Practice Expertise

  • Appellate
  • Government
  • Labor & Employment
  • Labor & Employment

Areas of Practice

  • Appellate
  • Government
  • Labor & Employment
  • Labor & Employment
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Wine Law
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Kurt focuses on overseeing complex, multi-party, class action, and civil rights and impact-litigation defense cases, regularly serving as lead counsel. In the private sector, he has represented franchisee groups and entire business communities in complex multi-party lawsuits. And in the public sector he has appeared before the California Supreme Court to represent more than 100 California cities and local government entities in an amicus effort.

Moreover, for almost 20 years, Kurt has advised businesses and state and local governmental entities about disability access laws. He is well versed in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Unruh Act, the California Disabled Persons Act, Health & Safety Code sections 19955 et seq., the Fair Housing Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) and the California Access Compliance Building Regulations (Title 24). Clients seeking Kurt’s help include the State of California, special districts, law firms, transit systems, schools and colleges, a prominent theater, associations, a management group that oversees sports stadiums, a major sporting event authority, a major California racetrack, an animal preserve, restaurants, hotels, clubs, franchisees, commercial building owners, nationwide and local shopping center owners, hospitals and other health care providers, apartments, senior communities, general contractors, architects and others. When multiple defendants are sued by the same plaintiff, Kurt’s complex-litigation background has led to unique large defense-side group representations that can help clients minimize defense-side attorneys’ fees and costs.

Kurt also works with clients to develop disability-access preventative strategies that include training, preparing responses to informal complaints, coordinating with architects and Certified Access Specialists (CASps), reviewing agreements with architects and contractors, reviewing lease and franchise agreements, reviewing purchase agreements, developing due diligence checklists, system wide audits, and review of insurance policies that might cover access claims.

Further, Kurt regularly advises California employers in wage-and-hour, trade secret, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, whistleblower, traditional labor law, arbitration, collective bargaining, employee privacy, due process and government ethics. He has deep experience with public employee bargaining, public employee due process, the California Public Records Act, the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act, the NLRA, RLA, and section 13(c) of the Federal Transit Act. In addition, Kurt serves as national employment counsel for a Silicon Valley based Fortune 500 company, including coordination of outside litigation counsel in other states.

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law (1994)
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles (1988)

Areas of Practice

  • Appellate
  • Government
  • Labor & Employment
  • Labor & Employment
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Wine Law

Professional Career

Professional Associations
  • The Bar Association of San Francisco, Labor and Employment Section
  • The American Bar Association
  • The Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • Editorial Advisory Board for the California Wage and Hour Advisor (2007)

Professional Activities and Experience
  • California Lawyers Association, Wiley W. Manuel Pro Bono Legal Services Award (2019–2021)
  • Northern California Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor (2013-2017)


"Reviewing an ADA Case Involving a Ship, Ninth Circuit Puts Burden on Plaintiff to Show Removing Barrier is Readily Achievable," co-author, Labor & Employment Alert (October 2020)
"Website Accessibility Lawsuits Continue to Trend Up," co-author, Labor & Employment Alert (January 2020)

"New Law Should Limit Disability-Access Litigation in California," co-author, Labor & Employment Law Alert (May 2016)
"The Defend Trade Secrets Act Opens Federal Courts To Claims Of Misappropriation Of Trade Secrets," co-author, Labor & Employment Law Alert (May 2016)
"Is Your Online Business Accessible To Persons With Disabilities?" co-author, Technology Law Alert (April 2016)
"What the Final New Airbnb Legislation Means for You, Your Tenants and Your Liabilities," co-author, Land Use Law Alert (October 2014)
"Governor Signs New Paid Sick Leave Law: Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 [AB 1522]," co-author, Labor and Employment Law Alert (September 2014)
"The NLRB General Counsel's Decision To Name McDonald's As A Joint Employer Threatens To Change The Franchise Model," co-author, Labor and Employment Law Alert (July 2014)
"Long Term Rules for Short Term Rentals," co-author, SF Apartment Magazine (June 2014)
"Reducing the Risk of an ADA Lawsuit," co-author, Journal of the California Dental Association (September 2013)
"Attack on Quick Service Restaurants - Escalating Campaign for Increased Minimum Wage and the Pending Fast Food Strike," co-author, Labor & Employment Law Alert (August 2013)
"As of June 1, 2013, Compliance Required for New Disabled Access Local Rules for Non-Residential Properties, Under San Francisco Administrative Code Section 38," Hanson Bridgett Land Use Newsletter (August 2013)
"Don't Become the Next Wage/Hour Target," California Employer Daily (November 2010)
"Do Aggressive Decisions Save Money?," California Employer Daily (November 2010)
"California Dreaming: 2008 ADA Amendments Make Federal Law More Like the Republic of California, Where Virtually Every Employee Can Claim a Disability," Labor & Employment Law Update (Winter 2008)


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