Christopher M. Corchiarino

As a partner with the firm, Chris represents clients in commercial litigation, construction and design defect claims, professional liability lawsuits, securities arbitrations, professional licensure disciplinary matters, and general litigation matters.  Chris brings to his clients not just his experience resolving complex litigation and pre-suit claims, but also his business judgment developed when he ran several successful small businesses prior to becoming an attorney.

Chris frequently finds solutions to his clients’ intricate problems through creative analytics and his ability to build relationships to influence decision makers inside the courtroom, boardroom, and within the adversary’s organization.  Chris firmly believes that with diligent investigation and understanding of his clients’ concerns and the adversaries’ objections to those issues, he can achieve a win for his client.  Often, these wins are earned without causing his clients to incur the unnecessary expenses associated with trials that many lawyers are too eager to impose on their clients.  However, when those efforts are insufficient to achieve the client’s goals and trial is the only remaining option, he is prepared for that fight.

Chris has been invited to speak about risk management and avoidance and has written about matters pertaining to claim handling strategies, construction law, community associations, real estate development, and protection of the attorney/client privilege.  He is the co-contributing editor of the Maryland chapter of the Tort Law Desk Reference: A Fifty State Compendium (2008 - 2017) and the Maryland section of the JPMA-DRI Summary of Child Product Liability Law for United States and Canada (2013-2015). 

Chris' experience includes litigating and arbitrating claims in a diverse array of legal areas.  A few representative matters handled by Chris are set forth below.

Chris led the defense of a developer in a multi-party construction and design defect claim arising from the development of a 30-floor mixed-use tower containing a condominium, office building, and retail space.  The lawsuit asserted claims for breach of implied warranties under Titles 10 and 11 of the Maryland Condominium Act, negligence, negligent misrepresentation, breach of expressed warranty, Maryland Consumer Protection Act, breach of contract, among others.  Mr. Corchiarino navigated the various parties, the multiple direct claims, cross-claims, third-party claims, and counter-claims to bring about a resolution for his clients.

Chris represented an accounting firm on an issue of first impression accounting malpractice claim regarding application of state law to built-in gains tax during the conversion of a C corporation to S corporation.

Chris represented an accounting and consulting firm sued under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) by a former employee of their client.  The matter presented an issue of first impression on the proper test in the Fourth Circuit for defining “employer” under the FMLA.   After extensive briefing, a federal judge applied the “economic reality” test, adopting Mr. Corchiarino argument and entering a judgment in favor of the accounting firm client.

In the financial services section, Chris has represented broker/dealers, registered representatives, insurance salesmen, stock brokers, banks, commercial lenders, loan servicers, automotive finance companies, and trust noteholders in myriad claims, including breach of contract, Fair Credit Reporting Act (15 U.S.C. § 1681), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. § 1692 –1692p), Maryland Consumer Debt Collection Act, and Maryland Mortgage Fraud Protection Act.

Chris was part of a team that represented one of the defendants in a significant litigation arising from the 2009 collision of two WMATA trains that killed 9 and injured approximately 80 others; the deadliest accident in the system's history.  As part of the team, Chris led the effort to develop expert witnesses to shape the client’s defense. 

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Professional Associations

  • The Defense Research Institute
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar Association 

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Significant Reported Cases

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  • Ayres v. Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC, 129 F. Supp. 3d 249 (D. Md. 2015)
  • Wilson v. Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC, 561 F. App'x 253 (4th Cir. 2014)
  • Lancaster v. Fox, 72 F. Supp. 3d 319 (D.D.C. 2014)
  • Burson v. Capps, 440 Md. 328 (2014)
  • Edwards v. Ocwen Loan Servicing, 24 F.Supp.3d 21 (D.D.C. 2014)
  • Liebman v. Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, et al., 15 F.Supp.3d 49 (D.D.C. 2014)
  • Robinson v. Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, et al., 932 F.Supp.2d 95 (D.D.C. 2013)
  • Figueroa v. Deutsche Bank Nat. Tr. Co., 548 F. App'x 85 (4th Cir. 2013)
  • Phillips v. Wells Fargo Bank, 547 F. App'x 217 (4th Cir. 2013)
  • Tabrizi v. MBH Settlement Grp., LC, 539 F. App'x 129 (4th Cir. 2013)
  • Vance, et al. v CHF International, et al., 914 F.Supp.2d 669 (D.Md. 2012)
  • Craighead v. Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp., 425 Fed. App. 197 (4th Cir. 2011)
  • Poblete v. Goldberg, 680 F. Supp. 2nd 18 (D.D.C. 2009)
  • Poblete v. Indymac Bank, 57 F. Supp. 86 (D.D.C. 2009)
  • Haak Motors LLC v. Arangio, 670 F. Supp. 2nd 430 (D.Md. 2009)
  • Parson, Brinckerhoff, Quade, & Douglas, Inc. v. Palmetto Bridge Constructors, 647 F. Supp. 2nd, 587 (D.Md. 2009) 

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