Richard Faulk Esq.

Hollingsworth LLP
Faulk, Richard

Richard Faulk, a Partner in in Washington, D.C., concentrates his practice in complex toxic tort and environmental litigation, including class actions and other mass tort cases involving multiple plaintiffs and defendants. Mr. Faulk has defended claims for a variety of injuries and illnesses allegedly caused by exposures to asbestos, various solvents, coal tar pitch, gasoline additives, lead paint and pigments, and other toxic substances.

Mr. Faulk is also experienced in environmental litigation, including groundwater contamination cases, cost recovery and contribution actions under CERCLA and state environmental laws, and "neighborhood" exposure cases alleging residential toxic exposures, property value diminution, remediation of alleged pollution released by manufacturing facilities, and abatement of environmental contaminants in residences.

Mr. Faulk has published more than 40 scholarly articles in his areas of practice, a number of which reflect intensive research in legal and scientific issues involving asbestos, global climate change, and public nuisance litigation. He has written and spoken extensively regarding the need for reforms in asbestos litigation and has testified in legislative hearings regarding those concerns. He has also been active in reform efforts regarding public nuisance, climate change, and lead paint liability. In 2005, Mr. Faulk addressed the National Academy of Sciences regarding the reliability of admissibility of scientific evidence in the courts.

Mr. Faulk’s work on issues relating to climate change includes attending and serving as a certified journalist for the United Nations Climate Change Conferences, most notably at the pivotal Copenhagen meetings. He served as counsel for amicus curiae in all of the major climate change tort actions that were filed in the Second, Fifth, and Ninth Circuits and in the U.S. Supreme Court. He has authored important scholarly papers and has lectured and participated in a number of mock Supreme Court arguments regarding climate change liability. He has also chaired and spoken at conferences of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Washington Legal Foundation, and at various professional development conferences for lawyers, engineers, and businessmen.

Mr. Faulk received his B.M. from the University of North Texas and his J.D. from The Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.