BRIAN J. HOLMES
Brian J. Holmes joined Hurley McKenna & Mertz as a law clerk in the fall of 2011 during his second year of law school. He continued to work at Hurley McKenna & Mertz throughout law school and was hired as an associate upon graduation.
Mr. Holmes is dedicated to helping victims of all types of wrongful conduct. During his time at Hurley McKenna & Mertz, Mr. Holmes has taken a particular interest in representing nursing home residents—one of society’s most vulnerable groups. Mr. Homes has successfully represented hundreds of victims of nursing home abuse, neglect, and negligence.
Mr. Holmes earned his Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law, where he was named to the Dean’s List and received the CALI Award for Excellence in Civil Litigation Strategy. Mr. Holmes earned his Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies and History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010.
Highlights of my Career
A Law Clerk's Perspective
When I first joined Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C. in the fall of 2011, I had just entered my second year of law school and had no idea what to expect from my new job as a law clerk at a successful personal injury firm. I was eager to learn everything I could. Not only did I want to gain lawyering skills, I also wanted to know what made this firm successful and what made plaintiff’s personal injury work unique.
"Our Client Deserve Nothing Less"
The firm expected much more from me than the typical law clerk. Starting from my first day, I was working on legal briefs under the guidance of the attorneys, covering court calls in front of judges, and preparing complaints in various types of cases. Through this work, I quickly realized what made this firm successful—every person, from the legal assistants to the partners, constantly pushes themselves to perform their respective jobs at the highest level possible. I found that the firm takes this approach based on the belief that our clients deserve nothing less than our very best effort.
Holding Powerful Wrongdoers Accountable
As personal injury lawyers, we fight for the “little guy” against the powerful. All too often, the interests of the powerful trump the interests of the “little guy” simply because those with power have greater resources and influence. I have learned while working at Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C. that the only way to tip the scale in favor of the “little guy” is to aggressively fight for our clients rights and outwork the other side. I am proud to work in a profession where I can help injured individuals hold powerful wrongdoers accountable through the equalizing power of the courts.