MenuClose
Christopher Scott D'Angelo
Philadelphia Office

1735 Market Street
21st Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103-7505

P: 215-772-7397
F: 215-772-7620

New York Office

437 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022

P: 212-551-1931
F: 212-551-1939

Biography

Christopher Scott D’Angelo is co-chair of Montgomery McCracken’s Business Disputes and Products Liability practice and chair of the firm’s International practice. His practice emphasizes litigation and preventive counseling in the fields of business and business torts, intellectual property, class actions, products liability and construction, including in his role as national counsel for several major U.S. clients and his representation of foreign concerns in the United States and United States concerns abroad, as well as litigation and other matters in the probate courts.

Christopher serves as national counsel for several multinational and domestic companies regarding business and products liability litigation and regional counsel for a multinational insurance company for products liability and other litigation. His representative clients range from Fortune 50 companies to nascent or well-established privately held companies, based in the United States and abroad. The industries in which Christopher has experience range from medical devices and pharmaceuticals, to chemicals, manufacturing and industrial equipment, automotive and other vehicles, railroad equipment, computers, construction (builders, architects and manufacturers of tools, machinery, building systems and building materials), shipbuilding, transportation, robotics and other electronics, amusements and sporting goods, children’s products, food and food supplements and consumer and household products.

Christopher is working with the EU Commission and members of the European Parliament with regard to proposals for collective redress in Europe, and has been involved in the reform of Brussels I.

Selected Publications

  • Quoted, “Where 5 Top MDLs Stand At The End Of 2017,” Law360, December 21, 2017
  • Contributing Author, “Defense Counsel Training Manual,” International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), 2016
  • Co-authored “The International Collapse of OW Bunker,” DRI’s For The Defense, April 2016
  • Authored “It’s All About the Culture . . . and Committing the Resources to Protect It and Yourself,” Pharmaceutical Compliance Monitor, January 5, 2015
  • Co-authored “France and Belgium Adopt Class Actions Spring 2014,” IADC Newsletter, June 2014
  • Quoted, “Ex-L.A. Mayor and Governor Wannabe Villaraigosa Joins Embattled Herbalife,” AllGov.com, September 9, 2013
  • Quoted, “Herbalife Safety Issue Draws Scrutiny,” New York Times, August 13, 2013
  • Editor and contributing author, “Multi-National Survey on Legal Privilege,” International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), 2014
  • Contributing author, “The Attorney-Client Privilege in Civil Litigation, Fifth Edition,” American Bar Association, 2012
  • Contributing author, “International Product Law Manual,” Kluwer Law International, The Netherlands, 2010
  • Contributing author, “DRI Fifty-State Compendium on Enforceability of Non-Compete Agreements,” Defense Research Institute (DRI), 2009
  • Contributing author, “The Attorney-Client Privilege in Civil Litigation, Fourth Edition,” American Bar Association, 2008
  • Contributing author, “Il Contenzioso di Massa in Italia, in Europa e nel Mondo” (“Mass Litigation in Italy, Europe and the World”), Guiffre Editore, Stati Uniti d’America (Class Actions in the United States of America), Italy, 2008
  • Contributing author, “Multinational Survey on Legal Privilege,” IADC, 2007
  • Contributing author, “Awards of Attorney Fees to “Prevailing Parties” in Trademark Cases: Both Sword and Shield for Defendants,” Compendium on Defending Intellectual Property Claims, DRI, 2006
  • Contributing author, “Multi-National and Multi-State Extraordinary Damages Survey,” IADC, 2006
  • Contributing author, “The Scope and Use of the Attorney-Client Privilege in the U.S. and Its Applicability to Communications at Home and Abroad, 73 Defense Counsel Journal 343 (IADC), 2006
  • Contributing author, “Issues Management in the Global Economy: Creating and Managing Documents, 65 Defense Counsel Journal 494 (IADC), 1998
  • Contributing author, “Effect of Compliance or Noncompliance with Applicable Governmental Product Safety Regulations on a Determination of Product Defect,” 36 So. Tex L. Rev. 453, 1995
  • Contributing author, “The Economic Loss Doctrine: Saving Contract Warranty Law from Drowning in a Sea of Torts,” 26 U. Toledo L. Rev. 591, 1995

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “The Potential Reach of U.S. Sanctions on Asian Affiliates,” Fall 2017 Asia Meeting of the International Association of Defense Counsel, Hong Kong, China, October 2017
  • Speaker, “U.S. experience, exposures and prognosis in pollution and asbestos claims,” Spring Technical Meeting of the International Alliance of Asbestos & Pollution Reinsurers (IntAP), Munich, Germany, June 2017
  • Speaker and Moderator, “Data Privacy – No More Safe Harbour: Cross-Border Discovery and Compliance with Data Protection Laws,” International Corporate Counsel College, Brussels, Belgium, October 2016
  • Speaker, “U.S. experience, exposures and prognosis in pollution and asbestos claims,” Spring Technical Meeting of the International Alliance of Asbestos & Pollution Reinsurers (IntAP), Munich, Germany, June 2016
  • Speaker, “Class Actions in Europe: 2015 Update and the Road Ahead,” American Bar Association Section of Litigation Roundtable, February 2016
  • Speaker and Moderator, “EU Private Actions Reforms & UK (Collective) Damages Claims – a whole new world?” International Corporate Counsel College, Vienna, Austria, October 2015
  • Speaker, “What the European Union Is Doing with Collective Redress or Class Actions,” 12th National Conference on Class Actions of the Barreau du Québec, March 26-27, 2015
  • Speaker,”Information Governance,” International Corporate Counsel College, November 13-14, 2014
  • Speaker, “Power Over Me? Personal Jurisdiction, Forum Non Conveniens and Choice of Law Issues That Arise in International Business Disputes ,” IADC’s 94th Annual Meeting, July 2014
  • Moderator and speaker, “Coordinating Litigation Efforts Across Borders: Analyzing Product Liability Trends Outside the U.S. and the Impact on U.S.-Based Litigation,” American Conference Institute’s 18th Annual Drug and Medical Device Litigation Forum, December 2013
  •  Moderator and speaker, “Handling Mass Torts and Multiple Claims Through Mediation or Other Forms of ADR,” International Corporate Counsel College, IADC, Paris, France, November 2013
  • President of session, “Collective and Other Forms of Multiple/Mass Actions: How Far Are We in the EU Member States and the EU and How Far Do We Want to Go? Alternative Ways to Deal with Multiple or Mass Claims?” IADC European Meeting, Brussels, Belgium, May 2012
  • Speaker, “Rainmaking Seminar – Practice Development: Marketing and Client Service Strategies for the Civil Defense Lawyer,” DRI Conference, March 2012
  • Speaker, “Class Actions: From “International” Class Actions in America to Collective Redress Mechanisms in Europe. The Latest Developments on the Front,” International Corporate Counsel College, International Association of Defense Counsel, Paris, France, October 2011
  • Moderator and speaker, “The Current State of the Attorney-Client Privilege and the Work Product Doctrine, and Its Effect on In-House Counsel,” Corporate Counsel Symposium, Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, September 2011
  • Speaker, “The International Anti-Corruption Legislation: A Comparative Overview of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, UK Bribery Act and Similar Continental European Legislations,” IADC, European Meeting, Milan, Italy, May 2011
  • Moderator and speaker, “Is Privacy Still an Issue in Today’s World?” IADC, 2011 Mid-Year Conference, February 2011
  • Moderator and Speaker, “Ethics: The Erosion of the Attorney-Client Privilege and the Work Product Doctrine, and Its Effect On In-House Counsel,” Corporate Counsel Symposium, Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), September 2010
  • Moderator, “The Latest Trends in Europe…and Implications for the U.S.,” IADC Annual Meeting, Barcelona, Spain, July 2010
  • Speaker, “Collective Redress/Class Action in the European Union: Collective Redress and Class Action – Unequal Brothers or Twins?, Report on the Hearing of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe on Collective Redress, and What did Go Wrong with a Well-meant Idea in the U.S.?,” IADC European Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, May 2009
  • Speaker, “Proposals for Collective Redress in Europe,” Product Liability Advisory Council, Spring Conference, April 2009
  • Speaker, “Proposals for Collective Redress in Europe,” IADC European Conference, Munich, Germany, December 2008
  • Speaker, “Class Actions in the United States,” Toronto Conference, May 2007
  • Speaker and moderator, “Rome Convention I and the Proposals for a New Regulation of the European Parliament and Council,” IADC European Conference, Vienna, Austria, 2006
  • Speaker and moderator, “International Comparative Analysis of Punitive and Exemplary Damages,” IADC Annual Conference, 2006
  • Speaker, “Recent Developments in Breach of Fiduciary Duty Law,” IADC Mid-Year Conference, 2006
  • Speaker, “Comparative Examination of the Legal Privilege in Australasia, Europe and the U.S.,” IADC Mid-Year Conference, 2006
  • Speaker and moderator, “Product Safety – the U.S. and European Governmental Product Safety Regulations and Standards,” Joint International Conference on U.S. and European Perspectives on Product Liability Issues, Employment, Discrimination and Harassment Issues, Directors and Officers Liability, and Insurance and Reinsurance, Barcelona, Spain, May 2004
  • Moderator, “Client Relationship Management: Improving the In-house/Outside Counsel Relationship,” IADC Annual Conference, 2004
  • Speaker, “The U.S.A. Patriot Act: Fact or Fiction – An Overview of Concerns,” IADC, 2003
  • Moderator, “If You Think the Patriot Act Doesn’t Apply to You, You’re Wrong! Find Out Why,” IADC Annual Conference, 2003
  • Moderator, “Law and the Media in the Bad Publicity Case,” IADC Annual Conference, 2002
  • Speaker, “Multinational Jurisdictional and Procedural Issues Created by the Worldwide Web: Litigation in a World Without Boundaries,” DRI Techno-Torts Conference, April 2002
  • Speaker, “An Overview of Damages and The Compensation Scheme in Products Liability Actions in the United States,” DRI Second International Product Liability Conference: The Globalization of Products Liability, Brussels, Belgium, June 2001
  • Speaker, “Hot Topics in Products Liability – the New Restatement in Pennsylvania,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI) Seminars, December 2001
  • Speaker, “Caught in the Web – Liabilities and Litigation From Commercial Use of the Internet,” IADC Annual Conference, 1998

Community Involvement

Active in community affairs, Christopher serves on the Board of Directors of Citizens Diplomacy International of Philadelphia, a public/private partnership with the U.S. Department of State and the City of Philadelphia, and previously served as a trustee of The Episcopal Academy in Merion, Pa., and as a member of the Executive Committee and the Finance Committee of its board of trustees, as president of its Alumni Society and as chairman of its Annual Giving Fund. He also has served on the Vestry of The Church of the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr, Pa.; as an officer and board member of the International Visitors Center, the Philadelphia Art Alliance and the English-Speaking Union; and has led or assisted in fundraising for the Academy of Natural Sciences, The Athenaeum and The United States Ski Team. He was a founding member and chairman of the Jefferson Scholars Program, Philadelphia Region, of the University of Virginia.

Additionally, Christopher is a member of the World Affairs Council, The Athenaeum, International Visitors Center, Philadelphia Club, Merion Cricket Club, The Assemblies, Penn Club and the IVth Street Club.

Honors & Awards

  • Listed in Private Client Global Elite 2017, Guide to the World’s Leading Product Liability Lawyers, The International Who’s Who of Commercial Lawyers, The International Who’s Who of Product Liability Lawyers, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in American Law
  • Awarded the Product Liability Advisory Council’s Distinguished Service Award
  • Awarded the ABA Section of Litigation, Product Liability Committee Leadership Award

Professional Activities & Achievements

  • American Law Institute (ALI)
    • Participated in the creation of the Restatement (Third) of Torts: Products Liability and of the Restatement of Apportionment
    • Member of the ALI’s Members Consultative Groups on the Restatement Third, Information Privacy Principles; Restatement of Torts: Liability for Economic Harm; Restatement Third, Torts: Intentional Torts to Persons; Principles of the Law of Liability Insurance; Restatement Third, The U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration; Restatement Third, Law of Consumer Contracts; and was a Member of the Members Consultative Groups for earlier ALI projects, Intellectual Property: Principles Governing Jurisdiction, Choice of Law and Judgments in Transnational Disputes; Principles of the Law of Aggregate Litigation; Principles of the Law of Software Contracts and Restatement of Trusts, and on Article 2 (Sales) of the Uniform Commercial Code Restatement of Torts: General Principles
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
    • Advisory Committee and faculty of the International Corporate Counsel College, having also served as its director for the 2012 ICCC
    • Served on the IADC’s board of directors and as faculty of the Corporate Counsel College, faculty of the Trial Academy, chair of the Business Litigation Committee and vice chair of the International Committee
  • Product Liability Advisory Council
    • Strategic Planning Committee
    • Bylaws Committee
    • Served as a member of the Executive Committee (board of directors)
  • Defense Research Institute
    • Served on the Steering Committee for the Second and Third Joint International Conferences, as co-chair of the European Corporate Outreach Committee and as chair of the International Law Committee
  • International Bar Association
    • Class Action Working Group
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
    • Steering Committee and faculty, Corporate Counsel Symposium
    • Vice chair and faculty, Deposition Boot Camp
  • Sports & Fitness Industry Association – Legal Task Force
  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel

Academic Achievements

Christopher received his B.A. with distinction, and with Honors in History (1975) and J.D. (1976) from the University of Virginia. As an undergraduate, he was a co-founder of The Declaration, a newsweekly; held several offices in Sigma Phi Society; was on the business staff of The Cavalier Daily; and was a member of The Virginia Players. In law school he served as counsel to the University’s Honor and Judiciary Committees.