Robert Edward Hoskins (1965-2016)

Robert Edward Hoskins (1965-2016)

Partner
Location:
Greenville, South Carolina
Phone:
864-242-6200
Fax:
864-233-0290
Email:

Rob Hoskins was the founder of the firm’s ERISA and Insurance Law Department.  He graduated from law school in 1989, handled his first ERISA case in 1991, and won his first big ERISA case in 1992.  When he began handling ERISA cases, the practice as a plaintiffs’ attorney was practically non-existent in South Carolina, but Rob quickly built himself and his practice up as one of the most knowledgeable ERISA attorneys in both the State and the Country.  In the span of his career, he handled thousands of ERISA and insurance cases of about every type imaginable.  He argued cases at Federal Appellate Courts on a regular basis and even took a case to the United States Supreme Court and won (LaRue v. DeWolff, Boberg & Associates, Inc., et. al., 128 S. Ct. 1020 (2008)).  Rob was known across the country as very knowledgeable, honest, and tenacious.  He often represented clients not for the value of the case, but instead for the interest of the matter of law at hand.

 

Rob was well known to practice at the highest of ethical standards.  He was AV rated through Martindale-Hubbell, recognized by “Super Lawyers”, and named multiple times in the Best Lawyers in America.  He published dozens of articles and publications and was a frequent speaker on ERISA matters.

 

Rob’s legacy lives on every day within the firm.  We continue to handle ERISA and insurance claims to the high ethical and professional standards that Rob instilled in us.  Rob helped thousands of individuals and medical providers in his career and always took pride in helping each person regardless of the value of their case.  To this day, the Foster Law Firm still models its ERISA and insurance practices after Rob’s excellent example.

 

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law -- Employee
  • Americans with Disabilities Act -- Employee
  • Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) -- Employee
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) -- Employee
  • Pensions, Benefits & Compensations -- Employee
  • Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) -- Employer
  • Health & Health Care Law
  • Disability
  • Insurance Law
  • Bad Faith Insurance
  • Commercial Insurance
  • Life & Health

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina, 1990
  • U.S. District Court District of South Carolina, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1996

Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, South Carolina
    • J.D.
  • University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina
    • B.A.
    • Major: History

Representative Cases

Classes/Seminars

  • Guest Speaker, Ninth Annual Health Care Law Seminar, SC Bar CLE Presentation, 1996
  • Guest Speaker, E.R.I.S.A. from the Plaintiff's Perspective, SC Bar C.L.E. Presentation, 1997
  • Guest Lecturer on E.R.I.S.A., University of South Carolina School of Law, 1998 - 2000
  • Guest Speaker, ERISA from the Plaintiff's Perspective, SC Trial Lawyers Convention, 1998
  • Guest Speaker, 15th Annual NC/SC Labor & Employment Law Seminar, 1999
  • Guest Speaker, CANCER: KEYS TO SURVIVORSHIP Conference, Topic: Health Insurance Claims, Columbia, SC, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 2000
  • Panel Member and Guest Speaker, Collection Law for Healthcare Industry,Greenville, SC, LORMAN sponsored CLE, 2000
  • Guest Speaker, ERISA Roundtable, NC Academy of Trial Lawyers, Raleigh, NC, 2000
  • Guest Speaker, Identifying and Handling Long Term Disability Cases for Your Social Security Clients, SC Trial Lawyers Annual Convention, 2000
  • Guest Speaker, Identifying and Handling Long Term Disability Cases for Workers' Compensation Clients, SC Trial Lawyers Annual Convention, 2001
  • Guest Speaker, Advanced ERISA Techniques, NC Trial Lawyers Association CLE, 2001
  • Panel Member and Guest Speaker, SC Workman's Compensation Educational Association Seminar, Charleston, SC, 2002
  • Guest Speaker, ERISA for Trial Lawyers Seminar, NC Trial Lawyers Association CLE, 2002
  • Guest Speaker, Collection Law for the Healthcare Industry in South Carolina, ERISA from the Claimant's Perspective, Lorman Sponsored CLE, Greenville, SC, 2002
  • Panel Member, Second Annual Federal Practice in the District of South Carolina, Ethical Consideration for Federal Practitioners, Columbia, SC, South Carolina Bar sponsored CLE, 2003
  • Guest Speaker, 19th Annual North Carolina / South Carolina Employment and Labor Law Update, E.R.I.S.A., Charleston, SC, South Carolina and North Carolina Bars sponsored CLE, 2003
  • Guest Speaker, Bad Faith Litigation in South Carolina, Bad Faith, National Business Institute sponsored CLE, 2003
  • Guest Speaker, What Are A Health Insurers Rights to Subrogate Against Your Client's Tort Recovery?, NC Academy of Trial Lawyers sponsored CLE, 2004
  • Guest Speaker, Bad Faith Litigation in South Carolina, National Business Institute Sponsored CLE, 2004
  • Guest Speaker, Employment Law Seminar; "E.R.I.S.A. Update", Greenville County Bar Association CLE Presentation, 2005
  • Guest Speaker, Settling Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claims; "Prosecute UM/UIM Claims With Confidence", National Business Institute, 2006
  • Guest Speaker, "Breach of Fiduciary Duties and Remedies Under ERISA," Hilton Head Island, SC, SCTLA 2007 Annual Convention, 2007
  • Guest Speaker, "Ethical Handling of Denied and Disputed Claims Including Lien Issues", Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC, SC Claimant Attorneys for Workers' Compensation, 2007
  • Guest Speaker, "ERISA Fraud: Comply with New 401(k) Rules and Prevent Plan Mismanagement", CCM Nationwide Teleconference for HR Professionals, February 6, 2008
  • Guest Speaker, "Litigating ERISA Claims" CLE, Columbia, SC, National Business Institute, February 25, 2008
  • Guest Speaker, "LaRue v. DeWolff, Boberg & Associates", CCM Nationwide Teleconference for HR Professionals, April 11, 2008
  • Guest Speaker, "The Injured Party's Perspective", Columbia, SC, South Carolina Bar Sponsored CLE, May 2, 2008
  • Guest Speaker, "ERISA: Impact of the Supreme Court Decision in LaRue v. DeWolff on Your Practice, Charlotte, North Carolina, Mecklenburg County Bar, May 9, 2008
  • Guest Speaker, "Recent Developments in Employment & Labor Law", Columbia, South Carolina, South Carolina Bar Sponsored CLE, May 21, 2008
  • Guest Speaker, "Employment Laws Made Simple", National Business Institute, June 4, 2008
  • Guest Speaker, "Advanced Employment Law", National Business Institute, October 2, 2008
  • Guest Speaker, "Insurance Coverage Litigation", National Business Institute, December 16, 2008 - December 18, 2008
  • Guest Speaker, "Litigating ERISA Claims", National Business Institute, February 11, 2009
  • Guest Speaker, "Juries: The Wildcard at Issue (Mock Trial), ABA Annual Convention, Chicago, Illinois, August 2, 2009
  • Guest Speaker, "Advanced Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Law", National Business Institute, October 7, 2009
  • Guest Speaker, "Insurance Coverage Litigation", National Business Institute, December 8, 2009 - December 9, 2009
  • Guest Speaker, "Settling Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claims",, National Business Institute, February 26, 2010
  • Guest Speaker, "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act", South Carolina Bar, July 30, 2010
  • Guest Speaker, "SCAJ Convention Employment Law", South Carolina Association for Justice, August 5, 2010
  • Guest speaker, "Advanced Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Law", National Business Institute, Columbia, SC, October 13, 2010
  • Guest Speaker, "Healthcare Law in the Federal Courts - Symposium", Charleston School of Law, January 28, 2011
  • Guest Speaker, "Auto Injury Litigation from Start to Finish", National Business Institute, Columbia, SC, February 25, 2011
  • Guest Speaker, "Handling ERISA Benefit Claims", Permanent Program for South Carolina Bar's On-Line Learning Section, March 1, 2011
  • Guest Speaker, "Health Insurance Subrogation and Reimbursement Claims", Permanent Program for South Carolina Bar's On-Line Learning Section, March 1, 2011
  • Guest Speaker, "Litigating the Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claims", National Business Institute, Columbia, SC, October 18, 2011
  • Guest Speaker, "Disability Law From Start to Finish", National Business Institute, National Video Webcast, June 8, 2012
  • Guest Speaker, "Overcoming Complex Challenges in UM/UIM Law", National Business Institute, November 29, 2012
  • Guest Speaker, "Disability Benefits Law Workshop", National Business Institute, December 11, 2012
  • Guest Speaker, "Auto Injury Litigation From Start to Finish", National Business Institute, February 27, 2013
  • Guest Speaker, "Litigating the Uninsured & Underinsured Motorist Claim", National Business Institute, November 21, 2013
  • Guest Speaker, "Auto Injuries: Advanced Plaintiff Strategies", National Business Institute, February 27, 2014
  • Guest Speaker, "30th Annual NC/SC Labor & Employment Law Program", NC Bar Association, Asheville, NC, October 24, 2014
  • Guest Speaker, "Uninsured & Underinsured Motorist Litigation from A to Z", National Business Institute, Columbia, SC, November 18, 2014