Ronald E. Hurst is a partner in the Litigation Department. His practice emphasizes multi-party catastrophic personal injury and property damage, toxic torts (including asbestos and benzene), products liability, national coordination of litigation and preventative counseling, environmental litigation, complex commercial litigation and OSHA.
Mr. Hurst is a trained industrial hygienist/toxicologist and has an extensive background in industrial hygiene and safety, human factors and other environmental and occupational health and safety issues, including asbestos, benzene, mold and indoor air quality. Prior to joining the firm, he was the principal of his own industrial hygiene and safety consulting company, as well as an instructor in industrial hygiene, human factors and safety at Cleveland State University.
Mr. Hurst is national litigation counsel to a national chemical distributor and is also national coordinating counsel for a manufacturer of industrial equipment involved in asbestos litigation. Mr. Hurst has also served as national coordinating counsel for a sporting equipment manufacturer involving multiple product liability claims. Some of his past engagements have been defending: a chemical company in connection with a chemical explosion in Allentown, PA which resulted in numerous fatalities and extensive property damage; a maritime engineering firm in connection with the fatal Pier 34 collapse; a national weight loss center in connection with diet drug litigation; and a building owner involving multiple claims of toxic chemical encephalopathy from a building renovation. Mr. Hurst has also represented numerous product manufacturers and other entities in connection with products liability, toxic tort, benzene and environmental litigation and complex commercial disputes. Mr. Hurst has 26 years experience in all aspects of asbestos litigation, including property damage, bodily injury, bankruptcy and trust related litigation. Mr. Hurst currently serves as defense counsel for a number of non-traditional defendant product manufacturers and premise owners in connection with asbestos litigation and is often called upon as special counsel relating to experts and litigation strategy.
Mr. Hurst also provides legal counseling and advice concerning multi-jurisdictional litigation strategy, OSHA compliance, occupational and environmental health, indoor air quality and mold and product liability prevention, including product warnings, MSDS, contracts, commercial terms and litigation avoidance.
Mr. Hurst has served in the past on the Board of the Adam Taliaferro Foundation, the National Advisory Council for Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and the Evesham Board of Fire Commissioners in Evesham Township, NJ.
Mr. Hurst has published numerous articles in occupational health and safety publications and proceedings, including the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry's Reference Manual on "Right-to-Know Laws in Pennsylvania." He has presented numerous industry and legal symposia dealing with environmental and occupational health and safety issues, including Handling Confidential Business Information in Emergencies and Giving Testimony in a Court of Law and Regulatory Hearing, Society for Chemical Hazard Communication, March 2011; Lessons Learned: Avoiding Product Liability Issues, Society for Chemical Hazard Communication, September 2009; The Evolution of Asbestos Litigation, Mealey's Fundamentals of Asbestos Conference, February 2006; A Historical Overview of the Asbestos Litigation, Mealey's Asbestos Litigation 101 Conference, July 2005; Psychiatric Injuries/Emotional Distress in Mold Litigation, Mealey's Mold Litigation Conference, May 2002; Products Liability and the Industrial Hygiene Professional, American Industrial Hygiene Association Annual Conference, June 2001; and Admissibility of Experts in Mold Litigation, Mealey's Mold Litigation Conference, February 2001.
Mr. Hurst is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and is also admitted before the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the United States District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania. Mr. Hurst has also been admitted pro hac to numerous other courts throughout the country. He is a certified arbitrator for the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Hurst earned a B.S. degree in Environmental Engineering Technology in 1981 from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1983, he received an M.S. degree in Environmental Health and Safety from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. Mr. Hurst received his J.D. degree, cum laude, in 1987 from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in Cleveland, Ohio.