W. Charles Curley
Partner

Charles Curley is a Partner in Weston Hurd’s Columbus office. He is a general purpose civil litigator, having handled the gamut of civil cases – product liability, employment, civil rights, premises liability, auto accidents, commercial litigation and just about everything else that can and does end up in the courtroom. He has participated as first chair counsel in more than 100 trials and has handled numerous appeals in the Ohio and federal systems. Chuck is also a speaker on various topics including “When Churches Go to Court” before the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church–20th Annual Legal Forum: Local Church Legal Issues in October 2016, and at the 2015 Winter Municipal Civil Law Seminar of the Ohio Municipal Attorneys Association on the topic of “Exceptions to Political Subdivision Immunity-How it Works in the Real World.” Chuck is a retired high school football official, where he learned valuable lessons –the importance of knowing the rules, being in the right place at the right time, and making critical decisions under pressure.

Education

  • The Ohio State University, B.A. cum laude, 1975
  • The Ohio State University, J.D. honors in law, 1978

Press, Publications and Presentations

2016 -
Presenter, “When Churches Go to Court” - West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church – 20th Annual Legal Forum: Local Church Legal Issues
2015 -
Presenter, "Exceptions to Political Subdivision Immunity-How it Works in the Real World" - 2015 Winter Municipal Civil Law Seminar of the Ohio Municipal Attorneys Association

Representative Matters

Represented a church in a high-profile jury trial involving the sexual assault of a minor female by a church youth pastor. This case involved many factual issues, cutting edge legal issues, and a large number of witnesses. The case is now pending in the Ohio Supreme Court, where Chuck will be handling the briefing and oral argument.

Representing a retailer sued by a customer for significant personal injuries.

Representing an Ohio municipality in First Amendment litigation.

Representing a city and a public official in an environmental liability case.

Representing an attorney sued for legal malpractice.

Representing a residential contractor sued for damage stemming from the presence of mold in a house.

Professional Associations

Columbus Bar Association

Ohio State Bar Association

Defense Research Institute

Columbus Association of Civil Trial Attorneys - President (1990-91)

Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys

Honors, Awards and Civic/Community Involvement

Martindale-Hubbell AV rating
Best Lawyers in America (2016-present) - Litigation-Insurance; Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants
Ohio Super Lawyer, Civil Litigation Defense (2007-present), Thomson Reuters
Top Lawyers, 2010, Columbus C.E.O. Magazine
Ohio Lawyers Weekly - Selected as one of ten Lawyers of the Year (2001)
New Albany Citizens Policy Academy Graduate (2011)
United Cerebral Palsy of Central Ohio (2004-2010); President (2006-2007)
Worthington Public Library, Board of Trustees (1991-1997)

Bar Admissions

State of Ohio
United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

Published Cases

Ohio Supreme Court and Recent Appellate Decisions:
Doody v. Evans, 188 Ohio App. 3d 479, 2010-Ohio-3523 (recreational injury)
Gordon v. OM Financial Life Ins. Co., 2009-Ohio-814 (arbitration agreement)
Koss v. Kroger Co., 2008-Ohio-2896 (wrongful arrest)
Boroff v. Meijer Stores Limited Partnership, 2007-Ohio-1495 (open and obvious hazard)
Acuff v. Motorists Mut. Ins. Co., 2007-Ohio-938 (Med Pay benefits)
Hupp v. Meijer Stores Limited Partnership, 2006-Ohio-2051 (premises liability)
Mitchell v. Motorists Mut. Ins. Co., 2005-Ohio-3988 (interpretation of insurance policy)


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