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W. Charles Curley

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 an AV Preeminent® rated attorney by Martindale Hubbell. Since 2016, Chuck has been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America® for Litigation-Insurance and Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants. More recently, Chuck has been named Best Lawyers® 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” in Columbus for Litigation-Insurance.  Beginning in 2007, Chuck has been recognized for his work in Civil Litigation Defense by Ohio Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters).

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.

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

Representative Matters

Represented a church in a high-profile jury trial and appeal 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 was decided by the Ohio Supreme Court in 2016 with a decision holding that Ohio's damage cap statute was not unconstitutional in terms of how it was applied to the Plaintiff.

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

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

Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys

Honors, Awards and Civic/Community Involvement

Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent® Rating
Best Lawyers® 2020 Litigation-Insurance “Lawyer of the Year” in Columbus
Best Lawyers in America® (2016-present) - Litigation-Insurance; Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants
Ohio Super Lawyer, Civil Litigation Defense (2007-present), Thomson Reuters
Delaware County Law Library Resources Board (2018-present)
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

Acheff v. Meijer, Inc., 2019-Ohio-2314 (premise liability and false imprisonment)
Simpkins v. Grace Brethren Church of Delaware, Ohio, 149 Ohio St.3d 307, 2016-Ohio-8118 (upholding Ohio's damage cap statute against a constitutional challenge)
Lemaster v. Grove City Christian School, 2017-Ohio-8459 (recreational injury)
Laries, Inc. v. City of Athens, 2015-Ohio-2750 (political subdivision immunity)
Turner v. Cathedral Ministries, 2015-Ohio-633 (premises liability)
Brock v. Food, Folks & Fun, Inc., 2014-Ohio-2668 (premises liability-ADA-handicap ramp)
Doe v. Vineyard Columbus, 2014-Ohio-2617 (validity of arbitration agreement)
Watson v. Highland Ridge Water & Sewer Assn., Inc., 2013-Ohio-1640 (conversion and defamation)
McNamara v. Marion Popcorn Festival, 2012-Ohio-5578 (political subdivision immunity)
Eichenberger v. Graham, 2013-Ohio-1203 (employment discrimination and antitrust)
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)