Christopher B. Block

Christopher B. Block: Attorney with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.

Biography

Christopher Block actively defends matters in jurisdictions throughout New Jersey and New York. His practice includes matters involving premises liability, product liability, amusements, sports and recreation, construction accidents, automobile, condominium/community association law and dram shop/liquor liability. Chris defends professional malpractice matters brought against lawyers, real estate professionals, insurance agents and brokers, appraisers, architects and engineers. He also has also defended a wide range of employment matters including the defense of gender and race claims. Chris works with a variety of clients from individuals to small business people to medium sized and large insurance companies.

In his career, Chris has defended product liability lawsuits brought against one of the nation's largest crane manufactures and freezer manufacturers. His representation extends to some the nation's largest insurance companies as well as a large brokerage firm.

Chris received his juris doctor from Widener University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Pittsburgh. He is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York.

Classes/Seminars Taught

Defending Real Estate Agents, Title Agents and Home Inspectors, PLDF Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, October, 2018

Expert Witnesses - Using New Jersey Court Rules To Your Advantage, National Business Institute, Newark, NJ, November 2015

Top Ten Ways to Keep Your PL Claims Professional Happy , PLDF Annual Conference and CLE/CEU Presentation, Washington, DC, September, 2014

Ethical Claim Negotiations, CEU Institute, Parsippany, NJ, January 2014

Primer on Claims and Risk Management Issues for Real Estate Agents and Home Inspectors, PLDF Annual Conference and CLE/CEU Presentation, Chicago, IL, October 2013

Liabilities and Obligations for Real Estate Professionals, Lorman Education Services, September 2012

Year Joined Organization: 2012

Publications

• Playing Outside: NJ Landowners' Liability Act Protects Personal Injury Defendants, New Jersey Law Journal, September 18, 2014

News

Marshall Dennehey Announces New Shareholders and Special Counsel
January 4, 2016
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin is pleased to announce that 14 attorneys were elected shareholders of the firm at the annual shareholders' meeting held December 8 in Philadelphia. The new shareholders, listed by office, are as follows. Philadelphia, PA: Jason W. Bialker, member of...

Christopher Block Elected Chair of Real Estate Committee at Professional Liability Defense Federation
January 8, 2014
Christopher B. Block, special counsel in the Roseland office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, has been elected Chair of the Real Estate Committee of the Professional Liability Defense Federation (PLDF). Founded in 2007, the PLDF is a national, not-for-profit organization for...

Publication

Playing Outside: N.J. Landowners’ Liability Act Protects PI Defendants
Articles • September 18, 2014

Major Victories

Rock Climbing Liability Waiver Found Enforceable.
Apr 11, 2019
We obtained summary judgment on behalf of a rock climbing center. ?The plaintiff, a certified climber, was injured when she fell from a 25-foot rock-climbing wall at our client's facility. After reaching the summit of the wall, she pushed off to...

NY Supreme Court Sides With Defense in Home Inspection Case
Jun 8, 2015
Obtained summary judgment in the Supreme Court of Westchester County, New York, on behalf of our client, a home inspection company. The case involved claims for negligent home inspection, gross negligence and fraud as a result of the plaintiffs...

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Premises Liability - Defense
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • General Liability
  • Amusements, Sports and Recreation Liability
  • Liquor Liability / Dram Shop
  • Insurance Agents & Brokers Liability

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(973) 618-4176  Phone
(973) 618-0685  Fax
www.marshalldennehey.com
University Attended:
University of Pittsburgh, B.S., 1993
Law School Attended:
Widener University School of Law, J.D., 1996
Year of First Admission:
1996
Admission:
U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey; 2007, New York; 1996, New Jersey
Memberships:

Associations & Memberships

•American Bar Association
•Essex County Bar Association
•New Jersey Bar Association
•New York Bar Association
•Professional Liability Defense Federation (PLDF), Director of Membership Development

Reported Cases:
Significant Representative Matters: Obtained a summary judgment on behalf of our client. The plaintiff was injured when she fell from a 25-foot rock-climbing wall at our client's facility. After reaching the summit of the wall, plaintiff, a certified climber, pushed off to begin repelling down, only to realize that she forgot to connect to the auto-belay system. She proceeded to fall to the ground and fractured both ankles for which she underwent open reduction internal fixation surgery. Plaintiff had previously visited the client's facility approximately 35 times and had executed a liability waiver on each occasion, including the date of the accident. We moved for summary judgment to dismiss plaintiff's Complaint based on the fact that the liability waiver was enforceable. Plaintiff argued that the liability waiver was only enforceable as to her claims of ordinary negligence and that the issue of whether the defendant was grossly negligent was a triable issue of fact. However, we successfully argued that no reasonable jury could find that the client was grossly negligent based on the client's testimony of the safety procedures, protocols and equipment in place at the rock-climbing gym. Accordingly, the Court granted our motion for summary judgment dismissing plaintiff's Complaint, in its entirety, against the client.; Successfully defended the manufacturer of a manlift in a wrongful death product liability claim where the plaintiff, the lift operator, was crushed in the lift.; Obtained a dismissal in a legal malpractice claim in federal district court of New York where fraud and damages in excess of $8 million dollars were alleged.; Represented a national broker dealer in a New York Labor law claim where serious multiple bodily injuries were alleged. All claims were favorably resolved.; Negotiated stipulation of dismissal with prejudice without any monetary contribution in favor of large national crane company sued in a wrongful death matter. Plaintiff's widow claimed the crane malfunctioned causing a fatality.; Successfully resolved a claim against a real estate agent for failure to disclose a known conflict during dual representation including allegations of consumer fraud and forgery.
ISLN:
913256464

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