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R. Kent Hornbrook
Direct dial/Fax: 412-338-8522
Cell: 412-715-3950

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Sherry Andeits

Mr. Hornbrook focuses his practice on medical malpractice defense litigation.  He is engaged in the representation of physicians, physician practice groups, nurses and other healthcare professionals in litigation involving malpractice as well as employment and administrative matters. Mr. Hornbrook also has experience representing employers in workers’ compensation cases.

Mr. Hornbrook has successfully defended his clients in all stages of litigation.  Prior to joining Matis Baum O’Connor, Mr. Hornbrook spent three years with a large Philadelphia medical malpractice defense firm.  His trial experience includes serving as lead trial counsel and second chair counsel in malpractice cases defending physicians, surgeons and practice groups.

Mr. Hornbrook attended West Virginia University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management. He originally worked in minor league baseball with the Baltimore Orioles Class A affiliate Frederick Keys in Frederick, Maryland.  He was the Director of Client Relations and Development and worked heavily in advertising, sales and game operations.

Mr. Hornbrook  then attended Duquesne University School of Law and, while a student at Duquesne, Kent was the first student law clerk hired by Justice Deborah Todd , then of the Pennsylvania Superior Court.  Kent performed legal research, drafted Opinions, Orders and Memoranda for Justice Todd.  Justice Todd is now on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.


Representation of a family practitioner accused of failure to diagnose necrotizing fasciitis in a truck driver after a horrific accident.  After a four day jury trial, the jury returned a defense verdict for the physician and his practice group.

Defense of an orthopedic surgeon accused of failing to recognize diminished blood supply to an extremity after surgery.  A unanimous defense verdict was returned in favor of the physician after a three day jury trial.

Publications and Presentations


Mr. Hornbrook is admitted to practice in the State Courts of Pennsylvania and U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania


West Virginia University, B.S., 1994

Duquesne University School of Law, J.D., 2001

& Community

Allegheny County Bar Association – Civil Litigation Section

Pennsylvania Bar Association

American Bar Association

Defense Research Institute

Pennsylvania Super Lawyer “Rising Star” for 2010.