Austin K. Kurtz

Associate

Austin defends plaintiff’s rights in personal injury and wrongful death claims, as well as advises on a variety of business litigation matters.

Austin is skilled in managing major cases from start to finish. A 2021 Super Lawyers Rising Star, Austin recently served as first chair in a trail involving a complex wrongful death lawsuit, which he handled from intake all the way through a favorable settlement on the third day of trial.

Austin believes in going the distance on behalf of the individuals he represents and is dedicated to giving his clients the best possible advocacy imaginable. He is passionate about ensuring the right outcome and thrives in managing and advocating personal injury cases because such matters are often professionally challenging and personally fulfilling.

Valued for his responsiveness to clients and colleagues alike and for creating and presenting arguments that are persuasive and make sense to judges, juries, and other matter constituents, Austin is at his best when faced with reconciling the law with humanity and dignity. Austin is appreciated by everyone around him for his clear communication style, steadfast civility, absolute persistence when it comes to problem-solving, compassion for those he serves, and consummate professionalism in dealing with even the most emotional situations in a fact-based and logical way.

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Honors & Awards

  • Southwest Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, Products Liability, 2021

Community & Philanthropy

  • Almost There Rescue, Board Member, 2021
  • Arizona State University, Sparky Supporting Brain Tumor Research, Former Founder and President, 2009

Representative Cases

  • First-chaired wrongful death case against the State of Arizona, obtained 7-figure settlement mid-trial.
  • Successfully second-chaired personal injury lawsuit for burn case against a private country club, receiving a $640,000 verdict.
  • Assisted in negotiating and drafting multiple settlement agreements totaling over $10 million.
  • Lead counsel representing limited partner in limited liability limited partnership in convoluted multi-million-dollar probate matter.  Forced general partner to sell partnership property; reviewed bank statements and discovered discrepancies leading to a larger recovery; and negotiated dissolution of partnership agreement.

Representative Experience

  • Worked all types of commercial cases including anti-terror, real estate theft, and multi-million-dollar Ponzi-scheme frauds.
  • Successfully litigated life insurance malpractice case as lead counsel.
  • First-chaired summary jury trial on product liability/ negligence case.

Education

  • University of California, Los Angeles
    J.D., 2015
    Dean’s Scholar
  • Arizona State University
    B.A., B.S., summa cum laude, 2012

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Colorado, 2015
  • Arizona, 2016
  • California, 2018
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2016
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2016