Chris Regan's practice focuses on complex litigation, jury trials, and appellate work. He has obtained substantial jury verdicts, including multi-million dollar results, in cases of workplace injury, insurance bad faith, trucking wrecks, negligence, wrongful death, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse and professional negligence. Several of his cases have resulted in awards of punitive damages, attorney's fees and litigation sanctions against the defendants. Chris focuses his attention on the worst corporate actors, involved in intentional wrongdoing toward citizens both in and out of the courtroom.
Notable jury verdicts in Chris' cases include Timmons v. American Electric Power, (2011, approximately $7,000,000.00 plus a further $1,700,000.00 in attorney's fees and expenses), Karpacs v. Murthy (2008, $4,000,000.00, plus attorney's fees) and Boggs v. Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital (2006, $6,545,000.00), all tried with Geoff Brown, as well as Meredith v. Heartland of Clarksburg (2002, $50,000,000.00), tried with Jim Bordas. The Boggs award was later increased by approximately $1,400,000.00 through an award of litigation sanctions against Camden-Clark. In 2009, in Brooke County West Virginia, Chris, Geoff Brown and Jamie Bordas selected a jury in the case of Haught v. Weirton Medical Center, and following jury selection, Weirton Medical Center elected to confess judgment in open court for $2,060,000.00 rather than face trial. Crystal Rogerson and David Haught, the clients in that case, later received the Advocate for Justice Award for their determination to obtain a public settlement from the hospital.
Chris' appellate practice has included cases in the Supreme Court of the United States of America, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Ohio, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania and intermediate appellate courts in Ohio. Chris is also involved in Bordas & Bordas' toxic tort, class action, and consumer fraud practice areas, including cases like Palisades v. Shorts and Robinson v. Columbian Chemicals. A path-breaking class action appeal, in Palisades Collections v. Shorts, argued by Chris in 2008, paved the way for state court consumers to use their own state courts for class action counterclaims when they are sued. Another decision that made new law in West Virginia, State ex rel. Richmond American Homes v. Sanders, in which the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals recognized the power of trial judges to default a defendant (declare that defendant the loser of the case) for litigation misconduct, a sanction that was then imposed on Richmond American to benefit Bordas & Bordas' clients.
Chris has also argued frequently before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals in cases such as Richmond, State ex rel. Allstate v. Madden, Boggs v. Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital and State ex rel. Erie Property and Casualty Co. v. Mazzone. As a co-chair of the West Virginia Association for Justice's amicus committee, Chris has authored amicus curiae briefs for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals on behalf of consumer protection organizations in cases like Riggs v. WVU Hospital, Brown v. Genesis Health Care and MacDonald v. City Hospital. The Brown case, decided in 2011, allowed victims of nursing home abuse to retain their jury trial rights in the face of industry attempts to force victims into secret arbitration. The WVAJ brief was favorably cited in the opinion of the Court.
One of Chris' most notable cases that transcended new legal developments or large monetary awards resolved in 2004: the decision in Mary Jo Stefanakis v. Office of Personnel Management resulted in a life-saving allogeneic bone marrow transplant being given to a Pittsburgh cancer victim. Chris represented Mrs. Stefanakis and her husband at the preliminary injunction hearing that resulted in a Good Friday decision by Judge Conti that her insurance company should pay for the transplant, or appear in court again to show why it shouldn't. Mrs. Stefanakis, who had been given six months to live without the transplant, subsequently received a successful transplant and lived four more years with her husband, children and grandchildren.
Chris has also been selected to speak at the popular West Virginia Bar Association's "Litigation" seminar, held annually in Davis, West Virginia and asked to speak at the WVAJ's biannual seminars and other continuing legal education conferences. Chris currently serves on the Executive Committee and the Board of Governors of the West Virginia Association for Justice, and as Co-Chair of the amicus curiae committee.
The results in a legal case depend on a variety of factors, many of which are unique to each case. Prior results by this firm or any other do not guarantee future results. Case results presented here are illustrations of the type of work done by Bordas & Bordas and not a guarantee that any prospective case will yield any particular amount.