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David L. Hoskins

David L. Hoskins has practiced law in Louisiana since 1980. He has represented corporate clients in business and construction contract disputes, and in the litigation of design, manufacturing, and warning issues involving automotive and other manufactured products, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices. He has had extensive experience in the defense of chemical exposure and occupational disease cases on behalf of manufacturers, distributors, premises owners, and employers in both maritime and nonmaritime settings, and has tried cases involving benzene, vinyl chloride, asbestos, silica, organic solvents, acids, paints and coatings, pesticides, and other chemicals and particulates. He has appeared on behalf of corporate clients at every level of the state and federal judiciary, including the United States Supreme Court in the seminal case of Chambers v. NASCO, Inc., 501 U.S. 32, 111 S.Ct. 2123, 115 L.Ed.2d 27, reh. denied, 501 U.S. 1269, 112 S.Ct. 12, 115 L.Ed.2d 1097 (1991), which established for the first time the inherent power of Article III courts to sanction abusive litigation tactics.

His publications include a Case Note, LASH Carriage Under COGSA—Defining the Maritime Kangaroo, 53 Tul. L. Rev. 1500 (1979), a Law Review Comment, Litigation Preclusion in Louisiana:  Welch v. Crown Zellerbach Corp. and the Death of Collateral Estoppel, 53 Tul. L. Rev. 875 (1979), an article with Shael Herman, Perspectives on Code Structure:  Historical Experience, Modern Formats and Policy Considerations, 54 Tul. L. Rev. 987 (1980), as well as short fiction and poetry published in various literary periodicals.  He was a Regional Winner of a Book-of-the-Month Club Creative Writing Fellowship in 1971, and received an Honorable Mention in Best Short Stories of 1973 (Houghton Mifflin, 1973) and also for the United States Poetry Award in 1972.

Mr. Hoskins served with the United States Army from 1967 to 1969, including a tour of duty in the Republic of Viet Nam (1968-69), and was honorably discharged with the rank of Specialist 5th Class (E-5).

  • Occupational Exposure and Disease
  • Product Liability Defense
  • Insurance Defense
  • General Litigation
  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Centenary College of Louisiana (B.A. 1970 - English Literature)
  • University College, Dublin, The National University of Ireland (Master’s Degree Program - Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama) (Woodrow Wilson Fellow) (1970-71)
  • McNeese State University (Master’s Degree Program - Environmental Science) (1975-77)
  • Tulane University (J.D., cum laude, 1980)
  • Board of Student Editors, The Tulane Law Review (1978-79)
  • Articles Editor, The Tulane Law Review (1979-80)
  • Order of the Coif, Tulane University (1980)
  • Law Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit (1980-81)
  • Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • American Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Southwest Louisiana Bar Association
  • The Defense Research Institute
  • L’Association Henri Capitant
  • Louisiana Bar Foundation (Fellow)
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