Robert Edward Hoskins

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Partner
Location:
Greenville, South Carolina
Phone:
864-242-6200
Fax:
864-233-0290
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Robert "Rob" Hoskins has been handling ERISA claims for almost as long as he has been practicing law. (He graduated from law school in 1989.) He handled his first ERISA case in 1991 and won his first "big" ERISA case in 1992. Since then, he has handled literally thousands of ERISA and insurance cases of about every type imaginable. He regularly handles ERISA and insurance claims involving long term disability, health insurance, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and pension/retirement matters. He has handled a number of notable ERISA and insurance cases before various courts including the United States Supreme Court. (See below)  He has, also, written and lectured extensively on ERISA as described below. He is peer review rated AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating available for legal skill and ethics.1  He has, also, been recognized as one of the top ERISA and Employee Benefits lawyers in South Carolina the publication SuperLawyers.2  Finally, Mr. Hoskins has been listed multiple times in the publication The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area "employee benefits".3  Mr. Hoskins also volunteers as an administrator for the popular ERISA website ERISABoard.com.

1 Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.

2 Selections are made by Law & Politics, a division of Key Professional Media, Inc. of Minneapolis, Minn.  Each year, Law & Politics undertakes a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by Law & Politics' attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check.  Attorneys do not pay for the honor of inclusion and the only way a lawyer can be included is through the selection process.

3 Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has been regarded as a definitive guide to legal excellence.  Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 32,000 attorneys cast almost two million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their areas of practice, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.  Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice".

 

 

Published Works: 
Article, Equitable Estoppel As A Remedy Under ERISA, South Dakota Law Review, 2011

Article, Long Term Disability Offsets: What to Look for From a Claimant's Perspective, South Carolina Lawyer Magazine, September 2009

Article, Subrogation Rights Under E.R.I.S.A. Governed Health Plans, SC Lawyer Magazine, 2005

Article, What Are a Health Insurer's Rights to Subrogate Against Your Client's Tort Recovery?, South Carolina Trial Lawyers Magazine, Spring, 1998

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