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Richard Hurford • Shareholder

Ogletree Deakins • Bloomfield Hills (Metro Detroit), Michigan

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Ogletree Deakins
Governor's Place, Suite 120
33 Bloomfield Hills Parkway
Bloomfield Hills (Metro Detroit), Michigan 48304
phone 248-593-6400
fax  248-593-2603


Since 1980, Mr. Hurford has focused his practice on employment matters and the representation of corporate clients in litigation and claims in state and federal courts and administrative agencies.

Immediately prior to joining the firm, Mr. Hurford had been the Director of Litigation for Masco Corporation, a Michigan based Fortune 200 Company that manufactures products for the home. Masco, and its wholly owned subsidiaries, employed more than 57,000 employees in its world-wide manufacturing and service based operations. Although an employment law specialist, Mr. Hurford managed and litigated all types of cases throughout the United States and Europe (including, construction defect matters, commercial transactions, dealership terminations, and general liability claims). In addition, during his 15 year tenure at Masco, Mr. Hurford gained significant experience in the following areas: the due diligence process and the evaluation of the ?risk profile? of companies being evaluated for acquisition; Sarbanes-Oxley processes and compliance; systems based claims and litigation management programs; the development of internal fraud protocols and investigations; company based trade secret and proprietary information protection processes; and, company wide mandatory pre-dispute mediation and arbitration programs. As the Director of Litigation, one of Mr. Hurford’s focuses was to measure and maximize the Company’s Return on Investment (ROI) on its legal spends, particularly overall litigation costs. Through the implementation of project management principles and continuous improvement practices, and aligning legal spends with the desired optimal results, Masco experienced an ever-increasing ROI in the processing of Masco’s risk and litigation portfolio. Key drivers in cost effectiveness were the utilization of project management principles, continuous improvement techniques, and the selective use of ADR (alternative dispute resolution) mechanisms.

Prior to joining Masco Corporation in 1994, Mr. Hurford was a partner at a large Detroit based law firm where he focused on litigation and dispute resolution. As a partner at that firm, Mr. Hurford specialized in employment litigation and claims, but also tried other types of cases in state and federal courts, including commercial disputes, product liability claims, medical malpractice cases and construction defect matters. Throughout his career Mr. Hurford has been a frequent lecturer and presenter on employment law, ADR and litigation management techniques.


  • College: B.A., University of Michigan, 1973
  • Law School: J.D., University of Detroit Mercy, 1979
  • Other: M.A., University of Michigan, 1976; MBA, Eastern Michigan University, 2001

Bar Admissions

Michigan, 1980
U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
United States Supreme Court
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