Christopher R. Schaedig
Chris’s practice centers on toxic tort and asbestos litigation. Before joining the firm, he worked as a prehearing attorney for the Michigan Court of Appeals, conducting extensive research for civil and criminal appeals and drafting reports and proposed opinions for judicial panels. Chris also performs pro bono work in immigration cases as a cooperating attorney with the ACLU and the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center.
While in law school, Chris graduated as class Valedictorian, served as Publicity Editor for the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review, and won numerous school and national awards, including the National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Law Student Award. He also founded the Thomas M. Cooley Law School’s student mentoring program, participated with distinction in Mock Trial and Moot Court competitions, and received the Certificate of Merit (awarded to the highest score in the class) in 14 classes, including Research and Writing, Advanced Writing, Scholarly Writing, Evidence, Civil Procedure, and Torts. He continues to judge high-school Mock Trial tournaments and serves as an assistant coach to a high-school Mock Trial team.
Member, State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly
Member, Oakland County Bar Association
Member, Oakland County Bar Association’s Inns of Court
Member, Defense Research Institute
Member, Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Member, Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
Won summary disposition in Michigan’s Sixteenth Circuit Court in a home-inspector negligence and third-party beneficiary case on the grounds of no genuine issue of material fact regarding any of Third-Party Plaintiffs’ claims. Third-Party Plaintiffs failed to sufficiently prove that the home inspector was negligent, that they were third-party beneficiaries to the home-inspection agreement, or that they were entitled to indemnity from the home inspector. (October 2017)
Achieved de minimis settlement for apartment-complex client in Michigan’s Third Circuit Court in a premises liability case on grounds of lack of evidence of actual or constructive notice. Plaintiff alleged that Defendant was liable for an accident that occurred in her apartment, but settled for nominal amount rather than opposing Defendant’s pending motion for summary disposition. (March 2017)
Won summary disposition in Michigan’s Third Circuit Court in a premises liability and public/private nuisance case on the grounds of an open and obvious hazard and failure to state a claim. Plaintiff failed to sufficiently refute Defendant’s evidence that the liquid she slipped on was open and obvious, and she failed to properly plead the elements of either a public or private nuisance. (Initially denied by trial court; peremptorily reversed on all counts by the Michigan Court of Appeals.) (February 2017)
Achieved voluntary dismissal in Michigan’s Nineteenth Circuit Court in an asbestos case on the ground of no proof of exposure. Plaintiff failed to present sufficient evidence establishing that he was injured by an asbestos-containing product for which Defendant was responsible, and Plaintiff voluntarily dismissed rather than opposing Defendant’s pending motion for summary disposition. (February 2017)
Achieved de minimis settlement for two clients in Michigan’s Third Circuit Court in an asbestos case on grounds of lack of duty. Plaintiff alleged secondhand asbestos exposure from Defendants’ products, but settled rather than opposing Defendants’ pending motion for summary disposition. (January 2017)
Won summary disposition in Michigan’s Third Circuit Court for a premises liability and vicarious liability case on the grounds of lack of evidence of notice or retained control. Plaintiff failed to sufficiently prove that premises owner had notice of a risk of imminent and foreseeable harm to its invitees or that it retained control over independently hired security guards. (November 2016)
Successfully defended expert witness against Daubert challenge in federal district court on grounds that expert’s opinions and conclusions satisfied standard for admissibility under Federal Rule of Evidence 702. (October 2016)
Won summary disposition in Michigan’s Third Circuit Court for an asbestos case on the ground of lack of proof of exposure. Plaintiff failed to sufficiently prove that her decedent was exposed to asbestos in Defendant’s products. (May 2016)
PUBLICATIONS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Featured Speaker: “Positioning Yourself for the Career You Want While Still in Law School,” Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, Lansing, MI (September 2017)
Author, “Protecting the Worst Among Us: A Narrow Quarles Public Safety Exception in the Boston Bombing and Other Terror Investigations,” Thomas M. Cooley Law School Law Review (October 2014)–
Chris has been active in serving the legal community for many years. During law school, he served as presiding judge in the Ypsilanti High School Peacemaking Court, a federally funded pilot collaboration between the Washtenaw County Circuit Court, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, and Ypsilanti High School that applied principles of restorative justice to school conflicts and disciplinary issues. He has also participated in Making Meals Happen, a Washtenaw County charity fundraiser benefiting disadvantaged families, and he served as the liaison for the Michigan Court of Appeals research staff’s annual charitable-donation efforts. Chris has been a member of the National Order of Scribes.