Bruce G. Hearey

Office Managing 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

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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.)


Admittance to Practice

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


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