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Christopher P. Furman

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Tel: 412-233-5816

Fax: 412-744-0074
cfurman@gabrielfera.com

PRACTICE AREAS

Labor

Employment

Municipal

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Litigation

BAR ADMISSIONS

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

State of Illinois 

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit 

Western District of Pennsylvania

Middle District of Pennsylvania 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Allegheny County Bar Association

Washington County Bar Association

EDUCATION

Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, J.D.

La Roche University, B.A., Business Administration 
 

Chris Furman started his career practicing commercial litigation in large Pittsburgh law firms, representing clients in state and federal courts in Pennsylvania and other jurisdictions across the United States.  Chris has experience in all phases of civil litigation and dispute resolution from intake and investigation of potential claims through pleadings and discovery through to trial.

 

Chris then moved his practice to Washington County where he applied his experience to focus on representing local government entities such as Townships, Boroughs and Authorities.  In addition to serving as a solicitor and attending 6-10 night meetings each month, Chris handled litigation for nearly thirty different municipal clients.  From land use and open records appeals to code enforcement and personnel, Chris has extensive experience in representing both private and commercial clients.  

Examples of Chris’ experience include:

Police Chief Terminations

Loudermill Hearings

Appeals from Zoning Hearing Boards and Planning Commissions

Code Enforcment

Business Torts

Breach of Contract

Environmental Litigation

Trademark Infringement

Unfair Trade Practices

Non-compete Agreements

Zoning and Land Use

Securities Litigation

Fraudlent Sales Practice

Undue Influence

Condemnation (Takings)

Peircing the Corporate Veil

Injunctions 

Unfair Labor Practice Proceedings Before the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board

Wage and Hour Issues with the Federal Department of Labor and the Fair Labor Standards Act

Chris is known for his calm and professional courtroom demeanor and has earned a reputation of high integrity among the bench and bar where he practices.  Chris understands how to use the rules of court to present his clients' cases clearly and effectively. Chris won a 12-day bench trial conducted over several months during the pandemic in which he questioned more than 20 witnesses, including 4 expert witnesses, to defeat claims of undue influence in an estate dispute.  

Chris earned his law degree from the Northwestern University School of Law. Prior to law school Chris attended LaRoche College at night and earned his B.S. in Business Administration while working full-time as the Supervisor of Operations at the Duquesne Incline. During that time Chris also began raising his family.  His daughter is now a general surgery resident at the University of Pittburgh School of Medicine.  His first son is graduating from Cornell in 2023 where his youngest will start in 2024.

Chris is also serving as President of the Society for the Preservation of the Duquense Incline.

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