Richard B. Hodgson
122 Harrop's Glen
Williamsburg, VA  23185

Mobile:   (540) 447-0895

Areas of 


Global Coverage.   15 years as North American General Counsel for Sweden-based corporation, serving as an integral part of acquisition and divestiture due diligence teams, including assessment of business, environmental and litigation exposure issues and the assimilation of newly acquired business into the corporate structure.  Responsibility for all legal matters in North America.  Over this period of time, North American sales evolved from $50,000,000 to in excess of $700,000,000.


Environmental Law Compliance.  Extensive experience with U.S. federal and state environmental laws and regulations, including advocacy at all levels of the regulatory process, and creation of and participation in corporate compliance program audits from bottom to top of production chain.  Specialization includes monitoring and disposition of environmentally distressed properties.

  Occupational Safety and Health.  Experience with full range of OSHA requirements for worker safety and health issues, including participation in manufacturing plant compliance audits, industry medical studies, and emergency response and evacuation programs.

Risk Management & Insurance. 35 years of working with corporate management in evaluating and resolving major liability claims, including toxic tort (asbestos and other hazardous products), product liability claims (including representation in Consumer Products Safety Commission actions).  Established aggressive and proactive risk management approaches which successfully minimized liability. Team Leader for management and oversight of comprehensive Broker/Insurer/Insured placements.   

Work History
2005 to Present

Richard Hodgson Consultancy, PLC

1989 – 2005

Trelleborg Corporation, Law Department, Afton, VA (subsidiary of Trelleborg AB, Sweden)

Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

1986 – 1989

Olin Corporation, Stamford, CT,

Counsel, Environmental/Regulatory

1975 – 1986

BASF Corporation, Williamsburg, VA (subsidiary of BASF AG, West Germany)

Senior Attorney, 1980-1986; Attorney, 1975-1979.




University of Connecticut School of Law, West Hartford, CT

Juris Doctor,  Member and Editor of Connecticut Law Review.


University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT

Bachelor of Arts, English Major, with honors.




Chartered Life Underwriter  


Admitted to practice before the courts of States of Ohio and Connecticut and the

Commonwealths of Massachusetts and Virginia (active).

Member:  Virginia, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Ohio Bar Associations.

Swedish American Chamber of Commerce

Risk and Insurance Management Society
Association of Corporate Counsel