Christopher E. Dougherty

Christopher E. Dougherty: Attorney with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C. AV stamp icon
  • Shareholder; Director - Professional Liability Department; Executive Committee Member at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C. (509 Attorneys)
  • 2000 Market Street, Suite 2300, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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  • Chris E. Dougherty presented serves as Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin's Assistant Director of the Professional Liability Department. He also serves as the Chair of the Philadelphia Professional Liability Practice Group as well as the Chair of the Delaware/Pennsylvania County Professional Liability Practice Groups. Chris has developed an extensive practice in the defense of a wide range of litigation areas including professional liability, construction litigation, and general liability.
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Biography

Chris is the Director of the Professional Liability Department with responsibility for 16 practice groups and approximately 150 attorneys. In 2013, Chris became a member of the firm's Executive Committee, a three member entity that governs the day-to-day operations of the firm, and now serves as the Chairman of the Executive Committee. Chris also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors since being elected to the position in January, 2014.

Since joining Marshall Dennehey in 1991, Chris has developed an extensive defense practice in a wide range of litigation areas: professional liability, construction litigation and product liability. His aptitude for managing people and legal practices led to his leadership roles on the top governing bodies of the firm.

Chris graduated with honors from the United States Naval Academy in 1978 and received his juris doctor from Stetson University College of Law in 1985, graduating magna cum laude.

From 1978 to 1991, Chris served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps. From 1991 to 2004, he served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and retired in the grade of Colonel. During this time, among other responsibilities, Chris served as a General Courts-Martial certified Military Judge.

Classes/Seminars Taught

National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), Faculty, Philadelphia, 2010

Preventing Legal Malpractice Claims and Ethics Complaints in Your Law Practice, Union League, Philadelphia, October 2010

Multistate Update on Insurance Agent and Brokers' Errors and Omissions Liability and Risk Management Issues, Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., Seattle, WA, September 2010

Preventing Legal Malpractice Claims and Ethics Complaints in Your Law Practice, Union League, Philadelphia, October 2009

National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), Faculty, Philadelphia, 2008

MDWCG Trial Advocacy Program, Chairman, 2003 - Present

Product Liability Defenses, Insurance Institute of Philadelphia, 1998

Trial Evidence, Instructor, Coastal Carolina College, 1987

Past Employment Positions

•U.S. Marine Corps (active duty), 1978 - 1991

•U.S. Marine Corps, Air Support Control Officer, 1979 - 1982

•U.S. Marine Corps, Judge Advocate, 1985 - 1991

•U.S. Marine Corps, Navy Marine Corps Trial Judiciary, Military Judge, 1997 - 2002

Honors & Awards

•American Bar Association Young Military Lawyer's Award, Toronto, Canada, 1988
•Meritorious Service Medals for Legal Achievement, 1988, 1991
•Legion of Merit, 2005
•AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
•Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2007-2009, 2014-2018

Year Joined Organization: 1991

News

Marshall Dennehey Named a 2019 Best Law Firm in Multiple Practice Areas by U.S. News - Best Lawyers -- Firm's Appellate Practice is ranked both nationally and regionally for the first time
November 1, 2018
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin has been named a 2019 Best Law Firm in multiple practice areas, both nationally and across numerous regions of the country, by U.S. News - Best Lawyers . Additionally, the firm's Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group was ranked both...

A New Year, A New Era of Leadership at Marshall Dennehey: Thomas A Brophy Steps Down After 13 Years at the Helm; G. Mark Thompson is Firm's New President & CEO
January 16, 2018
Thomas A. Brophy, President and Chief Executive Officer, member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Executive Committee at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, stepped down from those roles on January 1, 2018 and Executive Committee member G. Mark Thompson became the firm's new...

Marshall Dennehey Selected a 2018 Best Law Firm in Multiple Practice Areas by U.S. News - Best Lawyers
November 1, 2017
Marshall Dennehey has been selected a 2018 Best Law Firm in multiple practice areas, both nationally and across numerous regions of the country. The rankings, which are presented in Tiers, are compiled annually by U.S. News - Best Lawyers and recognize firms for professional excellence and...

Seventy-One Attorneys Selected to the 2017 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers & Rising Stars Lists
May 12, 2017
Seventy-one attorneys from the Pennsylvania offices of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin have been selected to the 2017 edition of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine. Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas...

Marshall Dennehey Partners With International Law Firms to Launch Insurance Law Global Network
March 30, 2017
Four law firms from across Europe and North America have launched a new multi-jurisdiction legal network to provide a global service to insurance clients. The Insurance Law Global (ILG) network is made up of founding law firms from the UK, Spain, Canada and the USA. The firms will collaborate on a...

Marshall Dennehey Selected a 2017 Best Law Firm in Multiple Practice Areas By U.S. News - Best Lawyers
November 1, 2016
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin has been selected a 2017 Best Law Firm in multiple practice areas, both nationally and across numerous regions of the country. The rankings, which are presented in tiers, are compiled annually by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, and...

Marshall Dennehey Launches New Bankruptcy Litigation Practice Group
January 5, 2016
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin announced today the launch of a Bankruptcy Litigation Practice Group within the firm's Professional Liability Department. Attorneys in the practice group will counsel and defend clients in all aspects of bankruptcy-related litigation and protect the...

Marshall Dennehey's Chairman and COO Retires; Peter S. Miller's Departure Ushers in New Era of Leadership
July 2, 2014
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin announced today the June 30th retirement of Peter S. Miller, longtime Chief Operating Officer, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee member, Director of the Workers' Compensation Department, and Managing Attorney of the Philadelphia...

Marshall Dennehey Announces New Leadership of Professional Liability Department
June 25, 2013
Marshall Dennehey announced today that shareholders Christopher E. Dougherty and Eric A. Fitzgerald have been named Director and Assistant Director, respectively, of the firm's Professional Liability Department. The official leadership changes come following the retirement of longtime shareholder,...

Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin Elects Board of Directors
December 19, 2012
December 2012 - Philadelphia, PA - The Executive Committee of the defense litigation firm Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin (MDWC&G) is pleased to announce that Robin Snyder, Esq. was elected as a member of the firm's board of directors as well as senior vice president at the annual...

Publications

Message from the Executive Committee
Defense Digest Article • March 1, 2019
Defense Digest, Vol. 25, No. 1, March 2019 By Christopher E. Dougherty, Esq. Chairman, Executive Committee “Never be too big to do the small things that need to be done.” Having crossed over the New Year threshold, and similar to..., Defense Digest, Vol. 25, No. 1, March 2019. 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 provide legal...

Legal Updates for Insurance Agents & Brokers - February 2019
Law Alerts • February 6, 2019
Edited by Timothy G. Ventura, Esq. A Continuing Controversy Under Pennsylvania Law: Does the Economic Loss Doctrine Preclude Negligence Claims Against an Insurance Agent or Broker? By G. Jay Habas, Esquire Insurance errors and omissions..., 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...

Legal Updates for Insurance Agents & Brokers - January 2019
Law Alerts • January 10, 2019
edited by Timothy G. Ventura, Esq. Defense Verdict for Insurance Agency and Owner in Professional Negligence Case By Christopher J. Conrad, Esquire We successfully defended an independent insurance agency and its owner against claims of..., 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...

Legal Updates for Insurance Agents & Brokers - December 2018
Law Alerts • December 11, 2018
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Courthouse - An Agent Jumped Into the Suit By David W. Henry, Esquire It is not uncommon for insurance agent errors and omissions claims to be asserted while there is pending coverage litigation. As..., 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...

Legal Updates for Insurance Agents & Brokers - October/November 2018
Law Alerts • November 1, 2018
Edited by Timothy G. Ventura, Esq. THE NEED FOR CLARITY IN COUNSELING CUSTOMERS By Danielle M. Vugrinovich, Esq.* In Feist v. Andes, 2018 Pa. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 3052; 2018 WL 3980905 (Pa. Super. August 21, 2018)(unpublished), the Pennsylvania..., DUTIES OWED TO POLICYHOLDERS IN NEW JERSEY By Dante C. Rohre, Esq. Under New Jersey law, insurance producers-including brokers and agents-owe a fiduciary duty of care to their policyholder clients that “gives rise to a duty owed..., 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...

Talkin' 'Bout Their Generation -- Don't Believe the Hype
Articles • September 30, 2018

Legal Updates for Insurance Agents & Brokers - September 2018
Law Alerts • September 24, 2018
Edited by Timothy G. Ventura, Esq. Pennsylvania Imposes Additional Requirements on Insurance Agents and Companies Regarding the Sale or Replacement of Annuities By James A. McGovern, Esquire On June 28, 2018, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf..., 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...

On The Pulse...Culturally Speaking
Defense Digest Article • September 4, 2018
Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 3, September 2018 By Christopher E. Dougherty, Esq.* This is the third piece in a series discussing the positive culture of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. As I have previously noted, I try to share..., Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 3, September 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 provide...

Legal Updates for Insurance Agents & Brokers - August 2018
Law Alerts • August 21, 2018
Edited by Timothy G. Ventura, Esq. Just Because An Expert Says It, Doesn’t Make It So By Lawrence Berg, Esquire New Jersey courts have generally recognized that in the ordinary negligence/malpractice case against an insurance..., 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...

Legal Updates for Insurance Agents & Brokers - July 2018
Law Alerts • July 6, 2018
Edited by Timothy G. Ventura, Esq. A Primer on Insurance Agents and Brokers Liability in Maryland By Christopher J. Conrad, Esquire Courts in Maryland have long held that an independent insurance broker (or agent) is viewed as an agent of..., 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...

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Professional Liability
  • Construction Litigation
  • Products Liability
  • E & O Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Agents & Brokers Liability

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(215) 575-2733  Phone
(215) 575-0856  Fax
www.marshalldennehey.com
University Attended:
United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, B.S., with honors, 1978
Law School Attended:
Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg, Florida, J.D., magna cum laude, 1985
Year of First Admission:
1986
Admission:
1988, U.S District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania; 2002, U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania; 1988, Pennsylvania; 1986, Florida
Memberships:

Associations & Memberships

•American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
•American Bar Association (Lawyers Professional Liability Consortium)
•Defense Research Institute
•Florida Bar Association
•International Association of Defense Counsel
•Pennsylvania Bar Association
•Pennsylvania Defense Institute
•Philadelphia Bar Association

Reported Cases:
Significant Representative Matters: Defended manufacturer of pepper spray in federal court in a product liability/police excessive force suit for wrongful death. Motion for summary judgment obtained.; Defended suit against an attorney wherein it was alleged the attorney improperly prosecuted the underlying action resulting in no recovery. Proved at trial that client attorney's tactical decisions were sound and judicious and underlying result not attributable to attorney neglect.; Defended suburban Philadelphia Economic Area Development Corporation in a breach of contract suit brought by land developer to recover $15 million in lost economic opportunities. Tried to verdict with $18,000 recovery only.; Defending for over 17 years the manufacturer, designer and distributor of automobiles, ATVs, motorcycles and varied powered equipment in wrongful death, personal injury and breach of warranty actions.; Defended manufacturer of carbon monoxide detector in wrongful death suit. Settled for nuisance value.; Defended construction manager of major Philadelphia construction project at which worker fell off ladder to concrete two floors below. Settlement made with no money paid by our client.; Coordinate pleadings and discovery for manufacturer of medical-surgical devices in national litigation.; Tried a breach of contract case for a utilities contractor versus Penn Dot, and prevailed, recovering in excess of $500,000.; Tried a breach of contract/indemnity action for a construction manager versus one of its sub-contractors and prevailed in recovering in excess of $750,000.; Representative Cases: Smith v. Honda, 846 F.Supp. 1217 (M.D. Pa. 1994); Weiner v. Honda, 718 A.2d 305 (Pa. Super. 1998); Price v. Brown, 680 A.2d 1149 (Pa. 1996); Kukowski v. Homesburg S.C., 739 A.2d 597 (Pa. Super. 1999); Published Works: Talkin' 'Bout Their Generation -- Don't Believe the Hype, The Pennsylvania Lawyer, September/October 2018; Shifting Indemnity to Sub-Contractor For Negligence of Owner Or General Contractor: Perry/Ruzzi Doctrine Is Alive And Well In Pennsylvania, Defense Digest, Vol. 11, No. 2, June 2005 and Pennsylvania Defense Institute, January 2006; Pennsylvania Superior Court Limits Use Of Frye When Seeking To Exclude Expert Scientific Evidence, Defense Digest, Vol. 9, No. 4, December 2003; Plaintiff's Conduct May Be Admissible In A Products Liability Suit-It Depends On What You Call It, Civil Litigation Update, Vol. 7, No. 1, Winter 2002 and Pennsylvania Bar Association's Civil Litigation Section Newsletter, Winter 2002 and Defense Digest, Vol. 7, No. 3, June 2001; Hold Onto Your Defense Evidence If You Want To Move For A Non-Suit, Defense Digest, Vol. 5, No. 6, December 1999; Acura Integra Coupe Is Not Intended For Truckin', Pennsylvania Law Weekly, August 9, 1999; Defense Digest, Vol. 5, No. 1, February 1999
ISLN:
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