How Curtis Helps Clients
Curtis regularly assists clients in the defense and prosecution of civil lawsuits in state and federal courts and in front of various administrative agencies. He has represented companies in various employment and complex commercial matters, including breach of contract actions, non-competition cases, emergency injunctions, wage and hour disputes, and harassment and discrimination cases. Curtis also counsels businesses on how to avoid litigation through the development and implementation of proper employment policies and procedures.
Additionally, Curtis has experience counseling clients in the formation of businesses, general corporate matters, contract negotiations, estate planning and business succession planning.
What Clients Can Expect
Curtis prides himself on taking the time to understand each client’s operations, character and needs so that any legal advice that he provides is not only practical, but tailored to each client’s unique situation. He has been on the other side of the court room, representing employees in various wage and hour, non-competition and breach of contract cases. This experience enables him to provide corporate clients with insight into the approach an employee/plaintiff’s attorney will use to assess the strengths and weaknesses of a particular case.
It is key for employers to have the right policies and procedures in place - it is always cheaper to be proactive than reactive.
Outside the Office
Curtis grew up on an apple orchard in Butler, Pennsylvania and is an avid outdoorsman. He is married with two young children. When he is not in the office, he enjoys spending time with his family and staying active. Curtis has competed in numerous races over the years, including three Tough Mudders. You will often find him running, swimming or in the gym.
- Selected to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers' 2017 Pennsylvania Rising Stars list
- Successfully defended a medical company in a federal lawsuit alleging antitrust violations under the Sherman Act, intentional interference with contractual relations and wrongful discharge.
- Successfully defended a mining company in a federal class action lawsuit under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Law, and the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act.
- Successfully prosecuted a breach of contract and Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Law lawsuit against a major health network that resulted in a judgment in his client’s favor and the recovery of attorney’s fees of more than five times the amount of the judgment.
- Represented large and small businesses in federal lawsuits under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.
Duquesne University School of Law, J.D., 2011, summa cum laude, Associate Notes and Comments Editor, Duquesne Law Review
Duquesne University Honors College, B.A., 2008, magna cum laude, Political Science, Psychology & Philosophy Minor
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Vice President, Board of Directors of the Mary and Alexander Laughlin Children’s Center, 2014-present
Member of the Allegheny County Bar Association Finance Committee, 2013-present
Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section
Member, American Bar Association
Member of the National Award Winning Allegheny County Bar Association Bar Leadership Initiative Class, 2012-2013
Recipient of the Duquesne University School of Law Pro bono Certificate of Recognition for outstanding service and commitment to public service, 2011
Recipient of the Duquesne University School of Law Certificate of Distinction in Clinical Work, 2011