Ronald E. Hurst is a partner and co-chair of the firm's Litigation Department. He previously served as the vice chair of the 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 compliance.
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 for a 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 which resulted in numerous fatalities and extensive property damage; a maritime engineering firm in connection with a multi-fatal pier collapse; a 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 of experience in all aspects of asbestos litigation, including property damage, bodily injury, insurance and bankruptcy. 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 multijurisdictional 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 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 District 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 has published numerous articles in occupational health and safety publications, including:
Mr. Hurst received his J.D. degree, cum laude, in 1987 from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in Cleveland, Ohio, B.S. degree in Environmental Engineering Technology in 1981 from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa., and a M.S. degree in Environmental Health and Safety in 1983 from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla.