Brian E. Hurley


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Mr. Hurley, a Cleveland native, focuses his legal practice on litigation, with an emphasis on governmental, civil rights, commercial, insurance, personal injury, probate, legal and medical malpractice, and law enforcement litigation. Mr. Hurley also maintains a consultation and expert witness practice, with an emphasis on issues and disputes relating to attorneys’ fees, elder care/conservatorships, insurance matters (coverage, duty to defend and duty to settle), law enforcement and corrections, and duty to report child abuse issues.

  • AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Lawyer of the Year for Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs in Cincinnati (2022)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Woodward-White (2004-2018)
  • Ohio “Super Lawyer,” Law & Politics (2004-2018)
  • Cincinnati’s Top 50 Lawyers, Law & Politics (2007-2017)
  • Ohio’s Top 100 Lawyers, Law & Politics (2007-2016)
  • Top Southeast Ohio Attorney, Cincinnati Magazine and Cincinnati Business Courier (2004-2018)
  • America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigator (2018)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award as one of Ohio’s Top 100 Attorneys, America’s Top 100 Attorneys (2016)
  • National Lawyer of the Year, Life Legal Defense Foundation (2008)
  • Hero for Life Award, Cincinnati Right to Life (2010)
  • The Friar’s Award, the Friar’s Club (2011) for service to and support of at-risk youth
  • Silver Service Award, Alliance Defending Freedom (over 5000 pro bono hours) (2013)
  • Cardinal Robert Bellarmine, SJ. Award, St. Ignatius High School (Cleveland) for distinguished service to the school and legal excellence (2015)

Practice Areas
  • Civil Rights litigation
  • Law Enforcement litigation
  • Governmental Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Business Litigation
  • Probate/Elder Law Litigation

  • Ohio, 1979
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 1979
  • U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1983
  • B.A., John Carroll University (1976) (summa cum laude)
  • J.D., The Ohio State University College of Law (1979) (cum laude and Dean’s Honor Award)
  • M.S., Xavier University, 1989 (summa cum laude)
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
  • The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • “Law Enforcement Agency Challenges in Using Electronic Control Devices”
  • “A Defense Lawyer’s Guide Through the Maze Called Section 1983”
  • “A Study of the Legal Duty To Prevent Suicides in Prisons and Jails and Steps That Can Be Taken to Fulfill That Duty”
  • “The Preparation For, Taking and Use of Depositions”
  • “A Discussion of Insurance Duty to Defend and Ethics Related Issues”
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Cincinnati, College of Law (Trial Practice)
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, Northern Kentucky University (Constitutional Law And Civil Rights)
  • Lecturer, Michigan State University, School of Criminal Justice (Suicide Prevention in Correctional Facilities)
  • Lecturer, National Institute of Corrections
  • Special Counsel, by the Ohio Attorney General to represent the University of Cincinnati and Miami University
  • Consultant and Lecturer, Hillcrest Training School (Juvenile Residential Facility)
  • Consultant, State of Ohio (Suicide Prevention In Juvenile Detention Facility)
  • Member, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • Consultant, United States Department of Justice
  • Lecturer, Professional Educational Systems, Inc. (Police Misconduct: Civil Rights Litigation)
  • Faculty, Cincinnati Bar Association Trial Advocacy Institute
  • Member of Finance Board, The Cincinnati Zoo
  • Scout, Oakland Raiders
  • Co-sponsor of Hackers For The Hungry (annual golf outing to raise money to build homes and support an orphanage for abandoned, disabled children in Haiti)
  • St. Margaret of Cortona /St. John Vianney Church
    • Legal, financial advisor and coach
  • The Friars Club
    • Basketball coach and advisor of at-risk youth
    • Annual Awards Dinner, committee member and sponsor
  • St. Xavier High School
    • Basketball Coach
    • Athletic Boosters Club/Vice President and Treasurer
    • Mock Trial Advisor
    • Athletic Hall of Fame Awards Dinner, committee member and sponsor
  • AAU Basketball/AABC Baseball
    • Coach and sponsor
    • The Cincinnati Zoo
    • Member of Finance Board