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Kurt is one of the first Ohio State Bar Association Board  Certified Specialists in Ohio Workers' Compensation Law. He has been named a 2015 Ohio Super Lawyer, having been previously been named in 2005. 2006 and 2007, Law as an Ohio Super Lawyer Rising Star (recognizing him as one of the Top 3% of Ohio's attorneys in the area of Ohio Workers' Compensation Law under the age of 40 or withless than 10 years in the practice of law).


He has argued over 9,000 hearings before all levels of the Industrial Commission of Ohio and has litigated cases before various Courts of Common Pleas and District Courts of Appeals throughout Ohio and has over a dozen published Court of Appeals and  Ohio Supreme Court decisions.  Kurt has been an adjunct instructor of Administrative Law (Social Security Disability and Workers' Compensation) at Stautzenberger College in Toledo and his firm still serves as an externship site for this program.  He also regularly presents to the Legal Assisting Program at the University of Toledo as well.


He is the past Chair of the Toledo Bar Asscoiation's Workers' Compensation Committee, past President of the Northwest Ohio Claimant's Attorneys, Past Chair of the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, now known as Ohio Association for Justice, Workers' Compensation Executive Committee, Past Ohio Captain of the Work Injury Law & Advocacy Group (national workers' compensation attorneys organization) and a member of the Ohio State Bar Association Workers' Compensation Committee. He also serves on the Ohio Association for Justice Board. 


Kurt has presented seminar topics to the Toledo Bar Association Yearly Workers' Compensation Seminar, Akron Bar Association's Workers' Compensation Committee and Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers Fall and Summer Seminars, serving as co-moderator for all 2005-2007 workers' compensation seminars. 


Kurt is also a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International

(where is the former Justice of the John Hay and Cleveland Alumni

Chapters and former District XIV District Justice)), Phi Kappa Psi

(social fraternity), and Omicron Delta Kappa (national leadership



He is a member of the Lucas County Democratic Party Executive Committee and serves as the chair of it's Policy and Bylaws Committee.  He is also a precinct committeeman in Toledo and serves as Ward Chair of Ward 10.  He is a past member of the Wood County Democratic Party's Executive Committee, a past member of the Central Committee of the Cuyahoga and Summit County Democratic Parties.  Kurt was a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Committee. He was awarded a Shoemaker Fellowship in Democratic Leadership by the Ohio Democratic Leadership Institute in 2013. 

His undergraduate degree is in Political Science from the University of Akron.  The Ray C. Bliss Institute at the University of Akron awarded him a certificate in Applied Politics (campaign and interest group management) in 1991 and he was the first Democrat awarded that certification.  He was the endorsed Democratic Candidate for the Fourth District Ohio House Race in 1998.  He has served as all levels of campaign staff from volunteer to campaign manager.  In 2012, Kurt served as Deputy Campaign Manager and General Counsel to the Zimmann for Congress Campaign.  He also has served as a consultant to several issue and candidate campaigns. 


Practice areas


  1. Workers Compensation: 90%
    22 years, 8 thousand cases
  2. Election Campaigns & Political Law: 10%
    13 years



Hourly ($200-300/hour), contingent (25-40%)

Attorney endorsements

15 total 

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  • Allison Margaret Lawrence

    Kurt is an experienced and skilled attorney who is held in high regard in our community. I would strongly recommend that you seek his assistance with your workers compensation needs.


    Allison Lawrence Criminal Defense Attorney
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  • Stevin James Groth

    I endorse this lawyer. Kurt is a hard working, honest and diligent attorney who always puts the clients needs first. He is both thoughtful and tough in the courtroom. Strongly endorse!


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Ohio Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2015
Shoemaker FellowshipOhio Democratic Leadrship Institute2013
Ohio Super Lawyer Rising StarOhio Super Lawyers2007
20 Under 40 Finalist20 Under 40 Toledo2007
Ohio Super Lawyer Rising StarLaw & Politics Magazine2006
Ohio Super Lawyer Rising StarOhio Super Lawyers2005
Friend of the CommunityGLU Toledo2005
Patrick Henry AwardLeadership Toledo2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing ShareholderLaw Offices of Kurt M. Young, LLC2003 - Present
Deputy Campaign Manager & General CounselZimmann for Congress2011 - 2013
AssociateSpitler & Williams-Young Co Lpa2002 - 2003
ShareholderMcCrory & Associates Co, L.P.A.1995 - 2002
AssociateWincek & DeRosa1992 - 1995
Law ClerkWeaver, Kolick, Georgiadis & Ernewein1991 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
Ohio Association for JusticeBoard of Trustees2014 - Present
Toledo Bar AssociationWorkers' Compensation Committee Chair2010 - 2012
Toledo Bar AssociationWorkers' Compensation Committee Secretary2008 - 2010
Workers Injury Law & Advocacy groupFormer Ohio Captain2006 - 2008
Ohio Association for JusticeFormer Workers Compensation Section Chair2006 - 2007
Ohio Association for JusticeExecutive Committee2005 - 2006
Northwest Ohio Claimants' AttorneysFormer President2005 - 2009
Ohio State Bar AssociationWorkers' Compensation Committee Member1998 - Present
Toledo Bar AssociationWorkers' Compensation Committee Member1996 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Ohio ex rel. Johns Manville v. Harold HousmanWrit of Mandamus Denied
State ex rel. Repasz v. Indus. Comm.Writ of Mandamus Granted
State ex rel. Interstate Brands v. LimonWrit of Mandamus Denied
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Case Western Reserve University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
University of AkronCampaign & Interest Group ManagementApplied Politics1991
University of AkronPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Workers' Compensatin SeminarFull and Final Settlement Update2012
Annual Workers' Compensation SeminarFull and Final Settlement Update2012
Akron Bar Association Annual Workers' Compensation SeminarVocational Rehabiliation2011
Toledo Bar Association Social Security Annual SeminarUnderstanding Workers' Compensation for Social Security Practitioners2010
Toledo Bar Assoc. Annual WC SeminarFull and Final Settlement2007
Fall Workers Compensation Seminar 2006Full and Final Settlement2006
Advanced Workers Compensation Seminar 2005Treatment Issues - Getting The Client The Treatment They Deserve2005
Tri-States Labor Action Association MeetingUnderstanding Workers Compensation Law2002
Toledo Bar Assoc. Annual WC SeminarMandamus 101 and Case Law Update2002