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					Collin J. Hite
Partner
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219-4030
T: 804.775.7791
F: 804.225.5405
chite@mcguirewoods.com

Bank of America Tower
50 North Laura Street, Suite 3300
Jacksonville, Florida 32202-3661
T: 904.798.2691
F: 904.798.3267



Mr. Hite's practice involves representing corporations in complex litigation. His experience
includes substantial first chair trial experience in both state and federal courts. As part of his
practice, he handles cases involving class actions, business litigation, toxic torts (including
asbestos, benzene, toxic mold, fuel oils, lead-based products, and chromated copper arsenate
and other wood preservatives), and products liability. Mr. Hite also possesses extensive
experience in handling nuisance claims based on exposure to toxic substances. Most of the
cases that he handles involve "parallel proceedings": competing actions that must be defended
simultaneously in multiple jurisdictions. In addition, he has extensive experience handling lawsuits
dealing with the following areas: construction defect claims, breach of contract, personal injury
defense, property damage issues, fraud, and consumer protection act claims.

He is also the firmwide co-leader of McGuireWoods' Insurance Coverage Counseling and
Litigation Group. He handles insurance recovery and coverage litigation in the areas of business
interruption, all risk, business torts, products liability, directors' and officers' liability, employee
dishonesty, and environmental matters. He represents policyholders and clients including Fortune
500 companies, as well as middle market business entities. Part of his insurance practice also
involves advising clients on types of coverage required by their businesses.

In addition to Virginia, he has represented clients in Florida, California, Missouri, Rhode Island,
Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Ohio.
Practice Areas
   • Insurance Coverage
   • Product & Consumer Litigation
   • Toxic Tort & Environmental Litigation
   • Complex Commercial Litigation
   • Climate Change

Education
   • Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas, J.D., 1993
   • Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, B.A., cum laude, 1990

Honors
    •    AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Previous Experience
   • Associate, Sands Anderson Marks & Miller, P.C., 1998-2000
   • Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General, Virginia, 1996-1998
   • Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General, Florida, 1993-1996

Publications
   • "Global Warming Litigation and D&O Insurance Coverage Issues," White Paper, Co-
       authored with Ben Yhim, February 2010
   • "Certificates of Insurance: So You Like to Gamble," Insurance Law360, Portfolio Media,
       Inc., May 28, 2009
   • "Corporate and Apex Depositions - Attorneys Prepare or Beware," The Journal of Civil
       Litigation, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, March 2009
   • "Spoliation of Evidence in State and Federal Courts in Virginia," (Co-authored with Trent
       Taylor), The Journal of Civil Litigation, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, Fall
       2007
   • ADHD Litigation White Paper, October 2007
   • Chapter 9 "Getting the Coverage You Deserve: A Recipe for Success," Insurance
       Dispute Resolution Proceedings, Aspatore Books, 2007
   • "Commercial Property Insurance," Insurance Law in Virginia, (Co-authored with Carter
       Redd), Virginia CLE Publications, 2003 Edition; 2005 Supplement; 2009 Supplement
   • "Pleading the Fifth May Protect the Insured from the Feds, But Not the Insurer," ABA
       Insurance Coverage Litigation Newsletter, Spring 2002
   • "Notice Provisions of the Virginia Tort Claims Act: A Trap for the Unwary," Virginia State
       Bar, Litigation News, Summer 1998

Speaking Engagements
   • "A Lot of Hot Air or Coming Disaster: Insurance Coverage for Global Warming Claims,"
       Webinar, Lex Mundi Legal Association, May 2010
   • "Gulf Oil Spill and Your Insurance - Are You Ready?" Teleconference, McGuireWoods
       and Navigant Consulting, May 2010
   • "Global Warming Litigation Update," Association of Corporate Counsel's International
       Legal Affairs Committee, Teleconference, April 2010
   • "A Lot of Hot Air or Coming Disaster: Insurance Coverage for Global Warming Claims,"
       Webinar, McGuireWoods, MARSH and Association of Corporate Counsel, Richmond,
       Virginia, February 2010
   •   "Federal Court Primer," Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys' Young Associates
       Seminar, Staunton, Virginia, 2009
   •   "Up in Smoke: Insurance Coverage for Global Warming Issues," Virginia Risk and
       Insurance Management Society, Virginia Beach, Virginia, October 2009
   •   "Go from Zero to Hero: Maximizing Recovery Under Insurance Policies," Association of
       Corporate Counsel, Richmond Virginia, September 2009
   •   "Food Safety: Insurance Coverage Issues," Webinar, McGuireWoods and MARSH,
       Richmond, Virginia, 2009
   •   "Diverse Interpretations of the Absolute Pollution Exclusion Leave Businesses
       Vulnerable," Virginia Risk and Insurance Management Society, 2008
   •   "Getting the Most Out of E-Trials: How and When to Use Technology," Virginia
       Association of Defense Attorneys, Annual Meeting, 2008
   •   "Working with Your Pharmacy Benefits Manager," Webinar, McGuireWoods and Mercer,
       Richmond, Virginia, 2008
   •   "Finding, Retaining and Preparing Expert Witnesses," Virginia Association of Defense
       Attorneys, Mid-Year Meeting, 2008
   •   "The Role of Regulatory Science in Toxic Tort Litigation," Virginia Association of Defense
       Attorneys, Annual Meeting, 2007
   •   "Use of Experts to Assert a Malingering Defense," Virginia Association of Defense
       Attorneys, Annual Meeting, 2006
   •   "Toxic Mold: Litigating to Win," Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, Mid-Year
       Meeting, 2006
   •   "Construction Contracts: Insurance Coverage Techniques to Properly Transfer Your Risk
       of Loss," McGuireWoods Seminar, 2006
   •   "Case Law Overview for 2004-2005," Southeastern Electric Exchange Claims Section
       Meeting, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 2005
   •   "Pursuing Your Insurance Claims," Seminar Sponsored by McGuireWoods, Chicago,
       Illinois, 2005
   •   "Mold: Coming to a Building Near You, with Litigation Soon to Follow," Seminar
       Sponsored by Marcor Environmental, Inc., Salisbury, Maryland, 2004
   •   "Pursuing Your First Party Insurance Claim," Seminar Sponsored by McGuireWoods,
       Richmond, Virginia, 2003
   •   "The Noerr-Pennington Doctrine," Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, Annual
       Meeting, 2001
   •   "Year 2000 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Federal Rules of
       Evidence," Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, Mid-Year Meeting, 2001
   •   "Personal Jurisdiction Based on Contacts Through the Internet," Virginia Association of
       Defense Attorneys, Annual Meeting, 2000

Professional Affiliations
   • Virginia State Bar
          • Young Lawyers Conference, Board of Governors, 1999-2002
   • Florida State Bar
   • Federal Bar Association
          • Federal Litigation Section, Board of Directors, 2006-Present
          • Richmond Chapter, President, 2009-Present; 2002-2004
   • American Bar Association
            •    Litigation Section: Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Class Actions
                 Committee, Mass Torts Committee
            • Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section: Insurance Coverage Litigation
                 Committee, Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee
    •   Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
            • Member, Board of Directors, 2008-Present
            • Mock Trial Instructor, Trial Tactics Workshop, 2009, 2010
            • Chairman, Annual Meeting Committee, 2007-2008
            • Chairman, Environmental & Toxic Torts Section, 2006-2007
    •   Lex Mundi
            • Chairman, Insurance/Reinsurance Practice Group, 2010-Present
            • North American Regional Vice Chairman, Insurance/Reinsurance Practice
                 Group, 2008-2010
    •   Minority Corporate Counsel Association
    •   Bar Association of the City of Richmond

Civic Affiliations
    • Board of Directors, Barksdale Theatre
    • President & Director, The Historical Society for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern
        District of Virginia, 2005-Present
    • Business Council Member, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
    • Fan District Association
    • Reveille United Methodist Church

Admitted
   • Florida
   • Virginia
   • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
   • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
   • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
   • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
   • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
   • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
   • U.S. Tax Court

Place of Birth
    • Columbus, Indiana

				
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