Chris joined MBM in September of 2023 as an associate in the firm’s litigation department, after working primarily in the fields of insurance defense and property damage litigation since 2003. Prior to that, Chris spent nearly a decade working as a residential contractor on oceanfront and historic homes. He maintains an unrestricted Massachusetts Construction Supervisor’s License, and he has received OSHA Construction Safety training.
Chris represents a variety of clients, including homeowners, building owners, general contractors, and subcontractors. In his representation of individuals, small businesses, and large-scale corporations, he advises in a wide range of matters, including insurance coverage, insurance defense, construction defect and property damage claims, and complex subrogation recovery actions.
Representative matters involve property losses arising from catastrophic events such as fires, floods, explosions, collapse events, chemical misapplications, construction defects, product defects, and various machinery, equipment, and infrastructure breakdowns. Chris has also represented a broad range of clients in commercial disputes and personal matters, including premises liability, product liability, personal injury, medical malpractice, business claims, breach of contract, breach of warranty, and bad faith causes of action, as well as suits arising out of material misrepresentations in applications for insurance, and pre-suit SIU investigations.
At MBM, Chris will continue to focus his practice on a variety of litigation matters.
- ▪ University of Massachusetts, B.A. (Magna Cum Laude 2002)
- ▪ Suffolk University Law School, J.D. (Dean’s List 2007)
- ▪ Massachusetts (2007)
- ▪ U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts (2009)
- ▪ U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont (2010)
- ▪ National Association of Subrogation Professionals
- ▪ Super Lawyers Rising Star 2013-2017
- ▪ Super Lawyer 2022-2023
- ▪ Settlement of a six-figure payment dispute in favor of the client contractor and an automobile dealer following the erection of a large steel building.
- ▪ Substantial seven-figure subrogation settlement in a matter that involved a public utility which did not adhere to its published safety procedures, resulting in a large commercial building fire.
- ▪ Substantial seven-figure subrogation settlement of a claim involving a defective product supplied to a snack food manufacturer that caught fire and damaged the manufacturing facility and its operations.
- ▪ Settlement of a seven-figure subrogation lawsuit involving a cornice that detached from a historic downtown Boston building due to an engineering folly during reroofing efforts.
- ▪ Settlement of direct claims by client homeowners against a public utility that did not properly inspect of maintain its supply infrastructure, despite published protocols, resulting in a fire that caused significant damage to an acre of property that included the mature trees of the client homeowner.
- ▪ The cooperative resolution with municipal officials of a complex six-figure civil dispute in a south shore community that involved a contractor and property owner and allegations of unauthorized fill material being deposited in and adjacent to protected wetland.
- ▪ Defense verdict in the Superior Court following a four-day trial involving a tradesman (client) retained by homeowners presenting a six-figure demand that were acting as general contractor under the Homeowners License Exemption to the Massachusetts Building Code, and who were held to be responsible for the means and methods of construction and the coordination and scheduling of trades.
- ▪ Successful representation of the Petitioner in a partition action to force the sale of a Newburyport home owned by tenants in common.
- ▪ The resolution via summary judgment of a wrongful death matter involving a pedestrian fatality that occurred on a municipal sidewalk adjacent to the client’s condominium property.
- ▪ The resolution via summary judgment of a claim against the client subcontractor in property damage lawsuit alleged to be caused by defective workmanship.
- ▪ Summary Judgment for client subcontractor in a personal injury action arising from an alleged defect in the installation of a commercial door with a mechanical closing device, where claims arising from the installation of the door and door closing device by the client was barred by the six-year statute of repose.
- ▪ Obtaining a dismissal of all third-party claims against a property owner who had submitted a first party insurance claim that was later sued by the negligent contractor that was the target of the insurer’s subrogation action relating to an environmental spill.
- ▪ Secured the settlement of a property damage claim on behalf of the owner of a historic home that was struck by an out-of-control motor vehicle, resulting in significant structural damage, where the defendant alleged a “sudden medical emergency” that was undermined after a court order for medical records showed pre-existing medical condition had been concealed.