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 successfully defended a City and five officers to jury verdict in federal court in one of the first major trials involving 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, an educational institution, 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 after the disastrous 1982 landslides in Santa Cruz County, and obtained a successful jury verdicts defending cities 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 three decades. Additionally, he represented cities in inverse condemnation claims arising from emergency response and orders after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

In 2014, Vince successfully defended a city in trial against a developer’s multi-million dollar lawsuit for breach of a development agreement and civil rights claims. In 2015, he successfully defended a client city through jury verdict against a dangerous condition claim alleging over 27 million dollars in personal injury damages.

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 nearby Ben Lomond, California. He graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Environmental Studies and received his J.D. from Santa Clara Law School. Ryan served as an Associate and Technical Editor on the Santa Clara Law Review, earned the University’s Certificate in Public Interest and Social Justice Law, and volunteered with the Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center in San Jose, serving low-income clients in employment-related matters. He interned with the Santa Cruz County Counsel’s Office, assisting in civil litigation.

Ryan joined the firm in May 2014. He practices in all aspects of civil litigation, with a particular emphasis on public entity defense, police civil rights and discipline claims, public and private employment law, personal injury matters, and he represents homeowners in various insurance claims.

In his free time, Ryan is an avid basketball player in several leagues, and is consistently defeating his younger brother in one-on-one basketball games.


Rachel Ostrander

Rachel Ostrander was born in Charleston, South Carolina and grew up in Aptos, California. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine in 2007, and graduated from Boston’s New England School of Law in 2012. During law school, she was an integral member of the National Organization for Women’s Legislative Task Force in Massachusetts, served as a judicial clerk to eleven magistrates at the Division of Administrative Law Appeals, was a political advisor to the State's Worker's Compensation Advisory Council, and administered the State's Home Improvement Contractor Arbitration Program for the Department of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. She has published articles in Brigham Young's Education and Law Journal and North Carolina Central University's Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Law Journal.

Rachel began her law career as a solo practitioner, and joined the Hurley team in 2014. She currently practices in government entity defense, public and private sector employment law, government agency consulting, post-secondary public education law, and all aspects of civil litigation including catastrophic injury cases and inverse condemnation claims. She is a member of the Santa Cruz and Monterey Bar Associations, and Women Lawyers of Santa Cruz County.

Rachel serves on the Board of Directors for the Santa Cruz County Volunteer Center, the Planning Committee for the Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group, and serves as a Big Sister with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County.