Arthur W. Hankin


Arthur Hankin concentrates his practice in commercial and tort litigation with substantial emphasis upon matters and contracts arising from:

  • aviation
  • product liability
  • insurance coverage–listed as national trial counsel and panel counsel assigned to major claims for many carriers
  • environmental exposures
  • professional negligence
  • med-mal defense
  • E & O defense
  • contracts defense of manufacturers

Art Hankin is a national trial counsel for major carriers and companies. He is also certified as a mediator by the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and is actively involved in alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) proceedings. Art has successfully tried to verdict over 200 cases. He has been a licensed pilot for over 40 years and has been an invited speaker at the SMU AirLaw Symposium.

Art has received the highest possible rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Outside the Firm

Art loves to play golf, is a wine enthusiast, and spends time in New York City and San Francisco with his family. He can be seen on Sundays in the fall at Eagles games with his son or daughter as he has been a season ticket holder for over 30 years.


  • Carrier for Massport/Logan Airport after 9/11 terrorist attacks.
  • Coverage dispute involving environmental contamination in Lockheed Skunk Works plant during construction of Stealth Bomber with $1 billion in coverage at issue.
  • A manufacturer of an entertainment system for an international airline following a fatal crash caused by the burning of the insulation in the aircraft’s flight entertainment system.
  • Defense of pilot’s estate following midair collision during flight instruction.
  • Subrogation matter for repayment of total loss of airframe following forced landing after double failure of starter generators at night in Lear Jet.
  • Med-mal defense of physician liability in case involving death of newborn.
  • A hospital, in dozens of cases arising out of employment of nurse who confessed to being a serial killer.
  • Excess carrier of grower of green onions sued after 600 cases of hepatitis at a fast-food restaurant.
  • Defense of concussion litigation arising out of college athletic programs.
  • Defense of the owner of aircraft which crashed in Colombia South America killing two of three occupants on board.
  • Defense of a medical school from alleged injury by student in lab claiming it caused inability to become a physician.
  • Federal Tort Claim against USA by hospital claiming right of contribution following settlement of birth injury malpractice claim.


  • 2004–2014, 2016–2017, “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer” in Products Liability, listed in Super Lawyers



  • American Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association
  • Lehigh County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
Professional Activities

Art is a director of the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association and has been a frequent speaker at its annual meetings. He is an advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates and a member and former board member of the Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel. He is also a Past Editor of the PA Negligence Digest and the PA Damages Digest.



  • Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court - Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit


  • Dickinson College, BA
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, JD