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Christopher C. Dahl

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Christopher C. Dahl concentrates his practice on general litigation, particularly with respect to business, financial and construction matters.

Featured Experience

Defended, as a member of a multi-attorney trial team, an international engineering firm from design-defect claims brought by a municipality alleging more than $65 million in compensatory and punitive damages.

Obtained partial summary judgment on Miller Act bond claim on behalf of a general contractor and surety.

Successfully briefed and argued appeal in personal injury case to the Maryland Court of Appeals, resulting in the leading opinion on the interpretation of Section 14-410 of the Maryland Health Occupations Article, a Maryland statute concerning the admissibility of a medical expert witness's licensing disciplinary history.

Professional Biography

Overview

Mr. Dahl handles general litigation, particularly with respect to business, financial and construction matters.

Mr. Dahl has represented a wide range of businesses and individuals in complex civil litigation matters, including commercial disputes, disputes among shareholders, and personal injury and wrongful death cases. He also has extensive experience in defending municipalities and their officers — particularly law enforcement officers — from civil rights claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, state constitutional law, and tort law. In this area, Mr. Dahl has developed a strong track record of resolving cases early and favorably by dispositive pretrial motion or negotiated dismissal, but has also taken such cases to trial by jury.

In the construction arena, Mr. Dahl represents owners, general contractors and subcontractors before state and federal courts, and before arbitration panels, in contract disputes, payment disputes and construction defect cases.

Mr. Dahl also represents health care professionals in administrative licensing matters and disciplinary actions, particularly before the Maryland Board of Physicians. Mr. Dahl helps his clients to negotiate resolutions with their licensing boards or, if necessary, defends them in administrative hearings.

Mr. Dahl has been honored as an outstanding litigator by Maryland Super Lawyers, which named him a Maryland Rising Star in its 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 editions.

Representative Matters
  • Construction Litigation

  • Defended, as a member of a multi-attorney trial team, an international engineering firm from design-defect claims brought by a municipality alleging more than $65 million in compensatory and punitive damages.

  • Obtained partial summary judgment on Miller Act bond claim on behalf of a general contractor and surety.

  • Secured, in favor of a Maryland general contractor, a judgment against a defaulting subcontractor and its principal, in advance of trial based on the subcontractor's inadequate participation in civil discovery.

  • General and Commercial Litigation

  • Successfully briefed and argued appeal in personal injury case to the Maryland Court of Appeals, resulting in the leading opinion on the interpretation of Section 14-410 of the Maryland Health Occupations Article, a Maryland statute concerning the admissibility of a medical expert witness's licensing disciplinary history.

  • Obtained dismissal of claims, upheld on appeal, brought against a Maryland physician accused of failing to disclose a pending civil claim to the purchaser of the physician's medical practice.

  • Defended a Maryland physician, as second-chair trial counsel, in a hotly contested eight-day administrative hearing brought by the Maryland Board of Physicians, resulting in a dismissal of all charges against the client.

  • Municipal Liability Defense

  • Obtained summary judgment for a police officer alleged to have improperly pursued and tackled a suspect.

  • Obtained summary judgment for a police officer alleged to have injured a Baltimore resident during the 2015 uprising in Baltimore City, Maryland.

  • Secured a voluntary dismissal, following discovery, in favor of a police officer alleged to have wrongfully arrested a journalist during the 2015 uprising in Baltimore City, Maryland.

  • Obtained a partial victory, following a jury trial in Baltimore City, Maryland, in defense of two police officers involved in the nonfatal shooting and tasing of a motorist during a traffic stop.

  • Obtained dismissal, before trial, of five police officers and one crime lab analyst alleged to have conspired to frame a suspect for murder; obtained dismissal of a sixth officer following the close of the plaintiff's case before a federal jury.

Professional Honors & Activities

Community Services

  • The Children's Guild
    • Board of Directors, Past Member
    • Strategic Planning and Assessment Committee

Honoraries

  • Listed as a Maryland Rising Star in Maryland Super Lawyers, Business Litigation (2015); General Litigation (2016 – 2020)

Industries

Education

  • University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 2010, summa cum laude
    • Order of the Coif
    • Maryland Law Review, Executive Symposium/Articles Editor, 2009 – 2010; Staff, 2008 – 2009
    • Moot Court Board
    • 2010 Roger Howell Achievement Award
    • 2010 John L. Thomas Prize
    • 2010 University of Maryland School of Law Litigation and Advocacy Award
    • 2009 Judge Simon E. Sobeloff Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Constitutional Law
  • College of William and Mary, B.A., 2001

Admissions

  • Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. Tax Court

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