Richard Hathcoat’s practice and research are focused on insurer funded defense, first-party insurance litigation and claim investigation, title examination, and administrative proceedings. As a former prosecutor, his practice also includes criminal law and DUI defense.
Rich studied at the University of Tulsa, obtaining his undergraduate degree in 1988, and Juris Doctorate in 1991. After law school, he served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Tulsa, Oklahoma District Attorney's office, initially as the traffic prosecutor and later as a member of a felony trial team.
He then entered private practice representing insurers in first-party claims investigation and defense of "bad faith" cases. Rich has regularly conducted examinations under oath for some of the largest and most sophisticated insurers in the country. He has also defended numerous insured clients under commercial and personal lines policies.
Rich has instructed continuing education seminars for insurance adjusters and lawyers, and has presented in-house programs for insurers. He has a published decision concerning the enforcement of replacement cost provisions in a homeowner’s insurance policy, Truesdell v. State Farm Fire and Cas. Co., 960 F. Supp. 1511 (N.D. Okla. 1997). Rich is a member of DRI, and is licensed in Colorado and Oklahoma courts.