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Christopher M. McDonald

Partner

E cmcdonald@wfbm.com
T (714) 634-2522
| F (714) 634-0686

Overview

Christopher M. McDonald regularly appears in both state court and federal court where he litigates environmental, products liability, toxic tort, food-borne illness, premises liability, commercial and general liability matters that involve personal injury, wrongful death, property damage and medical monitoring claims. He has successfully represented product manufacturers and distributors, national retailers, property owners and managers, contractors, and independent business owners in both individual lawsuits and multi-party complex actions involving claims of occupational exposure to toxic materials and products.

Chris works closely with clients to develop and execute strategies to avoid litigation when possible and to efficiently manage and favorably resolve matters if they proceed to litigation. He also regularly advises clients on Medicare-related issues.

Chris is currently representing a large regional grocery store chain in managing a docket of over 35 active premises liability and ADA cases, including 12 that are set for trial in 2017. Chris works closely with the Director of Risk Management, the General Liability Manager and the third-party administrator claims representatives to provide analysis and cost-effective resolutions in each matter. Although the client continues to expand in the region, due to coordinated efforts between the client and our office to implement new and improved policies and procedures, the number of cases the client is being named in has stabilized.

Representative Successes
  • Various Plaintiffs v. Regional Grocery Store Chain – Oversee and manage numerous litigation matters for a regional grocery store chain, resulting in the favorable resolution of multiple slip and fall and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) claims.
  • Mitchell v. Homedics-USA, Inc. – Successfully secured a defense verdict in favor of the client, Homedics-USA, Inc.
  • Favorable resolution of claim brought by adult and minor plaintiffs against nationwide retailer who alleged national retailer sold spoiled pre-packaged food.
  • Dismissal of numerous product manufacturers and distributors in multiple personal injury and wrongful death occupational exposure actions alleging exposure to benzene and other toxic chemicals.
  • Favorable resolution of claim brought by numerous plaintiffs against food catering company who claimed said company was in the stream of commerce of contaminated lettuce.
  • Dismissal of defendant supplier of raw materials (metals) at pleading stage in personal injury occupational exposure lawsuit, based on the application of the Component Part Doctrine, which was upheld on appeal.
  • Summary judgment granted in favor of successor-in-interest to injured plaintiff’s father’s former employer in a para-occupational asbestos claim based on argument that plaintiffs sued the wrong entity.
Industry Involvement

Professional Affiliations:

  • Orange County Bar Association
  • University of California Los Angeles Alumni Association
  • Phi Alpha Delta, Professional Law Fraternity
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance

Speaking Engagements:

  • “Listeria or Hysteria: Investigating and Defending Food-Borne Illness Claims”
  • “Hot Topics in Tort Litigation”
  • “Medicare Secondary Payer Liability: What You Need to Know for Handling Third-Party Claims in Asbestos and Toxic Tort Litigation”
  • “Diesel Fumes,” HarrisMartin’s New Industrial Toxins Litigation Conference
  • “Insurance Bad Faith Litigation”
  • “California’s Sophisticated User Defense: The Duty to Warn”
  • “Genetic Biomarkers: Plaintiffs’ Shortcut to Verdict?”
Beyond the Office

Chris was born and raised in Southern California. When away from the office, he enjoys spending time with his daughter and supporting his UCLA Bruins.

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