Raymond Hunter’s primary focus lies in representing commercial property owners and lessees in cases involving casualty and contract litigation. Raymond also provides legal representation to insurance companies entangled in coverage disputes, as well as to entities within the automotive and trucking industry facing allegations of product liability.
Raymond’s concentration on commercial property entails advocating for a variety of industries, including retail, food service, and heavy sectors like railroads, alongside their insurers. His caseload spans casualty claims and contract conflicts encompassing a wide spectrum of subjects such as defective walking surfaces, burn incidents, equipment malfunction and industry-specific equipment failure, structural integrity and failure, as well as exposure to hazardous substances. Navigating these cases requires his expertise in interpreting and applying nuanced facets of not only common law within Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, but also pertinent state and federal statutes, along with administrative codes governing the use, development, and operations of commercial property.
In the realm of railroad practice, Raymond’s representation primarily pertains to railroad corporations facing civil suits from injured employees, trespassers, passengers, and third-party contractors. The cases he handles cover a range of casualty claims, mirroring the vastness of the railroad industry itself. His involvement spans from typical premises liability cases to intricate scenarios like heavy equipment malfunctions and train collisions causing serious injuries or fatalities to pedestrians and motorists navigating railway-highway grade crossings. Raymond adeptly navigates the substantial body of railroad-related law, which encompasses acts such as the Federal Employers Liability Act, the Federal Safety Appliance Act, the Locomotive Inspection Act and the Pennsylvania Railroad Civil Immunity Act. He also deals with regulations from the Federal Railroad Administration as well as industry standards.
Professional & Civic Involvement
- American Short Line & Regional Rail Association
- Brandywine Youth Club
- Board of Directors, 2022 – present
- Coach and Administrator, 2012 – present
- Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 2009 – present
- Delaware County United for Sensible Gun Policy
- Keystone State Railroad Association
- Coach, Malvern Basketball League, 2017 – present
- Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Philadelphia Bar Association
- National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
- Obtained landmark decision at the trial court level in which the court found that the Railroad Civil Immunity Act (RCIA) departs from the Pennsylvania common law with respect to a railroad’s duty to trespassers. Successfully convinced the court to find that the RCIA eliminates the availability of “implied licenses” to enter railroad property as a means to escape trespasser status (appeal pending). Summary judgment entered in favor of the railroad.
- Successfully argued before the Superior Court of Pennsylvania that the “continuing tort” doctrine did not act to toll the 3 year statute of limitations in a Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) case in which the plaintiff claimed continuous exposure to asthma-aggravating elements in the ventilation system, where evidence supported that plaintiff had notice of the cause of the aggravation more than 3 years prior to bringing suit. Order of the trial court granting summary judgment in the railroad’s favor affirmed on appeal.
- Obtained order granting summary judgment in favor of the railroad in a negligent infliction of emotional distress case filed by a woman who witnessed her husband’s injury resulting from an allegedly defective railroad structure. Successfully convinced the court to find that, since the underlying tort with respect to the husband, a trespasser, was based on the “willful or wanton” standard of care, the wife’s cause of action, which was based on the alleged negligence of the railroad, was not actionable.
- Obtained order granting summary judgment in favor of the railroad in an equipment failure case brought by an injured employee pursuant to the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA). Obtained a ruling in the railroad’s favor and overcame the “high bar” of the FELA’s relaxed standard of causation, which allows cases to reach the jury even when involving the most tenuous causal link between the actions of the railroad and the employee’s injuries.
- Precluded plaintiff’s expert from testifying in a cumulative trauma case on the grounds that the methodology employed by the expert in diagnosing the cause of injury was unreliable under the Daubert standards governing admission of expert opinion testimony in federal courts. Faced with the prospect of proceeding without an expert to support his claims, the ruling forced plaintiff to settle the case for a minimal amount.
- Represented heavy industry commercial property owner sued for the drowning death of a minor who used client’s property to access its artificially constructed connection to the Delaware River. Case involved intense research and application of the complex interrelationship between various bodies of law governing riparian rights, the Pennsylvania Recreational Use of Land & Water Act, the rescue doctrine and duties owed to trespassing minors. Case settled after extensive discovery and consultation with expert witnesses.
- Obtained order dismissing case against heavy industry commercial property owner in which the plaintiff, a business invitee on client’s property, was killed as result of falling from moving heavy machinery.
- Orchestrated dismissal of action against heavy industry commercial property owner sued by a man who was seriously injured as a result of falling from an allegedly defective bridge/overpass on client’s property.
- Represented heavy industry commercial property owner in a case involving a plaintiff who sustained a double amputation of the legs as a result of coming into contact with heavy machinery. After extensive discovery and investigation was conducted, plaintiff was forced to settle for a negligible amount which was inconsistent with the serious and permanent injuries sustained.
- Obtained order dismissing defamation suit against restaurant franchisee in which the plaintiff alleged that the restaurant employees accused plaintiff of attempted robbery and terroristic threats.