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Hartley, Kirk T

Kirk T. Hartley’s practice at Gnarus focuses on consulting assignments at the intersections of science, tort law, corporate law and insurance, as well as the increasing use of bankruptcies and schemes of arrangement to resolve or limit underlying contingent liability claims.

Mr. Hartley’s 30-plus years of practice focuses on advising a wide range plaintiff and defendant corporations, associations, and individuals on the liability and commercial implications of mass torts. He advises and negotiates for clients on asbestos and other product liability claims, insurance coverage for policyholders, mass tort issues in Chapter 11 and inter-corporate battles, including “shared” insurance rights, fiduciary duties, product recall obligations, and tort resolution trusts.

In addition to his consulting work for Gnarus, Kirk also publishes an independent blog,, which focuses on global tort claiming, science, cancer, mass tort bankruptcies and insurance. American Lawyer, Best Lawyers and other groups have time and again recognized Kirk as a top lawyer for mass tort litigation.

Mr. Hartley earned a law degree with honors at the John Marshall Law School. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

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