Bruce G. Hearey

Shareholder Cleveland

Bruce Hearey is admitted in New York, New Jersey, California, and Ohio. He has built a reputation as a pragmatic and creative litigator and advisor on behalf of employers.  The Chambers USA Client Guide, said that he "provides personal attention and knowledge of the subject area, thorough research and definitive answers. He is a great litigator and quick on his feet - a great strategic thinker."  In a recent edition of Best Lawyers in America, one major client has described him as follows:

“Bruce Hearey excels at doing (at least) two things at once for us:  he represents us very aggressively and professionally, while simultaneously maintaining a quick wit and dry sense of humor about his job and life in general.  We appreciate the skill with which he does his job, as well as the perspective he brings.  He has developed a knack for instilling confidence in his work, while helping his clients understand that the sky, indeed, is NOT falling.  He deserves to be listed-again-as one of the country’s best lawyers!”

Mark Rose – Vice President, Legal Affairs and System Risk Management
Aultman Hospital, Aultman Health Foundation and AultCare


Mr. Hearey has handled numerous litigation matters for a diverse group of clients.  He has handled numerous jury trials both inside and outside the State of Ohio.  He has litigated numerous restrictive covenant/unfair competition and products liability cases, and tried cases before juries involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, hostile environment, sex harassment, wrongful termination, and age, race, religious and national origin discrimination in federal and state courts around the country.  He is a business litigator, as well as an employment litigator.  He has represented professional sports teams, colleges, hospitals, Fortune 200 companies, law firms, real estate companies, advertising and public relations firms, manufacturing companies, etc.


Brown v. Parker Hannifin Corporation
746 F.2d 1407 (10th Cir. 1984)

Fox v. Parker Hannifin Corporation
914 F.2d 795 (6th Cir. 1990)

Weiss et al. v. Parker Hannifin Corporation
747 F. Supp. 1118 (D.N.J. 1990)

Bellian v. Bicron Corp.
69 Ohio St.3d 517, 1994-Ohio-339, 634 N.E.2d 608

Wilkenson v. Hercules Engines, Inc.
138 F.3d 608 (6th Cir. 1998)

Starner et al. v. Guardian Industries
143 Ohio App.3d 461, 758 N.E.2d 270 (App. Ct. 2001)

King v. Aultman Health Foundation et al.
No. 2009 CA 00116, 2009 WL 430933, 2009-Ohio-6277 (Ohio Ct. App. Nov. 30, 2009)

Marketing Associates, Inc. v. Gottlieb
No. 92292, 2010 WL 117697, 2010-Ohio-59 (Ohio Ct. App. Jan. 14, 2010)

Rosso v. A.I. Root Co.
97 Fed.Appx. 517 (2004)

Gallagher v. C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.

567 F.3d 263 (6th Cir., 2009)

Douglas v. Eaton Corporation

577 Fed.Appx. 520 (6th Cir. 2014)


Jones v. MTD Consumer Group, Inc., et al.

2015-Ohio-1878, 32 N.E.3d 1030 (Ohio Ct. App., 9th Dist.)

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • John M. Manos Inn of Court, Master Bencher
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Bar Foundation Trustee
  • President of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 2014-2015
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • State Bar of California
  • American Employment Law Council (since 1992)
  • American Bar Association
  • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers


  • Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - ''Under Review: The Future of Traditional Performance Appraisals'' - Boca Raton - November 09, 2017
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association - ''Free Speech in Workplace'' - Cleveland - October 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''I Can’t Believe They Did That!'' - San Diego - May 06, 2017
  • Federal Bar Association - ''Stress Fractures: How to Keep Mind and Body Intact While Litigating Employment Cases'' - Cleveland - December 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Reel Ethics'' - Cleveland - November 2016
  • Express Employment Professionals Seminar - ''The New Overtime Regulations'' - Cleveland - November 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Annual Firm Retreat - ''Stress Fractures: How to Keep Mind and Body Intact While Litigating Employment Cases'' - Houston - October 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - ''Whistleblowers in the C-Suite'' - Colorado Springs - September 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''The New FLSA White Collar Regulations'' - Cleveland - August 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''The Problem Employee'' - Cleveland - November 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Extreme Weather Policies'' - Las Vegas - May 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Professionalism For In-House Counsel'' - Cleveland - November 17, 2011
  • Baldwin Wallace College - ''Fostering a Safe Learning Environment'' - Berea - January 21, 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''Litigation Trends and Managing the Risk of Terminations'' - Cleveland - November 18, 2010
  • Workplace Issues Our Grandparents Never Envisioned: From Medical Marijuana to E-Discovery and Everything in Between - ''Early Case Assessment'' - Cleveland - August 12, 2010
  • Great Lakes Higher Education Law Symposium - ''Institutional Integrity: Are Tenured Faculty Immune from Termination?'' - Cleveland - February 02, 2010
  • Cleveland Institute of Music - ''Sexual Harassment'' - Cleveland - November 23, 2009
  • Labor & Employment Law Issues Impacting Global Employers - ''Extraterritorial Application of U.S. Employment Laws'' - Cleveland - September 21, 2009
  • New Developments in Old Labor & Employment Laws - ''Discrimination Hot Spots – Disability and Religion'' - Cleveland - August 13, 2009
  • Diversified Developers Realty Property Management Conference - ''Facilities Accessibility and the Americans With Disabilities Act'' - Aurora - April 08, 2008
  • Goodyear Human Resources Legal Forum VIII - ''E-mails: The “E” Stands for Exhibit'' - Akron - October 01, 2007
  • Cleveland Bar Association Litigation Institute - ''Civility'' - Cleveland - November 07, 2003
  • Masters in Business Administration for Foreign Students Program - ''Introduction to Litigation in the United States'' - Cleveland - October 1998
  • Cleveland Bar Association Corporate Law Section - ''Corporate Downsizing: What's in a RIF?'' - Cleveland - April 1997

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October 12, 2017 - Cleveland Plain Dealer - "Bar association panel discusses free speech in the workplace"
January 27, 2016 - - "Requiring Employees to Come to Work in Snow Often OK"