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Career Biography

Christopher G. Mavros focuses his practice on complex civil litigation, both locally and throughout the United States.  He routinely handles a wide array of catastrophic injury cases from inception through trial, primarily in the areas of construction, products liability, transportation and premises liability.  Chris is familiar with a broad range of companies of different sizes and specialties.  He has represented a variety of companies in complex litigation, including the automotive, heavy equipment and insurance industries, in both state and federal courts.
 
Chris’ prior experience includes working as national and regional trial counsel for Ford Motor Company and American Honda Motor Co., Inc. on rollover cases and other complex product liability matters.  Chris provided successful litigation defense in this capacity, ranging from crashworthiness claims to defective airbag, fuel system and brake system claims.
 
Chris also worked for several years as at a well-respected civil defense firm in Philadelphia, where he acted as one of the lead attorneys of a National Coordinating Counsel team for a national insurance company’s Crane and Heavy Machinery Program.  In this role, Chris defended crane, heavy equipment and construction companies nationwide by initially responding to the accident and assisting in the investigation, then defending the case through trial.  Chris attributes much of his success and expertise in defending heavy equipment and crane companies to the fact that he has been certified in mobile crane operation and safety since 2007.
 
Chris’ experience also includes litigating advanced product failure claims involving a broad range of products, such as automobiles, medical devices and industrial equipment.  These cases include large scale fires, crashworthiness claims and gas line explosions.  With an extensive background in product failure cases, Chris has considerable knowledge of fire, electrical and mechanical engineering issues.
 
Chris was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2012 - 2016, as well as a New Jersey Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2012, a distinction reserved for only the top 2.5 percent of attorneys 40 and younger. 

 

Representative Matters

RECENT RESULTS
 
Wrongful death, product liability.  Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.  A catastrophic residential fire resulted in a death as well as injuries to multiple Plaintiffs in this product liability action, where it was alleged a space heater caused the fire.  In defending the company that allegedly manufactured and distributed the space heater, it was established that the heater was not made by defendants and even if it was, it did not cause the fire.  Summary judgment was granted in favor of defendants, dismissing the client from the case, with prejudice. 

Settlement after jury selection.  Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.  After jury selection, Plaintiff accepted a significantly reduced offer of settlement.  The initial demand for settlement was $100,000,000.  Plaintiff was a professional harness racer who fell during a race at a local track.  Plaintiff suffered a TBI which caused him to be a limited functional quadriplegic.  The case settled shortly after decisions on Motions in Limine were decided and after defense counsel successfully convinced the trial judge to bifurcate the trial on liability and damages.  Lead Plaintiff counsel was highly respected trial attorney Robert Mongeluzzi.

Catastrophic injury.  Plaintiff suffered a workplace fall from a height of over 30 feet, resulting in a TBI that caused him to be a limited function quadriplegic.  The demand for settlement was $50,000,000.  Plaintiff accepted a significantly reduced offer of settlement just prior to trial. 

Catastrophic Injury.  Plaintiff suffered severe injuries to his arm that nearly required amputation for an accident involving the operation of a forklift at a logistics center.  Plaintiff’s demand for settlement was $4,000,000, but accepted a significantly reduced offer prior to trial within the primary limits of liability favorable for the Defendant.

TRANSPORTATION
 
Catastrophic injury.  Successfully obtained emergency relief from Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to stay major jury trial set to begin the next day relating to case involving a single vehicle accident resulting in the driver of a commercial vehicle being ejected from the vehicle and suffering quadriplegia.  Argued the trial must be stayed because of a pending collateral appeal issue on whether his client was entitled to civil immunity under the exclusivity provision of the  Pennsylvania Worker’s Compensation Act.  
 
Serious injury.  Plaintiff alleged partial disability and permanent injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accident with a tractor trailer.  Obtained a defense verdict after jury trial in Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas by establishing that the driving actions of Plaintiff were the sole cause of the accident.  
 
Multiple catastrophic and serious injuries.  Directed the successful defense of a school bus accident that involved over eighty claimants demanding a combined total amount in excess of $20,000,000 in damages, which received national media attention.
 
Serious injury.  Plaintiff alleged permanent and serious injuries allegedly caused by the negligent operation of a paratransit vehicle.  The case was dismissed during trial based on the trial judge’s rulings of Defendant’s motions for a directed verdict.
 
Wrongful death.  A toddler was fatally injured when she walked in front of a moving commercial vehicle. The demand before trial was $4,000,000; settled favorably for the Defendant within the primary limits of liability before trial.
 
Serious injury.  Plaintiff alleged permanent and serious injuries after being struck by a limousine while riding a bicycle.  The demand before trial was $1,250,000; settled after a jury was selected for a nominal amount based on rulings of pre-trial motions in favor of Defendant.  
 
CONSTRUCTION
 
Wrongful death action.  Decedent was operating a motorcycle near a construction site, contacting construction material which caused him to be thrown from the seat and suffer fatal injuries.  Obtained dismissal of client from the action before trial.
 
Serious injury.  Plaintiff alleged serious and permanent injuries when she walked through a water system restoration project.  Obtained defense verdict at binding arbitration.
 
Catastrophic injury.  Plaintiff alleged brain injuries and total disability as a result of falling from section of a crane.  The demand before trial was $12,000,000; settled favorably for the Defendant within the primary limits of liability after one week of trial.
 
Wrongful death action.  Decedent was fatally injured during the hoisting of a large tree by a crane.  Pre-suit demand was $8,000,000; settled at mediation favorably for the Defendant within the primary limits of liability before trial.
 
Catastrophic injury.  Plaintiff alleged brain injuries when a mobile crane struck her in the head during transport on a public road.  The demand before trial was $5,000,000; settled for $100,000 at the pre-trial conference.  
 
Catastrophic injury.  Plaintiff alleged brain injuries as a result of an explosion at a hydrofracturing site.  The demand before trial was $7,500,000; settled favorably for the Defendant within the primary limits of liability at the pre-trial conference.  
 
PREMISES LIABILITY
 
Wrongful death.  Decedent was fatally injured when a boat she was in went over drop off adjacent to power plant. Obtained dismissal of client prior to trial.  
 
Catastrophic injury.  Plaintiff alleged brain injuries and total disability when she tripped and fell at a medical facility.  After limiting the opinions and findings of Plaintiff’s liability expert through a pre-trial motion and oral argument, ultimately secured a mistrial with an award of full defense costs after two weeks of trial.  
 
PRODUCTS LIABILITY
 
Catastrophic injury.  Two workers were injured at a hydrofracturing site while using a water pump, suffering extensive burn injuries.  The demand before trial was $17,500,000 for both Plaintiffs; settled after the pre-trial conference for a nominal amount.
 
Catastrophic injury.  Plaintiff was injured while operating a tree stump grinder, resulting in the partial amputation of one of his legs.  The demand before trial was $7,500,000; settled just prior to jury selection favorably for the Defendant within the primary limits of liability.  
 
Catastrophic injury.  Plaintiff was injured at a saw mill, resulting in partial loss of function and disfigurement to one of his legs.  The demand before trial was $8,000,000; settled at mediation favorably for the Defendant within the primary limits of liability.  
 
PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS
 
2018 National Business Institute’s Live CLE Seminar, ‘Damages in Personal Injury’

2018 National Business Institute’s Live CLE Seminar, "Guns, Marijuana, Opioids and Alcoholic Beverages"

2018 National Business Institute’s Live CLE Seminar, ‘Building Your Civil Litigation Skills’

2018 National Business Institute’s Live CLE National Teleconference, ‘Gun Injury and Firearm Accident Cases’

2018 National Business Institute’s Live CLE Seminar, 'Auto Injuries: Advanced Litigation Strategies 
 
2018 National Business Institute’s Live CLE Seminar,'Gun Law in Pennsylvania - Regulatory and Liability Concerns for Firearms Manufacturers, Sellers and Owners'
 
2017 Presented to a National Claims Service Provider, 'Current State of Crane Litigation
 
2016 Article: 'ALERT: The Changing Landscape of Crane Accident Litigation' 

 

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CERTIFICATIONS
 
2004 Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Arbitrator
 
2013 Judge Pro Tempore, First Judicial District
 
Crane Institute of America 
Certified in mobile crane operation and safety, June 2007
 
2014 Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS)/ABOTA National Trial Academy 

Christopher G. Mavros

Shareholder; Chair - Product Liability Defense Department
P: 267.765.0349
F: 267.765.0346
cgmavros@zarwin.com
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Office:
Philadelphia, PA

PRACTICE AREAS
Construction Site Accident Liability
Premises and Habitational Liability
Products Liability
Trucking & Transportation
 
BAR ADMISSIONS
Pennsylvania
New Jersey
 
COURT ADMISSIONS
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Multiple case by case Pro Hac Vice admissions in Delaware, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Georgia, South Carolina, Maryland, Indiana, Illinois, Virginia and Alabama
 
EDUCATION
B.A., University of California at Santa Barbara (1999)
J.D., Villanova University School of Law (2002)
 
MEMBERSHIPS
American Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Philadelphia Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
 
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