Kevin E. Hexstall focuses his practice on the defense of insured and self-insured clients, in claims made and suits brought against them involving environmental, toxic torts and mass torts litigation. He is an experienced trial attorney who has successfully defended insureds in complex wrongful death cases claiming exposure to asbestos as well as other alleged toxic substances. Kevin is experienced in the defense of higher education institutions and various retail businesses in matters involving premises liability, product liability and employment law matters.
In addition to his experience in civil litigation, Kevin has developed a successful criminal defense practice. Prior to joining Marshall Dennehey, Kevin served as chairman of the Criminal Defense Section for a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, law firm. Here he defended NFL and NBA athletes as well as entertainers, in civil and criminal proceedings.
In 1994 Kevin graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he earned a Bachelors of Arts degree. He then attended Ohio Northern University College of Law in Ada, Ohio, where in 1997 he earned a juris doctor, graduating with dean's list honors. While attending law school, Kevin served on the executive board of the Moot Court Program and received the Book Award for the Criminal Law Clinic.
Significant Representative Matters
•Sheil v. Honeywell International Inc. (Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Civil Division) Plaintiff asserted a wrongful death claim on behalf of her deceased husband claiming that he died of peritoneal mesothelioma after making personal brake changes on 50 vehicles. Result: Jury finds Defendant Not Liable.
•Frank Brooks v. Defendant, et al (Philadelphia County Civil Trial Division): Plaintiff alleged that his lung cancer was a result of exposure to asbestos from Defendant's product. Potential for Jury Verdict in excess of $1,000,000. Result: Motion to Dismiss Granted in favor of Defendant prior to Phase II of jury trial.
•Irene Abromovich v. Defendant, et al (Philadelphia County Civil Trial Division), Co-counsel : Plaintiff alleged sustaining herniated disc which required a discectomy and a lumbar fusion as a result of a fall which occurred on Defendant's premises. Plaintiff demanded $600,000 from Defendant. Result: Philadelphia jury finds that Defendant was not negligent and returned a verdict in favor of the Defendant.
•Carlton Baker v. Defendant (Philadelphia County Civil Trial Division): Plaintiff alleged that Defendant was negligent in supervising its employees, when he was allegedly struck with a chain at work by co-worker. Plaintiff sustained lacerations to the head requiring stitches, a black eye, soft tissue injuries to the neck and back, and permanent loss in range of motion in his arm. Result: Verdict in favor of Defense on all counts after Bench Trial before Court of Common Pleas Judge.
•Commonwealth of PA v. Defendant (Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Criminal Division): Defendant charged with drugging and raping seven different women, on nine separate occasions. All nine cases consolidated for trial. Result: Philadelphia jury finds Defendant Not Guilty of 33 out of 35 counts. Defense Attorneys and Prosecutor comment on verdict
•Stafford v. Honeywell International Inc. (Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Civil Division): Plaintiff asserted a wrongful death claim on behalf of her deceased husband claiming that he died of peritoneal mesothelioma after 30 years of making personal brake changes on family vehicles. Result: Jury finds Defendant Not Liable.
•United States of America v. Defendant (US District Court Eastern District of PA Criminal Court): Defendant charged with Indecent Exposure, Disorderly Conduct, and Solicitation in case involving undercover Federal Employee. Result: Defendant found Not Guilty of All Charges.
•Commonwealth of PA v. Defendant (Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Criminal Division): Defendant charged with Carjacking, Robbery, Kidnapping, Conspiracy, and related charges. Result: Defendant found Not Guilty of All Charges.
•Commonwealth of PA v. Defendant (Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Criminal Division): Defendant charged with Burglary, Conspiracy, and related charges. Result: Defendant found Not Guilty of All Charges.
•Commonwealth of PA v. Defendant (Chester County District Court Criminal Division): Defendant charged with Vehicular Homicide and related offenses. Result: All charges withdrawn at the Preliminary Hearing, and Defendant plead No Contest to Summary Traffic Offenses only.
•Commonwealth of PA v. Defendant (Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Criminal Division): Defendant charged with drugging and raping three different women, on separate occasions. All three cases consolidated for trial. Result: Philadelphia jury finds Defendant Not Guilty of All charges.
•State of New Jersey v. Defendant (Atlantic County Superior Court Criminal Division): Defendant, charged with harassment of customer at area restaurant. Result: Defendant found Not Guilty of All charges at Bench Trial before Superior Court Judge.
•Commonwealth of PA v. Defendant (Centre County Municipal Court): Defendant charge with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. Result: Not Guilty of All Charges after Bench Trial before Municipal Court Judge.
•Commonwealth of PA v. Defendant (Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Criminal Division): Defendant charged with Aggravated Assault, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, and Violation of Uniform Firearms Act. Result: Defendant Found Not Guilty of All Charges.
•Mock Jury Selection in a Toxic Tort case. American Bar Association, Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee - TIPS 20th Annual Spring CLE Meeting, The New Frontier: Science, Technology and the Law, April 2011
•Speaker, Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) program, Crime and Punishment, at the Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law, June 2010
•Speaker, 2010 and 2009 Fattah Conference on Higher Education, Phildelphia, PA
•Moderator, Wind Energy Projects, ABA TIPS 19th Annual Spring CLE Meeting - Some Like It Hot: Emerging Issues in Toxic Tort and Environmental Law, April 2010
•Speaker, The Costs of Bet-the-Company Verdicts-Impacts and Staying Power, HB Litigation Conferences' Emerging Trends in Asbestos Litigation Conference, March 2010
•Speaker, Insurance Companies Seminars/CLE's Environmental & Toxic Tort Issues
•Speaker, CLE Seminar at Resolute Management, Inc. on Bankruptcy - Utilizing Trust Application Information to Develop your Defense in Asbestos Litigation
•Speaker, Diversity Forum - Making Your Own Path in Today's Society, Ohio Northern University College of Law
•Speaker, Drexel Law Co-Op's Business Development and Networking: Building A Client Base
•Speaker, Power of 3: Assignment/Inclusion/Mentoring, Philadelphia Diversity Seminar
•Speaker, Criminal Justice Section of Community College of Philadelphia
•Speaker, Rowan University Career Day
•Keynote Speaker, Landis Middle School Commencement Ceremony
•Speaker, Cumberland County Community College Career Day
•Speaker, Say Yes to Education College Seminar
Honors & Awards
•American Lawyer Media. Recognized as one of twelve Pennsylvania minority attorneys On the Verge in a diversity supplement published in The Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly, 2007
•Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2006-2008, 2010-2011
•ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, National Trial Academy, 2006
•Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2014
Year Joined Organization: 2010