Chad E. Kurtz is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation Department with experience in a wide variety of commercial litigation matters. He is particularly experienced in construction and real estate litigation, having represented and counseled developers, commercial and residential property owners, general contractors, construction managers, and construction-equipment manufacturers on a wide range of issues, including breach of contract, breach of warranty, violations of building codes, payment disputes, property-ownership disputes, defective work, property damage, personal injuries, mechanics’ liens, and fraud.
Chad has extensive courtroom experience, having tried multiple jury and bench trials and arbitrations. Chad is committed to providing legal services to the underprivileged. His pro bono efforts earned him The Legal Intelligencer’s Unsung Heroes Award, an award presented to a select group of attorneys making a significant impact on people’s lives by devoting their time to pro bono work.
Chad has been an active volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association for over a decade, and in 2017 he won the Delaware Valley Chapter’s Young Professionals Volunteer of the Year award. He previously served as the vice chair of YoungNationALZ (the Washington, D.C., young professionals’ group), the chair of the Sponsorship Committee for the Washington, D.C., Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and a member of the Advocacy Committee for the Walk. Over the past decade, Chad has raised more than $50,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Chad earned his law degree from Temple University, Beasley School of Law, where he was lead research editor for the Temple Law Review and served as a teaching assistant for a Legal Research and Writing course. While at Temple, Chad served as a judicial intern to The Honorable M. Faith Angell, a U.S. Magistrate Judge of the District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
He received his undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He is the president of Brandeis’s Alumni Club of Washington, D.C., and also a member of the Brandeis Lawyers Network committee.
Chad is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. He is proud to have been at Cozen O’Connor, first at the Philadelphia office and then Washington, D.C., office, for his entire legal career.
- Currently representing a prominent construction manager and developer facing a $5 million claim that a foundation subcontractor’s underpinning damaged adjacent property and that the construction manager and developer fraudulently concealed structural instability of adjacent property from its owner.
- Currently representing a super-regional shopping mall owner facing a claim that it failed to pay a concrete and masonry subcontractor.
- Negotiated a favorable settlement for a construction manager whose insulation subcontractor allegedly negligently installed pipes during the construction of a condominium that later resulted in substantial flood damage.
- Obtained voluntary dismissal of a Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs’ claim that a commercial property owner installed an electronic sign without the necessary permit and in violation of a stop-work order.
- Represented property owners who refused to pay an electronic design and engineering company for having defectively installed electronic equipment across four homes.
- Persuaded one of the nation’s largest residential electrical contractors to defend and indemnify a developer and construction manager in a construction injury action, including reimbursing all legal fees and costs incurred.
- Counseled an apartment complex owner on how to address a contractor’s failure to comply with certain change orders.
- Convinced a tenant in common in a partition action to agree that my client, the other tenant in common, was 50 percent owner of the subject property and to partition the property by sale.
- Counseled a buyer who purchased a house and found flood damage despite the seller having represented that house had no flood damage.
- Obtained a defense verdict on a claim that a pharmacy benefit management company improperly removed funds from a customer’s checking account.
- Obtained dismissal on summary judgment of a wrongful death claim alleging that a prominent hotel failed to properly treat a guest suffering a heart attack.
- Obtained voluntary dismissal of a tortious interference claim against a famous climate scientist in response to filing a motion to dismiss that, among other things, showed that the plaintiff lied to the court to gain strategic advantage.
- Prosecuted claims against a producer of a Bollywood movie filmed in Philadelphia who failed to pay dozens of local companies and individuals who worked on the film.
- Represented an insurer in a declaratory judgment action in which a physician-insured fled the country and refused to cooperate in defending the claim.
- Represented a property owner and management company in a negligence action involving alleged traumatic brain injury. The matter settled favorably prior to trial.
- Obtained clemency for a man convicted of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and possession of a firearm and thus reduced his criminal sentence by nearly five years.
- Obtained dismissal on summary judgment of claims for fraud and infliction of emotional distress against a freelance photographer who failed to appear for a scheduled event.
- Temple University—James E. Beasley School of Law, J.D., 2008
- Brandeis University, B.A., 2005
BAR ADMISSIONS :
- New Jersey
- District of Columbia
COURT ADMISSIONS :
- U.S. District Court — Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court — Middle District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court — New Jersey
- U.S. District Court — District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court — Maryland
- U.S. District Court — Eastern District of Virginia
- U.S. District Court — Western District of Virginia
- U.S. Supreme Court
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