Brian Hurst grew up in Chicago. His father, a running back on Purdue’s 1967 Rose Bowl Championship team, retired from the Chicago Police Department after three decades of service. His mother stayed at home to raise him and his sister, while working part-time jobs to help support the family. Mr. Hurst’s younger sister, Tracey, is also an attorney. Mr. Hurst has served the community as an attorney for over twenty years and has been recognized by various organizations for his exemplary legal services and talent as a trial lawyer.
Prior to embarking upon a career in law, Mr. Hurst played football in college, quarterbacking his team to the 1988 Midwest Bowl Championship his freshman season. He was named second-team all-conference at quarterback his sophomore season. His athletic career ended after a back injury and two back operations following his sophomore season. He subsequently enrolled at Eastern Illinois University to continue his education where he obtained his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude (with highest honors) in 1992. He then attended the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he obtained his law degree in 1995. Mr. Hurst has served on the College of Sciences Advisory Board of Eastern Illinois University.
Mr. Hurst is married with two small children. His two-year-old-son, Grayson, suffers from cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia and requires full-time care. A lifelong resident of Chicago, Mr. Hurst and his family now live in the western suburbs and are involved in supporting several charities including Feed My Starving Children, The Salvation Army, Brain Injury Association of Illinois and Almost Home Kids.
As an attorney, Mr. Hurst has had extensive civil trial experience, litigating cases on behalf of injured people and the families of wrongfully deceased people. In his career as a civil litigator, Mr. Hurst has tried numerous medical malpractice cases before civil juries in various counties across the State of Illinois, including Cook County, Will County, Sangamon County and Du Page County, and has tried medical malpractice cases in other states, including New Jersey and Georgia. Mr. Hurst has obtained several millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts on behalf of injured people in cases involving medical malpractice (professional negligence) and other personal injury, including wrongful death, automobile collisions, transportation accidents and premises liability. In May, 2006, Mr. Hurst, along with Ernest W. Beutel, obtained an Illinois record verdict of $5 Million on behalf of a couple formerly of Du Page County (See Sun-Times Story here).
Mr. Hurst has also successfully represented injured people before the Illinois Appellate Court. In Booker v. Lal, 312 Ill.App.3d 170, 726 NE.2d. 638, 244 Ill. Dec. 663 (1st Dist. 2000), leave to appeal denied, 731 N.E.2d 762, 246 Ill. Dec. 913, Mr. Hurst successfully represented the heirs of the estate of a deceased woman whom the defense had sought to exclude as wrongful death beneficiaries. Mr. Hurst authored the main and reply briefs and argued the case before the 1st District Appellate Court, Justice Cahill, presiding.
Mr. Hurst has lectured extensively on health care law and personal injury law, including medical malpractice and liability of managed care providers. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice, and has served on the Chicago Bar Association’s Judicial Evaluation Committee. Mr. Hurst has been admitted to the bar in Illinois and the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois. He has been named a “Top Illinois Lawyer” by SuperLawyers.com, and has been named “Top One Percent” by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel and “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” by the National Trial Lawyers.