Attorneys

Experience

Chris Jordan is a litigator with a broad range of experience at the trial and appellate level. Chris maintains an active business litigation practice based primarily in coastal Georgia and Atlanta. From local small businesses to global companies, Chris regularly represents clients involved in real estate litigation, fiduciary disputes, and a wide range of business torts and corporate matters.

For much of his career, Chris has also defended some of the country’s largest railroads in toxic tort, product liability, and other personal injury cases in state and federal courts throughout the Southeast. Chris has experience in matters involving allegations of occupational exposure to asbestos, diesel exhaust, and other potential carcinogens; crossing accident fatalities; and a wide array of personal injury claims brought by railroad employees under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act.

Many of Chris’s transportation matters involve asserting or opposing Daubert challenges across a wide spectrum of complex medical and scientific disciplines. Chris has also represented transportation clients in appellate courts in Alabama, Tennessee, Maryland, and Georgia and has served as amicus counsel on matters of interest to the railroad industry. Chris is a frequent speaker to groups across the country on issues involving toxic torts and transportation law.

Chris grew up in Glynn County and is an active member of the community. He currently serves on the board of the STAR Foundation, a nonprofit organization offering financial, technological, and life skills training to adults seeking sustainable employment.

Representative Engagements

  • Favorable trial verdict in lease dispute on behalf of municipal housing authority.
  • Favorable settlement of construction defect lawsuit on behalf of international insurance syndicate.
  • Favorable settlement on behalf of national custodial services company in contractual dispute with Atlanta-area county government.
  • Favorable resolution of non-party document subpoena served on national health care provider in multi-million dollar False Claims Act action in federal court.
  • Successfully obtained federal court dismissal of all claims against Class I railroad in case involving a pedestrian fatality crossing accident.
  • Successfully obtained dismissal on behalf of Class I railroad of employee’s claim alleging multiple work-induced repetitive stress injuries.
  • Favorable settlement of Alabama state court action brought by deceased railroad employee’s estate alleging decedent’s lung cancer was caused by occupational exposure to asbestos.
  • Favorable settlement following successful Daubert challenge in Tennessee state court to medical causation testimony of estate’s pathology and toxicology experts in suit brought by former employee’s estate alleging mesothelioma caused by occupational exposure to asbestos.
  • Favorable settlement during trial in Baltimore, Maryland of lawsuit brought by living railroad employee alleging mesothelioma caused by steam-era exposure to asbestos at railroad.
  • Successfully obtained dismissals or favorable settlements in approximately 350 cases from federal multi-district litigation for asbestos (MDL 875), all remanded simultaneously for trial.
  • Obtained favorable language regarding scope of railroad’s duty to non-employees from Alabama Supreme Court. 23 So. 3d 625, 635 (Ala. 2009) (Murdock, J., concurring).
  • Successfully defended before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals a jury verdict in favor of railroad in living employee’s mesothelioma lawsuit.
  • Member of defense team that obtained summary reversal by U.S. Supreme Court of adverse opinion of Tennessee Court of Appeals in railroad’s appeal of jury verdict in employee lawsuit alleging injuries due to workplace exposure to chemical solvents and asbestos. CSX Transp. v. Hensley, 556 U.S. 838 (2009).
  • Successfully moved for new trial following multi-million dollar adverse jury verdict in deceased former employee’s lawsuit alleging lung cancer caused by occupational exposure to radiation, diesel exhaust fumes, and asbestos; during retrial, successfully moved to exclude expert opinion testimony of estate’s radiation physicist, toxicologist, industrial hygienist, and treating physician, and thereafter obtained summary judgment; rev’d on appeal by 467 S.W.3d 413 (2015).

Recognition

Martindale-Hubbell: AV Rated

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Best Lawyers in America: Railroad Law, 2018-2019

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Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star: Business Litigation, Transportation/Maritime; 2013-2018

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.


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Publications & Presentations

News

23 HunterMaclean Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that 23 attorneys from the firm were recently selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019. Best Lawyers is an annual publication that recognizes attorneys for outstanding achievements in their area of practice.

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Fourth Annual Savannah Logistics Lunch Focuses on Managing More for the Future

The Savannah Logistics Lunch was held on Friday, July 20th at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center. This year’s event included a keynote panel discussion on Managing More for the Future.

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Eighteen HunterMaclean Attorneys Recognized as 2018 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

HunterMaclean was recently honored with the selection of thirteen HunterMaclean attorneys as 2018 Georgia Super Lawyers and five attorneys as 2018 Rising Stars.

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Elegant Island Living: Celebrating 15 Years in Brunswick

HunterMaclean’s Brunswick office opened 15 years ago. Elegant Island Living sits down with the Brunswick attorneys for a reflective Q&A about this important milestone.

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23 HunterMaclean Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that 23 attorneys from the firm were recently selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018. Best Lawyers recognizes attorneys for significant achievements in their area of practice.

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Thirteen HunterMaclean Attorneys Recognized as 2017 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

HunterMaclean was recently honored with the selection of eight HunterMaclean attorneys as 2017 Georgia Super Lawyers and five attorneys as 2017 Rising Stars. Attorneys are selected based upon peer review, professional achievements, and independent research.

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Attorney Christopher R. Jordan Joins HunterMaclean

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that Christopher R. Jordan has recently joined the firm as a partner in the Business Litigation Group. Jordan is an experienced litigator with significant work at both the trial and appellate levels.

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Videos & Podcasts

Videos

Video: Highlights of 2018 Savannah Logistics Lunch

The 2018 Savannah Logistics Lunch was held on Friday, July 20 at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center. Presented by the Center of Innovation for Logistics and HunterMaclean, the fourth annual Savannah Logistics Lunch explored the regional opportunities and challenges of Managing More for the Future: Managing infrastructure, technology, and workforce for more cargo, transparency, and expectations.

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