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J. Christopher Nosher
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Partner
Maryland - Annapolis Office
One Park Place, Suite 425
Annapolis, MD 21401

Tel:  (443) 263-2800
Fax:  (443) 263-2935
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Chris Nosher is the Managing Partner of Bonner Kiernan’s Annapolis, Maryland office. He is an experienced trial attorney who has taken nearly 100 jury trials to verdict and regularly appears in state and federal courts on behalf of clients.  His practice is devoted to litigation and includes representation of companies across numerous sectors including the transportation, construction, retail, hospitality, utility, media, technology and marine industries.  Chris has a broad range of expertise, with significant experience in defending high-exposure cases, and his clients regularly call upon him to defend complex and catastrophic claims.  He is also called upon to advise companies on a variety of commercial, contract, employment and compliance matters.

A significant part of Chris’ practice is devoted to representing railroads and other transportation companies.  He regularly defends Class I, Short Line and passenger carriers in defense of claims of employee injury under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act as well as claims of traumatic injury by passengers, trespassers and individuals involved in crossing incidents.  He also has extensive experience defending railroads against claims of occupational injury and workplace exposure including cumulative trauma, repetitive stress and occupational disease claims.  His practice includes defense of railroads against whistleblower claims under the Federal Railroad Safety Act (“FRSA”) and other employment actions.  Chris also regularly defends trucking companies, parcel carriers, owner-operators and other motor carriers.  He has experience representing carriers in state and federal court against claims of personal injury as well as defending criminal and traffic charges and alleged violations of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.  He routinely responds on behalf of his transportation clients to incidents in the field and is on call 24/7/365 to assist clients as needs arise.

Prior to entering private practice, Chris gained substantial trial experience serving as an Assistant Commonwealth ‘s Attorney in Richmond, Virginia and Assistant State ’s Attorney in Baltimore, Maryland.  His career as a prosecutor culminated in serving within the Homicide Division of the Baltimore City prosecutor’s office.  As a prosecutor, for nearly a decade he handled all types of criminal cases including high-visibility and capital murder trials, and worked closely with state and federal task forces focused upon the prosecution of violent crime related to the drug trade.  He gained considerable experience in the investigation and prosecution of vehicular homicide cases and also spent a significant amount of time investigating and prosecuting white-collar crime.

Representative Engagements 

Trial counsel for Class I, Short Line and passenger railroads in defense of traumatic injury, occupational disease and wrongful death claims arising under the FELA as well as passenger claims, crossing accidents trespasser incidents. 

Trial counsel for Class I, Short Line and passenger railroads in defense of employment claims brought under the FRSA and Title VII. 

Trial Counsel for the world's largest vertical transportation company for general and products liability claims. 

Trial counsel for one of the world's largest refrigeration and air conditioning companies for general and products liability claims.

Trial counsel for one of the nation's largest mall owners for landlord/tenant and commercial actions.

Trial counsel for regional and national trucking companies, as well as individual Owner-Operators, for personal injury and wrongful death actions as well as FMCSA violations and criminal charges. 

Trial counsel for regional power companies for personal injury, commercial and real estate actions. 

Trial counsel to a large general contractor for construction, commercial and mechanics lien actions.

"Outside General Counsel" to companies without internal law departments, providing counsel on a wide variety of subjects.

Recent successes include:

  • Obtained summary judgment in the US District Court for the District of Maryland, successfully arguing that Plaintiff's failure to employ a necessary expert witness was fatal to her claim. 
  • Obtained dismissal of a plaintiff's malignant mesothelioma claim in the Circuit Court for the City of Baltimore through the use of a preliminary motion to dismiss based upon lack of personal jurisdiction under Daimler and its progeny.
  • Obtained dismissal of a personal injury claim in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland through the use of a preliminary motion to dismiss based upon a novel theory of insufficiency of process under the Maryland Rules of Civil Procedure. 
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a Class I railroad in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland in a claim arising under the FELA, successfully arguing that the plaintiff’s injuries were caused solely by his own negligence. 
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a passenger railroad in the Circuit Court for the City of Baltimore in a claim arising under the FELA, successfully arguing that the plaintiff’s injuries were caused solely by his own negligence.

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Professional & Community Affiliations

  • American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association, General Counsel Committee
  • Anne Arundel County Bar Association
  • Baltimore City Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • Maryland Motor Truck Association
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Transportation Lawyers Association

Other Experience

  • Coastal Conservation Association - Maryland
  • Member, Board of Directors
  • Vice-Chair, Government relations committee
  • Publications
  •  Turning the Tables-  “Sole Cause” Under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act
  • American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association “Legal Tracks” January, 2016

Education

  • T. C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond, J.D.
  • University of Richmond, B.A., History and German Language)

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
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