A partner in Plunkett Cooney’s Columbus office, Daniel J. Hurley concentrates  his  practice  in  insurance  and  general  negligence  law  with an emphasis on the defense of litigation involving motor vehicle, trucking, premises and product liability claims, employment law, and insurance coverage issues involving personal, commercial, professional and errors and omissions policies.

Mr. Hurley has tried  numerous jury and bench  trials  in  state  and  federal  courts,  and  he  has  argued  an insurance coverage case before the Ohio Supreme Court. He has an extensive appellate practice including successfully arguing cases in nine of Ohio’s 12 appellate district courts with resulting published opinions.

Representative Client Work

  • Successfully handled hundreds of trucking and premises liability cases

  • Routinely advises insurance clients on coverage matters relating to personal auto, homeowners and commercial policies

  • Successfully argued dozens of cases in the Ohio appellate courts on behalf of insured clients and insurers

  • Engages in pro bono legal work on behalf of nonprofit community organizations

Representative Published Cases/Notable Cases

  • Wise v E. Hall Funeral Home, Inc., 2022-Ohio-394
  • Price v Decker (2014), 10 N. E. 3d 748
  • United Fin. Cas. Co. v Hershberger, 2012-Ohio-561
  • Allstate v Campbell, 128 Ohio St. 3d 186, 942 N.E. 2d 1090
  • Gayheart v Doe (2001), 143 Ohio App. 3d 692
  • Carmen v Link (1997), 119 Ohio App. 3d 244
  • Brown v Allstate Insurance Company (1991), 81 Ohio App. 3d 87

Professional Affiliations

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
  • ALFA International

Community Involvement

  • Hands On Central Ohio, Inc.; Board of Directors; Executive, Governance (Chair) and Human Resource committees

Publications/Articles and Lectures

  • Ohio State Bar Association Annual Convention, Speaker, 2011
  • “The Resulting Confusion in the Wake of Allstate v. Campbell - The Defense Perspective,” Ohio State Bar Association, 2011



  • Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 1986
  • Xavier University, cum laude, B.A., 1983


  • Ohio, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio


Honors & Recognitions

  • Best Lawyers® 2023 Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year" in Columbus
  • Best Lawyers in America® for Insurance Law and Personal Injury Litigation, 2014 - 2024
  • Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating-AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated 
  • Ohio Super Lawyer, Civil Litigation Defense, 2008
  • Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition, 2009
  • Top Lawyers, Columbus CEO, 2011, 2014, 2019
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law, The American Lawyer & Corporate Counsel, 2013