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:
- 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).
- 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.
- 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).
- 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
- 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