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Daniel A. Richards

Daniel A. Richards is Weston Hurd’s Managing Partner. He has more than 30 years of first chair trial and appellate court experience representing hospitals, healthcare professionals, construction companies, manufacturers, retailers and the insurance industry in Ohio’s state courts and federal courts and throughout the United States. Whether handling catastrophic injury cases or complex multi-million dollar commercial disputes, Dan’s philosophy is the same – strive to achieve the most favorable and cost-effective result. His high record of success at both the trial and appellate level has earned Dan a reputation of being a go to attorney for Bet-the-Company litigation. Dan serves as national litigation counsel for clients in the construction and manufacturing industries. In addition, Dan is the Co-Chair of Weston Hurd’s Appellate Litigation Section. He has tried cases around the country and has handled appeals in every appellate district in Ohio, the Ohio Supreme Court, the Sixth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Dan is the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (OACTA), former Chair of OACTA’s Appellate Practice Section, former Chair of OACTA’s Medical Malpractice Section, a member of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, a member of the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, and a founding member of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Section. Dan has received OACTA’s Distinguished Service Award on multiple occasions for authoring the Amicus Curiae briefs in Arbino v. Johnson, Robinson v. Bates, Jacques v. Manton and In re All Cases Against Sager Corp. He has been the co-editor-in-chief of the OSBA’s Appellate Practice editions of the Litigation Section newsletter and is a frequent presenter at CLE seminars on appellate practice, commercial insurance coverage and business litigation matters.

Dan is proud to have served as Co-Chair of Northeast Ohio’s inaugural Ladder Down program, a year-long program providing training to empower women attorneys in the areas of leadership, business development and mentoring.

Dan is an AV Preeminent®-rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, is listed in the Best Lawyers in America®, has been named an Ohio Super Lawyer and Ohio Rising Star on multiple occasions including most recently in 2024, and has a 10.0 Superb Avvo rating.

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  • Miami University, B.S., 1989
  • Cleveland State University College of Law, J.D., 1992

Press, Publications and Presentations

2020 -
Business Interruption Coverage and the Coronavirus - Presentation to the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (April 2020)
2020 -
Case Law & Legislative Developments Impacting Insurance from the COVID-19 Virus - Presentation at the OACTA Annual Meeting (November 2020)
2020 -
Emergency Ohio Legislation & Administrative Orders Regarding COVID-19 - Presentation to the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (April 2020)
2020 -
First Party Property Damage Coverage for ‘Business Interruption’ Claims - Debate Presentation at the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Insurance Law Seminar (September 2020)
2020 -
Law Firm Responses to COVID-19 - Townhall Sponsored by Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (April 2020)

Representative Matters

Multi-week arbitration and subsequent arbitration enforcement action in U.S. District Court challenging $5 million assessment of withdrawal liability by the Board of Trustees of the Ironworkers Pension Fund against large construction company. Result: Obtained favorable arbitration award overturning assessment of withdrawal liability and obtained judgment from United States District Court affirming that award which was also affirmed by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Serves as national litigation counsel for a construction company and an international manufacturer of roofing materials.

Successfully represented construction company defending breach of contract claims and pursuing delay and impact claims in multi-million dollar AAA arbitration lasting several months concerning construction of an energy power plant.

Successfully defended international manufacturer in multiple suits nationwide alleging breach of contract and product defects.

Defense verdict for manufacturer in multi-million dollar breach of contract claim.

Successfully represented construction company in detailed multi-million dollar settlement discussions for impact, delay and breach of contract claims regarding construction of steel mill.

Multiple defense verdicts for hospitals and doctors in medical negligence claims.

Defense verdicts for large retailers in multiple premises liability cases throughout Ohio.

Appellate experience includes more than 150 Federal and state court appeals.

Preparing Amicus Curiae Briefs in Ohio Supreme Court on behalf of OACTA in - Arbino v. Johnson; Robinson v. Bates; Ponser v. St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co.; Cole v. Holland.

Successfully handled over 50 matters before the Ohio Division of Liquor Control and Ohio Liquor Control Commission for national retailer.

Professional Associations

Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys

Member, Board of Trustees (2016-present)
Treasurer, Board of Trustees (2024)

Defense Research Institute

Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel

Claims & Litigation Management Alliance

Ladderdown - Northeast Ohio

Co-Chair - 2019

Honors, Awards and Civic/Community Involvement

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® Rating
Best Lawyers in America® - Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants (2019-present)
Ohio Super Lawyer - Personal Injury Medical Malpractice: Defense (2020-2024), (2009-2014), Thomson Reuters
Rising Star - Ohio Super Lawyers (2005-2007)

Bar Admissions

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

Published Cases

Robinson v. Bates, 112 Ohio St.3d 17; 2006-Ohio-6362
Jaques v. Manton, 125 Ohio St.3d 242; 2010-Ohio-1838
Arbino v. Johnson & Johnson, 116 Ohio St.3d 468; 2007-Ohio-6948
Ponser v. St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co., 104 Ohio St.3d 621; 2004-Ohio-7105
Taylor v. Kemper Ins. Co., 100 Ohio St.3d 342; 2003-Ohio-6516
Allen v. Johnson, 100 Ohio St.3d 276; 2003-Ohio-5889
Cole v. Holland, 76 Ohio St.3d 220; 1996-Ohio-105