Christopher L. Goodman

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Christopher Goodman is a partner at Anderson, Helgen, Davis & Cefalu, concentrating his practice in the areas of:

  • Personal Injury
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Products Liability
  • Toxic Torts
  • Business Litigation
  • Employment Law

Chris is an experienced litigator with a proven track records of success. He has represented product manufacturers, insurance companies, and Minnesota businesses.  Chris has successfully litigated a wide variety of cases, including:

Insurance Coverage:

  • In 2014, Chris secured over $1 million for an insurance company in a coverage dispute involving multiple insurers’ breach of their duty to defend a common insured. The dispute arose out of a multi-million dollar construction defect claim.
  • In 2013, Chris prevailed on a motion for summary judgment which dismissed a first-party insurance claim brought by a homeowner who alleged mold and water damage resulting from a broken pipe. Syfko v. Encompass Indemnity Co., No. 12-314, 2013 WL 4409430, (D.Minn., July 31, 2013).

Product Liability:

  • Summary judgment in a multi-million dollar product defect claim involving a quadriplegic. The client had been sued by the defective product manufacturer. Lenzen v. Garon Products, Inc., No. 09-CV-2893, 2011 WL 5177713 (D.Minn., October 31, 2011).
  • Summary judgment for a major motor vehicle manufacturer whose products allegedly caused the plaintiff to develop mesothelioma.
  • Secured dismissal of all claims against a Minnesota business for alleged release of asbestos in plaintiffs’ home; plaintiffs paid our client to accept voluntary dismissal in lieu of hearing on our motion for summary judgment.

Business Litigation:

  • Summary judgment for clean energy provider (wind power) in breach of contract dispute resulting in a judgment in excess of $125,000.
  • Successful resolution of claims seeking delinquent contributions and employer withdrawal liability owed funds under Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, 29 U.S.C. § 1001, et seq.
  • Summary judgment dismissing all claims against Defendant Burnet Realty LLC, including violation of the Interstate Land Sales Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1703, and various statutory and common law claims arising out of a real estate transaction. Streambend Properties III, LLC v. Sexton Lofts, LLC, No. 10-4745, 2012 WL 38338 (D.Minn., January 8, 2012).
  • Summary judgment dismissing all claims against Defendant Burnet Realty LLC, including violation of the Interstate Land Sales Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1703, and various statutory and common law claims arising out of a real estate transaction. Streambend Properties II, LLC v. Ivy Tower Minneapolis, LLC, No. 10-4257, 2011 WL 839390, (D.Minn., March 7, 2011).

Bar Admissions:

  • Minnesota, 1998
  • California, 2007
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas, 2009
  • North Dakota, 2010
  • Wisconsin, 2010

Education:

  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1998, J.D.
  • Hamline University , 1995, summa cum laude, B.A. Political Science and Philosophy

Honors and Awards:

  • Minnesota Rising Stars 2005
  • Minnesota Rising Stars 2006
  • Minnesota Rising Stars 2007
  • Minnesota Rising Stars 2008
  • Minnesota Rising Stars 2009
  • Minnesota Rising Stars 2011
  • Minnesota Rising Stars 2013

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute