Thomas M. Hanculak Esq.
Tom Hanculak is a litigator in all areas of the law, with particular experience in safety force public employee, municipal, personal injury, zoning, construction, medical malpractice and commercial law. He also counsels closely-held light industrial companies on many subjects including issues related to the economic health of Northeast Ohio. He has been a valued member of Diemert & Associates for nearly three decades.
As a litigator, Tom regularly appears on behalf of safety force public employees and their unions for negotiations, fact-finding, conciliation, grievance arbitration, disciplinary matters and litigation. Clients include several locals of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police, Ohio Labor Council (FOPOLC).
Tom has served as assistant law director and deputy prosecutor for many municipalities, including the Village of Chagrin Falls, where he has worked for more than 35 years and is currently chief prosecutor. He also prosecutes for the Village of Bratenahl and the City of Pepper Pike. Following law school, he worked for the Cuyahoga County Office of the Prosecutor for six years. Before the end of his tenure there he was appointed chief trial counsel for the Cleveland Police Prosecutor.
Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings consistently ranks Tom among the top lawyers in labor and employment law and litigation. He has also earned the highest possible ratings in legal ability and ethical standards for more than two decades.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Tom is a graduate of Cathedral Latin High School. He attended Valparaiso University School of Law after graduating from the University of Notre Dame with honors.
University of Notre Dame
(B.A. 1971 cum laude)
Major – English
Valparaiso University School of Law
Ohio Supreme Court (1975)
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio (1976)
U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit (1987)