Christopher E. Hassell

Partner Emeritus

District of ColumbiaMarylandVirginia


District of Columbia

1233 20th St. NW

Washington, DC 20036

Virginia - Fairfax

10511 Judicial Dr.

Fairfax, VA 22032

Practice Areas

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Construction & Construction Defects


Entertainment, Sports & Recreation


Food & Beverage Liability



Premises Liability

Product Liability

Professional Liability



Food & Beverage Liability




Chris is a Partner in the firm's Washington D.C. and Virginia offices. He has forty years of experience litigating matters in the areas of medical malpractice and other professional liability, product liability, construction litigation, employment discrimination, premises liability and contracts.

Chris has been lead trial counsel in well over a hundred trials in state and federal courts in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia and has argued numerous appeals. Prior to joining the firm, Chris was Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs for ADP Integrated Medical Solutions, a division of Automatic Data Processing, Inc., a Fortune 500 Company. He is a court-appointed mediator for the United States Court of Appeals and District Court for District of Columbia. In 2006, Chris was named D.C. Defense Lawyer of the Year.

After graduation from law school, Chris served as law clerk to the Honorable Joseph M. Hannon, Associate Judge, Superior Court of the District of Columbia from 1979 through 1980.

Court Admissions

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


  • Georgetown University, J.D., 1979
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges, B.A., 1976, cum laude

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Defense Research Institute
  • D.C. Defense Lawyers
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys