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Kenneth Grant Hawley

About me

I have spent my entire career practicing law in Cincinnati.  For the last 36 years, I have represented many people who have found themselves facing a difficulty they could not manage on their own.  I receive incredible satisfaction from helping clients through challenging times, and getting them the best possible outcome available. 


Outside of work, I most enjoy time with my family.  We have recently become empty nesters, and are trying to figure that out. The four children are great, but now that they are grown and gone, and the youngest is off to college, it is the two grandchildren that make me laugh and keep me young.  Every Sunday is all about building forts and playing hide and seek with flashlights, among other activities they make up. 


My hobbies include cooking, playing the piano, oil painting, working out at the gym, and reading great fiction.  Over the last few years, I have been increasingly fascinated by the number and variety of birds who have found their way to my backyard feeders. Just watching them is relaxing and often remarkable. My most surprising hobby, and the activity that introduced me to my wife, is salsa dancing, if you can imagine that. 


In the coming years, I hope to travel to some far away places.  If I hadn't become an attorney, I would have been an architect.  To see architecture by the greats like Antoni Gaudi and others in Spain and Italy that I have never seen, would be a major event in my life.  I look forward to just taking the time to soak in all of the beauty that exists there and all over Europe.


Our awesome church has provided us with many volunteer opportunities for our family to have great experiences together. We will continue that work to bless this city. We hope to travel to Nicaraugua in 2016 to see what we can do as a church for the poorest of the poor there.


When I think about my life, I  feel like the luckiest guy alive because I have a great family, and I love the work that I do every day.  I get tremendous satisfaction out of being of service to my clients because I can make a difference for them, and truly be a lifeline to them when they are most in need.  






Practice areas


  1. Car Accident: 25%
    37 years
  2. Lawsuits & Disputes: 20%
    37 years
  3. Wrongful Termination: 20%
    37 years
  4. Civil Rights: 20%
    37 years
  5. Personal Injury: 15%
    37 years



Contingent (33%), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes), Pro bono (15%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

5 total 

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  • Richard Patrick Gabelman

    I have had the pleasure of working for and with Mr. Hawley for over eight years. He has simply one of the sharpest legal minds in the area and works harder than any attorney I know. I highly recommend Mr. Hawley, as your attorney or co-counsel when facing challenging legal matters.


    Richard Gabelman Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • Stephenie Lape Wolfinbarger

    I have worked with Ken on several matters as co-counsel and consider him a mentor. He is professional and hard working. Ken is truly a zealous advocate for his clients. He produces excellent results and happy clients. I am proud to call him a friend and mentor.


    Stephenie Lape Wolfinbarger Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

810 Sycamore Street, 5th Floor
Cincinnati, OH, 45202


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV - DistinguishedMartindale-Hubbell2015
BV - DistinguishedMartindale-Hubbell2014
BV - DistinguishedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Trial AttorneyHawley Law Co., LPA1986 - Present
Trial AttorneyWaite, Schneider, Bayless & Chesley Co., LPA1981 - 1986
Law ClerkU.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hogan1979 - 1981
Association namePosition nameDuration
Supreme Court of Ohio New Attorney Mentor ProgramMentor2012 - Present
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Ohio Association for JusticeMemberN/A
Ohio State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Cincinnati Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Upshaw v. Ford Motor CompanySummary Judgment for employer reversed and remanded for trial.
State of Ohio v. Harjinder SinghCriminal charges dismissed.
Paris Enterprises, Inc. v. Harlem Globetrotters, Inc.$2.9 million jury verdict for my client, Paris Enterprises, Inc.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Cincinnati College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
University of CincinnatiEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Advocacy SeriesOhio Civil Rules: Laying Out Your Case2013
The Advocacy SeriesOhio Civil Rules: Laying Out Your Case2011
Commercial and Residential Landlord Tenant LawEthical Considerations in Evictions2004
Commercial and Residential Landlord Tenant LawCommercial and Residential Evictions in Ohio2004