"I ask a lot of questions and listen to the answers."
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.
Press, Publications and Presentations
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.
Honors, Awards and Civic/Community Involvement