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John Hurley

Chief Operating Officer

A leader in legal operations, strategy and client service excellence

As Waller’s Chief Operating Officer, John Hurley oversees the firm’s business operations, strategy, finance, risk management, information technology, security, business development, office administration, real estate, procurement, human resources, and talent management.  John brings with him three decades of leadership experience in operations, business development, marketing and strategy.

Firms have relied on his adaptability to address the changing demands of clients and the marketplace. Prior to joining Waller, John served as Chief Operating Officer for Foley & Lardner, where he also served as Chief Marketing & Business Development Officer, and led a full transformation of the team and approach to client service and client development.  Earlier, he served as DLA Piper’s Chief Business Development Officer, where he managed the firm’s global business development strategies, plans and initiatives.

In 2013, John was recognized by the National Law Journal as one of fifty Legal Business Trailblazers and Pioneers. The NLJ described him as someone who “truly ‘moved the needle’ in facilitating the changing ways that law firms conduct business.”

  • Education
    • B.S., University of Maryland University College, 1993
    • Paralegal Certification, University of Maryland University College, 1993

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