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Patrick A. Hewitt

Managing Partner

Patrick Hewitt focuses his practice in the area of toxic tort/products liability defense and insurance defense.  A founding member of Riley, Hewitt, Witte and Romano, P.C. and its predecessor firm, Riley & DeFalice, Mr. Hewitt serves as national coordinating counsel for several national and international companies, handling all their mass tort litigation.  His responsibilities in this role include devising and implementing trial strategies, including all pretrial discovery and motions, depositions, disposition of cases by trial or settlement, and any post-trial motion practice.  Additionally, Mr. Hewitt is responsible for the selection and oversight of local counsel throughout the United States.


Mr. Hewitt has extensive trial and appellate experience in federal and state courts across the country.   Representative cases include: defense of manufacturers and suppliers of products that contain asbestos, benzene,  and silica; medical device litigation involving insulin pumps, medical device litigation involving hip replacement joints/femoral heads; insurance coverage litigation, personal injury litigation resulting from the use of playground equipment, personal injury litigation related to industrial equipment, and automobile accident death cases. 


Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Hewitt spent four years in the United States Army Judge Advocate General Corps.  There, he was assigned to the 101st Airborne (Air Asslt) Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky and, later, to the Government Appellate Division in Washington D.C., as the Army’s liaison to the United States Supreme Court. 


Mr. Hewitt has served as a Director and President (three terms) of Valley Brook Country Club.   He is active in his church and community outreach programs.  He resides in Upper St. Clair with his wife and two daughters.


  • B.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1980 (cum laude)

  • J.D., The Dickinson School of Law, 1983


Bar Admissions

  • State Courts:  Pennsylvania, 1983; West Virginia, 1994

  • Federal Courts:  W.D. Pa. 1988; E.D. Pa. 1988; M.D. Pa. 1989; 3d Cir. 1989;

  • U.S. Supreme Court 1986; Supreme Court of Pennsylvania 1983; Supreme Court of West Virginia 1994; Court of Appeals for the Military Circuit 1984; Army Court of Military Review 1984



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