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Selected Expertise

  • 524(g) asbestos claims valuation and trust administration
  • Asbestos and mass tort litigation
  • Due diligence
  • Financial reporting
  • Forecasting
  • Insurance allocation and valuation
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Product liability estimation
  • Risk assessment and management

Selected Industries

  • Asbestos products
  • Insurance
  • Isocyanate
  • Medical devices
  • Oil and gas
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Silica
  • Sports
  • Tobacco

Peter R. Kelso


Peter Kelso is an expert on mass tort and product liability litigation. Mr. Kelso advises clients on identifying risks associated with emerging litigation and specializes in developing strategies to quantify, estimate, and mitigate potential damages. He provides clients with expertise in product liability litigation, insurance coverage negotiations, mergers and acquisitions, liability ring fencing activities and bankruptcy reorganizations.

Mr. Kelso has advised many of the top investment firms on Wall Street on quantifying current and future potential costs associated with litigation outcomes and has given numerous speeches for the financial and legal communities. Mr. Kelso has spoken about legal issues at conferences hosted by the AEI-Brookings Institute, Goldman Sachs, Bear Stearns, Bank of America Securities, LexisNexis Butterworths, and Citigroup. Mr. Kelso currently leads a working group of top international corporations and insurers on examining the risks associated with asbestos and other toxic tort litigation.

Prior to joining to Bates White, Mr. Kelso was the Senior Editor and Conference Developer for Lexis Nexis. Mr. Kelso created several new litigation reports and associated conferences and utilized data aggregation and other services to advise clients on litigation risk. Mr. Kelso was principally involved in developing new legal products associated with mass tort, intellectual property, antitrust and other litigation.

Selected Experience

  • Strategic consultant for asbestos-related personal-injury claims valuation matters on behalf of the Debtors in the matter In re Garlock Sealing Technologies, LLC, et al., No. 10-BK-31607 (United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of North Carolina): 2010–present.
  • Managed a team of experts advising a Fortune 100 company on potential damages and liability stemming from a class action suit brought by more than 1,000 plaintiffs alleging exposure to isocyanate compounds.
  • Key advisor to corporations, insurers, and investors on the financial implications of a proposed $140 billion federal trust fund for asbestos litigation. Provided fund forecasts and liability estimates for report used by the US Senate Judiciary Committee.
  • Managed a team of experts providing strategic consulting to an insurance company on allocation issues related to a class of claimants alleging benzene exposure.


BA, History, Immaculata University

BA, Political Science, Immaculata University