All posts by James Kurz

About James Kurz

Tel: (703) 684-2000
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E-mail: jkurz@rpb-law.com

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James Kurz’s law practice builds on his experience as a litigation partner with two AmLaw 100 firms (Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice PLLC and ReedSmith LLP), his time as a federal prosecutor, and his work as a federal government antitrust attorney. He has extensive courtroom experience in business litigation, including computer, software and communications technologies cases.

His professional resume lists in excess of 180 trials to verdict, including more than 40 jury trials.

Mr. Kurz has an AV® Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating possible, and he is recognized among The Best Lawyers in America® 2016.

Practice History
• Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice PLLC, Litigation Partner
• ReedSmith LLP (formerly Hazel & Thomas, P.C.), Litigation Partner
• Kurz Koch Doland & Dembling (and predecessor firms), Founding Partner
• Office of the United States Attorney, Washington, D.C., Special Assistant U.S. Attorney
• Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Competition, Antitrust Staff Attorney

Education
• J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
• University of Virginia, Graduate Economics (Ph.D. course work, no dissertation)
• B.A., with Honors, Economics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
• Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts

Fourth Circuit Pulls No Punches in en banc Ruling on Second Immigration Order

In writing for the majority in the Fourth Circuit’s May 25, 2017 en banc decision on the second Immigration Order, Chief Judge Roger L. Gregory pulled no punches.  The combined opinions of the Court in International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump (No. 17-1351) span 206 pages, but in the opening paragraph of his majority opinion,  Continue Reading »

Two Must-Reads for e-Discovery Lawyers

There are two new must-reads for lawyers who frequently encounter e-discovery issues.   A decade after The Sedona Conference’s 2007 publication of The Sedona Principles (2d ed.), the Public Comment Version for the forthcoming third edition has been released.  This impressive work will certainly be recognized as the updated bedrock guidance on nearly all e-discovery issues.   Continue Reading »

Failure to Use Basic Security Protections when Transferring Electronic Files Results in Waiver of Privilege

The Attorney/Client Privilege and Work Product Protection for a video file transferred via Box.com was lost when a client failed to use basic security precautions.  A February 2017 ruling by a Western District of Virginia magistrate judge in Harleysville Insurance Company v. Holding Funeral Home, Inc. (Case No. 1:15-cv-00057) should reinforce a requirement that lawyers  Continue Reading »

C-Span to Broadcast Live Audio of Today’s 4th Circuit’s Argument on Immigration Executive Order

The Fourth Circuit will hear en banc the oral argument today at 2:30 pm in International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump.   For the first time (that we know) the Court will allow a live audio broadcast of proceedings. Earlier this year the Ninth Circuit permitted the live audio broadcast of the argument on the prior  Continue Reading »

EDVA Back in the Immigration Fray: Judge Trenga Provides Qualified Win for President Trump’s New Immigration Order

The Eastern District of Virginia continues to influence the national debate over President Trump’s new Executive Order on immigration.  Judge Anthony Trenga of the EDVA offered one of the first wins for the Government when he denied immediate injunctive relief against the new Executive Order.  While Judge Trenga’s opinion was not the first to arrive  Continue Reading »

President Trump’s Immigration Executive Order Heads to the Fourth Circuit

The Trump Administration issued its replacement Immigration Executive Order on March 6, 2017 (Order No. 13,780).  This Executive Order arrived three weeks after several federal courts, including the EDVa and the Ninth Circuit, enjoined enforcement of core terms of the earlier Immigration Executive Order (Order No. 13,769). In this Blog Post, we report on two  Continue Reading »

The EDVA Drama Over the Immigration Executive Order Advances to the Preliminary Injunction Opinion: An Update on the Constitutional showdown in Judge Brinkema’s Court

This Blog post is the third in a series tracking the EDVA case of Aziz et al. v. Trump, the challenge to the January 27th Immigration Executive Order.  The earlier posts covered the January 28th Habeas Corpus Petition filing and the first courtroom confrontation on Friday morning, February 3, 2017, and then followed the Commonwealth  Continue Reading »

Week 2 in the EDVA Drama Over the Immigration Executive Order: An Update on the Charged Immigration Issues Brewing in Judge Brinkema’s Court

While national media attention has focused on tonight’s hearing before the Ninth Circuit regarding President Trump’s immigration Executive Order, there are still proceedings in the Eastern District that could become center stage.  This Blog post is the second post tracking the legal events in the EDVA case of Aziz at al. v. Trump, the challenge  Continue Reading »

The EDVa Drama Over the Immigration Executive Order: From IAD to Courtroom 701 in Seven Wild Days

News reports have followed the short saga of the Immigration Executive Order issued on Jan. 27th by President Trump, but the legal saga culminating in this morning’s hearing (Friday, Feb. 3rd) before Judge Brinkema is remarkable, even by EDVA standards. Earlier this morning, the first confrontation over the Executive Order unfolded in Judge Brinkema 7th  Continue Reading »

Proportionality Redux: The Sedona Conference Revisits its Commentary on Proportionality in Electronic Discovery

When Working Group 1 of The Sedona Conference (Sedona) publishes one of its eDiscovery White Papers, the consequence is often that Sedona steers the development of the law rather than merely reports on developments.  This observation is intended as a compliment, not a criticism. Sedona’s publications have guided the development of eDiscovery law since publication  Continue Reading »