Bar Admissions

  • Maryland

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Education

  • J.D., George Washington University Law School, 2002
  • B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1999

Memberships

  • American Bar Association

    Maryland State Bar Association

    Defense Research Institute

    Maryland Defense Counsel
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Christopher J. Conoscenti

Partner

Chris Conoscenti has more than ten years of experience representing pharmaceutical and medical device companies in complex litigation in state and federal courts nationwide.

As part of a team of Venable attorneys serving as national or regional counsel on behalf of several international pharmaceutical companies, Chris has taken and defended depositions of expert and fact witnesses and has been a member of a team of attorneys in defense of pharmaceutical companies in multi-week trials in federal and state court. He also has assisted with the factual investigation and the development of the "company case" for pharmaceutical companies in nationwide litigation and has had direct supervisory responsibility for large review teams comprising associate attorneys, staff attorneys, and paralegals.

As a member of Venable's E-Discovery Group, Chris has particular knowledge and experience in the area of electronic discovery and has assisted an international pharmaceutical company in the establishment of protocols for the storage, capture, processing, and production of electronically stored information.

Chris has also represented companies in a variety of commercial disputes and insurance coverage litigation. He is a graduate of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Trial Academy, an intensive, week-long program designed to develop defense trial advocacy skills.

Representative Matters

  • Representing a pharmaceutical manufacturer of an osteoporosis medication in nationwide litigation involving allegations that the medication causes osteonecrosis of the jaw and atypical femur fractures, including developing the company case, managing all aspects of discovery, and preparing company witnesses for deposition in the areas of sales and marketing.
  • Representing an international pharmaceutical company as discovery counsel, coordinating discovery positions across all litigations and investigations, advising on various issues relating to e-discovery, and helping to develop policies, procedures, and protocols related to the same.
  • Representing a pharmaceutical company against allegations that its medication caused birth defects and developmental delay, including developing and defending medical and psychiatric expert witnesses and drafting pre-trial evidentiary motions.
  • Represented a healthcare organization in defense of a breach of contract lawsuit brought by a pharmaceutical repackaging company.
  • Represented a healthcare organization in a lawsuit against a roofing company and an insurer for breach of contract and negligence in conjunction with faulty roof installation.
  • On behalf of a Fortune 100 company, authored a successful motion to dismiss a federal products liability lawsuit based on the sophisticated user doctrine.

Activities

Chris serves on the Board of Directors of the Fund for Educational Excellence, a Baltimore nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing student achievement in city schools.

Chris is a member of the firm’s hiring committee and currently serves as the partner coordinator for the Baltimore office’s summer associate program.