Christopher J. Coyle Partner

In addition to his broad-based practice of general civil litigation and criminal defense, and his twenty plus years of pro bono work, Christopher J. Coyle was appointed by the Governor of Pennsylvania to the Trial Court Nominating Commission to screen and recommend judicial candidates, chaired the City of Lebanon Zoning Hearing Board for five years, and chaired the City of Lebanon Charter Commission, which completely restructured the City’s government.

His criminal courtroom experience ranges from DUI to homicide. The Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers has chosen him to represent member attorneys subpoenaed to testify as witnesses before grand juries.

On the civil side, he has represented accident victims, tenants, small businesses, construction companies, and landowners in court. He successfully defended a retired Pennsylvania State Trooper in a federal civil rights action in which he was accused, 35 years after the fact, of fabricating evidence in a 1970’s murder case.

He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates’ Forum, whose membership is limited to attorneys who have won million or multi-million dollar verdicts, awards, or settlements.

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1992
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2002

Past Employment Position

  • Pennsylvania to the Trial Court Nominating Commission, Governor
  • City of Lebanon Zoning Hearing Board, Chaired
  • City of Lebanon Charter Commission, Chaired

Education

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. - 1979
  • Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
    • B.A. - 1976
    • Major: Political Science

Litigation Percentage

  • 85% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Representative Clients

  • Cornwall Manor
  • Fava & Maria Eye Associates
  • Commercial Industrial Laundry Service

Honors and Awards

  • Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Pro Bono Activities

  • Lebanon County Bar Association Private Lawyer Involvement Program
  • Solicitor, Developmental and Disability Services of the Lebanon Valley

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • Million Dollar Advocates' Forum, Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers