Samuel M. Duran

Of Counsel Cincinnati


Sam represents management in the areas of workers’ compensation, intentional tort, and retaliatory discharge. His practice includes representation before administrative agencies, the Courts of Common Pleas, Courts of Appeal, and the Ohio Supreme Court. He has been retained as an expert witness on workers’ compensation law and is a frequent speaker on workers’ compensation, intentional tort, retaliatory discharge issues, and legal ethics. He has also been certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as a specialist in the practice of workers’ compensation law.

Sam earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, his master’s degree from the University of Denver, and his law degree from The Ohio State University College of Law. He served on the firm’s Executive Committee, and he is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association, and the Cincinnati Bar Association, where he served as chairman of the Workers’ Compensation Committee and as chair of the Ethics Committee. Sam is listed in Woodward/White’s Best Lawyers in America and in Ohio Super Lawyers.


All Service Areas


  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (1984)
  • University of Denver (1980)
  • University of Michigan (1978)


  • Federal - Southern District of Ohio
  • State - Ohio

Speeches and Publications

  • Legal Ethics: A Lawyer’s Obligation to their Client (Dec. 2, 2017)
  • Using Staffing Agreements (Dec. 1, 2017)
  • Ethical Obligations (Aug. 1, 2017)
  • Ethics: Avoiding Conflicts of Interest & Dealing with Difficult Clients (Dec. 9, 2016)
  • Drug Tests, Medical Marijuana, and Misbehaving and Careless Employees: The Impact These Can Have on Your Workers’ Compensation Costs (Dec. 2, 2016)
  • Ethical & Professional Behavior (Aug. 23, 2016)
  • Ohio and Kentucky Ethics Regarding Advertising for Legal Services (March 24, 2016)
  • What Your Employees May Bring To The Job: Pre-Existing And Psychological Conditions (July 1, 2015)
  • Ethical Considerations for Employers and Attorneys (April 24, 2015)
  • The Affordable Care Act Clarified: What Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Need to Know (April 21, 2015)
  • Ethics for Workers’ Compensation Attorneys (April 21, 2015)
    Getting Money Back for a Change: Subrogation in Ohio Workers’ Compensation (April 16, 2015)
  • Workers’ Compensation: Looking on the Positive Side for Employers (Dec. 3, 2010)

Professional Affiliations

  • Cincinnati Bar Association

    Member, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee

  • Southwestern Ohio Self Insurers Association