Phillip R. Earnest
U.S. District Court – Western District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. District Court – Northern District of West Virginia
J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law
M.A., West Virginia University
B.A., Pennsylvania State University
PHILLIP R. EARNEST is a Partner at Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP. He is the Chair of the firm’s Insurance Coverage practice. He primarily represents corporations in commercial, construction, and insurance claims and litigation. Mr. Earnest also drafts and negotiates construction, indemnity, surety, and insurance agreements for owners, contractors, specialty subcontractors, design professionals, insurers, and sureties.
Mr. Earnest has tried numerous jury trials and has successfully conducted commercial and construction arbitrations throughout the federal and state court systems of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Additionally, he has conducted alternative dispute resolution proceedings such as the American Arbitration Association and private arbitration. His current and recent engagements include the following representative disputes:
Mr. Earnest was appointed as a Hearing Committee Member serving the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. His appointment is a three-year term. Mr. Earnest was also recognized in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers for his practice in Construction Law and Insurance.
In addition to authoring amicus briefs on behalf of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, Mr. Earnest frequently publishes articles and speaks before clients, industry organizations, and attorneys regarding developments in his areas of practice.
Mr. Earnest is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, the American Bar Association, the Professional Liability Attorney Network, the Professional Lines Underwriting Society, and the alumni associations of Penn State, West Virginia University, and the University of Pittsburgh. He is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and he has been admitted pro hac vice in numerous other jurisdictions throughout the United States.Contact Phillip R. Earnest now
“Managing Risk with General Liability and Professional Liability Insurance Coverage,” Managing Engineering Liability and Risk (Coraopolis, PA), July 8, 2020
“Contractual Liability: Indemnification Agreements and Additional Insured Endorsements,” Pietragallo and Willis Towers Watson Joint Roundtable Seminar (Pittsburgh, PA), September 19, 2017
“An Update on Indemnification Agreements and Additional Insured Endorsements,” Pittsburgh RIMS (Pittsburgh, PA), March 14, 2017
“Insurance Coverage: An Overview and Update on Anti-Indemnity Statutes,” Professional Liability Attorneys Network (PLAN) (Olathe, KS), March 12, 2015
“Survey of the Interplay Between Unfair Insurance Practices Acts and Bad Faith Litigation,” AIG’s Legal Briefing (Olathe, KS), March 11, 2015
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