LEGAL UPDATES FROM CHRISTOPER BOYLE, ESQ.

Christopher provides legal counsel to municipalities, police departments and private employers. He handles claims involving civil rights, municipal liability, and employment law and their attendant litigation. As a former state-certified instructor, Chris is also a nationally recognized law enforcement expert, frequently called upon to deliver seminars and other training to municipalities, police departments and insurers on a variety of topics including risk management, police pursuits, search and seizure, racial profiling, the Americans with Disabilities Act, hiring practices, Pennsylvania's Right to Know Act and police shootings.

Chris graduated with a B.B.A. from Temple University in 1989. Following graduation, he worked for the Philadelphia Police Department for 16 years, holding positions as a patrol officer, detective, narcotics officer, instructor at the Philadelphia Police Academy and Department Advocate. He was a certified instructor for municipal police officers in both academic areas and emergency vehicle operations, and served as a member of the Curriculum Committee on the Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Committee. He was twice decorated by the Department for meritorious service and attained the rank of Lieutenant before his retirement.

As part of his practice, Chris routinely reviews police policies and procedures regarding pursuits, search and seizure, the use of force and other law enforcement topics. A contributing editor to The BULLETIN, the quarterly publication of the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, he is frequently called upon to present seminars and training to law enforcement and insurance professionals on topics from liability and defenses, to racial profiling and in-custody deaths. His expertise has also been utilized by numerous clients to review incident-specific information and police response, even prior to the initiation of a suit. These post-incident critiques are utilized both to identify training and policy needs, and in preparation for potential litigation.

He attended Temple University School of Law in the evening while working full time for the Police Department, graduating in 2004. While at Temple Law, Chris served as a staff editor and eventually as editor-in-chief of the Temple Environmental Law and Technology Journal. He is a two-time recipient of the Barrister's Award for Trial Advocacy and won the Golden Prize at graduation for outstanding research and writing. Chris joined Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin in May of 2005 as an associate in the King of Prussia office, and has been a Shareholder in the Professional Liability Department since 2013.