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Attorney Michael J. RourkeMichael Rourke

Recognized as a Top Injury Lawyer in Ohio


After graduating summa cum laude with distinction from The Ohio State University in 1978, Mike went on to further his education at Harvard Law School. From there, he graduated cum laude in 1981 and has since been practicing law in Ohio, along with various other states, in multiple areas of complex personal injury litigation.

Today, Mike specializes in handling serious and catastrophic injury cases. His success is extensive, extending to cases of all kinds, including:

You can learn more about some of his greatest achievements on behalf of our clients on our Verdicts & Settlements page. Additionally, Mike is also a victorious advocate for those suffering from traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. His dedication to helping these individuals achieve great things in spite of their impairments is undeniable.

Named in Best Lawyers in America since 2002

Mike has achieved recognition as one of the top injury lawyers in Ohio and the country, including being named a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, which is one of the premier legal associations in America where exclusive membership is extended by invitation only to experienced and accomplished trial lawyers; he has regularly been honored by Super Lawyers and Columbus CEO as one of the best attorneys in the State of Ohio in personal injury, medical malpractice, and product liability litigation; he was named the 2010 Lawyer of the Year in the field of Medical Malpractice by Business First; he has been named in Best Lawyers in America since 2002; he was named as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Columbus by Columbus Monthly; and he has been a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum since 1991.

Experience You Can Trust

Mike’s professional experience is vast and includes time spent as an adjunct assistant professor at The Ohio State University Law School and authorship of the Investigation of Physical Evidence chapter of Personal Injury Litigation in Ohio, published by the Ohio Legal Center Institute. Mike has been asked to speak at a number of different seminars and has also served as a guest lecturer at Product Liability, Medical Malpractice, and Trial Advocacy courses at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Capital University Law School and Ohio Northern University Law School.

Attorney Michael Rourke has the experience and skill necessary to successfully handle even the toughest personal injury case. If you've been injured, contact our firm today to begin discussing your case
with a free consultation.


Juris Doctor

Bachelor of Arts

  • Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1978
  • Honors: Summa Cum Laude

    Honors and Awards

    • Columbus Top Lawyers, 2000 – Present
    • Ohio’s Top Lawyers, 2000 – Present
    • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 1991 – Present
    • Top 50 Lawyers in Columbus by Columbus Monthly & Ohio Super Lawyers, 2006 – Present
    • Lawyer of the Year in Central Ohio in the field of Medical Malpractice 2010, 2012 by Best Lawyers in America
    • Best Lawyers in America, 2002 – Present
    • Super Lawyers, 2002 – Present
    • Super Lawyers Top 100 Attorneys (Ohio), 2019
    • Super Lawyers Top 50 Attorneys (Columbus), 2019
    • American College of Trial Lawyers -- 2013

    Bar Admissions

    • Ohio, 1981
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1988
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1981
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1988
    • U.S. Supreme Court, 2012
    • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2012

    Published Works

    • Personal Injury In Ohio, Ohio Legal Center Institute, 1984
    • Classes/Seminars Taught

    • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Ohio State Law School, 1984 – 1987
      Medical Malpractice, Products Liability, Trial Practice, Ohio Association of Trial Lawyers

    Professional Associations and Memberships

    • American Association for Justice, 1987 – Present, Member
    • American Association for Justice Leader Forum, 2008 – Present, Member
    • American Bar Association, 1981 – Present, Member
    • Ohio Association for Justice, 1987 – Present, Board Member
    • Ohio Association for Justice Leader Forum, 2010 – Present
    • Ohio Bar Association, 1981 – Present, Member
    • Columbus Bar Association, 1981 – Present, Member

    Past Employment Positions

    • Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur, Associate, 1981 – 1987
    • Lamkin, Van Eman, Trimble, Beals & Rourke, 1987 – 2002
    Avvo Client's Choice Award 2017

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    We Come Highly Recommended

    See what our past clients have to say about their experience with our firm.
    • “Jonathan made us feel he was genuinely involved with our lives throughout our ordeal”


    • “I would highly recommend this firm!”


    • “I would highly recommend Mike and his firm.”


    • “Jonathan was very detailed and kept me updated continually.”


    • “Works hard for his client”

      Karl Frybarger

    • “Mr. Rourke and his son are good people that are there to help when you need them.”


    • “He treated me as a person and not just a case number to just be worked.”


    • “Jonathan was very detailed and kept me updated continually.”


    • “Knowledgeable and Experienced”


    • “The expertise and knowledge they showed was outstanding.”


    • “Our interactions with Tim have always been very positive and we would highly recommend him.”


    • “His legal capacity presented me with a settlement that was congruent with our established goals”


    • “I will certainly consult his services again with the next legal matter I have.”


    • “I could not have asked for better people to work with. They were very understanding, patient, and compassionate.”

      Abby J

    • “Our family is very appreciative of the hard work that Timothy and his firm has done.”