Christopher R. Jordan

Partner

455 Sea Island Road
St. Simons Island, GA 31522

Tel 912.262.5996
Fax 912.279.0586

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.


Experience

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).

Community Work

  • Leadership Glynn: 2008
  • STAR Foundation of Coastal Georgia: Board of Directors

Credentials

Education

Vanderbilt University School of Law: J.D., 2003
Duke University: B.S., Political Science, 2000

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Brunswick-Glynn County Bar Association
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel: Executive Committee; Program Committee; Young Attorneys Executive Advisory Board, 2011
  • State Bar of Georgia

Recognition

Best Lawyers in America: Railroad Law, 2018-2023
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Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star: Business Litigation, Transportation/Maritime; 2013-2018
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Martindale-Hubbell: AV Rated
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Licensed In

Georgia

Insights

Presentations

Potential for Exposure from Asbestos-Containing Products
Presented at the Occup. Claims Conference in 2015.

Lowering Medical Damages under the Affordable Care Act
Presented at the NARTC Meeting in 2014.

The Unreliability of B-Reads in Asbestos Litigation
Presented at the Occup. Claims Conference in 2014.

Daubert Challenges to Medical Causation Testimony
Presented at the NARTC Meeting in 2013.

Strict Liability under Federal Railroad Administration Regulations
Presented at the NARTC Meeting in 2012.

Update on Federal Multidistrict Litigation for Asbestos
Presented at the Occup. Claims Conference in 2011.

Video: Highlights of 2018 Savannah Logistics Lunch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXUdqUk7zeQ The Savannah Logistics Lunch, co-presented by the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Center of Innovation for Logistics and HunterMaclean, was held on Friday, July 20th at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center. The…

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