Rick Hernandez

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Direct: 614-540-2230

Rick is a proactive, strategic and dedicated workers’ compensation defense attorney with nearly three decades’ experience. He has represented self-insured and state-funded private employers, state agencies, and public and private universities in proceedings before the Industrial Commission of Ohio, and at all levels of court within the State of Ohio. Rick’s experience includes representation of national trucking companies, major hospital organizations, nursing home consortiums, national utilities, as well as a number of industry-leading retailers and restaurants. He routinely advises on workers’ compensation program administration, company policy drafting, including return-to-work and workplace safety policy, and effective risk management strategy, with the goal of lowering workers’ compensation costs for his clients.


Rick has conducted at least eighteen jury trials in workers’ compensation-related litigation, for the majority of which he served as lead trial counsel. He has also represented employers in mandamus actions in the Tenth District Court of Appeals and in the Supreme Court of Ohio, and has successfully argued before the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Adjudicating Committee and Self-Insured Review Board.


Rick has been a certified workers’ compensation specialist through the Ohio State Bar Association since its inception. He has repeatedly been recognized as a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine. Prior to joining Perez Morris, Rick worked in the Office of the Ohio Attorney General, Executive Agencies Section, representing state agencies and universities across Ohio. Prior to that, Rick was a partner for more than fifteen years cumulatively in the workers’ compensation practice areas of two large law firms in Central Ohio.


Rick received his JD from Capital University Law School in 1986 and was a member of Phi Delta Phi, the international legal fraternity.


Rick resides in New Albany, Ohio with his wife, Gigi, and their three children.


Contact: (614) 431-1500 or via email