Attorney(s) Referenced

Christopher R. Cooper
Linda Fridegotto
Shari Gegerson Hall


The Chartwell Law Offices, LLP  represents insurance companies, their insureds, and other commercial entities in subrogation/recovery actions pertaining to fires and other casualties involving construction defects, design errors, product liability, contract/warranty, advertising injury, inland marine/ cargo losses, environmental matters, insurance agent/broker errors and omissions, professional liability, fraud, and related commercial claims. We represent clients on recovery actions related to losses around the globe, and have secured multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts in a wide range of losses. Decades of experience enables Chartwell to provide our clients with efficient, positive results.

Upon being notified of subrogation loss, we immediately assign experienced attorneys, who begin a thorough investigation into the cause of loss, including an initial inspection of the loss site, witness interviews, identification and preservation of key evidence and the selection and coordination of appropriate technical consultants.

Below are a few examples of recoveries secured for our clients:


  • Litigated and recovered in excess of $15 million in a roof collapse in central Pennsylvania.
  • Litigated and recovered in excess of $7 million in settlement of roof collapse in northern Pennsylvania.


  • Won $600,000 verdict against manufacturer of defective product causing fire spread and destruction of client’s premise.
  • Litigated and secured multi-million dollar recovery on behalf of multiple clients in the Meridian high-rise fire in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Litigated and secured recovery in connection with multi-million dollar losses on behalf of several clients in Port Elizabeth, New Jersey warehouse fire.
  • Recovered in excess of $2 million pre-suit from contractor whose negligent cutting operation caused a devastating fire in a furniture factory in southern Virginia.
  • Recovered $3 million from contractors in business complex fire in Montgomery County, PA.
  • Litigated and negotiated favorable settlement against utility company in Maryland as a result of a transformer fire at a marine repair facility.
  • Secured favorable settlement from general contractor and mechanical contractor in a fire loss at a medical facility in Washington, DC.
  • Secured $900,000 settlement from property management company following a fire at an apartment complex in Virginia Beach, VA.


  • Litigated and settled multi-million dollar gasoline contamination claim against large oil refinery for damage to hotel as a result of underground pipeline leak.
  • Settled manure contamination of property owner’s well against large dairy farm operator who negligently spilled thousands of gallons of manure into the local waterways.


  • Litigated and recovered more than $750,000 in converted funds from Bank in Western U.S. 
  • Obtained favorable settlement from an individual for theft/fraud from business in southern New Jersey.

Product Liability

  • Secured recovery in excess of $8 million by way of settlement and jury verdict against designer and manufacturer of refrigeration in a refrigerated warehouse in Philadelphia, PA.