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Kurt Krauss has extensive litigation experience handling complex cases in the area of commercial and business disputes. His practice also concentrates on insurance coverage matters and professional malpractice, including attorney malpractice and public entity errors and omissions. In addition, Kurt defends sexual abuse claims against institutional and individual clients.

Kurt is trained in mediation and has served as a mediator in the Superior Court of New Jersey. Since 2006, he has served as an Attorney Investigator on overload cases for the New Jersey Supreme Court District X Ethics Committee. In addition, Kurt has been appointed by the Superior Court of New Jersey to serve as a Condemnation Commissioner in Morris County.

Kurt approaches the legal issues that his clients face with a rational, practical approach to achieve optimal results. He is detail-oriented, respectful of the client’s needs, and keenly aware of the urgency and cost factors that contribute to a satisfactory conclusion. A seasoned litigator, Kurt often acts as a sounding board for colleagues who appreciate the depth and breadth of his knowledge and his willingness to explore all the possibilities.

Areas of Focus

Commercial Litigation
Kurt has extensive litigation experience in the professional, commercial and business tort fields, including employment law as well as environmental litigation, insurance coverage and condominium law. Kurt also handles disputes related to the Uniform Commercial Code and probate litigation. His experience encompasses actions in both state and federal courts. During his career, Kurt has placed an emphasis on matters pending before Courts of Chancery, including unfair competition suits, estate litigation, trade secret litigation, restrictive covenants, and shareholder and partnership disputes. His experience with commercial and business disputes has also included land use and zoning matters, real estate and condominium law, condemnation and contract issues. In addition, Kurt has addressed matters of employment law and environmental litigation in state and federal courts.  He also represents condominium and townhouse association boards.

Employment & Labor
Kurt has nearly 30 years of experience prosecuting and defending employment agreements that include restrictive covenant and anti-solicitation provisions. He is particularly conversant in New Jersey Chancery Division practice and has served as a speaker for continuing education courses. Kurt appears in state and federal courts representing employers and employees in trade secret and restrictive covenant litigation and defends management in discrimination and wrongful discharge suits in federal and New Jersey state courts. Kurt also has experience with the investigation and civil prosecution of employee thefts at businesses and institutions that he represents and has defended white collar criminal matters.

Municipal
Kurt has experience in representing municipalities and governing boards in prerogative writ actions and error and omission claims. He also has handled interstate commerce issues in the context of local government authorities. His specific experience relates to efforts to restrict out-of-state waste haulers’ access to transfer stations.

Intellectual Property
Kurt has litigated intellectual property matters involving trademark, copyright infringement and trade secret litigation.

Railroad Litigation
Kurt has represented a major rail car manufacturer in commercial contract disputes involving the Uniform Commercial Code and bidding matters.

Professional Liability
For more than twenty years, Kurt has defended attorneys in legal malpractice claims and represented them statewide before ethics committees in grievances and matters that proceed to complaint.

Representative Matters

Defense of sexual abuse claims against institutional and individual clients.

Representation of manufacturers and distributors in trade secret litigation and trademark infringement matters.

Representation of majority and minority shareholders of closely held corporate entities in claims related to the New Jersey Oppressed Minority Shareholder statute.

Representation of corporate entities against former employees in employment contracts restricting future employment.

Representation of corporate entities and individuals in unfair competition suits.

Representation of pet products companies in trade secret litigation, trademark, patent and contract matters.

Representation of manufacturers in contract disputes and public bidding issues.

Representation of metal manufacturers in collection of accounts where product liability issues were involved.

Representation of commercial landlords in matters involving environmental issues.

Representation and defense of potentially responsible parties in environmental claims by EPA, NJDEP and third parties.

Representation of claimants, beneficiaries and administrators in probate litigation matters.

Representation of plaintiffs and defendants in real estate disputes regarding representations about properties, municipal ordinances and environmental issues.

Representation of public bodies and private entities in condemnation matters and service as a condemnation commissioner in unrelated matters.

Representation of municipal entities in litigation, including actions in lieu of prerogative writs.

Defense of attorneys in legal malpractice claims, including suits involving the failure of major real estate transactions.

Representation of attorneys before District Ethics Committees and the Office of Attorney Ethics.

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