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Christopher M. McNally



Areas of Practice:
  • Defense of Long-Term Care/Rehabilitation Centers
  • Medical Malpractice Defesne
  • Civil Litigaiton Defense
  • Lead Paint Defense Litigation
  • Franklin and Marshall College
    • B.S., 1996
  • University of Baltimore School of Law
    • J.D., 1999 (Cum Laude)
Dates of Admission:
  • Maryland Bar – 1999
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland – 2000



Mr. McNally has been with the Bodie firm for eleven years and has been a partner since 2014. Mr. McNally’s practice concentrates heavily on the defense of property owners and insurance carriers in lead paint litigation, handling both insured and uninsured cases. Mr. McNally supervises the Bodie lead-paint practice, and has been selected by many of the nation’s top lead-paint insurance providers to represent their insured’s interests in these complex high-risk, high-dollar cases. Mr. McNally firmly believes that the successful defense of a lead paint case involves detailed preparation, aggressive investigation, “looking under rocks,” working closely with experts and thinking creatively about defenses – both factual and legal – all with an eye toward the jury. Our motto is “failing to prepare is preparing to fail.”

Mr. McNally has successfully litigated and tried many cases, but strongly believes that the ADR process can avoid substantial risk and cost, and has successfully leveraged this process for his clients for years, securing excellent outcomes with substantial cost savings. Mr. McNally also believes strongly that the best outcomes in cases arise only if the case is positioned to be negotiated from a position of maximum strength, with targeted discovery toward developing the best factual and dispositive defenses.

Mr. McNally is very active with the annual HB Lead Litigation Conference, having been a sponsor and featured speaker in 2014, 2015 and 2016 (and has been selected for 2017) as well as a co-chair of the conference in 2015 and 2016. Mr. McNally is also a strong advocate for property owners individually and in the multi-family industry on lead paint risk management and compliance, and is a very active participant in the Maryland Multi-Housing Association as a member, speaker and advocate on the legislative committee.

Mr. McNally also co-supervises the team of attorneys handling the defense of both long-term care/nursing home malpractice cases and lead paint cases at the Bodie Firm. He began representing LTC providers back in 2000, and has spent the bulk of his career working on the defense of doctors, long-term care (LTC) institutions, rehabilitation providers, drug and alcohol treatment facilities, as well as nurses and caregivers in complex malpractice litigation. Mr. McNally has developed a strong concentration in the defense of LTC institutions in involuntary discharge proceedings, having successfully tried numerous cases before the Office of Administrative Hearings.

Mr. McNally is an AV-Preeminent Rated attorney by Martindale Hubbell and has been selected as a Superlawyer for the years 2015 and 2016.

Mr. McNally is also a frequent lecturer on topics germane to the defense of LTC providers and lead paint defense. Over the past 11 years, Mr. McNally has conducted numerous mock trials, seminars, mock depositions, and has co-presented with judges, prominent attorneys and nursing/LTC professionals at both the Health Facilities Managers Association and the Beacon Institute as well as numerous CLE’s for clients. A link to Mr. McNally’s lectures and presentations can be found here: lectures and presentations.

Mr. McNally is a proud graduate of Loyola Blakefield High School in Towson. He is also a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College (B.A. 1996) and the University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D., 1999). Mr. McNally was admitted to the Maryland State Bar in 1999 and the United States District Court for the District of Maryland in 2000. Mr. McNally is an active alumnus with the Franklin and Marshall Alumni Association having served on the Alumni Board from 2003-2010.

Following graduation, Mr. McNally clerked for the Honorable John Carroll Byrnes in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City and spent several years working in the defense of legal and medical/nursing professionals in malpractice litigation at Eccleston and Wolf prior to joining the Bodie Firm. Mr. McNally is a member of HFAM, The Beacon Institute, Baltimore County Bar Association, Maryland State Bar Association, Maryland Multi-Housing Association and the Defense Research Institute (DRI).

Mr. McNally is married with two children and is an avid history, railroad and transit enthusiast. Mr. McNally is the Executive Vice President of the Baltimore Streetcar Museum where he also works as a volunteer motorman/conductor and serves as legal counsel to the museum.


  • AV-Preeminent Rating by Martindale Hubbell
  • McNally has been selected as a “Super-Lawyer” by Baltimore Magazine in areas of civil litigation in 2015 and 2016. Only 5% of attorneys in Maryland receive this honor.
  • Metropolitan “Who’s Who” Registry

Recent/Upcoming Presentations and Scholarly Writings:

  • McNally has been invited to present at the HB Lead Litigation Conference in November 2017
  • McNally will be co-presenting with Susan Panek of Maryland Medicaid at the 2017 HFAM/Lifespan Conference on the Involuntary Discharge process in October, 2017
  • McNally co-presented a panel at the HB Lead Litigation Conference (November, 2017) “Deliberation – An Open Discussion with Consultants and Jurors” focusing on topics relating to jury research and jury issues in lead litigation
  • “CMS Final Nursing Home Rule Bans Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements” HFAM, November, 2016
  • McNally was invited to present to the Carroll County property owners association on topics relating to lead liability prevention and compliance – April, 2016
  • “Involuntary Discharge of the Long-Term Care Resident and the Medicaid Perspective – New Developments.” HFAM, April 24, 2014 with co-Presenter Susan Panek of Maryland Medicaid
  • “Navigating the New HIPAA/HITECH Landscape: Changesto the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Enforcement Rules Mandated by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) and How You Can Protect Yourself Against Non-Compliance.” The Beacon Institute: February 19, 2014
  • “Involuntary Discharge of the Long-Term Care Resident and the Medicaid Perspective – New Developments.” December 14, 2013 with co-Presenter Susan Panek of Maryland Medicaid
  • “Wound Care and Litigation – Defending Wound Cases in Court.” The Beacon Institute/HFAM Combined Conference September 23, 2013
  • “Update on Recent Lead-Paint Cases” Maryland Multi Housing Association Legislative Wrap-Up Session, MMHA, May 16, 2013

View additional lectures and presentations.

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