Mr. Horst will focus his practice on insurance coverage disputes, advice and the defense of extra-contractual litigation against insurers. He has a particular interest and expertise in the handling of matters involving property damage, business income, agent/broker litigation, trade credit and class actions. He will work in the firm’s Doylestown, Pa., office.
Curtin & Heefner Litigation Section Co-Chair Bonnie Stein said,“We first discussed Bob joining our litigation team many years ago. We are thrilled to have Bob join us now, as we continue to grow and expand.”
Mr. Horst said that he is very pleased to join a law firm with a solid litigation practice throughout Eastern Pennsylvania and Bucks County, in particular, while being able to offer clients more competitive rates than those offered by larger law firms.
Curtin & Heefner Managing Partner Frank S. Guarrieri said,“Bob's practice, which focuses on defending insurers in complex coverage, bad faith and class action litigation as well as in suspected fraud investigations, complements the firm's existing practice.” He said,“Bob does a lot of work similar to that which we already handle but does it with carriers that we do not currently represent. Bringing Bob on board allowed us to capitalize on the opportunity to take a strength that we already have and make it even stronger."
Mr. Horst brings more than two decades of insurance litigation experience to the firm. He has tried more than 40 jury trials to verdict, and has handled insurance litigation matters pro hac vice in numerous jurisdictions throughout the U.S., including national class action cases, high stakes bad faith litigation, and international arbitrations.
A frequent lecturer, Mr. Horst has addressed insurance law, bad faith, trial tactics, law firm management, the constitutionality of punitive damages, and legal ethics. He co-authored and edited the book Extracontractual Litigation Against Insurers published by American Lawyer Media and, since 2007, has served as General Counsel to the International Association of Special Investigative Units, the insurance industry’s largest fraud fighting organization. Mr. Horst also serves on the National Committee for the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance. He has been recognized by Thomson Reuters, published annually in Philadelphia magazine, as a Super Lawyer® each year since 2006. The Legal Intelligencer and PA Law Weekly named him one of Pennsylvania’s “Fifty on the Fast Track” in 2002.
About Curtin & Heefner LLP
Curtin & Heefner LLP (curtinheefner.com) is a regional Bucks County based law firm with offices in Morrisville and Doylestown, Pa., and Lawrenceville, N.J. Founded in 1932, the firm is ranked in size among the Top 100 Law Firms in Pennsylvania. The suburban Philadelphia attorneys provide innovative strategies, high quality professional legal services, and client education in order to solve, resolve and avoid legal problems. They are experienced in handling sophisticated matters promptly, ethically, competently and with a team approach at reasonable rates. The firm has various practice groups with attorneys who focus on specific areas of the law including business and municipal finance, estates, trusts and tax, real estate, commercial litigation, banking, creditors’ rights, personal injury, bad faith and insurance defense litigation, employment and public sector, and disability law. Curtin & Heefner LLP enjoys a distinguished legacy of leadership within the legal profession, various facets of government, and national and regional organizations and associations.