Vincent P. Hurley

Specializing in all facets of civil trials and appeals, local government law, risk management, police practices and consulting, Vincent brings extensive law enforcement experience from over 14 years working in the San Francisco Police Department and Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office, and 30 years in trial practice. He has a wide range of experience representing parties in both state and federal courts, and has tried dozens of cases and resolved hundreds more through summary judgment, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution.

Vince represents several law enforcement agencies and officers in civil rights and unreasonable force claims, personnel investigations and discipline. He also provides training, consultation and critical incident tactical/legal debriefing. He recently successfully defended a City and five officers to jury verdict in federal court in one of the first major trials involving a fatality during use of electronic control devices.

Representing management in labor negotiations for government and education, Mr. Hurley has tried several employment discrimination complaints for public agencies and non-profit corporations in state and federal courts and administrative hearings.

Vince has successfully defended clients in numerous catastrophic injury and recreational accident cases. He served as lead defense counsel in the consolidated suits arising out of the disastrous 1982 landslides in Santa Cruz County, and obtained a successful jury verdict defending a city after the floods of 1983 and 1985. He has since successfully represented cities in inverse condemnation suits that arose from severe flood disasters in the past two decades. Additionally, he represented cities in inverse condemnation claims arising from emergency response and orders after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

Mr. Hurley is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, the American and California Bar Associations, and the Federal Bar Association. He is admitted to practice in California, The Ninth Circuit, and the Federal Courts of the Northern and Central Districts.


Ryan Thompson

Ryan was born in Santa Cruz and grew up in Ben Lomond. After graduating from San Lorenzo Valley High, Ryan attended UC Santa Barbara, where he earned a degree in Environmental Studies. Ryan then attended Santa Clara Law School, where he served as an Associate and Technical Editor on the Santa Clara Law Review and earned a Public Interest and Social Justice Law Certificate. As a law student, Ryan worked as a law clerk with the Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center in San Jose, serving low-income individuals in employment-related matters and interned with the Santa Cruz County Counsel’s Office, where he assisted in the legal research and drafting of pleadings for civil litigation.

After passing the California Bar, Ryan began his career with Burton, Schmal, and DiBenedetto, LLP in Santa Cruz. Ryan then joined the Law Offices of Vincent P. Hurley, where he currently practices in all aspects of civil litigation.

In his free time, Ryan enjoys spending time with his friends and family, and consistently defeating his younger brother in one-on-one games of basketball.