Robert L. Hogan

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Robert L. Hogan

Of Counsel

rhogan@rawle.com

Pittsburgh

Tel (412) 261-5753

Fax (412) 261-5710

Bio

Robert L. Hogan is Of Counsel to the Firm in the Pittsburgh office of Rawle & Henderson LLP. Robert has over 20 years of experience in complex litigation.

He focuses his law practice on mass and toxic torts, professional liability, product liability, environmental, insurance coverage, construction and appellate matters.

Robert earned his J.D. from the College of William & Mary in 1992. He earned a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1989.

He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and also the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia.

Before joining Rawle & Henderson LLP, Robert was a Deputy Attorney General and Director of the Appellate Division for the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office from 2016 to 2018. He formerly practiced with a corporate defense law firm in Charleston, West Virginia from 2008 to 2016 and a boutique defense litigation firm in Huntington, West Virginia from 1997 through 2007. Robert has considerable class action litigation experience and has represented a variety of clients including prominent entities in the chemical, pharmaceutical, mining, manufacturing and insurance industries as well as members of the health care, engineering and legal professions.

From 2007 through 2018, Robert served as an adjunct instructor at Marshall University, teaching a graduate-level engineering management course in Engineering Law addressing the American legal system, professional liability and ethics, general tort liability, contracts, agency relationships, intellectual property and other legal issues.

Presentations & Publications
“News and Views from the West Virginia Attorney General’s Appellate Division,” West Virginia Prosecuting Attorney’s Association Summer Conference, June 2018
“Protecting Your Ideas and Your Intellectual Property,” West Virginia Chamber of Commerce ResourceU, June 2016
“Removing State Actions to Federal District Court: An Overview,” Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia, June 2016
“Truth or Consequences: Tips for Preparing to Testify,” Anonymous Client Conference, March 2015
“Ethical Risk Avoidance for the Professional Engineer,” Marshall University SAME-ASCE 7th Annual Winter Technical Conference, January 2015
“Professional Responsibility for West Virginia Engineers,” Half-Moon Education Seminar, December 2014
“Engineering Contract Tips,” Half-Moon Education Seminar, December 2014
“Preparing To Testify in Timber Theft and Trespass Cases,” Forest Resources Association Security Group, September 2014
“Whose Selenium Is It, Anyway?,” Views & Visions, Summer 2014
“Improve Your Factor of Safety – Tips for Reducing the Margin of Error When Engineering and the Law Intersect,” 35th Annual West Virginia Construction and Design Exposition, March 2014
“Mister Manufacturer’s Neighborhood – Avoid Environmental Controversy Through Positive Relationships and Communications,” Mountain State Manufacturing (a publication of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association), Summer 2013 
Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia Energy Law Committee Spring Luncheon Seminar (concerning potential common law and regulatory issues presented by horizontal shale gas exploration and production), April 2013
“Advanced Trial Tactics - Voir Dire and Jury Selection Strategies," National Business Institute - Advanced Trial Tactics Seminar, June 2013
“Opposing Class Certification in West Virginia Courts by Reliance on the Constitutional Right to Present 'Every Available Defense,'” Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia Annual Meeting, June 2012
“Court Watch” Presentation (concerning Perrine v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company, 225 W.Va. 482, 694 S.E.2d 815 (2010)), West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting, August 2010
"Legal Issues for West Virginia Professional Engineers - Engineering Malpractice," Half-Moon Education Seminar, December 2008
“Avoid or Simplify Fee Disputes With Clear Communications,” The Communique (a publication of the West Virginia Bar Association), July 2007
"Malpractice Litigation in the Age of Electronically Stored Information," West Virginia Mutual Insurance Company Defense Panel Forum, November 2006
"Electronic Discovery: An Overview," West Virginia Continuing Legal Education Series Litigation Seminar, February 2004

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia

Court Admissions

United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1993
United States District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, 1992
United States District Court, Northern District of West Virginia, 1994

Education

College of William & Mary, J.D., 1992
Virginia Tech, B.S., Aerospace Engineering, 1989

Seminars, Speeches & Publications