Christine A. Knipper Partner

     

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Christine Knipper is a go-to resource for clients faced with high-stakes cases, whether professional liability, complex tort, wrongful death or other high-exposure matters. Christine’s ability to connect and communicate with all players in the legal arena makes her a formidable advocate and has earned her the respect of clients, colleagues and adversaries alike. In addition to her legal skills, Christine’s business acumen enables her to handle difficult and sensitive matters with the utmost decorum, judgment and skill. 

With a focus on risk identification and litigation management, Christine defends complex and high-exposure matters, with an emphasis on product liability, mainly in the life sciences categories, as well as general and professional liability matters. She has represented foreign and domestic clients across a wide range of industries before state and federal courts. 

Christine manages litigation from inception through resolution. She has substantial trial experience and, as an essential member of a number of trial teams, has obtained voluntary agreements for dismissal of actions that failed to establish a basis for the claims following service of dispositive motions, investigation or discovery. She also has moved successfully for summary judgment or dismissal in a multitude of cases.

Areas of Focus

Product Liability/Life Sciences
Product liability cases rarely are limited to one court or jurisdiction, and Christine is keenly aware of the national and often international implications of these cases. The scale of potential liability is vast, and her experience involves a range of products, including medical devices and mechanical and electrical products. Christine often works with integrated teams, marshaling those resources required to properly advise clients and to mount vigorous defenses for their products. This shared knowledge ensures a coordinated, cost-effective approach, whether a claim arises out of a product’s design, manufacture or marketing. 

Professional Liability
Christine has represented attorneys, design professionals and accountants, among others, in cases alleging professional malpractice. She is well versed in the unique aspects of malpractice defenses and works closely with her clients to achieve a positive and workable outcome. Christine has successfully obtained the early dismissal of legal malpractice and other professional liability actions, via summary judgment or otherwise. 

Complex Tort & General Casualty
Christine has represented clients in all types of casualty and general liability matters. She has successfully defended them through motions for summary judgment or careful and deliberate targeting of early resolution as dictated by the circumstances of the case. She assists her clients in mitigating and managing exposure through claims and litigation management and is well versed in the concepts surrounding extra-contractual damages. Christine regularly handles construction matters, wrongful death claims, workplace injuries and catastrophic accidents.

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