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After a successful career working in criminal law, Sherry Hurley challenged herself to start a new chapter in her career. Shifting her focus to civil law, she soon realized the skills she developed as public service attorney are just as valuable to her clients in the civil arena.

Sherry earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Louisville in 2000. Having long been determined to become an attorney, she enrolled in the Brandeis School of Law at UL shortly thereafter.

After graduation, Sherry began her career as a staff attorney with the Louisville Metro Public Defender’s Office, eventually rising through the ranks to become Deputy Division Chief of the Juvenile Trial Division. Here, she honed her skills as a detailed investigator and hard-working advocate, uncovering and evaluating all pertinent facts in each case and developing a sound legal strategy for her clients’ defense.  

Prior to joining the team at Middleton Reutlinger, Sherry also served as Assistant Chief Counsel for the Office of the Principal Legal Advisor for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), representing the Department of Homeland Security before the Executive Office for Immigration Review Immigration Court and the Board of Immigration Appeals.

At Middleton, Sherry focuses her practice on insurance defense, education law, premises liability and litigation involving clients in the trucking industry. Thanks to her criminal law background, she brings an investigator’s mindset to her work, discovering every detail and making sure she has a full understanding of all sides of a dispute. She prides herself on building strong relationships with her clients by maintaining an open line of communication and being responsive to their needs.

In her free time, Sherry – a four-year scholarship athlete for the UL volleyball team – coaches for one of the country’s premier junior volleyball clubs, the Kentucky Indiana Volleyball Academy (KIVA), and follows her children’s travel basketball and volleyball teams.

Honors & Awards

  • In RE Gault Award (2017) - Department of Public Advocacy award for courageous representation of juvenile defendants
  • Multiple “Toddler” Awards - Louisville Metro Public Defender award for felony acquittals in Juvenile Court
  • Louisville Bar Association Leadership Academy (2015)
  • Louis D. Brandeis American Inn of Court, Associate Member (2008)
  • Public Defender Trial Advocacy Program (2007)
  • Ed Kallay Outstanding Athlete Award (2000) - Highest honor given to a student athlete at the University of Louisville


University of Louisville

University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law

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