Richard J. Pratt

Partner

Washington, D.C.
Business Phone: 202.662.2077
Business Fax: 202.654.5834

richard.pratt@troutman.com

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Richard Pratt has significant litigation and mediation experience in cases nationwide involving a myriad of procedural and substantive issues, with an emphasis in mass tort, environmental insurance coverage and other complex litigations. Richard counsels clients on a wide variety of issues including insurance coverage, settlement, and policy drafting issues, and has represented clients in numerous state courts as well as federal district courts and federal courts of appeal.

Representative Matters

  • Successfully represented defendant in high-profile transgender bathroom discrimination matter.
  • Successfully represented insurer in PCB remediation litigation in both federal district court (summary judgment) and before the United States District Court for the Second Circuit (affirming, with opinion, lower court ruling).
  • Represented an insurer client in a lead contamination case alleging hundreds of millions of dollars in damages in duty to defend and consent to settle issues, winning on motion before the trial court and on appeal.
  • Represented a defendant in the landmark case, Liggett Group, Inc. v. ACE Property & Cas. Ins. Co., effectively ending all tobacco litigation for the insurance industry.
  • Successfully represented an insurer against a Fortune 200 company in a lawsuit concerning dozens of sites spanning over 20 years of insurance coverage.
  • Won summary judgment on reconsideration in an Indiana environmental action involving decades of chemical contamination.
  • Successfully represented surety bond carrier in major discovery motion leading to favorable settlement shortly thereafter.
  • Lead national coordinating counsel for insurers in high profile matters including firearms and football/soccer concussions litigation.

Publications

  • “Unilateral Modification of Employment Handbooks: Further Encroachments on the Employment-at-Will Doctrine,” 139 University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Number 197(November 1990).

Professional and Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

Rankings and Recognition

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® in Insurance Law (2018-2019).
  • Selected for inclusion in Law & Politics’ Washington DC Super Lawyers (2014-2017).

Professional Experience

  • Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP, 2009-present
  • Partner, Ross, Dixon & Bell, LLP, 1999-2008
  • Associate, Ross, Dixon & Bell, LLP, 1991-1998

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Education

  • University of Pennsylvania, J.D., cum laude, 1991
    Associate and Special Projects Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review
  • Duke University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1988

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit