to defend its insured in an underlying state tort action. The federal court determined that the underlying claims against the insured were such that a coverage..., Case Law Alerts, 1st Quarter, January 2017. Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...

Rational differences in claim valuations do not lead to an inference of bad faith on the part of an insurer without more.
Law Alerts • January 3, 2017
In a bad faith action against an insurer for denial of UM benefits, the trial court granted the insurer’s motion for summary judgment. The insured argued that the insurer’s valuations of her claim were continually revised up and,..., Case Law Alerts, 1st Quarter, January 2017. Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...

A jury should decide whether injured plaintiffs who spoke no English were “railroaded” by an adjuster into signing a release.
Law Alerts • January 3, 2017
The Superior Court of Pennsylvania reversed a trial court’s order granting summary judgment in favor of a tortfeasor when it determined that a jury should decide if a release signed by the injured plaintiffs should be voided. The plaintiffs..., Case Law Alerts, 1st Quarter, January 2017. Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...

Legal Updates for Coverage and Bad Faith
Law Alerts • November 11, 2016
Edited by Allison L. Krupp, Esq. & Christopher W. Woodward, Esq. Insurer not required to reimburse attorneys' fees for defense of underlying case Desabato v. Assurance Company of America, et al., 2:15-CV-484 (W.D. Pa. 9/30/16) The United..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...

U.S. District Court of New Jersey reiterates that an insurer’s mistake is not bad faith.
Law Alerts • October 3, 2016
The insured submitted a claim for a leaking roof as the result of a storm, which lead to mold issues in the home. While the insurer initially denied coverage for the mold remediation, two weeks later, it issued a check for the full amount of mold..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2016. Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...

Pennsylvania Supreme Court agrees to revisit the requirements of proving an insurance bad faith claim.
Law Alerts • October 3, 2016
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal on the issue of whether the test for bad faith as outlined in Terletsky v. Prudential Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co., 649 A.2d 680 (Pa. Super. Ct. 1994) should be ratified and, if so, whether..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2016. Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...

Major Victories

Defense Prevails in Automobile Liability Case.
May 11, 2018
We secured the dismissal of a declaratory judgment action filed in federal court against a large insurer. This case arose from a motor vehicle accident that occurred in 2015. The plaintiff averred that she had sustained injuries in excess of the...

Coverage Not Triggered in CGL Policy
Dec 6, 2016
We obtained summary judgment in a declaratory judgment action filed on behalf of an insurer in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. ?At issue was whether coverage (and an ensuing duty to defend) had been...

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Professional Liability
  • Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(717) 651-3708  Phone
(717) 651-3707  Fax
www.marshalldennehey.com/attorneys/christopher-w-woodward
University Attended:
Pennsylvania State University, B.A., English, 2009
Law School Attended:
Widener University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, Widener Law Journal, Senior Staff, Dean's Honors, five semesters, Certificate of Achievement in Property I, Selected as Guided Study Group Leader for 1L Students, Publication of a survey in Widener Law Journal, Spring 2013, 2013
Year of First Admission:
2013
Admission:
2013, Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania
Memberships:

Associations & Memberships

•Dauphin County Bar Association
•Pennsylvania Bar Association

Reported Cases:
Published Works: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Clarifies the Standard that Courts Must Use When Considering Claims Made for Insurance Bad Faith Under 42 Pa.C.S. 8371, Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 2, June 2018; Case Law Alerts, regular contributor, 2016-present; PA Superior Court Decision Means Bad Faith Claims May Live to See Another Day, Rancosky v. Washington National Insurance Co., 2015 Pa. Super. LEXIS 822, 2015 PA Super 264 (Pa. Super. Ct. Dec. 16, 2015), Legal Updates for Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith, March 3, 2016
ISLN:
923172649

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