Daniel A. Richards

Daniel A. Richards is Weston Hurd’s Assistant Managing Partner. He has more than 25 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 lawsuits, 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 a member of the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (OACTA), 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. In 2019, Dan is listed in the Best Lawyers in America® for Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants. Previously, he has been named an Ohio Super Lawyer and Ohio Rising Star for Business Litigation.



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

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.

Defense verdict for hospital in medical negligence claim.

Defense verdict for doctor in medical malpractice claim.

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

Appellate experience includes: more than 120 Federal and state court appeals; more than 35 Ohio Supreme Court appeals; more than 20 Federal appeals; and more than 60 oral arguments.

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

Professional Associations

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Cleveland Association of Civil Trial Attorneys

Lake County Bar Association

Ohio State Bar Association

Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys

Member, Board of Trustees (2016-present)

American Bar Association

Defense Research Institute

Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel

Claims & Litigation Management Alliance

Honors, Awards and Civic/Community Involvement

Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating
Best Lawyers in America®, Medical Malpractice-Defendants (2019)
Ohio Rising Star, Business Litigation (2005-2007), Thomson Reuters
Ohio Super Lawyer, Business Litigation (2009-2014), Thomson Reuters

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

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