Christopher James Pakuris

Christopher James Pakuris

Office:Philadelphia, PA
Phone:(215) 931-5853
Cell:(215) 480-7141

Christopher James Pakuris represents insurance and private corporate clients in a variety of general and specialized liability matters including transportation, products liability, employment, motor vehicle, liquor liability as well as general property and casualty matters. In addition, Chris has represented commercial airlines and municipal authorities in litigations arising out of bodily injury, security profiling, invasion of privacy, breach of contract and property damage. Chris also represents restaurants, nightclubs and pubs with regard to many issues that arise in operating, acquiring and defending these businesses including, but not limited to, dram shop, employee and patron claims.

Chris frequently serves as a judge pro tem conducting settlement conferences for the Common Pleas Court of Philadelphia and is a past Philadelphia Assistant City Solicitor where he handled police and municipality claims.


  • Suffolk University School of Law (J.D., cum laude)
  • Boston College (B.A./B.S., suma cum laude)


  • AV Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated

Bar Admissions:

  • Pennsylvania
  • Massachusetts

Court Admissions:

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute

Speaking Engagements and Presentations:

  • DRI Annual Auto Law Seminar
  • Pennsylvania Practice - ERAC
  • Spoliation - Cambridge & Progressive
  • Salmonella & Food Born Diseases—Annual Egg Producers Convention
  • Salmonella—Annual Egg Producers Convention
  • Insurance Fraud

Representative Matters:

  • Products – Luggage Conveyor Defense Verdict - Herniated disc and aggravation of seizure disorder when foot caught in luggage conveyor at airport. Nichols v. U.S. Airways
  • Products – Motorcycle Accident – Defense Verdict - Alleged swing arm failure with alleged permanent shoulder, arm and hand injury to a sheriff resulting in loss of employment due to inability to qualify with a firearm. Video re-enactment presented at trial. Morris v. Motor Trike
  • Products – Torn Tarsal Tendon Deminimus Award - Alleged torn tarsal tendon with permanent limp and disability when lid flew off washing machine during spin cycle. Demand at trial $500,000.00 award of $980.00 Emergency Room bill. Mack v. Tiongs Laundry Mat
  • Head Trauma – Permanent Vertigo – Defense Verdict - Plaintiff an orthopedic surgeon alleged permanent vertigo and tenderness as a result of striking his head on a fire suppression pipe he alleged was improperly located with no warning resulting in post-traumatic inability to perform surgery. Defense verdict. Menkowitz v. Central Parking
  • Sex Discrimination Termination – Defense Verdict - Plaintiff alleged she was fired as a bartender because of her sex. Demand at trial $250,000.00. Herzog v. Bump
  • Security – Rape in Nightclub – Defense Verdict - Plaintiff alleged she was raped by a club employee inside the nightclub when she was asked to be taken to the disc jockey. Nightclub employee pled guilty to criminal charges and was incarcerated at the time of trial. Demands prior to trial $650,000.00 offer $125,000.00. Ferry v. Club Pure
  • Security – Assault by Security and False Imprisonment – Defense Verdict - Plaintiff alleged physical and emotional injuries when arrested and placed into custody in a supermarket by private security company. Floyd v. RSI Security
  • Business Interruption – Trucking – Summary Judgment Granted – Appeals to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court - Lost brakes and crashed through a drug rehab hospital causing extensive property damage and inability to use one of four quads allegedly resulting in business interruption loss of $1.2 million dollars. Motion for summary judgment granted for defendant. Plaintiff appealed to the Superior Court and then to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Summary judgment on behalf of defendant upheld. Fire Tree v. BFI Waste Services
  • Delay Damages Denied Relating to Property Damages – Appeal to the PA Supreme Court - Defendant offered to satisfy property damage claim but refused to pay the alleged business loss claim. Plaintiff refused the settlement of the property damage claim, suit filed and delay damages demanded. Defendant filed motion for summary judgment requesting the court to rule that delay damages were not applicable when plaintiff filed a motion for partial summary judgment for the property damage and defendant rather than contesting plaintiff's motion agreed to same. Defendant then refused to pay the delay damages and filed a separate motion for summary judgment alleging that since there was no trial, arbitration or hearing no delay damages were applicable. Lower court agreed. Plaintiff appealed to the Superior Court and then to the Supreme Court which both upheld the lower court's decision. Fire Tree v. BFI Waste Services
  • Motor Vehicle – Pedestrian – Death Defense Verdict - Sixteen-year-old defendant driver struck and killed a 34-year-old mother of a 7-month-old infant at a vertical curve. Allegations of speeding and inattentiveness. Criminal charges also brought. Estate of Calabretta v. Miller
  • Trucking – Intersection – Limited Tort Defense Verdict - Plaintiff broadsided by truck alleged a permanent shoulder and back injuries and herniated disc. Smorey v. Republic Services LLC
  • Trucking – Pedestrian – Triple Amputation – DNA – Dismissal - Pedestrian on limited access divided highway struck by a truck. After two years of discovery with DNA experts defendant dismissed Wilson v. BFI Waste Service
  • Trucking – Debris Strike– Defense Verdict - Plaintiff doctor alleged herniated disc which required surgery plus loss of business as a result of debris falling out of rear of truck and striking his vehicle Brady v. McCusker and Ogborne
  • Trucking – Loading Dock Fall – Defense Verdict - Closed-head injury and loss of all teeth, $250,000.00 demand $125,000.00 offer prior to trial Dailey v. Allied Waste Services.
  • Fall Down – Ice – Fractured Ankle – Alternate Way – Defense Verdict - Plaintiff alleged he fell in a parking lot that had been plowed, defense of alternate way and comparative negligence Lawson v. Enterprise Leasing Company of Philadelphia LLC
  • Fall Down – Pothole Shoulder Injury – Defense Verdict - Plaintiff alleged he fell in a pothole in the parking lot, defense of comparative negligence Marsh v. Enterprise Leasing Company of Philadelphia LLC