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

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 »

The Bench: the Judges of the Alexandria Division

Have you wondered who are the judges for the Alexandria Division of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia?  How are the judges appointed or selected?  How long has each served?  When may a federal judge shift to Senior Status?  And, when can federal judges retire?  For answers to some of these  Continue Reading »

Filing Deadline Changes: The Disappearance and then the Return of the 3-Day Cushion

On December 1, 2016, amendments to Fed. R. Civ. P. Rule 6(d) went into effect.  At the same time, amendments to EDVa Local Civil Rule 7(F)(1) also went into effect.  For practical purposes, the F.R.C.P amendments make ECF service good for nearly all purposes and eliminate the added 3-day cushion that applied to most response  Continue Reading »

Handling Overlapping and Duplicative Damages

In a recent case, Judge Liam O’Grady astutely handled in his Jury Instructions and a Special Verdict Form the prospect of a jury’s duplicative and overlapping damage determinations.  He then resolved the parties’ dispute on overlapping damages when he decided post-verdict remittitur motion.  This case provides a roadmap for practitioners on how to handle similar  Continue Reading »

E.D. Va. Whacks Attorneys’ Fees Claim: Further Split on Court Revealed

Star Scientific, Inc. is back in the legal news, but this it has nothing to do with Jonnie Williams and the McDonnell trial (Star Scientific, Inc. did not disappear, but instead changed its name to Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals).  In August 2016, Judge Anthony Trenga ruled on Plaintiffs’ Motion for an Award of Attorneys’ Fees in  Continue Reading »

Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 Delivers New Relevancy for the “Long Arm” of FRCP 4(k)(2)

In this blog post, we reach back to a 2003 Judge Ellis opinion applying FRCP Rule 4(k)(2). In Graduate Management Admission Council v. RPV Narasimha RJU d/b/a GMATPlus.com, 241 F. Supp. 2d 589 (E.D. Va. 2003) (the “GMAC Case”), the judge applied this little-known rule to rescue a complaint from dismissal for lack of in  Continue Reading »

Is the Standard for Summary Judgment Evolving in EDVA?

Is the standard for summary judgment evolving, and has the Eastern District kept up with the evolution?  In a July 6, 2016 decision in Guessous v. Fairview Property Investments, LLC, (Dkt. No. 15-1055), the Fourth Circuit reversed Judge Lee on all six counts in a fairly standard discrimination case.  The Court found repeatedly that the  Continue Reading »

New Federal Trade Secrets Law: Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 Signed into Law on May 11, 2016

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”) , which dramatically expands federal jurisdiction over trade secret claims.  The impetus for this law was to provide some response to the reports of Chinese and possibly Iranian hacking into U.S. corporate and government sites.  Prior bills were  Continue Reading »