"An enormously practical, brilliant and hard-working lawyer."

Tim Hurley is "unbelievably knowledgeable" and "has the valuable ability to explain complex aspects of the Bankruptcy Code in layman’s terms." He is a "great guy" who "shows genuine patience and empathy in complex and often distressing situations." Tim is a "master negotiator" who "absorbs himself in the facts" and has the "ability to smooth tricky negotiations with his winning style." He is an "exceedingly practical bankruptcy attorney who tells it like it is and has a fantastic rapport with judges."

(Client comments reported by Chambers USA America’s Leading Business Lawyers)

For more than 35 years, Tim has represented debtors, creditors, committees, indenture trustees, buyers, landlords, insurance companies and executors both in out-of-court work-out agreements and restructurings and in Chapter 11 cases throughout the United States. These representations encompass all types of complex transactions and litigation involving financially-distressed businesses and assets and include the negotiation and formulation of out-of-court restructuring arrangements and Chapter 11 reorganization plans, the acquisition and sale of assets and claims, the prosecution and defense of preference and fraudulent conveyance claims and motions related to stay relief, the formation and implementation of credit policies and procedures, and the structuring of loans and other financing arrangements involving debtor-in-possession financing, letters of credit, leasing and floor-planning.

Tim chaired the firm's Bankruptcy and Restructuring group for more than 20 years and played a key role in starting the practice at Taft. He is also a member of the firm’s Litigation team.

Tim is a 1973 H.A.B. graduate (summa cum laude) of Xavier University and received his J.D. in 1976 from the St. Louis University School of Law, where he was class valedictorian. He frequently lectures on debt restructuring, work-outs and bankruptcy matters. Tim’s presentations have been broadcast nationally and carried on Court TV, and his articles have been featured in trade magazines and newspapers. He serves on the executive committee of the Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar.

Tim was awarded an AV Peer Review Rating (Preeminent) by LexisNexis/Martindale-Hubbell. In addition, he was named a Best Lawyers in America® 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” in the Litigation - Bankruptcy category and was the first, and is currently the only, Cincinnati attorney to be included in Woodward/White’s Best Lawyers® (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law) for more than 25 years. He is also included in the Best Lawyers® Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation and Litigation - Bankruptcy categories. Tim is recognized in every edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers. He has been named one of Ohio’s Top 100 Lawyers five times and one of Cincinnati’s Top 50 Lawyers six times in the Super Lawyers edition of Cincinnati Magazine. He has also been listed in every Leading Lawyer edition of Cincy magazine.


All Service Areas


  • St. Louis University School of Law (1976)
  • Xavier University (1973)


  • Federal - Southern District of Ohio
  • Federal - Northern District of Ohio
  • Federal - 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • State - Ohio

Professional Affiliations

  • AV Peer Review Rating (LexisNexis/Martindale-Hubbell) Preeminent Awarded