Jared S. Hawk

Jared S. Hawk

Partner

Contact Info

Phone: (412) 209-2547
Fax: (412) 209-2570

Primary Office

Pittsburgh
One PPG Place
Suite 3010
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Jared S. Hawk

Partner

Jared S. Hawk

Jared Hawk is an experienced trial attorney who handles litigation matters for clients ranging from start-ups to product designers and manufacturers to large players in the energy industry. Jared’s courtroom experience includes successes in federal, state and appellate courts across the county in cases involving product liability, workplace safety, environmental and mass torts, and commercial disputes.

Jared serves as trial and appellate counsel for designers and manufacturers in product liability actions involving a diverse range of products, including metal slitting and processing equipment, recreational vehicles, children’s products, tree stands and other hunting equipment, forklifts, welding rods, fire extinguishers, heating equipment and controllers, and electrical switches.  He has extensive experience defending these claims on the merits, including serving as first chair in several trials, as well as implementing innovative defenses based on successor liability, idiosyncratic injury, and statutes of repose. Jared also represents facility owners and operators in cases stemming from workplace accidents that result in bodily injury and/or property damage.

Jared also has significant experience litigating mass tort and complex commercial cases, including claims for injunctive relief, breach of contract, force majeure, breach of warranty, nuisance, trespass, and violations of environmental statutes such as CERCLA and RCRA. In these and other cases, Jared has handled complex electronic discovery and expert examinations and challenges. Jared is also the Firm’s Force Majeure Litigation Team lead, where he guides a multi-disciplinary team of experienced litigators to monitor and study trends, decisions and laws relevant to force majeure and other contract-related doctrines.

Additionally, for more than a decade, Jared has focused on the representation of exploration and production companies in the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays, including litigation involving bonus payments and royalties, lease invalidity claims, alleged property contamination and health effects from oil and gas drilling and production activities, and joint operating and other development agreements. Jared has acted as both trial and appellate counsel in these cases, many of which were class actions.

Experience

Product and Premises Liability Defense

Select representations include:

A child booster car seat designer in a product liability case involving a 4-year-old plaintiff. Secured a unanimous jury verdict for the client as first chair.
A steel coil processing equipment manufacturer in a product liability case stemming from an accident in which the operator's hand was crushed by a component of steel coil slitting line. Secured a unanimous jury verdict for the client as first chair.
A forklift manufacturer in a wrongful death and product liability case. Secured a unanimous jury verdict for the client and affirmance of judgment on appeal.
A steel coil processing equipment manufacturer in a product liability case stemming from an amputation injury from a slitting machine. Obtained a dismissal on a motion to dismiss based on successor liability and a bankruptcy order that was affirmed on appeal.
Commercial Litigation

Select representations include:

Numerous clients in claims/litigation involving force majeure related to contractual performance issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Secured favorable agreements for clients even in light of the uncertainty surrounding the lingering effects of the pandemic.
An aluminum producer in a breach of implied warranty case. Secured a jury verdict awarding the client damages of nearly $60 million.
A specialty metals producer in a wrongful death case involving a worker who was crushed between two rail cars. Obtained a dismissal of the case based on preliminary objections.
Oil and Gas & Environmental Litigation

Select representations include:

An oil and gas production company in several breach of contract cases involving failure to pay bonus payments. Obtained dismissals upon dispositive motions for the client.
An oil and gas operator in multiple lawsuits alleging groundwater contamination and bodily injury. Resolved litigation after obtaining a modified case management order that established phased discovery that required the plaintiffs to submit expert reports before advancing to the next phase of discovery.
A natural gas storage facility in a case alleging a de facto taking and alleged property damage and bodily injury from storage operations. Obtained summary judgment that was affirmed on appeal.
A chemical producer in a case involving alleged environmental contamination resulting from events related to Hurricane Harvey. Led team responsible for expert strategy and challenges in large putative class action.

Thought Leadership

No results.

Credentials and Accolades

Honors and Awards

Selected for inclusion in Rising Stars list for Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2013 to 2019

 

Education

J.D., magna cum laude, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 2004

  • Executive Editor, Journal of Law & Commerce
  • Best Brief Award, Appellate Moot Court Competition
  • Order of the Coif
  • Order of the Barristers

B.A., summa cum laude, Pennsylvania State University, The Behrend College, 2001

  • Schreyer Honors Scholar
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania

Jared Hawk is an experienced trial attorney who handles litigation matters for clients ranging from start-ups to product designers and manufacturers to large players in the energy industry. Jared’s courtroom experience includes successes in federal, state and appellate courts across the county in cases involving product liability, workplace safety, environmental and mass torts, and commercial disputes.

Jared serves as trial and appellate counsel for designers and manufacturers in product liability actions involving a diverse range of products, including metal slitting and processing equipment, recreational vehicles, children’s products, tree stands and other hunting equipment, forklifts, welding rods, fire extinguishers, heating equipment and controllers, and electrical switches.  He has extensive experience defending these claims on the merits, including serving as first chair in several trials, as well as implementing innovative defenses based on successor liability, idiosyncratic injury, and statutes of repose. Jared also represents facility owners and operators in cases stemming from workplace accidents that result in bodily injury and/or property damage.

Jared also has significant experience litigating mass tort and complex commercial cases, including claims for injunctive relief, breach of contract, force majeure, breach of warranty, nuisance, trespass, and violations of environmental statutes such as CERCLA and RCRA. In these and other cases, Jared has handled complex electronic discovery and expert examinations and challenges. Jared is also the Firm’s Force Majeure Litigation Team lead, where he guides a multi-disciplinary team of experienced litigators to monitor and study trends, decisions and laws relevant to force majeure and other contract-related doctrines.

Additionally, for more than a decade, Jared has focused on the representation of exploration and production companies in the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays, including litigation involving bonus payments and royalties, lease invalidity claims, alleged property contamination and health effects from oil and gas drilling and production activities, and joint operating and other development agreements. Jared has acted as both trial and appellate counsel in these cases, many of which were class actions.