Curtis M. Schaffner
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Curtis M. Schaffner

Associate

Pittsburgh, PA
 
 
 

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 numerous employment and complex commercial matters, including breach of contract actions, non-competition cases, emergency injunctions, single plaintiff case, class action wage and hour disputes, harassment and discrimination cases, OSHA violations, and labor disputes.

Curtis counsels businesses on how to avoid litigation through the development and implementation of proper employment policies, practices and procedures, and provides in-house training to his clients on a regular basis.

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 is married with two young children. When he is not in the office, he enjoys spending time with his family, staying active, and watching Pittsburgh sports. Curtis frequently competes in races, triathlons, and Tough Mudders.

Proof Points

  • Selected to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers' Pennsylvania Rising Stars list in the field of employment law in 2017 and 2018.
  • 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, state, and administrative lawsuits arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and related state and local laws.