Robert T. Horst (“Bob”) is the Chair of the firm’s Insurance Industry Group. He focuses on insurance coverage disputes, advice, and the defense of extracontractual suits against insurers. Bob has particular expertise and interest in the handling of matters involving property insurance, fine art insurance, business income, agent/broker litigation, trade credit, and class actions. His experience includes insurance cases in jurisdictions throughout the U.S., including national class action cases and high stakes “bad faith” litigation. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Bob and his team litigate frequently in the state and federal courts there as well, along with the counties in the 5-county metropolitan area. He brings 25 years of insurance litigation experience to the firm and has tried numerous jury trials to verdict, along with multiple bench trials, domestic/international arbitrations, and class certification hearings.
A frequent lecturer and author, he has addressed insurance law, claims practices, bad faith, trial tactics, law firm management, the constitutionality of punitive damages, and legal ethics. He also co-authored and edited the book Extracontractual Litigation Against Insurers published by American Lawyer Media (2010-2014) and served for over 6 years as General Counsel to the International Association of Special Investigative Units (“IASIU”), with over 4,000 members worldwide. Bob also proudly served on the National Committee for the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (“CLM”). He is presently Counsel to the local chapter of the IASIU.
Bob has been named among America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators® for 2018. Selection to America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators® is by invitation only and is reserved to identify most exceptional Civil Defense Litigators in throughout the nation. Only the top 100 qualifying defense litigators in each state will receive this honor and be selected for membership among America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators®. With these extremely high standards for selection to America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators®, less than one-half percent (0.5%) of active attorneys in the United States will receive this honor — truly the most exclusive and elite level of litigators in the community.
Bob has been recognized as a Super Lawyer® each year since 2006 and is rated 10/10 by the national website Avvo.com. He was also profiled in the cover article of Claims Advisor magazine, “Ready to Rumble,” in June 2011, and has also been quoted in The New York Times, The Legal Intelligencer, PropertyCasualty360, Law360, National Underwriter magazine, Student Lawyer magazine, www.examiner.com, The Jackson Clarion Ledger (Mississippi), and www.lawcrossing.com.