Christopher C. Negrete

Partner

Office: Philadelphia

Direct: 215-461-3304

Fax: 215-461-3311

cnegrete@nullohaganmeyer.com

  • Professional Overview

    Chris defends licensed professionals, including skilled nursing facilities, architects and engineers, and insurance professionals against allegations that they breached their professional standards of care.  His extensive litigation and transactional experiences include defending private and governmental entities in employment and civil rights matters; businesses in commercial disputes; design professionals and contractors in construction defect litigation;  and designers, manufacturers and retailers against product liability law suits.  Chris advises insurance companies in disputes regarding the extent and scope of the coverages afforded by their policies.

    Chris has a particular affinity for the challenges and lasting impact of appellate work.  On behalf of his clients, he has obtained numerous favorable decisions from federal and state appellate courts, including:

    • Affirming that a J-1 visa sponsor is not an insurer of the safety of adult participants in the U.S. State Department’s Summer Work & Travel Program;
    • Granting a new trial where the trial judge refused to permit the introduction of evidence establishing the liability of a settling co-defendant;
    • Reversing a lower court’s decision that struck an intermediate care facility’s objections to discovery based upon the Pennsylvania Peer Review Protection Act;
    • Affirming that a developer may not subvert the appeal provisions of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code by asserting claims for breach of contract and promissory estoppel; and
    • Affirming that federal courts lack subject matter jurisdiction over challenges to state and local taxes where state courts supply an adequate remedy, and holding that Pennsylvania courts provide such a remedy.

    Chris also understands the importance of minimizing his clients’ exposure to litigation through strong contract language. He has negotiated and drafted numerous business agreements including shareholder agreements, employment agreements, operating agreements, stock and asset purchase agreements, finance leases, and agreements for the sale of real estate.

     
  • Practice Areas
  • Education and Admissions

    Education

    Chris graduated, magna cum laude, from the University of Tennessee in 1996 with a BA in economics and political science.  While at UT, he was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.  In 2000, he earned his Juris Doctor from the Villanova University School of Law.  During law school, Chris had the privilege of working as a judicial extern for The Honorable Jacob P. Hart, United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

    Admissions

    • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
    • United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

    States Licensed

    • Pennsylvania
  • Professional Organization Memberships
    • Pennsylvania Bar Association
    • Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Bar Association
    • Philadelphia Bar Association
    • Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel
  • News, Honors, Publications & Speeches

    Professional

     

    • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
    • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2018, 2019, 2020
    • Top Attorneys, Philadelphia Magazine, 2018, 2019, 2020
    • Top Rated Lawyers, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2015, 2020
    • America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators (PA), 2019, 2020
    • The Order of Barristers, inducted May 1997

    Military

     

    • Bronze Star Medal, awarded in Baghdad, Iraq, February 2004
    • Meritorious Service Medal, awarded in Heidelberg, Germany, June 2005
    • NATO Commanding General’s Commendation, awarded in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, April 2005
    • U.S. Army Commendation Medal, awarded in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, April 2005

     

    Representative Cases

    • In re: USA Gymnastics, Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division (arising from sexual abuse of athletes)
    • Haberle v. Borough of Nazareth, et al., 885 F.3d 170, 2018 WL 1386431 (3rd Cir. 2018) (involving police officers’ obligations to accommodate disabilities while making lawful arrests)
    • Dolfman v. Cedar Fair et al., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, No. 15-2695 (May 4, 2016) (involving legal causation and the accidental death of a foreign exchange student)
    • RHJ Medical Center, Inc. v. City of Dubois, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, No. 12-3641 (April 24, 2014) (involving the placement of a methadone clinic in a city business district)
    • In Re Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware (litigation in several state and federal courts involving decades of alleged sexual abuse
    • Hedges v. Musco, et al., 204 F.3d 109 (3rd Cir. 2000) (affirming summary dismissal of Fourth Amendment claims based on alleged intrusive search of a 14-year old high school student that included the testing of bodily fluids)
    • Damiani v. Township of Bensalem, et al, 2012 WL 1657920 (E.D. Pa. 2012) (defense verdict in case of alleged excessive force while taking a suspect into custody)
    • Monger v. Upper Leacock Township, 132 A.3d 585 (Pa. Cmwlth. Ct. 2016) (summary dismissal of case involving alleged detrimental reliance on representations by township manager during site plan application)
    • Otto v. George Smith Towing, PA Court of Common Pleas for Philadelphia County, February 2017 Term, No. 4317 (class action against towing company)
    • School District of Philadelphia vs. several architecture firms, PA Court of Common Pleas for Philadelphia County, 2013 (where public school district brought lawsuits long after design work and construction was completed on school buildings implicating the doctrine of nullum tempus occurrit regi)
    • Yakal-Kremski v. Denville Township Board of Education, 329 N.J. Super. 567, 748 A.2d 642 (NJ App. Div. 2000) (enforcing limits on recoverable expert witness fees)

    Publications and Lectures

    • DRI Medicare Secondary Payer Act: Proposed Rule on Civil Money Penalties presented to national audience April 2020
    • The Interrogators’ Guide to Depositions, Investigations, and Discovery: What Civil Trial Attorneys Can Learn from the World’s Best Interrogators (Archway Publishing 2018) (lectures to Temple University Beasley School of Law honors program 2019, 2020)
    • What Judge and Lawyers Can Learn from the World’s Best Interrogators, Philadelphia Bar Association Bench-Bar Conference, October 2019
    • DRI Medicare Secondary Payer Act Case Law Update 2018 presented to national audience, May 2018
    • DRI Medicare Secondary Payer Act Case Law Update 2017 presented to national audience, April 2017
    • DRI Medicare Secondary Payer Act Hot Topics presented to national audience, November 2015
    • DRI Medicare Secondary Payer Act Case Law Update 2014 presented to national audience, November 2014
    • DRI Medicare Secondary Payer Act Case Law Update 2012 presented to national audience, September 2012
    • Medicare Secondary Payer Act Update: Tackling the Most Common Obstacles to Settlements, March 2011
    • Medicare Secondary Payer Act Issues in Chinese Drywall Litigation, 2010 East Region Construction Defect and Insurance Coverage Conference, Boca Raton, FL June 2-4, 2010
    • Practitioner’s Guide to the Medicare Secondary Payer Act, an overview of Medicare set-aside arrangements and Medicare Secondary Payer reports, February 2009
    • Settler Beware: Navigating the Amendment to the Medicare Secondary Payer Act, DRI committee newsletter, 2009
    • Congress Provides Additional Breaks to Military Members and Families under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, March 2007
    • The Continuing Evolution of USERRA (Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act), The Job Description (DRI Employment Law Committee newsletter), Fall 2007
    • Military Issues in Civil Litigation, Pennsylvania Defense Institute Continuing Legal Education, March 4, 2006
    • Strategic Use of the Motion to Dismiss and Preliminary Objections, Pennsylvania Defense Institute Continuing Legal Education, May 17, 2007
    • Supreme Court Clarifies Triggering Event for Title VII Pay Discrimination Claims, The Voice (Defense Research Institute newsletter) June 13, 2007
    • Supreme Court Expands Pool of Retaliation Plaintiffs in Federal Courts, March 2007
    • Welcoming Home the Service Member Employee: A Primer on the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, June 2007
    • Observations from Behind the Wall in Iraq, International Human Rights Lecture, University of Pennsylvania School of Law, April 3, 2006