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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 more than 50 cases to verdict, and has appeared as lead or trial counsel in more than 74 federal and state courts.  He has significant jury trial experience and a record of notable verdicts.  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, 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).  In the insurance coverage area, he served as lead trial counsel in complex coverage actions tried to jury verdicts in Connecticut and Washington and as lead trial counsel in coverage actions that were concluded before trial commenced in California and Ohio.

Professional Background

K&L Gates: September, 1980 to present
Partner: January, 1988 to present
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)
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).
  • Member – Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County (2000-present) 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
  • AV rating in Martindale-Hubbell.

Professional/Civic 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)
  • 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)
  • Board of Directors – Juvenile Diabetes Foundation (1995-2000)
  • Board of Directors – Pittsburgh Civil Light Opera (2000-2003)
  • Board of Directors – Laurel Highlands Council, Boy Scouts of America (present)
  • General Counsel – Laurel Highlands Council, Boy Scouts of America (present)
  • Board of Directors – Mount Lebanon Community Endowment (present)
  • District Enrollment Director – Dartmouth College (1990-present)
  • Parent Board – University of Delaware (2003-2006)
  • Deacon – Southminster Presbyterian Church (1995-1998)
  • Elder/Chairman of Personnel Committee – Southminster Presbyterian Church (2002-2005)
  • United Way Tocqueville Committee (2005-2011)
  • Chair – Tocqueville Committee Law Division (2008-2011)
  • Chair – K&L Gates United Way Campaign (Pittsburgh) (1995-2012)
  • Alcoa, Inc.
  • Allegheny Technologies Incorporated
  • Freeport McMoran Copper & Gold Inc. 
  • Healthport Technologies
  • PPG Industries, Inc.
  • Range Resources, Inc.
  • Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc.
  • West Penn Allegheny Health Systems, Inc.