Briefing Room


Remembering Kurtis Adair Tunnell ‘87

September 3, 2019 | College

Kurtis Adair Tunnell ’87,  a beloved alumnus of the Moritz College of Law, died on August 31, 2019. Shortly after graduating from law school, Tunnell joined the law firm of Bricker and Eckler, where he spent his entire 31-year career before retiring in January 2018. At Bricker and Eckler, Kurt built a practice that centered on the intersection of public policy and politics. He helped spearhead advocacy efforts that established Ohio as a national leader in comprehensive tort reform initiatives.

At age 33, Tunnell was tapped by Governor-elect George Voinovich to serve as Governor’s Chief Legal Counsel. His distinguished service to Ohio began with Governor Voinovich and continued through the years in all facets of Ohio government serving Ohio governors, attorney generals, members of the Ohio General Assembly, congressional leaders, and President George W. Bush as his Ohio counsel during and after the 2004 presidential campaign. Tunnell gave selflessly of his time and talents to elected officials of both parties, clients, and friends.

Tunnell was a proud and active alumnus of the college. In 2012, he was the guest speaker for the Program on Law and Leadership. Most recently, he was working with the college to be a leadership coach for a Moritz student. Professor Emeritus Nancy H. Rogers and  Director of the Program on Law and Leadership is thankful for Tunnell’s commitment to the college and the legal community. “Kurt [Kurtis] Tunnell was a distinguished lawyer and leader who also devoted time and energy to developing a diverse group of leaders for future generations,” she said.“ His legacy will, therefore, continue for generations to come.”

Kurtis Adair Tunnell’s obituary and more information about his Celebration of Life Ceremony  are available at