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Laura Kingsley Hong

Partner
Cleveland, OH | D 216.696.3143 | F 216.592.5009
overview

Laura Kingsley Hong chairs the firm's Mass Tort & Product Liability Group, which includes more than 55 lawyers in seven offices. 

A trial lawyer with nearly 30 years of uninterrupted experience defending class action, mass and toxic tort, product and commercial litigation, she serves as national, trial, and local counsel for many companies.

In her role as national and trial counsel, Laura manages and assists local counsel, insurance companies, and corporations in the defense of mass and toxic tort and product liability claims. As trial counsel, she appears in state and federal courts across the country and has tried several cases to jury verdict. In her role as national or local counsel, Laura partners with counsel, providing clients a cohesive and collaborative defense team. She has also arbitrated before the American Arbitration Association.

Laura was featured in the “Big Suits” column in The American Lawyer, detailing a victory on behalf of BP involving a 19-week refinery contamination trial. Her testimony supporting Ohio’s Asbestos Medical Criteria Bill (Ohio H.B. 292) helped shape that legislation and is cited in its legislative history.

Laura is a former Case Western Reserve University School of Law professor of trial tactics. She speaks frequently on topics relating to toxic tort and product liability litigation.

education & admissions

education

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law (J.D., 1985)
  • Oberlin College (B.A., 1980)

state admissions

  • Ohio, 1986

federal admissions

  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
experience

Representative Matters

  • Brief, amici curiae, United States Supreme Court, IRS taxable transportation issues for fractional aircraft management company
  • Won a defense jury verdict as lead trial counsel in a wrongful death mesothelioma case on behalf of a lone defendant under OPLA
  • Briefed a winning motion for summary judgment on successor liability in a Louisiana case through the appellate process
  • Supported a defense jury verdict as lead trial support coordinator in a class action refinery contamination case in Southeast Kansas
  • Won a defense jury verdict as lead trial counsel in a mesothelioma death case on behalf of a lone defendant
  • Defended a wire supplier in cases filed by experimental participants in the Functional Electrical Stimulation Program
  • Won a defense jury verdict as lead medical counsel in a severe pulmonary fibrosis case
  • Won a defense jury verdict in a mesothelioma death case on behalf of a thermal insulation manufacturer
  • Won a fraudulent inducement claim as lead trial counsel in a bench trial in federal court, reversed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Defended housing authorities in individual and class action claims relating to lead-based paint
publications & events

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • "Ethics: The Toxicity of Ethics in Asbestos Cases," Defense Asbestos Litigation Seminar 2018, Nashville, Tennessee (June 2018)
  • "Anticipating the Unknown," DRI Asbestos Medicine Seminar, Las Vegas, Nevada (November 2017)
  • "The Importance and Preparation of the 30(b)6 Corporate Representative Deposition," DRI Defense Lawyers Asbestos Symposium, Las Vegas, Nevada (November 2017)
  • "'Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!' The Importance of Following the Yellow Brick Road in Corporate Representative Depositions," 2017 In-House Counsel Summit, Tucker Ellis LLP, Cleveland, Ohio (October 2017)
  • "Ethics: Outrageous Misconduct," Defense Asbestos Seminar (DALS) 2017, Orlando, Florida (June 2017)
  • "Crossing Plaintiff’s Expert Part 2," DRI Asbestos Medicine Seminar, New Orleans, Louisiana (November 2016)
  • "Top Leadership Competencies," Ohio Diversity Council, Cleveland, Ohio (October 2016)
  • "Branding: Becoming Visible and Importance of Self," Cleveland Women in Leadership Symposium, Ohio Diversity Council, Cleveland, Ohio (March 2016)
  • "Diversity & Discrimination: The Legal Ethics," Tucker Ellis Ohio Professional Conduct Program, Cleveland, Ohio (December 2015)
  • "The Cleveland Police Consent Decree," Ports, Police and Politics in Ohio, Tucker Ellis LLP, Cleveland, Ohio (November 2015)
  • "A Seat at the Table: Witness Prep & Other Essential Trial Skills for Young Lawyers," 2015 National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Annual Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana (November 2015)
  • "Ethics: Staying Out of the Penalty Box" (main stage) and "Becoming First Chair" (breakout), DRI Asbestos Medicine Seminar, Las Vegas, Nevada (November 2015)
  • "The Path to Success in a Law Firm," 4th Annual Women’s Law & Leadership Conference, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Cleveland, Ohio (October 2015)
  • "Special Case Circumstances to be Considered in Evaluation," Defense Asbestos Litigation Seminar (DALS) 2015, Las Vegas, Nevada (June 2015)
  • "Trial Strategies for Apportionment," 1st Annual Asbestos Litigation ExecuSummit, Uncasville, Connecticut (December 2014)
  • "Keeping Your Boiler Defendant from Losing Steam – Boiler Operation and Defense Strategy," DRI’s Asbestos Medicine Seminar, San Francisco, California (November 2014)
  • "Joint Defense Approaches," The Defense Asbestos Litigation Seminar (DALS), Las Vegas, Nevada (June 2014)

Publications

honors

Awards & Professional Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America® (2010-2018)
    • Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants
  • America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® (2018)
  • Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, AV® Preeminent™ rating
  • Top Rated Lawyer, "Women Lawyers in the Law," The American Lawyer (2013)
  • Women's Leadership Award, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (2012)
  • Greater Cleveland YWCA
    • Women of Professional Excellence Award (2010)
    • Women of Achievement Award (1999)
  • Ohio Super Lawyers® (2004-2009, 2011-2018)
    • Personal Injury – Products: Defense

affiliations
in the community

Civic & Professional Involvement

  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Senior Fellow
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
  • Federal Bar Association, Past President, Ohio Chapter
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, Diversity Scholarship Committee
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Past President
  • Asian American Bar Association of Ohio, Founder and Past President
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