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Richard W. Hosking

Fax +1.412.355.6501
Mr. Hosking is a trial lawyer who maintains an active trial practice in federal and state courts, where he has represented a broad range of clients on a wide variety of litigation matters. Mr. Hosking has tried a very significant number of cases to verdict, and has appeared as lead or trial counsel in more than 75 federal and state courts. He has significant jury trial experience and a record of notable verdicts in major complex cases. He is also a certified mediator with extensive experience in mediations, arbitrations and early case evaluation. Mr. Hosking has served as lead counsel in the following substantive areas: class actions (including nationwide and multi-state class actions), business torts, insurance coverage, contract and general commercial, defamation, ethics, ERISA, health care, labor and employment, oil and gas, toxic torts and environmental (including defense of citizen suits, class actions, commercial actions and government suits, and prosecution of environmental indemnification and cost recovery claims against private and government parties).

Professional Background

K&L Gates: September, 1980 to present
Partner: January, 1988 to present

Professional Achievements

  • Fellow – American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America every year since 2001. Currently recognized in the specialties of Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Environmental, and Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
  • Retired Fellow – Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County (2000-2016) Committees:
    • Chair – Program Committee (2009)
    • Federal Practice Committee (2001-present)
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee (2002-2004)
    • Membership Committee (2003-2005); Membership Subcommittee Chair (2005)
    • Court Liaison Committee (2005-present)
    • Recruitment Task Force (2006-2008)
  • Recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in Law and Politics magazine
  • Rated AV Preeminent in Martindale-Hubbell for 15 consecutive years

Professional Activities

  • Certified Mediator and Certified in Conflict Resolution
  • Appointed as an Early Neutral Evaluator, Mediator and Arbitrator in the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania (2006-present)
  • Member – Federalist Society
  • General Counsel – Laurel Highlands Council, Boy Scouts of America (present)
  • 2005 American Bar Association Class Action Program Committee
  • 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 PricewaterhouseCoopers Leadership Forum Advisory Committees
  • Fellow – Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Member – Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Member – ACBA Opportunities for Minorities in the Legal Profession Committees; Job Fair Subcommittee (1988-1991)
  • University of Pittsburgh Law Fellows (1992-Present)
  • University of Pittsburgh Law Fellows Steering Committee (1992-1996)

Firm Committees

  • Management Committee (1997-2000)
  • Chair – Hiring Committee (1994-1997)
  • Hiring Committee (1982-1987, 1990-1997, and 2000-2002)
  • Coordinator of Environmental Practice Group (1990-2002)

Civic Activities

  • Nominating Committee – Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (Present)
  • Board of Directors – Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (1995-2000)
  • Board of Directors – Pittsburgh Civil Light Opera (2000-2003)
  • Board of Directors – Laurel Highlands Council, Boy Scouts of America (present)
  • Board of Directors – Mount Lebanon Community Endowment (present)
  • District Enrollment Director – Dartmouth College (1990-2015)
  • Parent Board – University of Delaware (2003-2006)
  • Deacon – Southminster Presbyterian Church (1995-1998)
  • Elder/Chairman of Personnel Committee – Southminster Presbyterian Church
  • United Way Tocqueville Committee (2005-2011)
  • Chair – Tocqueville Committee Law Division (2008-2011)
  • Chair – K&L Gates United Way Campaign (Pittsburgh) (1995-2012)

  • Alcoa
  • Allegheny Technologies Incorporated
  • Freeport McMoran Copper & Gold Inc.
  • Kirkland & Ellis, LLP
  • PPG Industries, Inc.
  • Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc.
  • Westinghouse Electric Company LLC