Profile

Curt’s clients value his experience in large-scale, multi-party litigation as they navigate protracted disputes. The focus of Curt’s litigation practice is the representation of publicly traded companies, financial institutions, universities, as well as closely-held businesses.

His work for these entities includes:

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  • Listed in:
    • The Best Lawyers in America®, Commerical Litigation, 2024
    • New York Super Lawyers®, Business Litigation, 2023
      • Rising Star, Business Litigation, 2018-2022
    • Forty Under 40, Rochester Business Journal, 2018
  • Albany Law School National Alumni Association Board, 2023
  • New York State Bar Association, Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, 2017
  • Monroe County Bar Association, Emerging Bar Leader Award, 2016
  • The Daily Record, Excellence in Law, Up & Coming Attorneys Award, 2016
  • New York State Bar Association, Commercial and Federal Litigation Section
  • Monroe County Bar Association, Awards Committee; Former Member of Board of Trustees and Executive Committee; Past Chair, Young Lawyers Section
  • Senior Editor, Albany Law Review

  • "Setting the Stage for High Court BofA Escrow Interest Case," Law360, Feb. 26, 2024
  • "Understanding the Pitfalls of Shareholders' Agreements," Rochester Business Journal, March 6, 2020
  • "State's SHIELD Act in Effect to Regulate Cybersecurity Protections," Rochester Business Journal, October 25, 2019
  • "Strife in Business Partnership Sometime Necessitates a Dissolution," Rochester Business Journal, December 5, 2018
  • “Telling War Stories: Just Because it’s on PACER Doesn't Make it Fair Game,” The Daily Record, October 2, 2017
  • Quoted in “Foundations Face Costs with New N.Y. Rules,” Rochester Business Journal, February 3, 2017
  • Quoted in “New Cybersecurity Regulations Need Clarification,” Rochester Business Journal, November 11, 2016
  • "What the Email Privacy Act Means for Firms," Rochester Business Journal, June 3, 2016
  • "State, U.S. Courts Aim to Reduce Costs of Litigation," Rochester Business Journal, October 16, 2015
  • "Litigators Beware: Your Email Might Serve as a Binding Settlement Stipulation," NY Daily Record, August 11, 2013

  • My Firm Got Hacked and Taken Hostage: The Anatomy Cyberhacking, Rochester, New York, 2017
  • Risk Management, Buffalo, New York; Rochester, New York, 2017
  • Conflicts of Interest – Frequent Issues Faced by the Defense, New York, New York, 2016
  • The Dos and Don'ts of Debt Collection – FDCPA, TCPA and NY DFS, Rochester, New York, 2016

  • DSS v. Ronaldi:  Resolved protracted executive compensation dispute pending in two courts
  • Whiting v. American Material Processing:  Extricated former president and founder from company by seeking dissolution
  • Rochester Precision Optics v. Salvo Technologies:  Favorably, resolved manufacturing dispute on eve of trial
  • Express Gold Cash v. Beyond79, LLC and Express Gold Cash v. CJ Environmental:  Dismantled false advertising claims by litigious industry participant against two separate competitors and obtained favorable settlements
  • Fiduciary Duties: Represented defendants alleged to have breached fiduciary duties to company, including allegations of self-dealing
  • Bankruptcy:  Guided debtor through Chapter 11 (Subchapter V) bankruptcy and resolved dispute with former CEO and primary creditor
  • Corporate Counsel:  Advised startup on issues surrounding by-law compliance and efforts by minority shareholder to take control of company
  • Shareholder Agreement Negotiations:  Advised minority shareholder of closely held company on terms of shareholder’s agreement
  • Fiduciary Duties:  Represented plaintiff claiming that fellow board members breached fiduciary duties to company 
  • Manufacturing Dispute:  Procured payment in full (nearly $600,000) for materials purchased by manufacturer after customer defaulted on purchase order without litigation
  • Creditor’s Rights:  Advised regional bank on pursuit of claims against debtor in Chapter 11 and pressed for dismissal of case without substantial cost to client
  • Debt Workout:  Obtained sale of local hotel by obtaining concessions from creditors necessary to provide clean title to buyer
  • Construction Litigation:  Advised property owner in matter involving failed construction, pitting contractor against architect
  • Construction Litigation:  Resolved mechanic’s liens on behalf of property owners and contractors
  • Fiduciary Duties: Represented beneficiaries of an estate against executor who mismanaged investments and breached prudent investor act duties
     

  • Causewave Community Partners, Former Board Member
  • Villa of Hope, Board Member