Brian E. Hurley


Phone: (513) 583-4242

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Mr. Hurley, a Cleveland native, focuses his practice on litigation with an emphasis on governmental, commercial, insurance, product liability, personal injury, legal and medical malpractice, civil rights, and law enforcement litigation. Mr. Hurley maintains a Martindale-Hubbell rating of AV preeminent.


Appointed Special Counsel by the Ohio Attorney General and consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections, the Office of the Ohio Attorney General and The Hillcrest Training School
Recognized by Woodward-White in The Best Lawyers in America, (2004-2014)
Ohio “Super Lawyer,” (2004-2015)
Selected as one of Cincinnati’s Top 50 Lawyers, (2007-2015)
Selected as one of Ohio’s Top 100 Lawyers, (2007-2015)
Named Legal Life Defense Fund national lawyer of the year, (2009)
Received Friar’s Club’s and Cincinnati Right to Life’s annual awards, (2011)
Received Alliance Defending Freedom’s Silver Service Award, (2013)

Practice Areas

Civil Rights litigation
Law Enforcement litigation
Governmental Liability
Legal and Medical Malpractice
Products Liability litigation
Insurance Coverage
Personal Injury


Ohio, 1979


U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 1979
U.S. District Court, Northern 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)
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 of Law, University of Cincinnati
Adjunct Professor of Law, Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University